Morpeth’s Laura Weightman superbly maintained her love affair with major
championships on Sunday evening in Berlin’s Olympic Stadium,
when she won a Bronze medal behind fellow Brit Laura Muir in the Women’s 1500m final at the European’s.
Weightman very much immediately went to the front of affairs in the three and three-quarter lap event, and led the field until two laps to go, when Muir went to the front.
At that point, Muir put in a 62 second lap to take the bell, having established a very strong lead.
With 200m remaining as Muir drew further ahead, Weightman, who had chased her alone after she broke,
began to weaken slightly, and with 100m to go, with Muir now well clear, Weightman was caught by
her heat winner from the Friday Sofia Ennaoui of Poland.
Weightman dug deep at this point, and while she couldn’t quite match the finishing pace of Ennaoui,
she managed to hold off Ireland’s Ciara Mageean to win her second European Bronze,
by nearly a whole second, posting a time of 4m03.75s.
Whilst this was Weightman’s second European outdoor Bronze medal, it was Muir’s
first outdoor Gold Medal, and in fact Britain’s first outdoor European Gold at the distance.
Weightman had very nearly won her heat on the Friday, where she posted the second fastest overall heat time of 4m08.74s, and the end result of a Bronze medal was very rewarding.
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.
Four Morpeth Harriers took part in the annual Anita Nott Memorial Women’s only race,
held at Jesmond Dene, and organised by Heaton Harriers, on the sunny evening of Monday 25th June 2018.
The quartet were led home by Carol Parry, who had an excellent run to finish 232nd overall,
and was 33rd Over 45 Woman, posting a finishing time of 30m03s.
One place behind her, and 34th Over 40 Woman Claire Walker, who finished one second adrift.
Morpeth Harriers other two finishers also ran a close race together.
Jacinta Wake finished 331st in 33m23s and was 37th Over 50 Woman.
One place behind her with an identical time was Sue Smith,
who was 38th Over 50 Woman.
The event had a total of 457 finishers.