Birthday Girl Laura Weightman not only won the UK Women’s 1500m title
at Birmingham’s Alexander Stadium on Sunday 2nd July 2018,
she also firmly booked her place on the plane to Berlin, and next month’s European Championships.
The 27-year-old Morpeth Harrier has built up her preparations carefully, under the guidance of coach Steve Cram, following her return from April’s Commonwealth Games, where she competed over the longer distance of 5000m, winning an excellent Bronze medal.
On Sunday however, Laura showed that she still has what it takes to win at 1500m, taking the lead on the final lap from long term leader Jessica Judd of Chelmsford, who had won the heat on Saturday, where Weightman had qualified for the final by finishing third in a very modest 4m16.18s, to superbly win the final in 4m08.80s, although a little adrift of her lifetime best, a pleasing victory.
Another Morpeth Harrier in action at the Championships on Sunday was Mhairi MacLennan, who finished fourteenth out of twenty-one finishers in the Women’s 5000m, posting a finishing time of 16m48.27s, which was around forty seconds adrift of winner Steph Twell of Aldershot.