Some of Britain’s most promising young athletes have been put through their paces at the London Marathon Events Young Athletes Camp held at St Mary’s University.

Eighty of the country’s most promising youngsters spent a week at the university in south west London learning just what it takes to be an elite athlete.

Among those attending were some of the top finishers at the 2016 Virgin Money Giving Mini London Marathon with the week-long camp part of their prize for performing so well.

Also part of the fantastic experience were top performers from the 2016 English Schools Championships on the track and cross country, along with consistent performers from the cross country and track seasons this year.

The athletes, all in the under-15 and under-17 age groups, were given expert advice in everything from nutrition and psychology workshops to anti-doping talks.

Of course, there was plenty of running too with the youngsters worked out by St Mary’s top team of coaches headed up by St Mary’s performance coach Craig Winrow.

Winrow said: “Once again St Mary’s University was delighted to host the London Marathon Events Young Athletes Camp where the athletes were educated through various workshops providing them with an insight into what it takes to be an elite athlete.

“We hope they take on board all the expert advice and use it to enhance their own running careers.”

This year’s training camp was the 13th to be held at St Mary’s and supported by London Marathon Events.

The athletes had a question and answer evening with GB international middle-distance athletes Elliot Giles and Adelle Tracey.

The pair answered questions on the types of training they do, their diets and what they have to do to stay at the top of their sport.

Previous athletes who have attended the course are 2016 British Olympians Laura Weightman and Steph Twell, as well as 2012 Olympian Ross Murray.

This year’s crop, which included the likes of Sabrina Sinha - winner of the under-17 women’s Virgin Money Giving Mini Marathon this year and silver medallist in the 1500m at the European Junior Championships this summer – will be hoping to follow in their footsteps.

The Virgin Money Giving Mini London Marathon is the official British Athletics three-mile road championships for young athletes aged between 11 and 17 and is open to entrants from the nine regions of England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales, and will include teams from all 33 London Boroughs.

Previous winners of the Mini London Marathon and Mini Wheelchair Marathon include four-time Olympic gold medallist Mo Farah and six-time London Wheelchair Marathon winner David Weir.

Details of the 2017 Virgin Money Giving Mini London Marathon will be available at www.minimarathon.co.uk in due course.