A TALENTED teenage runner will take to the start line of a prestigious event in London later this year.

Corey Campbell was one of about 200 set to take part in the London Mini Marathon last month.

However, with the event postponed due to the coronavirus, the teenager’s attention now turns to October and the rearranged event.

His dad, Darren, said the mini marathon would see half a dozen runners from Scotland up against their counterparts from counties across England, Ireland and Wales.

As many as 200 were expected to head to London and take part over the four-mile course, which finishes in front of Buckingham Palace.

Darren said: “Corey was obviously very disappointed it was postponed but happy that as it stands it is still going to happen in October.

“It is still scheduled for October and we have got plans to travel down and Corey is training hard.”

The coronavirus has impacted on the athletics season across the country, with events being cancelled or postponed on and off the track.

The lockdown has not stopped the 13-year-old though.

His dad added: “Corey is very dedicated and he has got a complete training programme for the following week.

“He is out pretty much every day, with one day’s rest.

“He is running about 75 kilometres a week at the moment, which is obviously spread over six days.

“He is doing speed work, strength and is training in a mini gym at home.

“A lot of kids have ambitions whether it is football, rugby or whatever but he is very dedicated and good at what he does.”

Corey’s success does not come on the heels of a lengthy athletics career though.

The family moved north of the border to Dunbar just four years ago, with Corey having previously played rugby.

However, it was while at Dunbar Primary School that he noticed an enjoyment and talent for long distance running.

Darren told Courier Sport: “He used to be a rugby player when we were down south.

“Then, we came up here, he was playing rugby in Dunbar but it was a different type of rugby.

“He was at Dunbar Primary School and they used to do a run each Friday.

“He started doing that, enjoyed that and joined the waiting list for Dunbar Running Club.”

Since then, his talent has see him selected for Team East Lothian, with podium finishes becoming a regular theme for the youngster.

His dad added: “Corey had qualified as a result of the national road race, which was held in Greenock.

“Automatic selection was to finish in the top four and he finished third.

“He has had a tremendous season throughout.”