Dream season comes to an end

A dream spot in an Olympic final, a personal best (PB) which is ‘pushing on for a world-class time’ and becoming UK champion – it’s been an unforgettable season for Laura Weightman.

The 21-year-old from Lesbury can now look forward to a well-deserved rest after competing in her last 1500m event of a memorable season.

And while she admits her campaign-ending race – which saw her muster a 13th-place finish in the Diamond League meeting in Zurich last Thursday – ‘wasn’t great’, she is overwhelmed at what she has achieved in 2012.

But she insists the time has come to take a break, before gearing up for the winter season later in the year.

“I have been racing since May and I am feeling tired, not just physically but mentally too.

“In Zurich, I was in with the pack although I was at the back,but when they started moving I just had nothing left to give.

“I’ve given everything in every race this year and Zurich showed me that it was time for a break.

“But it was a good race to finish the season on.

“It has been a long season, but one which has been like a dream.

“If somebody said this time last year that I’d race in the Olympics, and not only that but make the final, I wouldn’t have believed them.”

The Morpeth Harrier’s stunning rise, culminating in an 11th-place finish in the 1500m final at London 2012, has seen her become something of a celebrity.

“It is really strange. Even when I walk around places like Newcastle, I am getting noticed and people are coming up to me. It’s nice, and it’s great that people take an interest,” said Laura, who also set a 4:02.99 PB in her 1500m Olympic semi-final, as well as becoming UK Champion in June.