Weightman runs her way into record books

On the eve of her 28th birthday, Morpeth Harrier Laura Weightman ran her way into the record books when finishing fifth in a star studded Women’s 3000m at the annual Prefontaine Classic, part of the IAAF Diamond League programme.

Friday, 5th July 2019, 18:40 pm
Updated Monday, 8th July 2019, 14:25 pm
Sam Hancox and Rachelle Falloon.

Weightman, who has been using the USA as a training base for a few weeks, not only recorded the fastest time by a British woman this year with her posting of 8m26.07s, but bettered her own personal best by nearly 20 seconds. It also now moves her second in the all time British Rankings behind Paula Radcliffe’s figures of 8m22.20s set in Monte Carlo in 2002.

Mhairi MacLennan and Carl Avery of Morpeth Harriers were both in competitive action at the annual Night of 10,000metre PB’s, organised by London Club Highgate Harriers and held at the Parliament Hill Athletics Track on Hampstead Heath on Saturday.

Scottish International MacLennan was always up with the early pace in the Women’s A Race. Won in a time of 31m08.13s by fellow Scot Steph Twell of Aldershot and Farnham, MacLennan slipped back to eventually finish 20th in the top class field of 34, posting a time almost equal to her personal best of 32m58.42s.

Avery finished ninth in the Men’s C Race, posting a time of 29m53.29s, a new track personal best for him.

Rory Leonard and Phillip Winkler of Morpeth Harriers both ran respective lifetime bests of 4m12.76s and 4m28.35s in the Men’s 1 Mile A Race, held in conjunction with other events, at the Regional BMC Meeting, held at Leeds Beckett University on the evening of Monday 1st July.

Sam Hancox was second in the Bridges of the Tyne race hosted by Tyne Bridge Harriers and run on a balmy Tuesday evening last week. In a race he had previously won last year, he narrowly lost out to Jarlath McKenna of Bristol and West AC by a margin of seconds with a time of 25 minutes and 9 seconds for the 5 mile course. He had the consolation, however, of finishing as North East Champion for the distance, however, with McKenna not counting as representing from a club from outside the area.

There was a medal performance also from Rachelle Falloon, third woman in 30m 22s behind Danielle Smythe and Georgia Campbell.