On Saturday 22nd February 2020 in Glasgow, Morpeth Harrier Rory Leonard took part
in the 3000m at the British Athletics Indoor Championships, instead of defending his Junior Men’s title
at a wet and muddy Wollaton Park in Nottingham, at the English National Cross-Country Championships.
It is debatable whether Leonard made the correct choice, in that he was well off a very much up tempo pace throughout, against stiff opposition, finishing at the rear end of a ten man field,
led home by Reading’s Jonathan Davies, who posted a winning time of 8m07.96s.
Meanwhile Leonard finished in 8m34.89s, recognising that from the off he was up against more experienced older opposition, who were intent on extinguishing his young threat by upping the pace before the race was a quarter old.
Another athlete with a Morpeth Harriers connection in action in Glasgow,
was North East Champion Shot Putter Craig Charlton.
The RAF Serviceman did well to finish an excellent fourth to City of York
International Scott Lincoln, who made a winning Putt of 19.49m.
Delight for Charlton was that he produced a new personal best of 15.63m,
taking 9cm off his old figures.