A THREE-YEAR-OLD girl could be the next Paula Radcliffe after she completed her first 1.5K race in just 11 minutes.
India Silvester amazed her parents at the Great North Mini-Run by sprinting off at the start and not stopping until she reached the finish line.
Proud mum Joanna Espin-Silvester said: “Lots of older children were stopping and walking but India just kept going.
“I’m sure the atmosphere spurred her on and she was very excited about the event but we were surprised and shocked that she ran the whole way.
“It’s a very big achievement.”
Thanks to family and friends and fellow Edenham Pre-Schoolers, India has raised £260 for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research.
She is now desperate to race again.
The family lives in Careby Road, Holywell, and Joanna, 38, an architectural assistant and dad Carl, 37, an architectural technician, are regular runners and choose different charities to support each year.
Joanna ran with India in the tots’ race while Carl took part in the main Great North Run the following day in aid of the NSPCC.
It was his fourth Great North Run and Joanna has also taken part in four.
She is also planning to run next year’s London Marathon for the British Heart Foundation, in memory of her late cousin Martin Chappell, a football coach and runner originally from Market Deeping, who died of heart disease in his 40s.
“India has been running with us and we knew she could do a quarter of a mile,” said Joanna.
“As I was accompanying her for the race I was quite prepared for her to stop at any time if she didn’t want to run any more.
“As it is, next year I think it will be me struggling to keep up with her.”
The family also supports a child in India and plan to take their daughter there in a couple of years.