News reports - June 2018

9th June 2018: A lot of ups and downs at Weets fell race

This race, 4th in the club's Fell Grand Prix series,is described as a challenging 5.5 miles with a sting in the tail and so it proved. There were a number of stiff ascents to climb during the race, the first of which comes right from the start when the runners climb along the road for half a mile before getting onto the fell. The course then took a gradual climb over the very dry fell to a fast road descent, which the runners have to come back up towards the end of the race.

After the descent the course joined the fell again to start the main climb up to the Weets summit. Once at the summit it was down again before another tough climb to join the original track and a fast descent after which came the tough road climb, which was a real ‘sting in the tail’. It was then across the fell before the fast tarmac road descent to the finish.

The warm dry conditions made for good fast running which resulted in a new course record of 37.09 being set by the winner Gary Priestley of Salford Harriers. For SWAC Brian Davey was the first runner home in 52.12, Clive James was second home in 61.51.

Carole James had a good run to be first lady home for SWAC in 69.47, this was after an early start to get to the race from the Lake District after her swim in Lake Windermere on Friday evening, as part of The Great North Swim.

The next Fell Grand Prix race is Tockholes on Thursday 5th July.

Fell GP table

9th June 2018: Triathlon win for Olivia Logan


Whilst a number of our junior athletes were over at Bebbington on Saturday a notable exception was Olivia Logan who was instead in Leeds for the Tri Star 3 AJ Bell Triathlon.

Olivia had already attained the entry standard for English Schools for the 1,500m and this Triathlon is a major event for UK triathletes. So at 8:05 in the morning, in warm/sunny conditions, Olivia and 40 other under 15 girls from around the country dived into the lake in Roundhay Park for a 300m swim, followed by 5,000m on her bike and finishing with a 2,500m hilly run.

Olivia was with the leaders throughout but in the later stages of the run she sprinted away to win the event by 9 seconds in a total time of 29:54. A fantastic result for Olivia and we are very proud of her achievements outside of athletics.

9th June 2018: 2 club records at County Schools

On yet another warm and sunny day, at Bebington Oval, Merseyside County Schools held their annual Track & Field Championships. For Junior, Inter and Senior boys and girls, this provides the basis for selection to the Merseyside team going to the English Schools National Championships in Birmingham in July, but also provides competition for Year 7s, and selection for a Merseyside team to compete against Cheshire at Ellesmere Port in July. So the meeting provided lots of opportunities to earn a county vest.

The format was slightly different this year with Year 7 events in the morning and the main championships in the afternoon; but the numbers didn't justify the timetable with many races going as straight finals and long gaps between events.

Southport Waterloo athletes were there in reasonable numbers - although more were expected. 25 of our young athletes picked up 32 event medals. They achieved 2 club records - Katie Piercy in the shot and Sam Coupland in the Pole Vault - and Harry Flanagan met the English Schools' entry standard on the day in the Senior Boys' 100m.

I believe Merseyside Selectors were meeting on Sunday night to decide on the team going to Birmingham. But I also understand that, for the first time in quite a while, they have more than 40 athletes who have achieved the entry standard. Good for athletics on Merseyside but it may be that there is no room this year for 'near misses'.

Athletes are limited to 2 events in this competition and so are likely to concentrate on their stronger events. The fact that PBs were few perhaps reflects the small fields and, no doubt, the effect of the weather on the day.

Year 7 Girls:

Amber Hughes fairly easy won the 70m hurdles in 11.2, close to her PB. She also won the shot with 10m 58.

Sierra Jalloh was another event winner running 20.1 to win the 150m. She also put the shot 7m 94 for 2nd place behind Amber.

Jessica Keenan ran the sprint hurdles in 13.1 and long jumped 3m 66.

Sahara Jalloh cleared 1 metre in the high jump.

Year 7 Boys:

Jack Clark won the 200m in 27.6 and he was 2nd in the javelin with a new PB of 27m 47. So not just a good sprinter!

Rhys Hulse was 2nd in the 100m race and won the long jump competition with 4m 69, a new PB for him.

Junior Girls:

Katie Piercy was brilliant in the shot setting a new club record of 9m 45 to win the event, replacing Alex Bunclark's 2015 record of 9m 15. She also won the javelin with 24m 24.

Niamh Procter cleared 1m 30 in the high jump and her 4m 15 long jump was a new PB..

Millie Ireland threw the hammer 11m 45 and her 3:07 800m run was a season's best.

Although not running at Bebington, Olivia Logan has run a 1500m this year, at Stretford, in 4:44.44, well inside the Entry Standard of 4:48.0.

Junior Boys:

Sam Coupland set a very good club record in the pole vault clearing 3 metres with his new pole. That replaces his own previous record of 2m 81 but is 5cms off the English Schools Entry Standard. He won the pole vault and was 2nd in the high jump with a clearance of 1m 70. Entry Standard here is 1m 72 and Sam has already cleared 1m 76 this year.

Joseph Kane is a prospect for English Schools but times were just not fast enough on the day. He was 2nd in the 100m in 11.9 and 3rd in the 200m in 24.3, both very good times nonetheless. However, Joseph ran 11.64 at the County Championships in May, inside the 100m Entry Standard of 11.70, and ran 23.7 for 200m in the YDL in May, again inside the Entry Standard of 24.00.

Josh Stammers ran 25.2 for 200m and collected a 2nd place medal in the long jump with 4m 97.

Tom Murphy took a 2nd place medal with a 13.5 run in the 80m hurdles.

Inter Girls:

Freya Walsh took the 2nd place medal in the 1500m, running a season's Best 5:28.1.

Stephanie Robertson won the 80m hurdles in 12.1. She also ran 12.03 at the county championships againt an Entry Standard of 12.0. So close! And she was 2nd in the long jump with 4m 35.

Megan Howarth was 2nd in the javelin with 30m 95. She has thrown 36m 60 this year but the Schools Entry Standard is 38 metres.

Inter Boys:

Joseph Stuart was 2nd in the 200m race in 23.5 and he was 3rd in the 100m in 11.8, a new PB.

Luke Suarez took the 2nd place medal for his 5m 82 long jump and he ran 12.1 for 100m.

Drumayne Moore took two silver medals, running 71.9 for 400m hurdles and triple jumping 10m 03.

Ethan Harrison took a 3rd place medal in the 400m in 55.6 and he ran 12.3 for 100m.

Joshua Bankier ran 27.5 for his first competitive 200m.

Senior Boys:

Harry Flanagan was a double sprint champion winning both the 100m, in a Qualifying time of 11.0, and the 200m, in 22.6. He has already run 10.9 this year and 22.0, both inside the Entry Standards.

Ben Apps was another Schools' champion, winning the triple jump with 13m 14.

Darion Moore took two medals, 2nd placed in the 400m in 57.7 and 2nd again in the long jump with a best clearance of 4m 78.

Jack O'Neill ran 13.1 for 100m and 25.7 for 200m.

Thanks to Barrie Hughes for the photos used here.

Full results (when available) | Results for Southport Waterloo athletes

6th June 2018: James Tartt 2nd in Birkenhead Park 5

James Tartt ran a good race at Birkenhead Park on Wednesday evening finishing 2nd in 26:16 behind strong Liverpool Harrier Jonny Mellor who won in 24:01. The club had 5 runners in this Merseyside Grand Prix event. Mike Walker ran 32:49 for the 5 miles, Tracey Allan was 11th female in 33:42, then Gina Bellhouse ran 41:59 and Billy Hargreaves 44:17.

In neither Men nor Women did Southport Waterloo finish a team in the Merseyside Grand Prix but James Tartt was individually 2nd and Tracey Allan 8th.

B'head Park results | Merseyside GP

5th June 2018: SWAC juniors selected for M'side Schools Combined Events

With the increased interest and participation within the club in combined event competition, it is pleasing to note that five of our teenage athletes have been selected to represent Merseyside Schools at the North West Schools Combined Events weekend in Stockport on 23rd and 24th June. They are:

Junior Girls: Katie Piercy and Niamh Proctor

Junior Boys: Sam Coupland

Inter Boys: Luke Suarez and Drumayne Moore

Good luck to all.

4th June 2018: Matt Thompson
Senior runners will be dismayed to learn of the passing of fellow runner Matt Thompson. Since 2011, Matt has run for the club in cross country and road and was a regular at local park runs. Despite major surgery for a brain tumour, he continued to enjoy his running and even completed three park runs in January this year. He passed away at 2.30pm today in Queenscourt Hospice.
3rd June 2018: Seniors Northern T&F team win again: improved club record for Harry F

Round 2 of the Northern T&F League was held at the Barden Lane Athletics Track in Burnley, hosted by Pendle on Sunday. We will be back there for Round 3 next month, then hosted by Burnley which makes 2 visits in one season when the club hasn't competed here for over 10 years, in the days of the old McDonald's Young Athletes League. For many of today's visitors from Southport Waterloo it was a first experience of this small but well set out facility; but without a pole vault. With temperatures in the low 20s and with virtually no wind all afternoon, the conditions were very good for athletes and spectators.

Team Manager Lee Coupland had a fairly full team-sheet by Friday evening and, although there were some inevitable adjustments needed on the day, we were probably the best supported team at Burnley and certainly the strongest. As team scores were announced during the afternoon, Southport Waterloo was always leading and in the end it was a win by 62 points giving the club two wins from two fixtures in this higher division. The scores were Southport Waterloo 389, Seaton 327, Burnley 310, Kendal 261, Pendle 259 and Border 249.

We managed to cover nearly all the events, with our men's team the strongest overall. For some years we have had difficulty attracting female athletes to compete and so it was both interesting and encouraging to note that, today, our 11 women actually contributed more points to the team score than our 14 men; 181 against 163!

The highlight of the afternoon was the amazing Southport Waterloo team spirit and the clear enjoyment of our athletes in taking part. But in terms of performance, Harry Flanagan was outstanding. At this meeting last season, at Litherland, Harry set two club Under 20 records; 10.7 for 100m and 22.1 for 200m, to share the latter with James Armstrong, a legend of sprinting in the club. Today, Harry made the 200m club record his own with a winning time of 22.0. He had a great start and, coming off the bend he was so far ahead he couldn't be caught. Harry now has the distinction that no club runner has ever run faster over 100m or 200m

Our Female athletes were Sophie Bennett, Amy Bloxsome, Katy Coupland, Amanda Crook, Megan Howarth, Eve McMahon, Stephanie Robertson, Milly Smith, Olivia Taylor, Lynn Vickers and Freya Walsh. As usual, and despite a hip problem, Katy did the maximum 7 events; the 100m hurdles (29.9), 400m hurdles (1:52.3), long jump (3m 37), shot (7m 37), discus (2nd with 29m 20) , hammer (18m 90) and the 4 x 100m relay. Milly was another who seemed to spend her afternoon moving from one event to the other. She did 6 events, like Katy in both track and field. Training is causing her track times to come down and she ran 14.2 for 100m, 76.8 for 400m, 20.5 for 100m hurdles and 80.2 for 400m hurdles. in the Field she cleared 1m 30 in the high jump and threw the discus 14m 90 before contributing to the 4 x 100m relay success.

Stephanie Robertson was 2nd in the long jump with a new PB of 5.00 metres. She then won the high jump with a PB 1m 35 and went straight into the 200m winning that in another PB of 27.4. The other event win was the 4 x 100m relay. An injured Amy set off at speed to hand the baton over to Milly who was determined she wasn't doing to be passed on the back straight before handing over to Katy who actually increased the lead and, with Stephanie on the last leg, there was no way the girls would be beaten. They finished in 56.6, 2 seconds clear of Burnley.

Sprinter Amy had an unfortunate start to the day, falling just before the line in the 100m but getting up to finish. Coach Graham thought it was, until the fall, Amy's best sprint race to date. She carried on and ran the 200m in 30.8 and helped the relay team to victory. Sophie joined the team for the first time today. Normally a 10K runner, she ran the track 3000m in 15:23 and the 1500m in 7:20 before joining others in the 4 x 400m relay. Lynn ran an 800m in 3:48 and the 4 x 400m relay. Olivia was the other 800m runner. Also new to track & field, coach Steve had set a season's target of under 3 minutes for the 800m and she did that at the first attempt, running 2:57.9. She also won the 'B' 400m race in 74.5. and ran the 3rd leg of the 4 x 400m in a faster 74.0! Freya came for the 1500m race and finished in 5:31.8 bringing her fast finishing from cross country to the track to get past the Border runner for a 2nd place finish.

Probably the most intriguing track event of the afternoon was the women's 3000m which included Amanda Crook, her first time on the track in about 5 years. Amanda and Burnley's Laura Hesketh were locked together for over 7 laps, Amanda in front with Laura on her shoulder. Amanda appeared to put in several increases in pace but Laura always went with her and, with 150m to go, she put in a powerful finish to leave Amanda 2nd in 10:01.4. Amanda won the Halewood 5K on the Saturday in 17:22. I hope we can she more of Amanda on the track this season, unquestionably our best distance runner.

Finally, in the throwing events Megan was 3rd in both the snr hammer (20m 79) and snr javelin (30m 98). Eve also threw the javelin, 2nd 'B' with 25m 78 and she won the 'B' shot with 6m 58.

Our Male athletes were Graham Boreham, Chris Burgess, John Byrne, James Cain, Lee Coupland, Harry Flanagan, David Gough, David Hamilton, Liam Harris, Ethan Harrison, Andrew Kershaw, Darion Moore, Drumayne Moore and Jack O'Neill. Harry was outstanding in the sprints winning both the 100m and 200m in 11.1 and 22.0. Jack was our other main sprinter running 12.6 and 25.3, with Ethan, Darion and Chris having their own race as non-scorers, running 12.2, 12.3 and 12.4. Ethan ran the 'A' 400m in 56.0 but Graham was faster in the 'B' race with 54.7, almost his fastest this year but Ethan has run faster, 54.33 at the county champs in May. Graham ran a PB in the 800m, in 2:09.0 to win the 'B' event but it was Andrew Kershaw who took the 'A' place. Its 3 years since Andrew competed on the track but he has pedigree, with a PB of 1:55.59 from 2015. He didn't quit get under 2 minutes today but won the race in 2:01.7 He went on to a more leisurely 1500m pace to take 3rd place in the 3 3/4 lap race in 4:22.3. Under 17 James Cain also came along for the 1500m and ran a very creditable 4:58.9. In the 5000m race David Hamilton teamed up with David Gough, David H coming home in 4th place in 17:25, 9 seconds faster than at Litherland, with David G running 21:13.

Drumayne took 2nd place in the 400m hurdles, his first attempt at this event I think, running 69.8 with Lee taking 'B' points with 95.4. Lee teamed up with debutante John Byrne in the 3K s/chase, Lee running 17:49 and John 15:15.

John also cleared 1m 55 for 2nd place in the high jump where Lee competed as well but didn't quite manage the opening height.

Darion achieved a good new PB in the long jump of 4m 87 with Drumayne clearing a best of 4m 56. Drumayne also triple jumped 10m 33 with Lee clearing 8m 68. In the throws, Liam again won the hammer with 39m 72. He also threw the discus 26m 39 and the javelin 23m 62. and put the shot 9m 76. Chris threw the javelin 26m 74, the discus 16m 51 and he put the shot 7m 70. Finally, in the hammer, Lee threw a best of 19m 61.

Thanks to team manager Lee Coupland and a great bunch of athletes. Thanks too to our officials; Dave Whitehead, Steve James, Steve Boreham, Emma Howarth, Barrie Hughes, Lesley Scott and Lee Coupland.

Match 3 is also at Burnley, on Sunday 8th July

Full results (when available) | Results for club athletes