In one of her final outings prior to the forthcoming World Athletics Championships in London,
Morpeth’s Laura Weightman could take personal delight,
when finishing second to Pudsey and Bramley’s Alex Bell,
in the Women’s 800m A race at the penultimate BMC Gold Standards Meeting,
held at Stretford, Manchester, on the evening of Tuesday 25th July.
Delight, not in finishing second, but achieving a brand-new lifetime best for the distance of 2m01.87s,
taking nearly a second over her time that she posted in June at Chester Le Street, in the regional BMC event.
It clearly shows that Weightman is in the form of her life going into the Championships,
and can legitimately expect a good outcome from them, maybe not necessarily a medal,
but barring any mishaps, a world class time.
Weightman was one of four in action from her club on the night.
In the fourth fastest Men’s 800m event, Joe Armstrong posted a seasons best of 1m54.53s,
when finishing fifth, and two places ahead of club colleague James Young, who clocked 1m55.60s.
Rory Leonard, who was also in action at the meeting, had been hoping to better his 1500m time,
however frustratingly he was only a mere fraction of a second adrift,
as he clocked 4m01.88s, when finishing eleventh in a talent filled third fastest race of the night.