News reports - August 2016

27th August 2016: Fell Grand Prix has a twist in the tail.

The final placings in the 2016 grand prix depended on the result of the final race of the series at Pendleton. John Sprackland had a 2 point lead over Brian Davey going into the race.

Due to injuries, only Brian Davey from Southport Waterloo was amongst the 118 starters in the race, which meant he only had to finish to claim 10 points and be equal with John Sprackland, based on the four best results.

The Pendleton race is a category ‘A’ race and quite a tough course with some steep climbs and descents and in parts over some difficult boggy ground.

The race started with a lap of the field behind the village pub, before heading up the high street over a ford and onto the fell. The first section was quite an easy steady climb, before heading out on to the open fell over rough boggy ground leading to the start of the two big climbs in the race.

After reaching the top of the second climb it was a fast long descent before crossing the road and re-tracing the outward route back to the village and the finish.

Despite a fall on the way back Brian Davey was the only finisher from the club in 49.54, an improvement on the time from last year.

As a result of this race, for the first time in the running of the Fell Grand Prix series we have two runners finishing on 40 points.

For the ladies Michelle Spencer is once again the overall winner.

I hope all those who have taken part in the series this year have enjoyed the lo cations and range of races and I look forward to the series next year. Any suggestions for any new races for the 2017 series would be welcome.

Final Fell GP table

27th August 2016: 22 medals taken at final Mid Lancs T&F meeting; 3rd club record for Sam Coupland

The popular Medal Meeting that completes the Mid Lancs League track & field season was held on Sunday at Leigh Sports Village. It wasn't quite as well attended generally as in previous years and only 17 Southport Waterloo athletes took part. But those 17 took away 22 medals, including 7 gold won by Liam Harris, Nathan Byrne, Joshua Stammers,Sam Coupland, Mia Tomlinson-Oldfield and Megan Howarth.

Some short showers in the afternoon failed to dampen spirits and many of our athletes left with late season PBs, a reward for all hard work done in training. There were three Grade 2 standard performances; by Nathan Byrne, a well established discus thrower and Northern medallist in 2014 and 2016, and Sam Coupland, competing in both the high jump and the discus, his best here very nearly a Grade 1! And at 24m 46 its a new club record!

Under 13 Girl Grace Tobin took a Silver in the 800m, taking her PB down to 2:33.2. She also ran 32.1 for 200m and she long jumped 3m 52.

Both Under 13 Boys Joshua Stammers and Sam Coupland took medals. Joshua won his heat in the 100m and being fastest overall he took gold. He was 2nd over 200m in 29.4 for a silver medal. Sam was 4th in the high jump, the silver and bronze medallists clearing the same height of 1m 40 but winning through on count back. He was 3rd in the shot with 7m 26 for bronze and he won the discus competition with a PB and new club record 24m 46, a massive improvement on his previous PB, 19m 98 thrown at Stretford last Tuesday evening, and its not far off the 24m 70 Grade 1 standard. Sam has one or two combined events meetings coming up so looks to be ending the season on a high note!

Our Under 15 Girls at Leigh were Megan Howarth, Mia Tomlinson-Oldfield and Ella Tobin. Mia was in excellent form on the track, winning gold in both the 100m and the 200m in 13.1 and 28.0. Ella ran 2:48 for 800m and long jumped 3m 49. As we have come to expect, Megan won her javelin competition taking gold with 29m 85. There is no hammer competition for Under 15 Girls so Megan acts up to Under 17 where she threw 22m 12.

Our Under 15 Boys were Jamie Hopkins, Patrick Manchester and Joshua Pieles. Joshua took home silver medal for a 3rd place finish in the 400m race, clocking 61.0 secs. He also acted up for the Under 17 Men's triple jump clearing a new PB 10m 30 for 4th place. Jamie also did the Under 17 Men's triple jump, clearing 9m 50, He also ran 66.6 for 400m, a new PB having run 68 indoors last year. And 6m 51 in the shot was another PB. Patrick also achieved a PB in the shot with a best of 8m 44 and he threw the javelin 18 metres. Patrick currently heads the club's Under 15 javelin rankings with 20m 45 achieved at the county Championships.

There were some very good performances by our Under 17 Men. Jimmy Alderson achieved two PBs. He doesn't often run 100m but did today and 12.7 shaved a tenth off a Mid Lancs time from earlier in the season - and brought him an unexpected bronze medal. Over his preferred 400m distance he did even better; another PB of 54.2 secs. This was a great race and just the sort of race PBs come from. Three boys came off the final bend almost together and all had to work hard over the last 100m to stay in contention. Jimmy was 3rd over the line by the thickness of his vest to take the silver medal and Ben Apps was 4th giving him too a very good PB. The finish was so close that 2nd and 3rd were both given 54.2 and 4th 54.3. Ben was also 2nd in the triple jump and took silver there with 11m 93. Joe Mulhall returned from holiday in time to run a 1500m, his first in a club vest. He won the race as the only Under 17 but came 2nd in a combined race with seniors. 4:37.1 was a very good first race time.

In the throws, Nathan Byrne picked up two medals; a gold in the shot with a best of 12m 08, the silver medallist here just having the edge in the discus, edging Nathan into silver medal position by just 2 cms! Nathan threw 37m 81.

Senior Woman Katy Coupland took three medals from her three throwing events. She took a bronze in the hammer (18m 86) and then silver in both the discus (27m 20) and the shot (7m 57).

In the Senior Men's events, Liam Harris was one of the first medallists of the day, taking gold in the hammer with 31m 86. Chris Burgess had a good day, running 12.4 for 100m, just a tenth off his Season's Best, and 25.1 for 200m. The 200m race was another good one with both Chris, Graham Boreham and two other runners fighting for the minor medals. As they crossed the time there seemed nothing between Chris and Graham but the judges gave the decision to Chris. Both recorded times of 25.1 and gave Chris silver and Graham bronze medals. Of more importance than the bronze medal, 25.1 was a new PB for Graham, taking two tenths off his previous best time from back in 2014! the closeness of the finish was illustrated by the 3rd runner clocking 25.2 and the 4th 25.3 so well done to both Chris and Graham for winning thru' for the medals. Chris also took a silver medal in the javelin, finishing 3rd with a best of 31m 39. And Graham also ran the 400m race and took silver there with 55.0.

Another great day's athletics brings the Mid Lancs season to a close. But there are still several open medal meetings to take part in, including our own at Litherland next Saturday. See Entry Form.

Thanks to Lee Coupland for team managing through the season and to today's team of officials; Dave Whitehead, Ann Dignan, Lee Coupland, Emma Howarth and Steve Boreham who also took on the role of Field Referee.

Full results | Results for club athletes

23rd August 2016: Megan H improves javelin club record at Stretford

Not content with setting a new Under 15 Girls' club record in the javelin at Warrington on Sunday, Megan Howarth was looking for a 30 metre plus mark before the end of the season. So it was off to Stretford for the evening meeting on Tuesday and she did exactly as she set out to do; she threw the 500g javelin 32m 52. I should remind readers that Megan is still a first year Under 15 so we can expect this record to go very much further.

Also at Stretford was Ethan Hughes and he, too, threw a javelin PB of 42m 40 for the 700g weight. The stretford evening Grand Prix meetings are a magnet for those seeking track PBs, particularly endurance runners, but it seems it also works in the field events. Well done to both Megan and Ethan.

On the track, Ian Fitzpatrick ran an 800m in 2:24.79.

21st August 2016: Two club Javelin records set at Warrington Open

This year's Warrington Open T&F meeting on Sunday 21st August attracted more than 350 athletes. The day was split between Under 9s and Under 11s in the morning with older athletes in the afternoon. Overall, a full day's athletics.

A brief report on this meeting has been delayed whilst waiting for the results. On Thursday 25th, the Field results were available but by Sunday 28th we still awaited the track results. This is poor service from Warrington! It is particularly difficult to understand as, for the first time I can remember, they had electronic photo finish in operation at Victoria Park and so electronic times were on display on the day!

The meeting included a number of Southport Waterloo youngsters, including Felix Anderson, Ben Apps, Marcus Burgess, Sam Coupland, Jamie Hopkins, Megan Howarth, Eve McMahon, Bethany and Katelyn Swift. There were also some new names including Cheyenne Ettinger and Hannah Keenan.

Looking at the Field results alone, Jamie Hopkins won the Under 15 triple jump with 9m 64 and Ben Apps won the Under 17 triple jump with 11m 75. Sam Coupland was another event winner, in the Under 13 high jump with a 1m 35 clearance.

But the stars of the afternoon were Sam Coupland and Megan Howarth in the javelin event. Both set new club records, Megan getting close to 30 metres with 29m 54 and Sam also approaching that important 30 metre barrier with 28m 47.

Field results can be seen here. I have no more information about the track results.

17th August 2016: Virgin Money London Marathon ballot result for 2017

The ballot draw for a club place in next year's London Marathon was made by the club Committee on Wednesday evening as follows.

  1. Talitha Shandley. (guaranteed place)
  2. Phil Bailey.
  3. Angela Delaney.
  4. Rachel Jacks.
  5. Mark Wadmore.
  6. Keith Swift.
  7. Kate Coupland.
  8. Jordan Shandley.
  9. David Marsh.
  10. Tony Bond.
  11. Richard Houghton.
  12. Paul Warrington.
  13. Carl Pedder.
  14. Emma Hopwood.
  15. Lee Coupland.
  16. Ian Kilshaw.
  17. Brian O’Reilly.
  18. Nicole Wadmore.
  19. Heather Goadsby.

Last year, our club allocation was reduced from three to two places. It is not yet known how many places we will have for 2017 and so only Talitha Shandley is currently guaranteed a place

13/th14th August 2016: Club athletes take 4 medals at Northern T&F Champs

Over two days at the impressive Middlesbrough Sports Village, Junior athletes competed for Northern Championship medals. This was the Under 13, Under 15 and Under 17 Northern Athletics outdoor Track & Field Championships, held over the weekend, and Southport Waterloo athletes emerged with four medals; a gold, two silver and a bronze.

Sadly, on Saturday, we had championship events with only 3 or 4 competitors and on Sunday I believe there was a race with just one! But other and perhaps most events were hugely competitive and a medal at the end was a worthy reward for beating the best in the North.

Seven Southport Waterloo athletes entered these championships but as far as I can tell only 5 actually competed.

On Saturday, Ethan Hughes was our only club interest. He was entered in the very first track event of the meeting, the Under 17 Men's 400m hurdles, a straight final. As the stagger unwound coming off the final bend, Ethan was in 4th place and, not content to finish there, he put in a final effort that propelled him into 2nd place, just a couple of metres from the line. A great effort in 60.92 secs, was a new PB and he took a Northern silver medal.

On Sunday, Stephanie Robertson, Nathan Byrne, Daniel Byrne, Emma Alderson and Jimmy Alderson were in action. Stephanie competed in the Under 15 Girls' 75m hurdles and was 2nd in her Heat in 12.76, qualifying for the Final which she also ran, outside the medals, in 12.76. The winner of Stephanie's heat went on to win the Final.

Nathan had a great day in the throws winning two medals! In the discus he was 2nd with a best of 40m 71 and he was 3rd in the shot throwing 12m 81. That improves his shot PB, set just a week earlier at the Northern Inter Counties in Hull. Nathan is a North West reserve for the School Games in Loughborough in September.

Daniel finished just outside the medals in 4th place but his best javelin throw of 37m 58 was a new Personal Best for him.

Emma, already selected for the Sainsbury's School Games, was in the Under 17 Women's 800m, run thankfully as a straight final. She led from start to finish to cruise through the finish line in 2:13.66. Emma is now an Under 15 and an Under 17 Northern champion over 800m.

Finally, Jimmy took to the track for the 400m where they had to run two heats just to drop one athlete. However, the heat gave Jimmy a 3rd place in 54.59, a new PB. In the final, he was 6th in 55.21.

These performances will, I hope, inspire our younger athletes to work hard in training and achieve the best they can in championships. Our medallists at Northern level and higher are honoured in our club 'Honours Board".

Full Results

7th August 2016: Club Juniors help Merseyside to 3rd place finish at Inter Counties

Six of the club's athletes were in the Merseyside team for Sunday's U15/U17 Northern Inter Counties match at the Costello Stadium in Hull. There might have been a couple more but in the school holidays there will always be people unavailable. The team members from Southport Waterloo were Emma Alderson, Nathan Byrne, Megan Howarth, Ethan Hughes, Stephanie Robertson and Louise Murphy Worrell.

Representing their county, athletes are selected usually for just one event, the county champion being the first to be selected. There are 'A' and 'B' selections and, in this match, there is a restricted number of events so that athletes may not be in their strongest event. For example, Nathan Byrne was selected for shot when there was no discus event and Megan Howarth for hammer when there was no Under 15 Girls' javelin.

Emma Alderson was competing in her 3rd Inter Counties and was an easy winner of the 800m 'A' race in 2:15.76. It wasn't a fast time but rather a sensible run, aware as she was that she was running another 800m shortly afterwards; the 800m leg of the Medley Relay of 200m, 200m, 400m, 800m. Emma took the baton from the 400m runner in 4th place of the 5 teams with three girls well spread out in front of her. She cut that distance to be in 3rd place with 200m to go and then pushed on to pass the 2nd girl. But the effect of two 800m runs and the distance she had made up started to tell and she was passed in the home straight to finish 3rd, just 7 /10ths of a second behind the 2nd place girl.

Nathan Byrne has also competed in this event before and today was 5th 'A' stream in the shot with 12m 14, improving his PB by 2 cms.

Megan Howarth, Louise Murphy Worrell and Stephanie Robertson are all first year Under 15 Girls and so must be congratulated on winning selection to represent Merseyside here. Megan competed in the hammer and was 7th 'A' athlete with a best of 23m 88. Louise was in the shot and threw a best of 7m 72, again for 7th 'A' athlete. Stephanie was the 'B' 75m hurdler and won her race in 12.69.

Ethan Hughes competed in the 100m hurdles, finishing 5th 'A' athlete in 16.73.

An event like this provides a great opportunity for developing young athletes to represent their county. But more than that its a great (and enjoyable) learning experience to compete against some of the best age group athletes in the North.

And next weekend is another opportunity when the Northern U15 and U17 Championships are held at Middlesborough.

The Merseyside team did very well overall to finish 3rd of the nine Northern counties taking part.

Full results | although its easier to pick out club athletes in the Power of Ten listing

6th August 2016: Senior T&F team win Northern League promotion

The final round match of the Northern Track & Field League was held at the Cumberland Track in Crewe, a track we haven't visited as a club since the McDonalds Young Athletes League (Girls) sometime in the nineties! At stake today was a drive for promotion out of Division 4 up to Division 3. Lying in 2nd place after three matches, with Wrexham and Altrincham already destined to be bottom, promotion out of this lowest division was virtually assured but on the day we were beaten into 3rd place by a strong host club performance from Crewe & Nantwich. The final scores (with officials points still to be added) were Salford Met (who benefitted from two home fixtures) 298 points, Crewe 268, Southport Waterloo 255, Wrexham 161 and Altrincham 83. So a 3rd place for Southport Waterloo but its worth pointing out that we won the Men's match with 186 points to Salford's 135. The imbalance between our Men and Women has never been more marked.

Overall, we finish the League in 2nd place and so are promoted to Division 3 along with Salford. We will need to wait and see which 3rd Division we end up in geographically but its worth noting that Liverpool Pembroke & Sefton are relegated from 2W down to 3, along with Manchester Harriers, and Liverpool Harriers are promoted from 4EC up to 3 so we could be with one or other of the Liverpool teams.

The task facing team managers now will be to build a team that can stay in Division 3 and avoid the yoyo effect.

Our Women's team was bolstered today by Carole James but with just Lynn Vickers, Katy Coupland and a mainly supporting role from Emma Alderson, resting before appearing for Merseyside in the Inter Counties match on Sunday, many events were not covered. Carole made a real impact competing in a whole range of events from 200m (36.1) thru' 400m (82.0) to 800m (3:03) plus long jump, (3m 49) and javelin (12m 26); a very welcome 23 points! Katy stuck to field events and won the discus competition with 28m 49. She put the shot 7m 73, threw the hammer 18m 23 and long jumped 3m 21. Lynn had a more varied day joining Carole in the 200m (44.4), the 400m (100.1) and the 800m (3:46) and she threw the discus 12m 14 and the javelin just short of 15m. Emma put the shot 4m 23.

The Men's team was strong at Crewe and 11 event wins and 7 'B' wins must be something of a record. Its hard to pick out the best performer but Ciaran Walsh on the track and Liam Harris in the throws were outstanding.

The team was Jimmy Alderson, Graham Boreham, Chris Burgess, Harry Flanagan, David Hamilton, Liam Harris, Ethan Hughes, Keith Hurley, Ben Johnson, Jack O'Neill, Lewis Rooney and Ciaran Walsh.

We did miss a hurdler but Under 17 Jimmy arrived just in time to made the start line for the 400m hurdles - which he won in 70.1. He was also 2nd in the triple jump with 10m 45 and ran 57.3 for 400m. Harry was 2nd over 100m, in 11.2, and won the 200m in 22.9. His best long jump of 6m 20 won that event too and was a new PB. Jack ran a PB 11.9 for 100m and 24.7 fop 200m. We had another win over 400m with Graham running 55.6.

The middle and distance track events proved interesting with the club winning 'A' and 'B' strings in the 800m, 1500m, 3000m s/chase and the 5000m. Ciaran and Lewis took on the 800m, Ciaran leading with 2:04 and Lewis 2:10. Lewis was again in the 1500m where he passed Ben in the last 100m to win in 4:21, Ben just behind in 4:22. Ciaran and Lewis teamed up again in the s/chase but Ciaran is the better hurdler and won in 10:42 to Lewis' 11:19. There was some competition for places in the 5000m. Ben Johnson impressed here winning in 15:49 with David Hamilton running a season's best 17:02..

In the field, throws duo Liam Harris and Keith Hurley stacked up the points. Liam won the hammer with 38m 90 - that 40m throw still eluding him - with Keith throwing 20m 09. Liam was 2nd in the discus competition with 29m 26, Keith winning the 'B' event with 22m 45. Keith and Chris covered the shot both throwing just over 7.5 metres. And in the javelin, Chris threw 35m56 and Ethan 22m 43.

To finish the day in perfect style, both our men's relay team won; Chris, Jack, Ethan and Harry winning the 4 x 100m in 46.3 and Graham, Lewis, Jimmy and Ciaran winning the 4 x 400m in 3:51; Ciaran running the fastest split of 55.9.

Thanks to team manager Lee Coupland and to our team of officials; Dave Whitehead, Steve James, Steve Boreham, Christopher Henders, Lee Coupland & Clive James. (Some may also have noticed a couple of the club's timekeepers risking life and limb in the hammer outfield!)

Full Results | Results for club athletes.

3rd August 2016: SWAC juniors do well at windy county open

We thought conditions on Wednesday evening couldn't be any worse than last year when the Merseyside County Evening Open Young Athletes meeting at Wavertree was held in heavy rain. This year's meeting got under way in dry weather but a strong and gusting wind was anything but athlete-friendly. It affected all performances but was so bad in the home straight that a decision was made to run the short sprints on the back straight. That helped a few runners to 75m or 100m PBs which were otherwise difficult to come by - although our athletes managed to achieve 12 between them!

21 young Southport Waterloo athletes took part and made their presence felt with 10 event wins and taking numerous medals. The best performance was Mia Tomlinson Oldfield's 12.9 for 100m, a Grade 2 standard.

Amongst the Under 11 Girls, Amber Hughes was again outstanding winning all three of her events, 2:00.2 for 600m, 12.67 for the soft javelin and 23.8 for 150m. Katelyn Swift won her 150m time trial in 25.6 after a PB 11.8 for 75m and 2:19 for the 600m. Michaela Hopkins was our third girl, long jumping to a 3m 01 PB and running 12.9 for 75m, another PB.

The Under 11 Boys included Arthur Weights who couldn't have asked for a better evening. He was 3rd of 12 boys in the 600m, running a PB 2:05.9, was 2nd of 8 boys in the long jump competition, with a PB 3m 51, and won the soft javelin with a massive 24m 99. The other two Under 11s were first-timers; Isaac Swann running well over 75m in 11.7, and long jumping 2m 88, and Sean Hopkins, running 14.3 for 75m.

In the Under 13 Girls' competition, both Swann girls improved their 75m PBs, Sophia running 11.5 and Georgia 11.7. Sophia also did the 70m hurdles, in 14.1, and Georgia put the shot 4m 56. Incredibly, bearing in mind the windy conditions, Grace Tobin equalled her PB in the 3-lap 1200m race, running 4:12.7, exactly the same time as at the Litherland YDL. That gave her a 3rd place medal and she went one better with a 2nd place in the long jump, clearing 3m 86

For the Under 13 Boys, it was again Sam Coupland who stood out, winning two of his three events and 2nd in the third. He won the shot with 7m 31, a massive improvement in his PB which was previously 6m 60! He won the javelin with 25m 73 and ran 15.2 for a 2nd place in the 75m hurdles race. Lewis McMahon also took a medal, finishing 2nd in the 800m race in 2:46.1 and Felix Anderson featured in the javelin throwing a best of 13m 35.

On then to the Under 15 Girls where six Southport Waterloo athletes took six of the available medals.Mia Tomlinson Oldfield would have been disappointed to miss out on a medal in the 100m where she equalled her PB running 12.9 for 2nd place in her time trial. The winner of that race was given the same time of 12.9 and was 3rd overall so Mia missed out by a whisker. However, she ran 28.4 for a clear 3rd place finish over 200m so took the bronze there. Bethany Swift recorded PBs in two out of three events with 4m 05 in the shot, 18.9 for 100m and 4:02 for 800m. Freya Walsh battled the wind to finish 3rd in the 1500m race in 5:29. In the Field events, Southport Waterloo girls packed the shot and javelin competition, reflecting a real revival in club throws in recent years. We had four of the five competitors in the shot which was won by Megan Howarth with 7m 30, just ahead of Eve McMahon throwing 7m 26. Ella Tobin threw 4m 54 and Bethany 4m 05. In the javelin, Megan was a clear winner with 28m 71, Eve taking 2nd place with 23m 20.

Our Under 15 Boys were Luke Suarez and Jamie Hopkins. Both boys ran PBs in the 100m, Luke running 13.0 and Jamie 13.6, just outside the medals. But both took medals in the long jump, Luke winning that event with 4m 62 and Jamie 3rd with 4m 18. Jamie also took a silver in the high jump clearing 1m 40.

Finally, Joe Mulhall was our only Under 17 at Wavertree. He ran the 800m in 2:11.7, coming from behind to win the combined age group race. In the conditions on Wednesday night, that's a better performance than the 2:11.1 he ran at Ormskirk in July.

Full Results | Results for club athletes

The club's own open T&F meeting is on Saturday 3rd September and caters for all ages Under 9 to Senior. Before that, the final round of the Northern T&F League is this Saturday at Crewe and the Mid Lancs Medal Meeting is at Leigh Sports Village on Saturday 27th August. Entry forms can be downloaded from the Fixtures page.