OFFENHAM youngster Samson Belcher has won the annual Offenham Wake Mile Race.

The nine-year-old was full of smiles after producing a big performance to take first place.

Having finished third last year, the youngster tracked the leaders around the first three laps before striking on the final lap.

He defeated more than 50 people, including several children more than five years older than him, to win by over 200 metres.

The mile race is open to all villagers and one of the events hosted by the Wake Committee during Offenham Village Wake Week.