In last week’s athletics coverage, we reported on Morpeth Harrier Rory Leonard unfortunately missing out on a certain medal possibility after being tripped in the 3000m at the combined Under 20/Under 23 England Athletics Track and Field Championships at Bedford.
By the end of the week however, things got better for the KEVI Sixth Form pupil, much better in fact, when he received the news that he had won selection to the GB Team for the forthcoming European Under 18 Athletics Championships, scheduled to be held in Gyor, Hungary between 5th and 8th July.
It all comes on the back of a superb Cross-Country season, which saw the Rothbury based athlete win not only the North East and the Northern Under 17 Men’s Championship, but also the Inter Counties Championship, and he finished fifth in the English Schools Championships.
Leonard is one of a total of 33 athletes selected over the many events, and he runs in the 3000m alongside great rival Thomas Keen of Cambridge and Coleridge on the 5th July.
His personal best time of 8m18.80s sees him currently ranked as No 5 in the UK, and quite high in the European figures also, credentials which have indeed won him International plaudits worldwide, where he is ranked No 3 overall in his age group.
Leonard is firmly backed in his exploits by supporting parents Tony and Sharon, both being top class runners in their competitive days, and his Coach at Morpeth Mike Bateman.
All at Morpeth Harriers wish him congratulations upon his selection, and best of luck in the competition itself.