Let’s all get behind our golden girl Laura

Laura Weightman celebrates winning the Women's 1500m final during day two of the Sainsbury's British Championships at Birmingham Alexander Stadium on June 28, 2014 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Paul Thomas/British Athletics/British Athletics via Getty Images)
Laura Weightman celebrates winning the Women's 1500m final during day two of the Sainsbury's British Championships at Birmingham Alexander Stadium on June 28, 2014 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Paul Thomas/British Athletics/British Athletics via Getty Images)

The Gazette is backing Commonwealth Games-bound star Laura Weightman by producing a Go Laura poster on our centre pages in today’s paper.

And we are calling on readers to buy the paper and back the 23-year-old by putting the poster up in your shop and house windows.

The 1500m runner, from Lesbury, will be representing England at the Glasgow-based Games, which start on Wednesday, and she is aiming to be in and around the medals.

Morpeth Harrier Weightman is in a rich vein of form, winning the title at the British Championships in June and grabbing a 4:00.17 personal best in Paris earlier this month.

And the Steve Cram-coached athlete insists she is heading in the right direction for the Games after a strong display at the Sainsbury’s Glasgow Grand Prix last Friday.

Competing in a competitive field, she more than held her own, finishing fourth in 4:03.98.

The Grand Prix gave her a sneak peak of what is to come, as the event was staged inside Hampden Park – the same venue that Weightman will return to for the Games. Her first round is on Monday, July 28. The final is the following evening.