FOLLOWING her disastrous fall at the UK Trials in Birmingham in July, Morpeth Harrier Laura Weightman had almost written off her chances of making the World Championships currently under way in Moscow.
However, on Sunday morning she bravely toed the start line in a class-filled first heat of the women’s 1500m.
Unfortunately, on this occasion as possibly expected, she paid the ultimate price for her current level of fitness.
Two weeks ago, Laura was still hobbling around on crutches nursing a leg injury and she paid a huge tribute to the Great Britain medical team for actually getting her there, also to her coach Steve Cram for backing her determination.
It was evident that her lack of fitness saw her finish 11th in 4m14.38s, which left her obviously distressed and out of the championships.
Meanwhile, her Great Britain colleague Hannah England advanced to the semi-finals by finishing third in the third heat.
Morpeth Harriers’ Mongolian long-distance supremo Serod Batochir, lines up for his country in the men’s marathon, which takes place on Saturday at 15.30, (12.30 UK time).
ORGANISING members from Morpeth Harriers were much relieved that the heavy rainstorm that prevailed throughout the region on Monday, August 5, had passed away entirely in time for the Benfield Motor Group-sponsored annual Morpeth 10k to go ahead unaffected on Tuesday, August 6.
With only a mere trace of a breeze and glorious evening sunshine, the 351 finishers enjoyed ideal conditions on the two-lap circuit round Tranwell Woods, none more so than Elswick Harriers’ Ethiopian import Tadele Geremew, who eventually won the race in 31m49s, despite a determined second-lap challenge by Morpeth Harrier Karl Taylor, who placed second in 32m10s.
Geremew certainly didn’t have it all his own way. However, with around 2k remaining, he managed to break free from Taylor, to confirm himself as the 17th winner of the event.
Third place went to Tyne Bridge Harrier Marc Fenwick, who clocked 32m30s.
Fourth place went to Morpeth Harrier Ross Floyd, who clocked 32m48s, finishing just ahead of the unattached Mike Jefferies (32m58s).
Sixth place went to Morpeth Harrier Thomas Straughan, who clocked a very impressive 34m 00s.
Seventh place went to Sunderland Stroller Graeme Thorpe, who clocked 34m10s, and was also the first veteran man to finish in an excellent field of 351 finishers.
Eighth and ninth places went to Wallsend Harriers Chris Smith and Lee Kernohan, who had respective times of 34m12 and 34m25s.
Tenth spot went to Elswick Harrier Phil Sanderson, who was second veteran man to finish, in a time of 34m31s.
Other leading Morpeth Harriers finishers were: Tom Brookes (11th) 34m54s, Mick Thomsen (17th) 35m21s, co-sponsor Phil Walker (18th, fourth veteran man) 35m38s, Matthew Boyle (31st) 36m41s, and Elliot Kelly (33rd) 36m46s.
The women’s race was won by Jarrow and Hebburn’s Alex Snook, who finished 36th overall in 37m14s.
Second place went to Elswick’s Judith Nutt, who finished 63rd overall, and was first lady veteran in 38m59s.
Third in the ladies race was new Wallsend recruit Lucy Wallace, who finished 79th overall in 39m28s.
With the aforementioned Nutt finishing as second female, the leading veteran women’s title went to North Shield Poly athlete Alison Cummings, who was 126th overall in 42m47s.
In addition to the Benfield Motor Group, who were the main sponsors, along with Phil Walker Wealth Management as a co-sponsor, Morpeth Harriers would also wish to thank Chris Dentice of Stanton Hall Gardens, who also co-sponsored the event, and also Start Fitness for prize vouchers, Piramal Healthcare for race parking, Morpeth Town FC for the use of their Craik Park premises for race headquarters, and members and friends for their valuable help on the night with race marshalling, drinks en-route, acting as race officials at the start and finish, and results production.
JONNY Taylor and Richard Morrell of Morpeth Harriers travelled to Stretford in Manchester on Monday evening to compete in the men’s 1500m at the BMC Grand Prix meeting.
Jonny clocked a season’s best of 3m44.96s, when finishing second in the A-race, and Richard finished 10th in the same race in a time of 3m53.43s.
MORPETH Harrier Nathan Shrubb finished seventh in Sunday’s Sherwood sponsored Darlington 10k in a time of 33m05s, which was a season’s best for the Dorset-based teacher.
The event was won by Ethiopian Wondiye Fikre Idelbu in 30m10s, who finished one second in front of fellow Ethiopian Yared Hagos of Wallsend Harriers.
THERE were some good leading performances from athletes belonging to Morpeth Harriers at Saturday’s 5k Park Runs, held at Newcastle and Whitley Bay.
Fergus Bates finished second in 16m59s, and Geoff Whitman finished sixth in 18m22s in Newcastle, and Elliot Kelly was third at Whitley Bay in 17m46s.
MORPETH Harrier Alison Brown was first female finisher at Saturday’s Glanton Show Fell Race, in Northumberland.
The event was won by Morpeth 10k winner Tadele Geremew.