Calder Valley athlete Max Wharton swapped the fells for the track and proved his undoubted talent with an excellent performance at the National Indoor Championships in Sheffield.
Wharton, who has represented Great Britain in Mountain Running for the last few years, demolished the competition in the 800m heats at the English Instsiute of Sport.
Wharton his heat in 1:55:40, producing a trademark front run in only his second Indoor track race.
The final on the Sunday was a closely contested affair, with favorite Spencer Thomas and Wharton battling it out, not only for a gold medal in the National U20 Championships, but a chance to earn a coveted England vest at the Welsh International meeting this weekend in Cardiff.
Once again Wharton did all the hard work and led from the front over the whole four laps of the 200m banked indoor track.
However,t a split seconds loss of concentration on the back straight, combined with good tactics from Thomas, saw the Phoenix AC athlete move into first place as they hit the final banked curve.
Wharton responded with a final effort but was narrowly beaten into second by an agonizing 0.11 sec in 1:52.35.