News reports - July 2018

13th / 14th July 2018: Southport Waterloo well represented at English Schools Champs

The 88th New Balance ESAA English Schools Championships were held on Friday/Saturday and Southport Waterloo had 5 athletes taking part.  Senior Boy Harry Flanagan, Junior Boys Joe Kane and Sam Coupland and Junior Girl Olivia Logan representing Merseyside Schools whilst new club member Lauren Lewis represented Lancashire Schools as an Intermediate Girl.

Athletes travelled as a team to their respective hotels on Thursday, ate as a squad before team meetings and an early night as some were competing in the morning session on Friday. 

Friday morning was warm and sunny and the Championships started at 10:00. It wasn’t long before Southport Waterloo had its first representative in event number 3 at 10:34.  In action was Olivia Logan in heat 2 of the Junior Girls 1,500m.  In a very strong field, Beatrice Wood from Wiltshire won and would go on the next day to win the final.  Olivia ran a strong race. Though she did get boxed in a little she finished very strongly, crossing the line in 4:51.59 for 12th place.   

In a very busy morning session where the starters' pistols seemed to be firing constantly with sprints in the home straight and hurdles in the back straight, Lauren Lewis was our next athlete on the start line in the Intermediate Girls' 100m. Lauren ran 12.81s in heat 3 and though she may be disappointed missing out on a semi-final place. she did set a PB of 12.3s set earlier this season. We look forward to seeing Lauren in her Southport Waterloo vest soon.  

Shortly after, Joe Kane was walked to the start line by volunteers from local schools, after spending some time in the call up area, such is the professional structure of this very well managed event.  Joe was in the Junior Boys 100m heat 2, ran 11.95s finishing 6th behind heat winner and eventual gold medallist Graig Anya Joseph from Essex.  

Harry Flanagan squeezed himself into some very small Merseyside purple shorts for his heat on the Senior Boys' 200m. He finished 5th in 22.55s but this was fast enough to qualify for the semi-finals on Saturday as a fastest loser.

The last track action for the Southport Waterloo athletes saw Sam Coupland and Joe Kane in legs 1 and 2 of the Junior boys' 4x100m.  In heat 1 the Boys' team came home 3rd in 46.06s qualifying for Saturday's final as a fastest loser.  

As the Merseyside team made its way to their coach after a long day, unfortunately so were thousands of spectators and the car parks were so full with so many cars also trying to get away.  Thankfully, the Merseyside coach appeared to be driven by a Hollywood stuntman who seemed oblivious to trees and other vehicles shooting out through a gap only wide enough for a supermarket trolley to get the team back to their base so quickly that the team were eating their evening meal before many had left the car park…

After a team meeting the squad had some time to relax, and it is here that we really understand just how “rock & roll” our athletes are… Sam and Joe, who were ‘rooming’ together, spent a couple of hours laying on their beds sharing grapes whilst watching “Love Island”.   We’re not sure if the Lancashire hotel was such a riot?

The crowds were even bigger on Saturday, and had already built up by the time the Merseyside coach arrived on two wheels parking with a handbrake turn, the team walking into the venue past security as they all had their athletes accreditation lanyards; a well drilled outfit.  It was warmer too with the sun ever present. 

Harry Flanagan’s shorts seemed even tighter as he made his way to his 200m semi-final, running a superb 22.55s. Harry was disappointed not to make the final, but he has been amazing this season.  A real example to the junior athletes. Harry’s last action at English Schools was to run in the Senior Boys 4x100m, but with 2 high jumpers on the team the race was lost by the time Harry received the baton. They finished in 43.73s; still fast but missing out on a fastest loser spot in the final by 0.24s.

Olivia Logan was selected to carry the Merseyside sign in the athletes parade, showing signs of her speed from the previous day having to stop and wait for the squad to catch up as they paraded past.

It was 14:45 when Sam Coupland was brought out with the other 26 Junior Boy high jumpers.  Sam’s early season best of 1.76m has not been something he’s recently been close to, but he has worked hard with Coach Claire and should be happy with a clearance of 1.72m for 15th place in an event won by David Bazuaye of London with a leap of 1.90m. 

The final action from our athletes was the final of the Junior Boys' 4x100m, Sam Coupland and Joe Kane, this time legs 1 and 3, helped bring the baton round in 46.14s for 6th place.  

Being selected for these championships is a considerable achievement and our athletes are a credit to our club, we are very proud of them and those to come in future years

Full results


Ed: Worth noting too that the Merseyside Junior Boys won the Minor Counties trophy and the Senior Boys were 2nd. This was possibly the best performance by a Merseyside Schools' team for many years and reflects the young talent in the county, including Southport Waterloo.

8th July 2018: Senior T&F team squeak thru' to a 2nd place finish at Burnley; Club Record for Liam Harris

A win at Burnley in the 3rd of 4 rounds of the Northern T&F League would have continued the winning form of this year but losing three from the Men's team on the day of the match made it extremely difficult for Team Manager Lee Coupland to plug the gaps in the team sheet. A number of athletes answered their manager's call for more events - Liam Harris in the long jump, Jack O'Neill throwing javelin to name just two - and so we just scraped thru' into 2nd place. The final provisional scores were Seaton 404, Southport Waterloo 345, Kendal 326.5, Burnley 289.5, Border 283 and Pendle 171. Interestingly, our points for officials made the difference between 2nd and 3rd with Kendal losing out for lack of officials.

Today's scores, subject to scrutiny, still leave us in 1st place in the division with 17 League points, 2 League points and 30.5 match points ahead of Seaton. Having led all season, the objective must be to gain promotion as Divisional champions. However, the final match is hosted by Seaton at Whitehaven and we can expect them to be strong on their home track. A 2nd place behind Seaton would be enough but we need a strong team to travel to North Cumbria on 4th August.

Burnley was very warm yet again but was one of the few places in the country with cloud cover on Sunday. And an annoyingly strong wind got up to slow runners on the back straight (more than it helped the sprinters in the home straight.)

For me, there were several highlights. First of all, as mentioned, the willingness of athletes to take on extra events, so much so that by the end of the relays several were showing signs of exhaustion. In a relatively well filled team sheet, our female squad recorded 13 PBs; a magnificent performance. And, of course the day's competition started well with Liam Harris at last beating the club record in the hammer. He has been so close for some time that it is a relief that it is now achieved. In fact, I understand that he broke the club record with two of his throws, the best being 43m 12 to replace Paul Jenkins record of 41m 64 set back in 1980. With the pressure off, I'm sure Liam will go on to extend that record.

Our 10-strong Female team were Amy Bloxsome, Katy Coupland, Megan Howarth, Joanne McDougall, Eve McMahon, Sarah Pickerill, Stephanie Robertson, Milly Smith, Olivia Taylor and Freya Walsh. Stephanie won her three individual events with PBs. She won the 100m in 12.8, the 200m in 27.0 and, in the long jump, clearing 5m 03. Amy was the other sprinter enjoying an incident-free afternoon at Burnley. She ran a PB 14.2 for the 100m and 31.7 for the 200m. Katy was again in action in 6 events, She ran both hurdles, running 113.7 and a PB 28.7, and in the Field she cleared 1m 10 in the high jump, put the shot 7m 33, threw the discus 29m 29 and the hammer 18m 58.

Milly also competed in 6 events! On the track she recorded a PB of 75.3 for 400m, a PB 20.2 for 100m hurdles, ran 80.3 for 400m hurdles and in the Field her 1m 35 high jump was also a PB. Milly also ran both relays. Joanne ran 78.8 for 400m and a 1500m in 7:14.9. I may have mentioned before that, back in 2000/01, Joanne ran 24.5 for 200m and 56.7 for 400m, both club records. Sarah ran 4:08 for 800m , long jumped to a PB 3m 64, and achieved another PB in the discus with a best of 17m 45.

Megan was an event winner in the javelin with 29m 19 and her 21m 98 hammer throw for 2nd place was a new PB. Eve won the 'B' javelin with 26m 43 and the 'B' shot with 6m 57. Olivia ran in the 800m clocking 2:49.5, her times nicely reducing with every run. In the 4x400m she took the first leg and was leading at the first change-over.And Freya was 3rd in the 1500m in 5:47 before running the final leg of the 4x400m in the fastest split of 68.9.

In the relay, Amy, Milly Joanne and Stephanie got the baton around in 56.0, Stephanie finishing like an express train but not quite able to catch the leader. Olivia, Milly, Joanne and Freya got the baton around in 5:09 for 3rd place.

Our 9-strong Male team comprised Lee Coupland, Graham Boreham, Chris Burgess, David Gough, David Hamilton, Liam Harris, Drumayne Moore, Jack O'Neill and Luke Suarez. Liam's hammer throw of 43m 12 was the best performance of the day and the men's only event win. Liam went on to throw the discus 25m 32, put the shot 9m 76 and he willingly did the long jump achieving a best of 2m 96. With Harry Flanagan resting before English Schools, but present at Burnley to support the team, Luke was our 'A' sprinter. He ran 12.1 for 100m, high jumped 1m 50 and long jumped 5m 35. Jack and Chris were the other sprinters. Jack ran 12.2 for 100m and 25.2 for 200m. And for someone who doesn't normally throw javelin, 29m 24 was an excellent achievement. Chris ran 24.9 for 200m and 57.9 for 400m and in the Field he put the shot 7m 70 and got in a good javelin throw of 27m 75. Running both relays might have been an event too far but, with others, he gave everything for the team.

Graham ran a very good 800m in a PB time of 2:08.4, but was less pleased with his 55.2 400m run, by which time the headwind in the back straight was proving challenging. Graham ran the fastest leg in the 4x400m relay, leading off with a 54.3 run. Drumayne ran the 400m hurdles in 73.0, despite an altercation with the 2nd last hurdle! His 1m 60 high jump was a PB and he cleared 9m 85 in the triple jump. David Gough had a busy day earning points for the team. He ran the 3K steeplechase in 13:47, the 1500m in 6:14, the 5K in 23:01 as well as clearing a season's best in the triple jump of 8m 80. David Hamilton is becoming a regular in the 5000m and finished today 3rd in 17:34. Finally, Lee threw the hammer 18m 69 and his discus throw of 19m74 was a PB.

Thanks to our team manager Lee Coupland and officials Dave Whitehead, Steve James, Steve Boreham, Lesley Scott, Emma Howarth, Barrie Hughes and Lee Coupland. Thanks to all athletes and please book 4th August for that trip to Whitehaven!

Full results | Results for Southport Waterloo

8th July 2018: Brian Grice


We have been notified today that, following a prolonged illness, Brian Grice, a long time servant of the club and of athletics locally passed away last Thursday. When I joined the club in the early '90s there was no web site, no new member booklet to guide new members and it was Brian Grice who took it upon himself to write me a long letter answering all my enquires about the club. His main interest was in road running and he organised several of our road races in the '80s and '90s; and he was also effectively the club's road race statistician. He would regularly lament the falling standard of road running in local races. The historical road running data reproduced on the Road Running page of this web site were provided by Brian.

Brian was also a UKA-accredited road race measurer, regularly called upon to validate road race distance in the North West of England, and indeed for club races including the Junior Schools XC Champs courses in recent years.

For Brian too, the club was an important part of his life and we know it provided him with many happy memories.

A quiet man, Brian's services to Southport Waterloo were greatly appreciated and in 2014 he was awarded the club's Long and Distinguished Service Award.

(this photo was taken during the Waterloo 15K)


(Funeral Tuesday 17th July, 3.20 pm, Southport Crematorium)

5th July 2018: Records tumble at Tockholes Fell Grand Prix race

The dry conditions on the fells have resulted in some fast times this summer and for the second Grand Prix race in succession the course record was broken. However, at this race both the men’s and ladies records fell. Josh Boyle finished in 35.42 taking 39 seconds off the men’s record and the Katie Walshaw finished 8th overall in 40.20 taking nearly 5 mins off the existing ladies record. Both runners were from Ribble valley Harriers.

For SWAC it was good to have John Sprackland back running on the fells, after his illness following the last cross-country race at Ulverston and I had a good tussle throughout the race with him.

After a steady start John gradually caught and passed me on the steepest climb in the middle of the race. After running around the top of Darwen Moor, I was able to catch and pass John on the steep downhill section, after which we were running together, before the superior speed of John on the flat road section eventually enabled him to create a winning gap, which he maintained up the final short climb and run in to finish to record his first victory in this year’s Fell Grand Prix series.

John Sprackland was first home for SWAC in 47.38, followed Brian Davey in 48.01(1st V60) with Clive James coming home third in 53.18.

Michelle Spencer was the only SWAC lady to run and after having competed in the Saunders Lakeland Mountain Marathon, the previous weekend, had a good run to finish in 55.36. Michelle has now scored the maximum 40 points in the Grand Prix standings.

The next race in the series is at Harrock Hill on Wednesday 25th July.  

Grand Prix standings

4th July 2018: Swac Under 13s in Inter Counties Schools match

The annual Yr 7 Schools Inter Counties match between Merseyside and Cheshire took place at Ellesmere Port on Wednesday evening in the glorious summer conditions we have come to accept as 'normal' this year. I'm not sure if Merseyside has ever won this match - Cheshire is a far bigger county after all! - but it was reasonably close this year with Cheshire scoring 249 to Merseyside's 206..

In the very first event, Amber Hughes destroyed the first hurdle in the 70m hurdles race, didn't finish and had to spend the rest of the evening in hospital E&A with a broken wrist encased in plaster. Her knee didn't escape injury either but young bones heal quickly and we are hopeful of seeing Amber compete again later in the summer.

Jessica Keenan did finish the hurdles and was 3rd in 13.2.

Grace Malone ran 100m in 14.7, a new PB, and she put the shot 5m 77 for another PB.

Jenna Christian competed in the high jump and cleared 1m 25.

Sierra Jalloh won the 200m race in 27.2. Interestingly, Merseyside took 1st, 2nd and 3rd in the 200m leaving Cheshire with 4th, 5th and 6th. Sierra was also 2nd in the shot with a best of 7m 23.

Elizabeth Wake ran the 800m in 2:44 and she threw the discus 13m 19.

In the Boys' team, Rhys Hulse was 4th in the 100m with 13.5 and he won the long jump with a PB best clearance of 4m 73.

And Jack Clark was 2nd in the 200m in 28.4 and 3rd in the javelin with a best of 28m 13, a new PB by almost a metre.

Photo here courtesy of Barrie Hughes.

Full results and photos

1st July 2018: Promotion for Under 17 /Under 20 YDL team

Ashton-under-Lyne was the venue for the 3rd and last fixture of the YDL Upper season for Division 2 West and our first season in this league, a venue that most had not attended before it was as usual for this last few weeks baked in sunshine and though the grass banking was nice there was little shade.  The breeze did whip up occasionally and weirdly a cyclone took someones boot bag off towards the hills...

In previous fixtures in the league the composite team M60 Nomads (made up of teams unsurprisingly from around the Manchester area) had been victorious and Southport Waterloo had come second.  As this was a M60 Nomads home fixture, it was expected that they would win again, worthy league champions given the size and ability of their squad.  Our strength and depth was challenged by some absentees, but the team was also bolstered by some new faces.  The initial team selection included additional events for some willing volunteers just in case the clubs behind us in the league turned up on multiple buses... they didn't and we settled into another successful day, again finishing second. 

At the conclusion, M60 Nomads were running 4x400m races alone whilst we enjoyed a squad photograph.  The final results: M60 Nomads 687pts, Southport Waterloo 547, Border Harriers 288, Bury 188, Blackpool 170.5, St Helens 135.5, Team North Cumbria 129, Horwich 127.   With two teams advancing to division 1 we are promoted at the first time of asking the final league results being: M60 Nomads 24pts, Southport Waterloo 21,  Border 18, Blackpool 13, Bury 13, Horwich 8, St Helens 7, Team North Cumbria 4. 

Whilst this season has allowed our team to compete against some very good athletes from other clubs, there has been issues with squad sizes and it is very positive that next season we shall be given more of a challenge.  The team manager is very grateful to all the athletes, coaches, officials and parents who have supported this league this year.  This years second year U15's should be aware that they are already pencilled in for this team next year. 

The team was, U20 Men: Harry Flanagan, Ben Apps, Jack O'Neill, Darion Moore, Nathan Byrne and Daniel Byrne.  U17 Women: Ava Leigh, Amy Rex, Bekki Roche, Eve McMahon, Megan Howarth, Stephanie Robertson, Lauren Lewis, Olivia Taylor, Lilly Ann Grayson and Freya Walsh. U17 Men: Marcus Bathie, Joshua Bankier, Drumayne Moore, Jamie Hopkins, Patrick Manchester

U20 Men Harry Flanagan has been amazing this season to date, sprinting 100m in 11.4s to win, 200m in 22.4s to win and bringing home the 4x100m team to also win with Ben,Jack and Darion.  Ben Apps was versatile on the day changing from 200m to 100m to allow for traffic issues within the team, he also arrived asking if he could High Jump... 100m in 11.7s a new PB to win the 'B' race, 1.68m in the High Jump and winning the Triple Jump with 13.12m.  Jack O'Neill sprinted 200m in 24.8s a new seasons best and 400m in 57.6s his first time at this distance.  Darion Moore, ran 58.0s to win the 'B' 400m then ran the 800m in 2:51.4 to also win that, he Long Jumped 4.56 but gave up trying to convince his follow 4x100m to also run the 4x400m... Away from the track the Byrne brothers have been a real asset to the team, ever present and scoring loads of points.  Nathan putted the Shot 11.05m equalling his seasons best, threw Discus 32m winning this event and Javelin 23.46m.  Daniel's Shot of 7.72 won him the 'B' points, in what I think was his first effort with this weight, he also won the 'B' Discus with 19.02m, I assume X must stand for excellent in the Javelin results? Rather than 3 no throws. 

U17 Women Ava Leigh from Burnley has been ever present this season as a second claimant to which we are grateful.  On Sunday she represented with U20 weights, 9.59m in the Shot a new PB to win and 34.24m in the Hammer for another victory, we look forward to seeing Ava in her Burnley colours at next weeks Northern League fixture. Amy Rex threw as an u20 in the Javelin, 18.79m and Discus (though this is the same weight as U17) 19.84m for a new PB and U17 in the Shot with a put of 8.82m a new PB and 'B' win.  Bekki Roche from Wespa, who trains regularly with the Southport Waterloo throwers is another very welcome second claimant, putted the Shot 13.27m to win, threw the Discus 28.83m to win and the Hammer was launched 48.93m for a hat-trick of victories.   Megan Howarth launched her javelin 30.83m and won the 'B' Hammer with a throw of 23.65m.  Eve McMahon won the 'B' Discus with a throw of 18.01m a considerable new PB, she also won the 'B' Javelin with a throw of 27.82m after some early no throws maybe caused by "Prom-Nails". Steph Robertson sprinted the 100m in 13.4s, won the 80m hurdles in 12.7s and also won the Long Jump in 4.73m.  Lauren Lewis, second claimant from LPS ran the 100m in 13.4s to win the 'B' race.  Olivia Taylor who is relatively new to athletics but proving a good team member and developing nicely ran 300m in 48.8s and 800m in 3:01.8.  Lilly Ann Grayson ran the 200m in 28.9s and the 800m shortly after in 2:32.8 to win.  Freya Walsh was fantastic winning both 1,500m in 5:49.9 and 300m 'B' in 49.3s.  The 4x100m time of 55.6s was good for 2nd, the team was Steph, Freya, Eve, Lilly-Ann. 

U17 Men was a depleted team missing both Luke Suarez and Ethan Harrison.  We did bring in Marcus Bathie second claimant from LPS, who ran 100m in 12.4s and 400m Hurdles in 67.1s.  Joshua Bankier picked up events he doesn't normally do as well as the 400m, 100m in 14.0s equalling his PB, 400m in 60.8s and Long Jumping 3.62m with a nice safe 3rd jump after two fouls. Drumayne Moore's performance in the recent schools Octathlon is a team managers delight, and he's also currently learning to Pole Vault... he ran 400m in 65.6s, High Jumped 1.55m to win the 'B' points and triple Jumped 10.23m.  Jamie Hopkins from LPS has supported us throughout this year again we are very grateful, he high Jumped 1.74m to win, Triple Jumped 11.82m a new PB to win and completed his hat-trick by winning the 100m Hurdles in a new PB of 15.5s.  Finally, Patrick Manchester has been ever present also this season, 9.70m was a new PB in the Shot, 25.26m another PB in the Discus and 20.83 in the Javelin.  No relay for Patrick this week as Marcus, Jamie, Joshua and Drumayne completed the 4x100m in 49.8s for 2nd. 

At the end of the day, a new banner was unrolled (that might get plenty of use this season) squad photos were taken and aftersun lotion was at the ready. Our regards to the young Blackpool athlete who was so pink he can't have enjoyed a very good sleep that evening.  

Thanks to Steve Boreham, Emma Howarth, Barrie Hughes, Lol Walsh, Steve James and Dave Whitehead for officiating.   

Full Results | Results for SWAC team

1st July 2018: Two hot weekends, two excellent GP races and two additional races ..


Two consecutive weekends of scorching weather and the road runners have been out in force at local grand prix events. Penny Lane saw 18 SWAC runners cross the finish line whilst 23 finished at the Southport Half. The story of both seems to be the same. Meet up for a group photo, run then get together afterwards for a chat about how hot it was.

The Penny Lane 10k saw many of our runners getting first or second in their age categories. This race involves a once around the sports field and then 3km into a slight breeze along the River Mersey ending in a U turn which gives chance to cheer on fellow runners as you pass them, before a diversion into Otterspool Park before heading back up to the sports field. I've never ran this on anything but a warm day, but for future reference definitely a PB course for anyone wanting to give it a try.

Francois Rafferty (37:11) was first home, then Keith Lunt (39:45) both taking 2nd in respective age categories. David Wright (40:47) and Carl McMahon (40:51) had a neck and neck finish, but chip times separated them a little more and Stephen Ward (40:58) followed them home. Next up was first SWAC lady home Trace Allan (41:22) also taking first lady, with Mike Walker (42:16) taking M65 followed by Graham Liu (47:13), Amanda Bradbury (52:02) and Sue Stewart (53:00) who took F70. Sarah Lunt (53:03), Gina Bellhouse (53:31), Helen Lodge (54:00), Sophie Bennet (54:19) followed then Susan Cooper (55:06) took the F60 prize. Mari Dyson (58:14), Catherine McElhinney (57:46) then Jane Blacklin (58:00) completed the SWAC members.

The Southport Half again saw a few of our runners taking awards, as did the 10k which was held at the same time. The half involved a run through Victoria Park, down Lord Street, around Hesketh Park, then up and down the Coast Road before going into Kings Gardens and Princes Park and more of the Coast Road and eventually back to Victoria Park.

Keith Lunt (1:28:19) was first home, then Mike Walker (1:32:13) defended his top of the men's GP position and taking the M60 prize. Next up was Boyd Park (1:32:15) and Trace Allan (1:32:38) taking 2nd lady. Alex Waddelove (1:33:11), David Wright (1:35:41), Andrew Cara (1:34:21) and Keith Swift (1:39:51) all followed, along with new member Paul Hill (1:41:56) then James Brooker (1:44:27) and 2nd SWAC lady Nicola Simpson (1:45:14). Tracy Barlow (1:47:34), Jason Oliver (1:52:58), Amanda Bradbury (1:57:23) and Gina Bellhouse (1:57:54) all broke the 2 hour mark, followed by new member, and our new Road Running Secretary, Malcom Teale (2:00:22) who had guided Catherine Fearnley (2:00:21) on her 3rd half marathon. Ian Kilshaw (2:06:03), Rachel Thomas (2:10:05), Jane Blacklin (2:12:31) and Heather Goadsby (2:17:54) followed behind, along with Peter Gale (2:24:51) who had struggled with the heat and required assistance but I am told was quickly recovered. Finally Emma Hopwood (3:01:56) and then Mari Dyson (3:08:11), who was guiding James.

We are also adding 2 events to the Grand Prix. First to replace the 'May TBC' which was put back to August, then to next year. The 2nd to compensate for the clash between the rearranged St Helen 10k and the Tunnel 10k. These 2 events will be the Crosby parkrun on 21st July and the English Half Marathon on the 16th September.

With such huge turnouts the meeting up for photographs is becoming really popular. Hopefully by the next event we'll even have our own banner flag to meet by! Also, to encourage you to be involved there will be a small medal presented at the Club's Awards Evening to everyone that completes at least 5 events. With 4 more to go, if you already have your name on the Grand Prix then there's chance to complete.

One of the aims of the Grand Prix is to encourage many of our runners to attend the same event and socialise, which is working a treat. It's also a good opportunity for us to show off the club and the range of levels of competitors, so great to see all of those SWA vests out in action at these local events.

2018 GP Table