Posting a finishing time of 8m59s, Morpeth’s Laura Weightman retained her 3k title in the high-profile Brooks sponsored International Women’s event in Armagh, Ireland on the evening of Thursday 15th February 2018.
She won with four seconds to spare over Chelmsford’s Jessica Judd,
with Swansea’s Verity Ockenden a further eleven seconds adrift in third place.
Weightman, recently returned from warm weather training in South Africa,
in preparation for her forthcoming Commonwealth Games appearance in
Australia’s Gold Coast in April, was well satisfied with her run, and admitted
being very much pushed all the way to the finish line by Judd,
as she equalled her 2017 clocking.
132 athletes took part in the Women’s 3k event.
Northern Cross-Country Champion Carl Avery, led a trio of Morpeth Harriers home in the Men’s 5k event,
when he finished 50th behind Wreake and Soar Valley’s Sam Stabler.
Avery clocked a finishing time of 14m36s, which was a mere second outside his personal best.
Other Morpeth Harriers finishers in the 208-strong event were Chris Smith (110th) 15m06s,
Ross Floyd (113th) 15m06s, and Thomas Straughan (136th) 15m15s.
All of these performances represented new personal bests,
in Straughan’s case he took exactly one second off his previous figures.