2017, Olympic Year, has been superb for 26-Year-Old Morpeth Harrier Laura Weightman,
not only in terms of achievement, but also in her consistent performances,
which in turn have seen her highly placed, not only in UK terms,
but also perhaps more importantly, on the World Stage, performances
which have also resulted in her being selected for the forthcoming
2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia in April.
Weightman will be contesting the Women’s 5000m for the very first time at such a level,
having already achieved Silver medal status in her up till now preferred distance of
1500m in the Commonwealth’s in Glasgow in 2014.
The recently published World and UK Rankings see Laura highly placed
as ninth equal over 1500m in the former, but also seventh in the UK over 800m,
second in the 1500m, second in the Mile, and third in what will soon become
her more regular competitive distance 5000m.
Despite her lack of experience in the 5000m, Weightman’s long term Coach
and Mentor Steve Cram firmly believes his charge will quickly make her
mark over the longer distance, especially when the competition really matters.
Her club and the region certainly wish Laura well in her new challenges,
as she prepares to leave for warm weather training in January,
in preparation for those challenges in the Gold Coast in April.