Laura Weightman of Morpeth Harriers has won selection to her fourth World Championships,
when the Great Britain team for Doha was announced a few days ago by
UK Performance Director Neil Black, himself a former Morpeth Harrier,
who had most of his successes in the late seventies early eighty’s,
being coached alongside other notables at the time, by Commonwealth Gold Medallist, and club legend Jim Alder.
For the first time Weightman will contest the longer 5000m distance,
having previously performed at 1500m, firstly in 2013, then 2015,
and two years ago in London’s Olympic Park.
She has medalled at 5000m, having finished third in the 2018 Commonwealth’s on Australia’s Gold Coast,
and currently holds the second fastest British time of 14m51.78s, which she achieved in London in July.
Ahead of her in the rankings is Dundee’s Eilish McColgan, who leads the British competing trio, the other athlete being Blackburn’s Jessica Judd, who finished in second place to McColgan in the recent championships,
and just ahead of Weightman, who was returning from injury at the time.
Weightman will be well prepared for the championships, having selected an African base for her final spell of training leading up to her event, where heats take place on Wednesday 2nd October,
and if she makes it through to the final, she will compete again on the evening of Saturday 5th October.
Morpeth Harriers wish her well in all her challenges.