Despite the Coronavirus epidemic still being very much around us, Morpeth Harrier Laura Weightman, in what should have been another Olympic year for her, ran an excellent personal best, when finishing a superb third to Kenya’s Helen Obiri, in the Women’s 5000m, at the Wanda Diamond League meeting, held in Monaco on Friday evening.(14th August)
Weightman clocked 14m35.44s, taking just over nine seconds off her previous best.
Obiri won in 14m22.12s, which although was four seconds outside her personal best, was a meeting record, and puts her at the head of the current World rankings, in what is obviously a very sparse year.
Scotswoman Eilish McColgan finished seventh, posting a seasons best of 14m57.35s.
In second place in the race ahead of Weightman, was Ethiopian Letesenbet Gidey, who posted 14m26.57s.