A talented young athlete headed to Tbilisi in Georgia where he represented Great Britain at the first-ever European Youth Championships.
Isaac Akers, of Market Harborough, was representing his home nation in the 3,000 metres event.
He put in a solid showing, running his second-fastest time of the season but narrowly missed out on the medal spots by finishing fifth, just a few seconds off third place in a field of 20.
Isaac said: “It was a fantastic experience and I ran well.
“It has made me even hungrier for future success in both athletics and cross-country.”
Isaac has been helped by The Travers Foundation, a Gretton-based charity which helps young people strive towards their sporting or artistic dreams.
Terry Forsey, from the foundation, said: “Isaac and quite a few of the GB athletes had a stomach bug and were being treated by their medic, so given the heat and his illness he performed brilliantly.
“We are delighted to be able to assist a super-talented young athlete like Isaac to achieve his dreams of representing his country in international events.
“He performed brilliantly in Tbilisi given the circumstances, and we wish him every success for his future competitions.”
For more details about the charity, see the webiste www.travers-foundation.org.uk.