OLYMPICS

RUNNER Laura Weightman was among the first athletes to have the opportunity to race at the Olympic Stadium – and she set a personal best at the same time.

The Hipsburn lass competed at the Stratford-based venue as part of the UKA invitational 3000m during the BUCS Championships on Sunday.

And the 20-year-old, who has been a member of double Olympic champion Dame Kelly Holmes’ Aviva-sponsored On Camp with Kelly initiative since 2008, smashed her PB by over 30 seconds.

Under the watchful eye of mentor Dame Kelly, the Morpeth Harrier pulled away from the field in the final two laps to take the win by six seconds from fellow ‘On Camp’ athlete Emma Pallant, crossing the line in 9:02.62. Dame Kelly praised Laura, who is currently studying at Leeds Met University.

“Competing in the Olympic Stadium is a fantastic opportunity and Laura really rose to the occasion with an excellent performance,” said Dame Kelly.

On Camp with Kelly, supported by Aviva since 2004, is Dame Kelly’s mentoring and education initiative for talented young middle-distance athletes. For more information, visit www.oncampwithkelly.co.uk