News reports - August 2017

26th / 27th August 2017: England success at Bedford

The weather was perfect for athletics in Bedford this weekend, in stark contrast to last weekend, when it was grim up north.

Steph Robertson was the only Southport Waterloo athlete at Bedford, with Ben Apps coming back from a long holiday not feeling sharp. Bekki Roche also competed both days and as far as I could tell, no-one else from our side of the Mersey attended. For a moment I worried about Merseyside's young athletes in the coming years, before I remembered how Southport Waterloo is becoming a club capable of producing national standard athletes in every event group. I'm sure over the next few years we will see SWAC attendance at these championships increase.

Steph was entered for Triple Jump on the Saturday and showing good strength and technique, the Merseyside championship record holder progressed to the 2nd set of jumps with 7 other athletes. An overall position of 7th with a new PB and club record of 10.11 was great in an event Steph really enjoys, as an alternative to her main event.

Sunday was hurdle day, with heats, semis and finals all packed in to one day for every age group. Steph was extremely unlucky to miss out on a medal at the northern champs last week when she lost balance clipping hurdle 7 and lost her position over, or sort of through hurdle 8. After getting knocked out in the heats after a collision at English Schools in July, it would be easy to give hurdles a miss this weekend and enjoy the relatively low pressure triple jump, but there really is no stopping this girl, who's determination and resilience belie her little frame and quiet demeanour.

Steph ran an excellent heat to finish 2nd in 11.60, behind friend Abigail Pawlett who was 0.01s behind gold in the final later.

Steph felt tired before the semi but battled through for third, an automatic qualifying spot for the final where she gave everything she had left to finish in 6th place. With a season objective to get to a national last 8, doing it twice in 2 days was a deserved success.

Bekki, who trains with Ann Dignan at Litherland, was in action in hammer on the Saturday, I didn't see the event but a silver medal at national level speaks for itself! A new PB of 54.20 was enough to secure this.

Bekki is the national record holder in shot putt, could she back that up with a gold medal after narrowly missing out on gold at English Schools? 3 throws in, as the field was trimmed to 8, Bekki was in 2nd, of this I'm sure because they re-order the field so 8th position throws 1st, working up to 1st place, last in the round. What we couldn't tell was what the situation was after round 4, Casey Mulvey, in 1st place launched the shot putt, but we couldn't hear very well from outside the track, it sounded like Bekki's national record was no-more (but we weren't sure and neither was she), Mulvey looked elated, and Bekki worried. But an athlete of her quality need not worry, she pulled out a huge throw well over 14 meters, which it turned out was enough, Bekki's record still stands (unchanged) and now she has her national gold medal, and cuddly lion for her throw of 14.34. Much deserved.

2 all time records were ran on Sunday, u15b 200 was matched, and u17 Pippa Earley became the first Brit to break 11 seconds in 80m hurdles with a legal wind. Steph isn't the only girl in the club that will want to take a stab at that!

26th August 2017: Amazing new club record for Amber Hughes

The Mid Lancs Track & Field League ended its season on Saturday with the annual Medal Meeting, held this year at Stanley Park Arena, Blackpool. 21 of the club's T&F athletes took part, many hoping for a late season PB - and many achieving or even exceeding their objectives. A pleasant sunny afternoon at Blackpool provided good conditions for both athletes and spectators and proved an exciting climax to the Mid Lancs season. Altogether, our athletes achieved 16 PBs, 2 SBs and even managed a new Club Record when Amber Hughes ran in the Under 13 Girls' 100m.

Our Under 13 Girls at Blackpool were Jenna Christian, Amber Hughes, Sierra Jalloh, Katie Piercy, Grace Tobin and Katelyn Swift. It doesn't come as any surprise that Amber won all three of her events, collecting three gold medals; but the quality was outstanding. In the 100m, the first four girls were all inside Grade 1 standard times and Amber won in 13.1, improving her PB from 13.6 and setting a new Club Record to replace Sally Hadfield's mark of 13.2 set in 1985. Amber won the 200m in 27.8, another PB, and the high jump with a clearance of 1m 36. Amber currently tops the Under 13 Girls' club rankings in 11 events and holds 8 club records!

Sierra is another classy sprinter and also set two new PBs at Blackpool running 13.4 for 100m and 28.0 for 200m, taking silver medals in both. Sierra is developing brilliantly as a sprinter but Amber manages to stay ahead in competition. Both runners will push each other along to even greater times!.

Amber and Sierra's times should improve their top 10 standings on the Power of Ten for the North West.

Also in the 100m, Katelyn ran a PB 31.6, she threw the discus 12m 82 but most pleasing was her 800m run, dipping under 3 minutes for the first time with a run in 2:56.5. Grace also had a good run over 1500m, taking the silver medal in 5:04. Katie was another event winner. She won the shot with 8m 39 and was 2nd in the javelin with a best throw of 24m 20; and she high jumped 1m 20 taking a bronze medal there for a full set of gold, silver and bronze. Finally, Jenna ran 35.4 for 200m, long jumped 3m 54 and threw the javelin 11m 89.The girls took a further set of gold medals winning the 4 x 100m relay.

Our Under 15 Girls were Ella Tobin and Bethany Swift. Bethany ran a PB 15.4 in the 100m race,taking a whopping 2 seconds off her previous best! she also ran a 300m, for the first time (I think) in 59.4. Ella ran a 2:44 800m and threw the discus 14m 25, taking the bronze award there.

Katy Coupland was our only Senior Woman competing. She won the discus with 27m 96, was 2nd in the shot with a Season's Best 7m 58 and threw the hammer 17m 46. That earned Katy a full set of gold, silver and bronze medals!

Michael Henderson was our only Under 13 Boy. He ran 2:33 for 800m and cleared 1m 30 in the high jump, taking bronze medals for both events.

Our Under 15 Boys were Leo Christian, Sam Coupland and Patrick Manchester. Sam ran a 28.2 200m which beat his previous best of 30.11 from last year. He long jumped 4m 40 and high jumped 1m 50. Patrick was our best Under 15 medallist taking two golds in the shot (9.87) and the discus (26m 59 - a new PB). Leo also proved useful in the throws taking 2nd place in the hammer with a new PB of 23m 64. He also competed in long jump and his best of 4m 13 was a new PB.

Our Under 17 Men were Daniel Byrne, Ethan Harrison and Tom Kwissa. Ethan shaved a tenth off his 100m PB running 12.3, just outside the medals. He also ran a 57.1 400m and took a gold medal for that. Tom took a silver with a 1m 70 high jump and a bronze with a 4m 88 long jump. And Daniel was 2nd in the Javelin, taking a silver there with 36m 02.

Under 20 Men Jimmy Alderson and Nathan Byrne also competed at Blackpool. Throwing the senior 7.26 kg shot, Nathan achieved a PB 10m 42. That's the best he has thrown all season by a margin and left him just outside the senior medals. However, a great discus throw of 33m 17, improving his PB for the 2 kg weight, by 1/2 a metre, earned him a senior silver medal. He is now throwing the senior weight just a metre less than the 1.75 kg junior weight! Jimmy shaved a tenth off his 100m best time with a 12.3 secs run. In the 400m, sandwiched between Matthew Campbell and Graham Boreham, he took senior bronze in the 400m, running 54.4.

Graham Boreham, Chris Burgess and Matthew Campbell were our Senior Men. Chris ran a Season's Best 12.1 for 100m and 24.8 for 200m. Graham ran 25.2 for 200m and 55.3 for 400m. And Matthew took a 400m silver medal running 53.1.

Thanks to our officials today: Steve Boreham, Barrie Hughes, Katy Coupland and Lee Coupland; and again to Lee Coupland for his role as team manager.

Next weekend, on Saturday 2nd September, we have our own end-of-season open Track & Field meeting at Litherland. If you are competing, please get your entries in. If not, come down and help and be part of the team.

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19th August 2017: Ben J improves 10,000m club record

Ben Johnson improved his 10,000m track PB and club record at the BMC Grand Prix event at Stretford on Saturday. He finished in 30:30.18, 10 secs faster than his Parliament Hill time earlier this year. I think these doubled as championships so he was 14th in the England Champs and 4th in the Northern Champs, so close to a Northern medal!

19th / 20th August 2017: No medals but useful experience gained at Northern Champs

The Northern Athletics Junior Championships for Under 13s, Under 15s and Under 17s were held at Leigh Sports Village over the weekend. Entries were up from 471 last year to 569 this year, entering 952 events. Most of our athletes - and we had 6 juniors competing - had their events on Sunday in fairly pleasant weather conditions, avoiding the near continuous rain on Saturday.

Only Megan Howarth appeared in a Southport Waterloo vest on Saturday, in the Under 15 Girls' javelin. This is such a technical event and unfortunately it appears Megan may have recorded three no-throws as there is no result shown.

On Sunday, Amber Hughes, Katie Piercy, Katelyn Swift, Stephanie Robertson and Sam Coupland were competing.

Sam's is an unusual tale. Apparently, his pole vault competition was originally programmed for Sunday and he was duly entered. However, the event was then moved to Saturday. Being unable to compete on Saturday, Northern Athletics allowed him to compete on Sunday but, being outside of the main competition, he wouldn't be eligible for a medal. So Sam competed on Sunday - in the Girls' competition. He cleared a best of 2m 40. In the event, the main competition for Under 15 Boys on Saturday only had one competitor so Sam lost out on another Northern medal! Sam did, however, win a Northern silver at the Combined Events champs last weekend, when he cleared 2m 50 in the pole vault. Not bad for someone learning a new event!

Under 15 Stephanie Robertson was 3rd in her heat of the 75m hurdles in 11.94, doing enough to qualify for the final. Perhaps not surprisingly, the final was a close affair with the girls spread out in a line a cross the track until a final surge decided the medallists. Sadly, Stephanie missed out on this occasion, finishing in 12.38, but will take confidence from being 'in the mix' in a highly competitive race. She also competed in the long jump clearing a best of 4m 86.

Under 13 Amber Hughes competed in three events. In the 100m she was 2nd in Heat 1 in 13.88, going on to run 13.81 in the final, outside of the medals. In the 200m, she again qualified for the final with a 3rd place in her heat, in 29.16. A 5th place finish in the final was achieved in 28.43. And in the shot competition she was 6th with 8m 44.

Under 13 Katie Piercy also competed in the shot taking 5th place with 8m 64, a new PB and replacing Amber's club record by 3 cms! She ran 15.15 for 100m and 2:52.68 for 800m.

The third Under 13 Girl was Katelyn Swift. She ran 32.37 in her heat of the 200m, a new PB. She cleared 3m 11 in the long jump and threw 4m 35 in the shot.

Although there were no medals taken by our contingent of young athletes, they will all have benefited enormously from competing at this higher level, amongst some of the country's best young talent.

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12th / 13th August 2017: Open Meetings give Amber Hughes 3 improved club records

As well as a Northern and England Combined Events weekend, there were a couple of Open Track & Field meetings within traveling distance for local athletes including a number from Southport Waterloo. The Wrexham Games were on Saturday and the Warrington Open on Sunday.


From Wrexham Barrie Hughes reports: Liam Harris and a trio of sisters competed in the Wrexham games on Saturday 12th August. A very strong headwind meant that pb's were always going to be difficult in the sprints and throws!!.

We had 2 under 11 girls Emily Dean and Charlotte Hughes. Both girls competed in the LJ, 150m and 600m. Charlotte ran 27.6 for her 150, 2.27.7 for her 600 and Long Jumped a pb of 3.22 to claim the silver medal. Emily ran 2.04.2 for the 600 enough for a second place finish. She ran her first 150m and qualified for the final were she ran 25.5 and rounded the day off with a pb of 3.03 in the LJ.

Two under 13's were competing Amber Hughes and Katelyn Swift. Amber had a second and two thirds, running the 200m in 28.6, long jumping 4.10 and shot putting 8.26. Katelyn threw the shot 4.47, ran the sprint hurdles in 16.9 and improved her pb in the LJ to 3.50.

Beth Swift was our only under 15 competing today. She threw the discuss 10.47 and knocked an incredible 26 seconds off her 800m pb with a run of 3.22.3!!

Under 17 girl Jess Dean competed in the 800m and ran a good solid race in a time of 2.27.9.

Last but not least Liam Harris was our only male athlete competing today. He putt the Shot 11.06, threw the hammer 38.30 and has a seasons best throw in the discuss off 31.28 enough for a haul of one gold and two silvers for the day.


Sunday's event was closer to home at Victoria Park, Warrington, and naturally attracted more of our athletes; 12 in all, mainly Under 13s. A warm summers afternoon was the backdrop for a pleasant afternoon of athletics and some excellent performances, set out briefly below.

Under 11 Charlotte Hughes: 2m 83 in the Long Jump and 13.1 for 75m

Under 11 Emily Dean: a PB 24.8 for 150m, beating her time at Wrexham, a PB 2:03.7 for 600m, again faster that at Wrexham, and 2m 96 in the Long Jump.

Under 11 Thomas Kilburn: 12.5 for 75m and a PB 3m 11 in the Long Jump.

Under 11 Sammy Pickerill:22.5 for 150m (3rd), 1:50.7 for 600m (1st) and 3m 48 in the Long Jump (2nd).

Under 13 Amber Hughes: Three club records with 10.2 in the 75m Sprint (2nd), 11.6 in 70m Hurdles (3rd behind two girls ranked 1st and 2nd in the country!) and 17m 63 in the Discus (3rd).

Under 13 Katie Piercy: 12.9 for 70m Hurdles and 1m 25 in her first High Jump.

Under 13 Jack Clark: a PB 13.8 for 100m and 2:36.9 for 800m.

Under 13 Marcus Burgess: 17.4 for 75m Hurdles and a PB 5m 23 in the Shot.

Under 15 Stephanie Robertson: 12.0 for 75m Hurdles (1st).

Under 17 Jessica Dean: 2:32.6 800m (2nd).

Senior Chris Burgess 12.4 for 100m.

Senior Matthew Campbell: 52.6 for 400m (3rd).

Next Saturday we have the Mid Lancs Medal Meeting at Blackpool - entries can be handed to Ron Scott - and our own club open meeting is at Litherland the following weekend, Saturday 2nd September.

12th / 13th August 2017: Northern silver for combined eventer Sam Coupland

Sam Coupland represented Southport Waterloo in the England Athletics Combined EventsUnder 15 championships at Sportcity in Manchester this weekend. The U15 age group is competed over an 8-event octathlon and is completed over 2 days. 13 athletes were entered in this age group and 12 were on the start line for the first event on Saturday, the 100m which Sam completed in 14.0s (312 pts) unfortunately placing Sam in 12th place of the 12.  The second event was the Javelin and Sam threw 23.20m (205 pts) and moved into 11th place, followed by the Pole Vault where 2.50m was a new PB and worth 242 points.  Last action of the first day was the 400m and 63.48s was a second PB of the day worth 302 points and an overnight position of 11th with 1,061 points.

Sunday's weather was much improved on the rain of Saturday and started with the 80m hurdles. Sam crossed the line in 14.49s (461 pts) and improving to 10th place. A Discus throw of 25.21 was one of the best from the field and worth 371 points and a further improvement to 9th overall. The High Jump was the penultimate event and a jump of 1.54m earned a further 419 points and followed by the last event, the 1,000m.   Sam completed the 1,000m in 3:17.7 (502 pts) improving his own club record for this distance.  

Sam's final points total was 2,814 points and 9th place and a new club record for this event for u15 boys.  The event was won by Ben Hillman of Cardiff AAC with 4,336 points.

The meeting was also the Northern Championship and Sam won a Silver medal for his performance, finishing just behind the gold medal winner. 

If you are interested in multi events, starting with Quadrathlons (4 events) for under 11's and moving through to Heptathlons/Decathlons for seniors then please contact Barrie Hughes, David Gough or Lee Coupland.

5th August 2017: New recruits help keep Northern team in Div'n 3 next season

On a day of mixed weather (but no rain), the Southport Waterloo AC Senior T&F team finished 4th in the final fixture in 2017 Northern League Track & Field meeting in Div 3W, hosted by Trafford AC at the delightful Longford Park stadium, bringing to an end our league fixtures for this season. Some standout  performances, both individual and as a team today saw us finish fifth in the league, narrowly escaping the trap door. Liam Harris regained his 40m+ club status with a SB throw of 40.15m in the Hammer Throw (Physiological barrier well and truly broken), the Ladies team was bolstered by the fantastic 'JFP ladies', although holidays, a morning after the night before and withdrawals for personal reasons may have lead to both teams being slightly depleted. Ben Johnson showed a clean pair of heels to the entire field in the 5K winning in an impressive 14:55 (being 59" faster than at Wrexham last year (15:54.7)) as a diversion to his training for the Ontario Marathon where he will be running for England in October.

Our Men's 4x400 relay team again provided some entertainment and excitement to finish 2nd in 3:39.6 behind a very strong Trafford Team.

Of the league positions in our seemingly 'anyone can win league', St Helens Sutton who were 2nd in the league going into today's match completely blew it  by finishing 5th on the day and being overtaken by Spenborough into the 2nd promotion slot to division 2. Halifax again finished last so are relegated to division 4. Manchester Harriers were the clear league winners. (all subject to scrutiny of today's results)

Our teams today were, for the Men…. Harry Flanagan, Jack O’Neill, Matt Campbell, Graham Boreham, Ben Johnson, David Hamilton, Liam Harris, Ethan Harrison, Nathan and Daniel Byrne, Harry Pike, Ian Pike, Jimmy Alderson  and  Chris Burgess.

And for the Women....  Katy Coupland, Jessica Dean, Eve McMahon, Milly Smith, Sarah Pickerill and Joanne McDougall (who still holds 2 club records from 17 years ago) being our "Mums of current Junior Athletes returning to the sport Just For Points!! It was noted on the web reports page a few weeks ago that the Junior team had a great team spirit, well that can also be said for the smaller team of Senior T&F Athletes.

With the 14 Men we missed only 3 events completely, being Pole Vault, 110 Hurdles and High Jump, and had an ‘A’ & ‘B’ in 12 of the 19 events.

Harry ran 11.0 in the 100 'A'  only, before injury, Jack O'Neill ran the 'B' 100 in 12.4 and the 'B' 200 in 25.2 and jumped 5.17m as 'A' in the LJ. Nathan Harrison ran 23.9 in the 200 'A', Jumped 4.77m in the 'B' LJ and ran leg 3 in the 4x400 team. Matty Campbell and Graham covered the 400m in 53.4 and 56.1 respectively both 4th in the 'A' & 'B'. Both also ran in the 4x400 Matty running a spectacular anchor leg to overtake the Manchester Harrier in the last 10m to cross the line 0.2" in front. Graham also ran the 800 with Jimmy Alderson, both running 2:11.8 in the respective 'A' & 'B' Races. Jimmy also covered the 400 Hurdles in 69.2 and triple jumped 10.76m for 3rd 'A' and Harry Pike cleared 9.06 for 3rd 'B'

In the 1500m we had a Father / Son combination (don't recall this in a track race before for SWAC) as Harry and Ian Pike ran 4:53.9 and 6:21 respectively in the 'A' & 'B'. Ian also ran a good 3k Steeplechase finishing 3rd 'A'. Ben Johnson and David Hamilton covered the 5k 'A' & 'B' in 14:56.7 & 16:53.2, and thanks to Dave for turning out in all the meetings to run the 5k!

In the field Liam rejoined the 40m+ club in the Hammer throw finishing 2nd 'A' with 40.15m and Nathan Byrne 4th 'B' with 15:31, roles reversed in the Discus with Nathan 3rd 'A' with 32.39 and Liam 2nd 'B' with 30.99 and in the Shot Put Liam was 3rd 'A' with10.95 and Nathan 2nd 'B' with 10.19. In the Javelin throw it was Daniel Byrne 3rd 'A' with 36.19 and Chris Burgess 3rd 'B' with 29.34.

No men's 100m relay result for us after a false start but a magnificent 4x400 relay from Chris, Graham, Nathan & Matty for 2nd place. So 137 points for the Men's team.

For the 6 Women out of the 18 events we missed only 5, and had an ‘A’ & ‘B’ in 10, another truly remarkable achievement so a huge well done to the team.... Joanne McDougall covered the 100m with Milly Smith with 14.7 and 15.6 respectively. Joanne ran the 200m with Sarah Pickerill in 32.4 and 40.4 The 400m saw a new PB 65.1 for Jess Dean  2nd in the 'A' race   and Sarah 92.9 2nd 'B' for good points! In the 800m another PB for Jess 3rd 'A' with 2:26.2 with Joanne 2nd 'B' with 3:27.9. Outstanding describes Milly in the 100m Hurdles for 1st 'A' in 26.0

In the field events Eve McMahon was 1st 'A' in the javelin with 25.07 and Katy Coupland 3rd 'B' with 16:10, Katy & Eve also covered the Hammer throw with Katy 5th 'A' with 18:13 and Eve 2nd 'B' with 15:39. In the Discus Katy was joined by Milly where they came 2nd 'A' & 'B' with 28:53 and 16:55 respectively. In the shot put Katy & Eve again finishing 4th 'A' and 2nd 'B' with 7:23 & 6:24.

In the Jumps Sarah & Katy long Jumped 3:60 & 3:33 and in the Triple Jump cleared 5:72 & 5:69

As if that was not exhausting enough the 6 ladies covered both Relays, Joanne, Jess, Eve & Milly 3rd  in the 4x100 and Katy, Sarah, Jess & Joanne 2nd in the 4x400. What a great afternoon and 111 points for the ladies team.

Much more to come I am sure next Season.

So, Thanks then to all the Athletes, to our effervescent Team Manager, Lee Coupland who left his sick bed (Arr) to organise (and then re-organise several times) everything on the team sheet, and to our team of officials today: Steve James and Dave Whitehead on Track Judging & Timekeeping and to Steve Boreham, Liam Harris, Lee Coupland, Victoria Dean, and Lewis McMahon & Sam Coupland ( both active U15's being given an insight into the other side of Athletics) on the Field events who added another 45 points to today's score.

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2nd August 2017: A challenging night at Whittle Pike ()

“For an evening race this is a rough tough race. That is how the race is described on the Rossendale Harriers website and it lived up to that. At the start, the runners were warned that the course was wet and the conditions were made worse with rain during the race.

From the start the course is climbing with the first half mile on road and track before moving on to the open fell. Once on the fell the course was very muddy with some deep bogs which made progress hard up the first climb before a fast descent which was made more difficult by the badly rutted ground.

After crossing the stream, the course climbed up to the top of Whittle Pike where a strong wind was blowing. Once around the cairn at the top it was another fast descent before the third of the climbs which took the runners onto a narrow muddy track which eventually led to the final descent through the mud and bogs, before joining the final half mile back along the track and road to the finish on the recreation ground in the village.

However, there was a sting in the tail with the finish coming at the end of a short climb.

First home for SWAC and first V60 was Brian Davey in 59.41, Clive James was second home for the club in 66.05. Michelle Spencer was third home in 71.41.

It was agreed by the SWAC runners that the race was tough; but it was an enjoyable race.

The final race of the Grand Prix series will be at Orton on 23rd September at 2.00pm