Running a remarkably similar time to her run in Stockholm last month, Morpeth Harrier Laura Weightman finished an excellent second to Kenyan International Faith Kipyegon in the Women’s 1500m at the Golden Spike Meeting, held in Ostrava, Czechoslovakia on Tuesday 8th September 2020.
The newly crowned UK Champion, again ran with superb control, and was always a threat to the winner until the final lap, and managed to post her second best time of the year of 4m01.96s, which was only just over a second adrift of her personal best.
Kipyegon won in 3m59.05s, which was a meeting record.
Two other Brits in the event were Jemma Reekie, who finished third in 4m03.25s,
and Eilish McColgan, who finished eleventh in 4m12.07s.
In her five appearances, in what has been a very restricted track season,
Weightman has yet to finish outside the top three,
which certainly speaks volumes about the quality of her present form.
Meanwhile on Saturday 12th September 2020, another Morpeth Harrier who competed
at the 2012 Olympics was running in the talent filled Antrim Coast Half Marathon.
Nick McCormick proved that he still has what it takes, event though he is now
competing in the Over 35 Veteran Men’s age group.
In the event, won by fellow 2012 5,000metre colleague Mo Farrah, also now in the V35 category,
McCormick finished in 24th place, posting a seasons best of 67m08s, and he was third Veteran Man finisher.
Farrah’s winning time was 60m27s, who won by twelve seconds from
Cambridge and Coleridge’s Marc Scott, formerly of Richmond and Zetland,
with former National Cross-Country Champion Ben Connor of Derby, finishing third in 60m55s.