Car sales firm backing Laura’s Rio 2016 hopes

Benfield Nissan general manager Martin Watson giving Laura Weightman her new Juke.
Benfield Nissan general manager Martin Watson giving Laura Weightman her new Juke.

A car sales firm is hoping to be a driving force behind Morpeth Harrier and Team GB athlete Laura Weightman’s bid to compete at next year’s Rio Olympic Games.

The 1,500m runner, from Alnwick, is being supplied with a Washington-built Nissan Juke to help her as she steps up her preparations and training schedule ahead of the Brazil Olympics.

The car has been given to her by Benfield Nissan’s dealership in Portland Road, Newcastle.

The 23-year-old, a protege of three-time Olympian Steve Cram, will use the car to travel to and from training sessions and competitions across the country.

Laura, a finalist at the London 2012 Olympics, said: “This is just amazing. It’s the perfect car for me, and I’m so happy with it. I can’t emphasise enough how important it is to have a car that’s totally reliable and comfortable.

“I’m so grateful to have the backing of Benfield Nissan, especially as my training schedule intensifies.”

Cram, her coach, added: “This is fantastic news for Laura and great news that a local business like Benfield is getting behind her.

“As a full-time athlete, she has to find support wherever she can, so this is a great gesture and will be invaluable to Laura as her commitments increase and her training schedule develops towards Rio 2016.”

Benfield Nissan general manager Martin Watson added: “Laura thoroughly deserves our support. We are a North East-based company, so to be able to help and support one of the region’s most exciting and talented young athletes reach the Olympic Games is a real honour. The fact the Nissan Juke was built here in the North East also make us all particularly proud.”