Credit for third placed Leonard

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 evening.

Monday, 17th June 2019, 11:48 am
Updated Wednesday, 19th June 2019, 12:52 pm

He was easily the fastest in his Under 20 age group, of which he is No1 in the UK, and No 4 in Europe, and already has the required qualifying time for the European Junior Championships being held in Boras in Sweden one week after the English Schools Championships, in which he 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 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 he 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.

The title ‘Newburn River Run’ seemed particularly apt last Wednesday for the hardy souls who took part in the annual scenic run from the Newburn Leisure Centre. Terrible on the day conditions didn’t deter some 293 finishers with Blackhill Bounder Jordan Bell first man in a time of 31 minutes 54 seconds and unattached Maria Catterall first woman in 40m 16s.

Morpeth’s Lee Bennett continued his fine run of form with another first Over 50 prize here, having won the category at Blaydon some three days previously, finishing in 5th place overall in 34m 11s.

Mike Winter was 41st in 40m 19s and Eric Adams 44th in 40m 45s. There was a third place Over 60 category prize for Mike Steven, 74th in 43m 7s.

A much better performance by Morpeth Harriers Senior Men and Women saw them finish third of six competing teams in their second round Northern League Division 2E fixture, held at Middlesbrough Sports Village on Sunday, with detailed results to follow.

With the 2019 Northumberland Coastal Run fast approaching, here is some important information for anyone who needs to transfer their race number..

All transfers are to be completed by June 23 – one month prior to the event.

Once that date has passed, there is no opportunity to transfer and cancellations will not allow for any refunds.

Please note that due to the terrain, and difficult access to runners once the race is under way, it is vital that nobody runs under another person’s number.

Morpeth Harriers are also being invited to take part in the annual Curfew Run in Berwick, which is being held on Wednesday, July10.

This is a unique event in which athletes complete a one circuit course of the town’s Elizabethan Walls to the toll of the Curfew Bell, which rings for 13 minutes, from the Guildhall, starting at 8pm.

Finally, a correction: last week’s Blaydon Race was the 39th running of the event, not the 38th as stated, meaning that next year will be the race’s 40th anniversary.