Excellent competitive news came the way of Morpeth Harrier Laura Weightman this morning, when she learnt that she has won selection to the England team for next year’s Commonwealth Games, which is scheduled to be held on the Gold Coast in Australia,
between 4th and 15th April.
Laura is lined up to contest the longer 5000m distance for the first time at a major games, however it is a distance that the 26-year-old is already well versed with in Cross Country terms, with her best on the track being 15m08.24s, which she set in Los Angeles in May this year in her one and only outing over twelve and a half laps.
This is an opportunity that Weightman has been weighing up for some time, and no doubt the former Duchess High student will be well prepared by her Coach and mentor Steve Cram, as she heads into a new sphere of competition.
Weightman was a superb Silver medallist in the 1500m at the 2014 Commonwealth Games,
and hopes that she can also medal in her new challenge.
Other athletes with North East connections named in the England squad along with Weightman,
are Sunderland Stroller Aly Dixon (Women’s Marathon), Sonia Samuels (formerly Wallsend Harriers),
now with Sale Harriers (Women’s Marathon), Sarah McDonald (formerly Jarrow & Hebburn)
now with Birchfield Harriers (1500m), and Rabah Yousif (formerly Middlesbrough AC),
now with Newham and Essex Beagles (Men’s 4 x 400m Relay).