The borough's top young runners recognised at Hounslow Mini Marathon trials

Hounslow's Mini Marathon trials were held on Saturday 10 March at Osterley Park and House to select this year's team to represent the borough at the Virgin Money Giving London Mini Marathon event in April.

For the third year running, Hounslow has teamed up with parkrun, who host free 5km time trials across the country on a weekly basis.

Over 80 boys and girls aged 11-17 years joined the weekly Osterley parkrun.

The qualifiers will now represent Hounslow on Sunday 22 April 2018 at the Virgin Money Giving London Mini Marathon. The event will see young competitors race the last 5km of the world-renowned London Marathon course, finishing just minutes ahead of the elite athletes.

Councillor Samia Chaudhary, Cabinet Member for Green Policy and Leisure at Hounslow Council and the Mayor of Hounslow, Councillor Sue Sampson showed their support by giving out medals to the young people taking part in the trials.

There were some very talented athletes competing, with many aiming to be in the top six for their age category to secure a place on the Hounslow team.

Partnering Hounslow Mini Marathon trials with parkrun has made the event a real family affair, with siblings, parents and even pets joining in the fun, and some siblings all qualifying for the team.

Councillor Samia Chaudhary, Cabinet Member for Green Policy and Leisure said:

"It was a pleasure to see so many young runners taking part in the trials and really enjoying their sport. Hounslow is home to a large number of very talented young athletes and we wish today's qualifiers every success as they go on to represent the borough at theVirgin Money Giving London Mini Marathon in April.

"A huge thank you must go out to all of the volunteers at Osterley parkrun and to the National Trust Osterley Park for hosting the event."

For details on how to represent Hounslow in the Balfour Beatty London Youth Games contact Jonathan.Barbour@fusion-lifestyle.com (copy and paste email address)