Midlands-based athlete Laura Whittle will be aiming to carry forward her impressive form of 2014 when she takes part in Sunday’s 5000m Final. Whittle, now based at Loughborough University, will be representing Scotland at the event, her first major championship since winning the under-23 title in 2007.
The Sutton Coldfield member has produced a string of fine performances this year, including a third place showing at the British Athletics UK Championships in June. Earlier this month, Whittle secured a PB of 15:20.92 in Lucerne, a time that placed her in fourth in the UK rankings behind Jo Pavey, Emelia Gorecka and Julia Bleasdale.
Commenting on her training for the year, Whittle felt she had to consolidate the work she had done throughout winter to increase her chances for selection: “Being named in the first wave of the Scottish team was exciting but also scary because so much can go wrong in a year. So the winter was all about being careful and not doing anything too crazy and to have a solid winter with solid sessions and nothing spectacular.”
On her preparations for the Games, Whittle stated: “I opened my season over 3000m at Loughborough in May and I was just outside nine minutes and then 15:36 for 5000m in Manchester and 8:59 for 3000m at Loughborough, so things have gone in the right direction and I was really chuffed to come third in that field at the British Championships.”
The Women's 5000m Final takes place on Saturday 2 August at 7:07pm.