Kenyan training proves good foundation for the year ahead for Olympian

Laura Weightman in Kenya.
Laura Weightman in Kenya.
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Sheep blocking lane one and passing giraffes on your Sunday run. These aren’t the sights that Laura Weightman normally encounters on her training sessions.

But it was par for the course for the Olympic finalist during her four-week stint in Kenya.

And the 21-year-old says that the warm-weather, high-altitude training camp has provided a good platform for the year ahead.

“Kenya was great. It allowed me to really focus on my training. I was running about 65 to 70 miles a week.”

The Morpeth Harrier spent time with double Olympic gold medallist Mo Farah during her stay in Africa.

“It was really inspiring and you get to see just how hard athletes like Mo train,” she said.

Laura is already feeling the benefits, having run a 16.42 5k personal best in Leeds recently. She plans to run a number of road races during the winter as she builds towards the summer campaign.