Yasmin Marghini, 15, completed the London Borough Challenge at the Virgin Money Mini Marathon in the under 15 girls category this Sunday in first place, and had the 4th fasted time nationally.
Yasmin, who is part of Westminster City Council’s Champions of the Future scheme, finished the 5km course in 16 minutes 46 seconds, beating her previous best by 30 seconds.
Yasmin also won the Junior British Athletes challenge at last year’s Vitality Westminster Mile, and when became the 3rd fastest female ever to complete the Highbury Fields parkrun.
Yasmin Marghini is also the winner of the Champions of the Future award at the ActiveWestminster Awards 2016. The awards celebrate those who change lives through their outstanding contribution to sport in Westminster.
Yasmin said: “The Mini Marathon was really fun and it was amazing to win. It was great how everyone was cheering as well, especially around Big Ben and St James Park, and everyone was really happy when I crossed the finish line.
“I came 4th nationally this year which was I was pleased with, but I finished 4th last year as well, but all the times of the top 4 were really close. I was able to cut 30 seconds off my personal best last year so I was really happy with that.
“I’m also running the Westminster Mile in May, which I won last year. I’m hoping to win again, and I’m really hoping to break the course record for my category – last year I ran the course in 5.01 minutes, and the record is 4.59 so I was only 2 seconds off!
“I’ve been training really hard to represent England in my age category in the 3000m, and if not this year then I’ll work really hard for next year. It’s my goal and my dream to eventually run in the Olympics so I’ll keep working really hard to achieve it one day.”
The Vitality Westminster Mile takes place on Sunday 28 May. The one-mile race is ideal for people who are new to physical activity and has races based on people’s estimated time. There are races for wheelchair users, family races, elite runners, and an Olympian wave with Olympic athletes. The mile has previously seen David Weir CBE, break the world record for achieving a sub-3 minute mile. Sign up for the Vitality Westminster Mile
The Champions of the Future scheme gives young athletes under 17 financial support and mentoring to help with training and development. Anyone who lives studies or works in Westminster and competes in a sport at district, regional, national or international level and can apply to be a part of the scheme. The scheme is part of a wider commitment to get more children and young people healthy and active across Westminster.