London 2012 runner Laura Weightman ready for tonight’s Olympic semi-final

Olympic runner Laura Weightman.
Olympic runner Laura Weightman.

Olympic runner Laura Weightman insists she is looking to ‘push on’ in her 1500m semi-final tonight.

The 21-year-old, from Lesbury, will be taking to the track at around 7.45pm, with a dream spot in Friday’s final at stake.

The Morpeth Harrier, who is coached by Steve Cram, made it through her heat on Monday, finishing sixth in a time of 4:07.29.

It was an impressive run from the former Duchess’s Community High School pupil, in what was her first taste of Olympic competition.

She said: “I was pleased with the way that I ran the race and I can now look forward to the semi-final.

“The goal was to make the semi-final so I am pleased with that and now I can look forward and really push on.”

Having been roared on by a passionate home crowd in Monday’s race, Laura cannot wait to compete again on the biggest stage of them all.

She said: “It was such a brilliant experience and one I will probably never forget.

“I am really pleased I get another opportunity to do it all over again.”

The Gazette has been following Laura’s Olympic journey.

Visit the site tonight, after the race, to find out how Laura got on.

Buy tomorrow’s Northumberland Gazette for an interview with Laura’s mum Diana, who has spoken of her pride after seeing her daughter make her Olympic debut.