Linden Homes Morpeth Harriers Athlete of the Month Award.
Leonard received his award certificate for his achievements in January, from the clubs Press Officer George Patterson, to warm applause from his club colleagues,
at their club house on Mitford Road, in Morpeth, on the evening of Monday 22nd February 2016.
In a very varied month of activity, Rory competed in the final of the Indoor 1500m in Sheffield,
where he finished fifth, where he was up against more Senior opposition.
He finished fourth in the Intermediate Boys event at the Northumberland Schools Cross Country, at Temple Park, South Shields, which following an Inter Counties appearance, has since led him to a much deserved slot on the Northumberland team for the forthcoming English School’s Cross Country Championships in Nottingham.
However his crowning glory on the month, was finishing seventh in the
Under 15 Boys event at the Northern Cross Country Championships in Blackburn,
where he led his club to fifth team place, and just adrift of a podium place both individually,
and also on a team front.
Rory only began his running career last August,
after many years enjoying success on the football field.
Coming from a family with a background in road and cross country running,
he has taken to the sport very naturally, and since his link up with Morpeth Harriers,
he has progressed quite rapidly, and is now very much a fixture in their Junior ranks,
and has been very well accepted by his club colleagues, and coaches,
and in a very short period of time he has contributed largely to some very welcome successes.