Despite being around four seconds adrift of his fastest time, Morpeth Harrier Rory Leonard still emerged with a great deal of credit as he finished an excellent third in the highly competitive Men’s 5000m B Race, at the BMC Grand Prix meeting, held at Loughborough on Saturday 15th June 2019
He was easily the fastest in his Under 20 age group, of which he is No1 in the UK, and is currently No 4 in Europe, and already has the required qualifying time for the European Junior Championships, being held in Boras in Sweden, exactly a week following the English Schools Championships, in which Leonard is also hoping to represent Northumberland, possibly at 1500m.
On Saturday Leonard clocked a smart and steady 14m20.85s, his Father and Coach, Tony’s words, which was also faster than all but six of the 22 strong A Race Field, and was a good eight seconds faster than his closest Under 20 rival Matt Willis of Wrexham, who finished eight places behind Leonard.
Another Morpeth Harrier in action at Loughborough on Saturday evening, was Under 23 Man James Young, who was recently pipped on the line for the Northern 800m title.
On Saturday Young finished second in a talent filled 1500m A race, posting a finishing time of 3m45.0s, which was just a fraction down on race winner Adam Fogg, an Australian, currently competing for Coventry Godiva.
Young also held off the close attentions of fellow Northerner Daniel Bebbington of Preston Harriers in the final run in.