Leonard posted a time of 8m24.91s, his second-best time of the season, and six seconds adrift of his lifetime best, when winning the Men’s, A Race from fellow North East and Under 20 rival Sam Charlton of Wallsend Harriers by a margin of two seconds.
Obviously the conditions seriously affected times, which Leonard could only reflect some disappointment, and afterwards thought that they were somewhat akin to the Cross Country season, however he still remains positive about the forthcoming season, and appearing on the International stage, preferably in the longer 5000m,
where he is currently ranked No 3 in Europe, and convincingly No 1 in the UK,
and possibly having a tilt at his Father Tony’s best time for the distance, which still sits at 14m08.38s,
a time which he achieved in 1981 in Brighton.
Rory’s best time for the distance, achieved one week ago is 14m16.35s.