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LAURA WEIGHTMAN

Born: 01 July 1991
Coach: Steve Cram
Club: Morpeth Harriers & AC
Lives: Alnwick, Northumberland / Leeds
OCWK: Female Athlete

 

Personal Bests
800m 2:02.52 (2012), 1500m 4:02.99 (2012), 3000m 8:43.46mx (2013) / 9:02.62 (2012)

Involvement with OCWK
Laura joined OCWK in 2008 and has taken part in the following OCWK events:
Loughborough Educational Camp 2008
Tonbridge Get-Together 2008
Eat for Success Get-Together 2009
Olympic Park Visit 2010
Birmingham Get-Together 2011
Financial Planning Get-Together 2011
Winter Training Get-Together 2011

Laura received an 'On Camp with Kelly' Outstanding Achievement Award in 2012 in recoginition of reaching the 1500m final at the Olympic Games. She received an Excellent Achievement Award in 2010.


Athletics Achievements
Heat World Champs 1500m 2013
2nd European Team Champs 3000m 2013
11th Olympic Games 1500m 2012
1st UK Champs 1500m 2012
6th World Junior 1500m 2010
1st England Under 20 1500m 2010
1st English Schools Senior 1500m 2009
1st English Schools Senior 1500m 2008
1st English Schools Inter 1500m 2007
1st UK School Games 1500m 2007


Performances in 2012
Laura started her season by taking 30 seconds off her 3000m best when winning the UKA race at the London 2012 Test Event on 6 May. She then improved her 1500m best to 4:04.88 when finishing third at the IAAF World Challenge meeting in Hengelo on 27 May, an Olympic A standard qualifying time. She improved her 800m best to 2:02.52 at Watford on 9 June and then won the UK 1500m title to ensure her selection for the Olympics before finishing fourth at the Aviva London Grand Prix in 4:08.19. On her senior international debut at the Olympics Laura ran a personal best of 4:02.99 in her semi final to qualify for the final in which she finished 11th in a slow tactical race in 4:15.60. She finished second at the Aviva Birmingham Grand Prix on 26 August in 4:11.79.

Personal Bests set in 2012
800m – previous PB 2:03.18
2:02.52, 09/06/12, Watford

1500m – previous PB 4:07.94
4:04.88, 27/05/12, Hengelo NED
4:02.99, 08/08/12, Stratford

3000m – previous PB 9:33.55
9:02.62, 06/05/12, Stratford

5km – previous PB 17:04
16:57, 14/01/12, Leeds
16:43, 25/02/12, Leeds


Performances in 2011
After a season affected by injury and illness Laura improved her 1500m best to 4:07.94 in a mixed race at Trafford on 6 September.

Personal Bests set in 2011
1500m - previous PB 4:09.60
4:07.94mx, 06/09/11, Trafford


Performances in 2010
Laura improved her 1500m personal best to 4:14.43, a qualifying time for the IAAF World Junior Championships and the tenth fastest ever by a GB junior athlete, when winning at the BMC meeting in Manchester on 29 May. She then secured her selection for the World Juniors by winning the trial race at the Aviva England Under 20 Championships on 19 June and the following weekend made the 1500m final at the Aviva UK Championships. At the World Juniors she finished sixth in the 1500m final in a personal best of 4:14.31. She then she has been in excellent form. She improved her 1500m best again to 4:12.95 when finishing ninth at the Aviva London Grand Prix. She then went to fourth on the UK Under 20 all-time list with a solo 4:09.60 clocking in Gateshead on 21 August before improving her 800m best to 2:03.18 in a mixed race at Trafford on 24 August. She also won the 1500m at the BMC Grand Prix Final in 4:12.82.

Personal Bests set in 2010
800m - previous PB 2:05.3
2:03.18mx, 24/08/10, Trafford

1500m - previous PB 4:14.9mx
4:14.43, 29/05/10, Manchester
4:14.31, 25/07/10, Moncton CAN
4:12.95, 13/08/10, Crystal Palace
4:09.60, 21/08/10, Gateshead

5km
17:01, 13/01/10, Newcastle


Performances in 2009
Laura defended her senior girls 1500m title at the Aviva English Schools Championships on 11 July, winning in 4:24.96. She then took three seconds off her 800m best with 2:05.3 on 15 July and improved her 1500m best to 4:14.9 when winning a mixed race at Jarrow on 3 August.

Personal Bests set in 2009
400m - previous PB 58.8
58.43, 22/08/09, Gateshead

800m - previous PB 2:08.20
2:05.3, 15/07/09, Gateshead

1500m - previous PB 4:22.20
4:19.9mx, 29/04/09, Jarrow
4:18.4mx, 28/07/09, Jarrow
4:14.9mx, 03/08/09, Jarrow

Mile
4:52.7, 29/03/09, Middlesbrough

3000m - previous PB 9:36.6mx
9:33.55mx, 12/08/09, Gateshead

5km 17:04, 08/11/09, Newcastle


Performances in 2008
Laura won the 1000m at the competition simulation event during the OCWK Educational Camp in Loughborough in April in 2:57.85 and has improved her personal bests for 800m and 1500m to 2:08.20 and 4:22.20. She finished fifth in the 1500m at the England Athletics Under 20 Championships before winning the Senior Girls 1500m title at English Schools.

Personal Bests set in 2008
800m - previous PB 2:11.1
2:08.20, 10/5/08, Gateshead

1000m
2:57.85, 5/04/08, Loughborough

1500m - previous PB 4:26.02
4:23.4, 30/04/08, Jarrow
4:22.20, 31/05/08, Manchester
3000m - previous PB 9:56.2
9:38.6mx, 13/08/08, Jarrow


Introduction to Athletics
Laura got into athletics at middle school. She enjoyed cross country and track and her PE teacher thought she should go to the local athletics club. She took athletics seriously from the start, always wanting to improve.

Click here to check out Laura's recent performances on the Power of 10 website

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