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Laura Weightman 1500m/5000m Running Coach

Laura weightman

running coach

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Qualifications

BSc in Sport and Exercise Science from Leeds Beckett University 

UKA Coach in Running Fitness with Event Group Endurance Qualification

Safeguarding in Athletics and Enhanced DBS check

Key Roles and Athletic Achievements 

Athlete Mentor at the Leeds Talent Hub for Athletics 

Represented Great Britain at the Olympic Games over 1500m at London and Rio de Janiero

Medalist at the Commonwealth Games and European Championships over 1500m and 5000m

Photo by Lauren Hawkins/Sportsshoes

A Bit About Me

As an athlete I began running at the age of 12 with Morpeth Harriers and I have loved the sport ever since. The highs and lows of my athletics journey are the experiences that I am now putting into coaching athletes, which I have been doing for over 5 years. My career has seen me compete on the world stage over 1500m/5000m for over 10 years internationally. My career highlights include winning 2 medals at both the Commonwealth and European Championships, representing Great Britain at the London and Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games and  making the final of the world championships in 2017 over 1500m and 2019 over 5000m. I also hold the British Road Mile Record (4.17.6) and the 3rd fastest British female of all time over 5000m (14:35.44)

I have been coaching athletes at a national level for the last 5 years helping them achieve their goals from the 800m up to the Marathon on the track, road and cross country circuit. 

Coaching Philosophy

I am incredibly lucky to have had some great coaching influences in my career to date. Mike Bateman, my first coach from 12-18 at Morpeth Harriers, was pivotal in my early development as an athlete. He built the foundations to enable me to have a career as an athlete.

My current coach, Steve Cram, has coached me since I was 18 and without him I wouldn’t be where I am today. Finally, Andrew Henderson has worked closely with me for nearly 10 years supporting my long distance coaching relationship with Steve.

Mike, Steve and Andy have all taught me so much that I take into my own coaching now. I also apply the science that my degree in Sport and Exercise Science taught me about managing training loads, creating training progressions and planning race blocks

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