News reports - September 2017

24th September 2017: SWAC runners 4th and 5th in Seaside 10K

The 768 runners completing the Natterjack Seaside 10K included 20 from Southport Waterloo. David Hamilton tends to do well in local races and he finished 4th here on Sunday in 34:41. On a fairly flat but twisting course, it wasn't his fastest time of the year but another great result. 4th is never the finish position we would chose but he was 1st MV50! 5th overall on the day was club mate Francois Rafferty, 2nd MV45, in 35:36, a Season's Best. Mark Ashby was 1st MV55 in 38:15, Richard Talbot, 4th MV45 in 40:19, Mike Walker ran 40:43 for 1st MV65 and Boyd Park was 2nd MV50 in 41:02. Other male finishers were David Wright (42:02), James Brooker (42:58), Peter Gale (43:12), David Marsh (46:25), Graham Liu (46:29), Steven Owens (50:14), Mike Murray (59:21) and Chris Hewitt (86:08).

Under 17 Jessica Dean was our 1st female, 5th female finisher overall in 44:42. Vicki Hudson was 1st FV50 in 47:02. Other female finishers were Victoria Jamieson (48:15), Mari Dyson (48:18), Sue Stewart (52:25) and Gina Bellhouse (54:53).


The Seaside 10K was the final event in the club Grand Prix so the winners can be revealed as Francois Rafferty for the men and Mike Walker as male vet winner; Trace Allan as female winner and Mari Dyson as female vet winner.

Keith Lunt comments on this year's Grand Prix. ...

- 72 runners took part in at least 1 event

- 8 males and 5 females completed the minimum 5 events, an increase on last year by 2 people.

- Of the 10 people that completed the minimum number of events last year 3 have left the club and 5 completed the minimum number of events this year.

- The first race was the best attended (Mad Dog, 39 people)

- The second race was the worst attended (Ormskirk park run, 5 males, 0 females), although Crosby park run did attract a lot of extra runners so I think maybe the date didn’t work.

- we had 1 Visually Impaired runner taking part, who scored a 1 in total.

Grand Prix table

23rd September 2017: SWAC success in final Fell Grand Prix race

The final race in the series took place at Orton, a small village close to Tebay in Cumbria. Three SWAC runners started the race and all the competitors were warned at the start that due to the poor weather experienced since July the course was wet, very muddy and slippy in many parts.

The race starts with a steady, flat road section before turning into the fields to run out to the start of the first climb. It did not take long to find out exactly what the organiser was talking about at the start. The fields were extremely muddy and waterlogged in parts making fast running difficult.

Once the runners started the first of the climbs conditions improved and better progress could be made up the hill. There followed a steep descent over rocky ground before starting the long gradual climb along the ridge to the second summit before starting the long grassy descent.

After the descent the route followed muddy tracks which eventually took the runners back to the village and the road back to the finish.

First home for SWAC was Brian Davey in 55.33, taking the V60 prize, followed by Clive James 61.52. Carole James was the first SWAC lady home in 71.01.

Over the season, SWAC runners have been successful in more the half the races, with both the men and ladies taking veteran category prizes, promoting the name of the club on the fell running circuit.

John Sprackland and Michelle Spencer have retained the Fell Running Grand Prix titles for 2017. Thanks to everyone who has supported the Grand Prix this year, I hope the variety of races selected were enjoyable. I look forward to perhaps seeing some new runners come and experience the ups and downs of fell running and who knows, challenge the current title holders in 2018. 

Final FGP table

16th September 2017: Snr Men short of a runner at Northern relays

Southport Waterloo's Senior Men usually do well in the Northern Road Relays but at Sportcity on Saturday they only managed an incomplete team in the Autumn 6-stage relays. David Hamilton led off covering the 6.4 km course in 22:59 before handing over to Neil Cosgrove who had a remarkable race, picking up 20 places to finish in 21:43. Carl McMahon then ran 26:29, then Andrew Kershaw, 26:26, and finally Rob Johnson, 26:17.

Astonishingly, 18 teams - 11 Men and 7 Women - were disqualified when post race checks found runners who were ineligible to compete by reason of the non-registration with England Athletics.

Full results

16th September 2017: Young Combined Eventers end season on a high note

Three of our Multi Eventers travelled to Jarrow on Saturday to compete in the North East Counties Combined Events Meeting. We had 2 Under 13 Girls in Amber Hughes and Katie Piercy and 1 Under 15 boy in Sam Coupland.

Katie, competing in her second Pentathlon and her final event as an under 13, had another solid performance scoring 1951 not quite a pb but not far off her score at Stockport from last week. She ran the hurdles in 12.91, LJ 4.00, HJ 1.19 threw the shot 8.81 and finished with an 800 in 2.56.2 which was enough for a 5th place out of the 17 girls who took part. Amber faired slightly better improving her hurdles CR to 11.37 (now ranks her 7th in UK), LJ 3.86, HJ 1.39, threw the shot 8.13 and ran the 800m in 2.41.43 which gave her a slight PB and improved club record of 2376. This was enough to again rank her 7th in the UK but such was the standard of opposition she actually finished 3rd on the day which shows what a good job Katie did to finish 5th. In this competition Morgan Lake's National Record was broken by a Hallamshire athlete called Erin Lobley!!

Sam rounded off his first year as an under 15 with another solid all round effort. He ran the hurdles in13.48, threw the shot 7.53, LJ a PB of 4.88, and equalled his HJ PB of 1.55. After 4 events this was Sam's best ever performance and if it wasn't for the fact they changed the schedule last minute without warning and moved his 800m 30 min earlier than scheduled (while some boys were still in the stands!!) I am sure he would have been able to run quicker than his 2.31, but still his overall total of 1980 and a 4th placed finish was still a good end to his season. These 3 are now off for a hard earned period of rest before a hard winter's training to prepare for next year.

We also had Jamie Hopkins competing for Lancashire in the Schools Combeined Events National Final. Jamie ran 13.14 for the hurdles, threw the shot 6.45, HJ 1.50, LJ 4.96 and rounded his day off with a 2.38.3 800m. This gave him a score of 1857 which helped Lancashire finish 7th overall.

Anyone who would like to compete or train for multi events please contact Barrie Hughes, Lee Coupland or David Gough.

10th September 2017: Late season Open T&F at Blackpool and Wigan

Blackpool used to claim to have the first and last open Track & Field meetings of the season, with two in the final month. However, the late September meeting has now been lost and Sunday's meeting clashed with The Arnold Seddon open at Robin Park Arena in Wigan.

Several of our athletes were at Blackpool and just two at Wigan.

At Blackpool:

Under 13 Sierra Jalloh won the100m (13.9) and 200m (29.01). Sister Sahara long jumped a best of 3m 10.

Under 15 Lewis McMahon ran 2:35 for 800m, threw a PB 6m 83 in the shot and was 2nd in the javelin with 24m 15.

Sister Eve McMahon, Under 17, was 3rd in the shot with 7m 57 and 4th in the javelin with 24m 90.

Under 15 Jamie Hopkins was 2nd in 80m hurdles in 13.2, won the long jump with 5m 04 and was 2nd in the shot with 7m 78, both shot and long jump being new personal bests.

Under 15 Sam Coupland, after Saturday's successes, won the discus with 27m 82.

And Under 17 Tom Kwissa won the high jump with a new personal best 1m 76.

Full results

At Wigan, Bethany and Katelyn Swift were competing. Under 13 Katelyn ran 16.1 for 100m, 3:05 for 800m and best of 11m 81 in the discus. Bethany ran 17.6 for 100m, 60.5 for 300m and best of 11m 84 in the discus.

Full results.

10th September 2016: 3rd successive win in Wirral Half for Mark Dunham

Sunday saw the annual BTR Wirral Half Marathon on a slightly altered course due to on-going road works. A combined start and finish was used in New Brighton. Mark Denham continued his run of success in this event with his 3rd consecutive win, all in just over 72 minutes, 72:41 on Sunday. James Brooker ran 1:31, Mike Walker, 1:34, Graham Liu, 1:46, and Gina Bellhouse, 2:01.

The Wirral Half was the final race in the Merseyside Grand Prix of road races where the best 5 race results count towards the awards. This race gave Mark his final counting race. The final ranking isn't published yet but I reckon Mark is the 2017 individual champion. See County web site for final rankings. The final race in the club Grand Prix is the Natterjack Seaside 10K on 24th September. See Club GP rankings here

Tony Bond ran the Wirral 10K, in 57:13.

9th September 2017: Young multi-eventers continue to impress

A soggy Woodbank Park, Stockport, awaited our young combined eventers on Saturday. Despite the weather doing its best to dampen our spirits, once again our young athletes did us proud. We had 11 athletes competing in total.

We had 4 Under 11 Girls in Lauren Byrne, Emily Dean, Lottie Hughes and Apphia Keenan. Lauren was the best all-round performer managing to throw the vortex ball a pb of 24m 52, running 11.7 for 75m and the 600m for the first time in 2:21 for an overall 6th position with a score of 254 points. Emily was again most impressive on the track with a 600m of 2:05 and a 75m of 12.7 for a total of 197 points. Lottie performed strongest in the LJ leaping 3m 14 and was consistent in her other events for a PB total of 214 points. Apphia had a very solid competition performing close to her PB's in all her events for a total of 227 and 10th place overall.

We had 2 Under 11 boys Adam Byrne and Sammy Pickerill. Adam like his twin sister Lauren was attempting multi eventing for the first time and faired pretty well overall. Starting off with a PB of 12.39 in the 75m and finishing his first 600 in a time of 2:17.57 for an overall total of 234. Sammy managed an excellent 2nd place overall finish. Again, he had no PBs but was pretty close in most events rounding off with his usual impressive 600m in which he managed overall victory.

We had 4 Under 13 Girls 1 in the Quadrathlon and 3 taking on the Pentathlon.

Libby Simpson was taking part in her first combined events and performed very well throwing the shot a Pb 3m 99 and running a very nice 800m in 2:54.85 with an excellent sprint finish!! This gave Libby a total of 117 points and 10th place overall.

3 of our U13 girls took on the pentathlon in Amber Hughes, Katie Piercy and Katelyn Swift. Katelyn's total of 896 was only 25 off her PB which was very impressive as she failed to jump a height in the high jump so a massive PB should be on the way next time as her other 4 events were all performed very well on the day. Katie was taking on the Pentathlon for the first time and excelled on the day, especially in the conditions, breaking 4m for the first time with a long jump of 4m 06 and being close to her PB's in all other 4 events which gave her a total of 1988 and 4th place overall. Amber was her usual consistently excellent self despite the conditions, equalling her PB in the hurdles and close to her best in the other 4 events which gave he a 2nd place finish overall and an improvement on her own Club Record to 2359 points!!!

Under 15 Bethany Swift  also took part, getting a PB in her 200m with 35.5secs and a PB in the javelin of 9m 32. She did the 800m in 3:29.4 so just outside of a PB.

We had one U15 boy in Sam Coupland and he was probably our best performer on the day with 4 individual PBs and an overall Pentathlon PB. He Hurdled 13.1, long jumped 4m 82, threw the shot 8m 21 and rounded it off with an 800m in 2:26.61. This all gave him a new Pentathlon PB of 2048 and second place overall.

Amber, Katie and Sam are off to Jarrow next Saturday for a Pentathlon which will round off an excellent outdoor season for these three talented Multi Eventers.

Anyone interested in multi events - no matter what your age - contact Barrie Hughes, Lee Coupland or David Gough.

Full results

9th September 2017: Senior Men run the North West Road Relays

The Southport Waterloo A C Senior Men’s team performed brilliantly in North West Road Relays in Blackpool on Saturday.   The team of Ciaran Walsh, Ben Johnson, Andy Kershaw and Dave Mulvee, finished 2nd overall, and in the Merseyside championship were 1st home, over 2 minutes ahead of the next team.  Due to a controversial decision about eligibility they were not awarded the County Championship.

At the end of leg 1, the first 8 runners were close together, with Ciaran 7th in 20 mins 40 secs.  Then  Ben Johnson ran the second fastest leg of the day (20.15) to go into a clear lead.  This meant  Andy Kershaw had to run on his own, a tough job on a windy day for a less than fully fit runner, but he held on to the lead until almost the very end of his leg, finishing 4th in 22.47.  Finally Dave Mulvee ran a superb leg, moving up to 2nd  with only Preston’s outstanding young Patrick Dever holding him off.

Ben’s big event comes next month, when he’ll represent England in the Toronto Marathon.


Ed: Disappointingly, there were no SWAC junior teams at this year's event where they usually pick up Merseyside team medals.

2nd September 2017: Record numbers at SWAC Open T&F Meeting

Remember our Open Medal Meeting at Litherland last September? The incessant rain? Well last Saturday couldn't have been more different. The weather was warm with occasional sunshine, not too warm for the athletes and very pleasant for the record numbers taking part in what proved to be a late-summer spectacle of grass roots athletics! Many events were highly competitive - a joy for both athletes and spectators - and whilst some events were being competed at a very high standard, others allowed young developing athletes to test their skills, often for the first time in competition. And for our own young athletes to be able to do that at their local track is a real bonus.

The pleasant conditions meant our on-the-day entry was the highest ever, leading to a record number of 327 entries, just 2 more that the previous record, from 2013.

And Southport Waterloo's junior athletes were there in force too, many taking their first steps in competitive athletics and clearly enjoying the experience.

And before reporting on how well our athletes did I must up front thank all the helpers and officials who made this happen. The busier the meeting, the more we need and value our volunteers.

I don't think I can recall a T&F meeting where were more Southport Waterloo athletes in action. And its not just numbers. The quality is a testament to the coaching now available at the club and the dedication that brings young talent to regular training sessions.

A word too about the hurdles events we put on at the beginning of these meetings. This was experimental and has built up year on year with 43 hurdlers competing on Saturday, including Meg Corker ranked No 1 Under 13 and Abigail Pawlett currently ranked U15 No 2 nationally.

For our own athletes, we had two new club records amongst the 32 PBs. Amber Hughes improved her 70m hurdles record to 11.5 and Katie Piercy improved her Under 13 shot club record by an impressive 30 cms to 8m 95.

Our Under 9 Girls were Renee Adams, Amber Cliffe and Megan Hulse. Renee ran 11.7 to win the 75m race, an impressive time for an Under 9. Megan improved her 600m PB to 2:12.9 finishing just outside the medals. And Amber won the vortex ball competition with 12m 35.

Our only Under 9 Boy was Thomas Henderson who competed in long jump, 600m and vortex ball.

Our Under 11 Girls were Lauren Byrne, Emily Dean, Charlotte Hughes, Hannah Keenan and Natalie Piercy. Hannah ran a PB 12.6 in the 75m and Lauren took a medal running 11.5 in her race, in a very close finish with only a tenth of a second separating four girls. Lauren's long jump of 3m 36 placed her the highest Under 11 Girl in the club rankings and she won the vortex ball competition. Emily finished just outside the medals in the 600m, 4th in 2:06.3. Natalie's vortex ball throw of 13m 12 was a PB. And Charlotte took a bronze medal in the vortex with 13m 73.

With more girls generally involved in athletics than boys it was pleasing to see so many of our Under 11 Boys competing on Saturday. They were Josh Ashe, Monty Barr, Adam Byrne, Henry Cliffe, Will Collins, Stephen Edmondson, Sean Hopkins, Thomas Kilburn and Sammy Pickerill. Henry showed his sprinting skills with wins in both the 75m and 150m in 11.2 and 22.4 and Sammy and Josh were also sprint medallists. Four of the boys also ran the 600m, Sammy winning that in 1:51.7, Will's 3rd place finish in 1:58.6 was a new PB and I believe a first sub 2-minute time. Thomas won the vortex ball competition with 28m 61 before long jumping to a PB of 3m 28. Many of these boys have not competed before and can be pleased with their performances

Our Under 13 Girls have impressed all season and that continued at Litherland. They were Grace Barr, Maisie Bird, Jenna Christian, Brianna Hanlon, Michaela Hopkins, Amber Hughes, Millie Ireland, Sierra Jalloh, Jessica Keenan, Annabel Lockie, Grace Malone, Rachel Murphy, Alex Murphy-Worrell, Katie Piercy, Libby Simpson, Katelyn Swift and Grace Tobin. Amber and Katie can be proud of their enhanced club records but lots of the girls achieved PBs; Jessica with 11.2 for 75m, 2:48 for 800m and a 3m 38 long jump - 3 PBs from 3 events; Annabel for her 3m 24 long jump and 2:52 800m, Libby Simpson with a 3m 05 long jump, Katelyn running 4:50 for 1200m; Grace T running a 3:56.0 for 2nd place in the 1200m in a Grade 1 time. Sierra took silver in the 75m in 10.6 and a bronze in the 150m in 21.2. In her first race for the club, Grace Barr was the fastest of our seven 800m runners clocking 2:47 for a 3rd place medal. Katie was just outside the medals in the javelin where there were four girls throwing between 25m and 27m, an example of the competition enjoyed on Saturday.

There were so many Under 13 girls that they ran four 4 x 100m relay teams at the end of the meeting. The unenviable task of sorting out the teams fell to Barrie Hughes!.

Our Under 13 Boys were Felix Anderson, James Edmondson, Michael Henderson, Rhys Hulse and Paul Murphy-Worrell. Rhys took PBs in both the 100m, winning that event in 14.2, and the long jump, another win with a 4m 29 clearance. He also won his heat of the 200m in 29.4. Felix' javelin throw of 20m 97 was another PB. Michael was 2nd overall in the combined 1 mile race finishing in 5:29.7 - that's just 2 seconds off the club record.

Our Under 15 Girls were Alice Bird, Megan Howarth, Louise Murphy-Worrell, Stephanie Robertson, Bethany Swift, Ella Tobin, and Freya Walsh. There were PBs here for Stephanie, running a 200m for a change in 28.4, Ella Tobin running 46.8 for 300m and Bethany Swift with a 13m 35 discus throw. Both Freya and Alice ran the Mile, Freya in 6:23 and Alice in 6:36. Stephanie was just outside her PB in the 75m hurdles, 2nd in 11.6. Megan won the javelin competition of 13 girls with 31m 45.

Our Under 15 Boys were Sam Coupland, Jamie Hopkins, Lewis McMahon, Dtymayne Moore, Tom Murphy and Luke Suarez.. Luke achieved two PBs from his field events, throwing 7m 64 in the shot and 18m 80 in the discus. Lewis had a PB in the javelin with 23m 24 where Jamie took the silver medal with a PB 30m 58. Jamie also took a bronze in the 80m hurdles with a PB 13.0 and another bronze in the high jump clearing 1m 50. Sam was just outside the medals in the hurdles, 4th in 13.9, behind Jamie, and again 4th behind Jamie in the high jump, also clearing 1m 50.

In the Under 17 Women's competition Bethany Benzeval, Jessica Dean and Eve McMahon were in action. Jessica won the 800m race in 2:29.3 and ran a PB 45.4 for 300m, taking a silver there. Eve took the shot bronze medal with 7m 34 and was 4th in the javelin throwing 23m 49. Bethany returned from injury to compete in the 200m, 800m and Mile.

Our Under 17 Men were Daniel Byrne, Ethan Harrison, Tom Lippitt, Darion Moore and Will Robson. Will is new to the club and started his athletics career with a bronze medal in the javelin, throwing 39m 98. Daniel was 5th in that competition with 39m 00, a new PB, which emphasises the quality of the competition. Ethan achieved a PB in the 400m, running 55.5, winning that competition. Ethan, Tom and Darion had a close race in the 100m as the above photo shows.

We had three Under 20 Men, competing with the seniors today. Nathan ran a PB 11.8 for 100m, just outside the medals. Jimmy and Graham was just outside the medals in the 400m, running 54 seconds. Nathan did brilliantly to win the senior shot, with 10m 12 - a joint 1st with Liam Harris - the senior discus, with 32m 49, and the senior javelin, with 28m 69.

Katy Coupland was our only competing Senior Woman. She took silver in the discus with 28m 47.

Several of our Senior Men competed at this meeting: Chris Burgess, Graham Boreham, Paul Byrne, Matthew Campbell and Liam Harris. Chris won his heat of the 100m in 12.6. Graham ran 25.7 and 54.1 for the 200m and 400m. Matthew took the 400m bronze with 53.4. In the Field events, Liam was the joint winner in the shot with 10m 12 and took silver in the discus with 24m 23. New member Paul took discus bronze with 16m 56, shot bronze with 5m 74, and javelin silver with 25m 07. Not bad for a first competition!

Thanks again to everyone for helping make this meeting a success. And thanks too to all the athletes who made for such a special competition.

There are more open T&F meetings next weekend at Blackpool (no on-the-day entries) and Wigan and our young combined eventers have a competition at Stockport next Saturday and another the following weekend.

Full results | Results for Southport Waterloo athletes.