Exactly eight days after running his heart out in very wintry conditions at Sedgefield to help his club’s Under 15 Boys’ squad achieve a team victory in the North Eastern Counties Cross Country Championships, Morpeth Harrier Rory Leonard opted for the warmth of indoor competition when he took part in the North Yorkshire Open Meeting, held at the Sheffield Arena on Sunday, December 20.
It was the first time that the American-born athlete had experienced an indoor circuit, and also the distance of 1500m, and the fact that he finished an excellent third in Race 2 in a time of 4m28.9s — he was fifth fastest overall Under 17 athlete, and 12th fastest over the two heats — speaks volumes of the excellence of his performance, and indeed he looks a very promising prospect for the future for his club.
• Currently holidaying in New Zealand with his wife Linda, Morpeth Harrier Kevin Bray took time out on Boxing Day to don his club vest and took part in a local Park Run event in Hagley, near Christchurch.
Kevin reported the weather to be very pleasant, ranging between ten and 13 degrees centigrade, and ideal conditions for running – sunny, with very little wind to speak of, very much a contrast to what we were facing in the North East,with torrential rain and several areas flooded.
He is pictured following his run, where he finished 15th overall, with a time on the 5km circuit of 20m28s.
Meanwhile back in the region, Morpeth Harrier Mark Cockburn set new figures of 17m59s when finishing fifth in the Newcastle Park Run, four places ahead of club colleague Paul Banks, who clocked 18m56s.
The Park Run in Whitley Bay was cancelled because it clashed with the 30th annual Woodlawn Christmas Pudding Charity Run.
This saw Morpeth Harrier Ross Floyd finish third behind the Gateshead Harrier brothers Daniel and Callum Johnson.
Floyd clocked 15m38s, losing out by nine and ten seconds respectively to the Gateshead pair.
The Morpeth man had been the leader on the first of the two laps.