Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Delight for Danielle in a Quality 5,000m Field; INSIDETRACK Athletics News with BILL MCGUIRK MASSIVE PB DESPITE HOT WEATHER

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Delight for Danielle in a Quality 5,000m Field; INSIDETRACK Athletics News with BILL MCGUIRK MASSIVE PB DESPITE HOT WEATHER

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Byline: BILL MCGUIRK

THOSE with aspirations to make the GB team for the European Championships in Berlin next month certainly made the headlines, and rightly so.

Morpeth's Laura Weightman and Northumbria University's Charlie Myers both booked their passage to Germany after winning their respective 1,500 metres and pole vault contests in last weekend's Trials in Birmingham.

And while both will be delighted with their performances another local athlete is equally cock-a-hoop despite finishing way off a podium place.

The 5,000m trial had all of the country's leading endurance performers on the start line while Wallsend's Danielle Hodgkinson, on paper, was the slowest athlete taking part, the only one amongst the 21 starters never to have run quicker I really race, it better than ran it years Danielle than 17 minutes for 12-and-a-half laps.

Hodgkinson, who is an Army Mental Health Nurse stationed at Leeming, lined up in only her third-ever 5,000m, the last one being four years earlier when she contested the Trials on the same track where she trailed home at the back of the field in 17:00.97.

All of her rivals, including fellow North East contestants Kate Avery (Shildon), a former European Cross-Country double silver medallist; Morpeth's current Northern Cross-when I four ago Hodgkinson Country champion, Mhairi MacLennan, and former Elswick and Morpeth athlete Ashley Gibson, had previously posted faster times so the task of even leading home the regional representatives was a daunting one.

A sensible, steady opening few laps was ideal for Hodgkinson who went into the contest confident on the back of winning the Blaydon Race four weeks earlier.

Surprisingly, as one-by-one athletes began to fall away, Hodgkinson was still on the back of the leading group with just two laps go go. …

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