News reports - September 2016

19th September 2016: England Athletics award for Ron Scott

Club Vice President, middle distance coach, official and web site master Ron Scott, a past Sefton and a Merseyside Volunteer of the Year, was nominated in this year's England Athletics North West awards in the Services to Athletics category. At the awards ceremony at Bolton Golf Club on Monday evening, he won the category and was presented with his award by Chris Jones, Chief Executive of England Athletics . With all the other North West winners on the night, Ron now goes forward to the national final, at the 'Hall of Fame' awards evening in Birmingham in mid October.

Link to England Athletics NW Awards

17th/18th September 2016: PBs for Ian Fitzpatrick at Masters Champs

In his first year of track running in the V50 category, Ian Fitzpatrick competed over the weekend at the British Masters championships in Alexandra Stadium. Birmingham. Ian, the only representative from Southport Waterloo at these championships, excelled with two PBs. The first one on the Saturday was in the 400mtr, going through in 61.62. And the other on the Sunday knocked almost 3 seconds off his previous best time from Stretford, going through in the 800m in 2:20.61.

16th September 2016: Grand Prix success for SWAC runners

The provisional individual standings for Men and Women in the Merseyside Road Race Grand Prix are published this evening and these show Mark Dunham in 2nd place overall at the end of the series and after his fine win in the Wirral Half Marathon. And Angela Delaney tops the Women's standings, on equal points with the 2nd placed runner who Angela has beaten in each race where they were head to head.

In the Team standings, our Men finished 8th of 12 clubs and our Women 9th.

Angela Delaney also heads up the Women's table in the SWAC Grand Prix with just two events to come; the Natterjack Seaside 10K and the Marathon rankings. Paul Warrington is currently leading the Men's Grand Prix.

Merseyside Grand Prix standings | Southport Waterloo Grand Prix standings.

11th September 2016: More medals and PBs at Blackpool Open T&F Meeting

There could have been no bigger contrast in the Weather at our open meeting to this, glorious sunshine with the occasional fluffy cloud As Athletes from All over the North of England and Wales gathered for what was the only September meeting at Stanley Park arena. Falling numbers over the years and the strain of organising such events dictated this, and I was surprised there were in fact relatively few there. The clash with Preston Harriers club championships did not help much either.

The organiser of this meeting Dave Needham was not in attendance as he is quite ill at the moment and we wish you a speedy recovery.

Anyway onto our Athletes, 11 in total attended and came away with 8 PB’s, 5 Graded performances and 11 Medals.

A new name appears in the U9 Boys, Thomas Kilburn who ran 14.6 in the 80m, 2:23.1 in the 600m & jumped 2.63m in the Long Jump. A good first T&F meeting and welcome Thomas.

U9 Girl, Charlotte Hughes ran a PB 14.8 in the 80m and in her first run a 600m clocked 2:31.4 and won the Bronze medal. She also long jumped a PB 2.83m for a second bronze medal. Well Done!

U11 Girls, Amber Hughes ran 11.9 in the 80m sprint, fast enough for the Gold medal and, even though this was Ambers first run at 80m, she goes straight to the top of the club rankings. Amber won her heat in the 600m in a time of 1:58.7 and took the Bronze medal, the other faster runners being in Heat 1.

Katelyn Swift ran a PB 12.9 in the 80m, a PB 2:12.8 in the 600m and jumped a PB 3.39m in the Long Jump. Well done to you both.

U13 Boys, Josh Stammers ran 14.6 in Ht 1 of the 100m, and jumped a Grade 4, 4.22m in the Long Jump taking the bronze medal.

Multi eventer, Sam Coupland ran 2:43.2 in the 800m taking the Bronze medal, Jumped 3.97m in the Long Jump and saving the best till last, leapt a grade 2 height of 1.4m in the High Jump taking the Gold medal. Again well done lads!

U15 Girls, Mia Tomlinson Oldfield ran a Grade 4 time of 13.4 in the 100m taking the Silver medal, and then went one better in the 300m with a new PB time of 44.8 and the Gold medal. This takes Mia to the top of the club rankings at this distance.

Bethany Swift ran 19.5 in the 100m, a PB 3.50.1 in the 800m and put the 3Kg shot 3.97m. Well done to you too.

U17 Man, Jimmy Alderson started with a PB in the 100m in a time of 12.6 then ran a 56.2 in the 400m race.

U17Woman, Emma Alderson ran the 400m, but as a Senior, in an U17 Grade 1 time of 58.2 taking the Gold medal. This was a combined Seniors 400m and Emma ran just behind our Senior Man, Graham Boreham who took the Senior Gold medal in 55.9 then finished off the afternoon for our athletes taking the Bronze medal in the 200m in 26.0.

This was Grahams 12th consecutive year of competing at the Blackpool September opens having started as an U11.

Not quite finished as without officials, no T&F meetings could take place and Time keeper Dave Whitehead, and myself as a Field Judge represented our club, no medals for Me and Dave just a thank you bottle of wine to take home!!

Full results at the horrendously difficult to find location on BWFAC web site….

Just in case your thirst is still not quenched, Wigan Harriers are running the Arnold Seddon Open meeting a Robin Park on Sunday 18th Sept, U11 to Seniors 10:30 start with entry on the day.

Ed: Thanks to Steve for report and to Graham for the photos.

10th September 2016: First of the Autumn Road Relays held in Delamere Forest

On Saturday, SWAC runners competed in 5 races at the North West Road Relays, staged by Cheshire AA in Delamere Forest.  It was an attractive venue with an unsatisfactory layout. The excellent weather helped to make the day enjoyable.

First off were the Under 13 Girls, with Eliza Dean, Alice Bird, and Grace Tobin.   Grace was the fastest in 15.46. They were the 3rd Merseyside A team 

The Under 13 Boys race the team of Lewis McMahon, Sam Coupland and Michael Henderson were also the 3rd Merseyside A team.  And to complete the hat trick

the U15 girls, Freya Walsh, Lilly-Ann Grayson, and Jess Dean, were also the 3rd Merseyside A team.

The Senior Women's team of Angela Delaney, Karen Wilson (in her first relay), and Trace Allan were 4th Merseyside A team.

This year we could only field 2 Senior Men's teams, which was very disappointing after last year's excellent turnout.  However the A team of Ciaran Walsh, Ben Johnson, Dave Hamilton and Dave Mulvee ran very well to come away with the Silver Medals in the Merseyside Championship, with the B team of Francois Rafferty, Lewis Rooney, Matt Goddard and Peter Roome coming 11th.   Ben Johnson and Dave Mulvee both had excellent runs, and were the 2nd and 3rd fastest Merseyside runners.  Ben was 4th best from all the North West clubs.

The next day Mark Dunham retained his title in the Wirral half marathon,winning by nearly 3 minutes in  72.08.

3rd September 2016: New Pentathlon Club Record for Sam Coupland

Unfortunate future scheduling meant that Sam Coupland could not be at our club's Open meeting but was down in Leicester at the Saffron Lane Athletics Stadium for the Leicester and Rutland Combined Events meeting.  

The weather forecast was for rain but the first event of the day, the 75m hurdles, were blessed with sunshine. it was not to last.  Sam and 12 other u13 boys started the day and Sam had a positive start with a PB in the hurdles of 14.21s, a result worthy of 399pts that would be his highest points score of the day.  An hour later in the shot Sam putted 7.09m for a further 313pts. There was then a longer gap due to the conclusion of u11 Quadkids events until the Long Jump in the now steady rain.  Sam achieved his second PB of the day with a leap of 4.15m and another 230pts.  

There was a further considerable gap before the high jump as the u15/u17 girls produced some significant achievements over the bar.  When given the opportunity Sam started his high jump competition well with early first time clearances but was left disappointed with his best recorded jump of 1.33m (270pts) as this is 10cm below his best of the season but given the conditions, it had now stopped raining but the ground and bed were soaked, it was good to achieve a clearance at all.  After consulting our club records Sam was aware he needed to run below 2:48 in order to set a new record.  So at 7pm, some 9 hours after starting the competition, Sam completed the 800m in 2:44.49 - 171pts and a total of a new club record for u13 boys in the pentathlon of 1383pts.  

All that was left was to shake hands with fellow competitors and the officials and the presentations before a rather long drive home.  Sam's final pentathlon of the season is at Jarrow on the 24th September.

Full results | Club records

3rd September 2016: Open Medal Meeting at Litherland the wettest ever

In the nine years I have been organising this event I have never seen such wet weather as we suffered at this year's Open Track & Field meeting at Litherland. Despite the weather, we had 270 entries, and almost certainly, in better conditions,m would have exceeded last year's entries on the day. The numbers competing were down a bit and you can't blame people for leaving early to dry out in the warmth of a car journey home. My overall impression, however, was that the competition was enjoyed with most people deciding to make the best of it.

Up front, I would like to praise our officials. There are one or two mistakes in the results which we will try and correct but the officials were out in the rain all day, trying to judge and to record distances and times on increasingly soggy paperwork. Its only because of their dedication to the sport that we can run these events and produce a record of performances.

Southport Waterloo had about 50 athletes taking part, many of whom had never competed in club competition before. Hopefully they will be keen to carry on. Its not always raining in athletics! Our numbers held up well compared to previous years. Early on, there was little wind but the wet conditions did nothing to improve performances and those hoping for a late season PB was mostly disappointed. I think we had just 8 PBs which compares to 29 last year! But athletics is about competing and there was great competition to be enjoyed throughout the age groups.

Our Under 9 Girls were Olivia Burgess, Emmy Devine, Mia Drescher, Charlotte Hughes, Megan Hulse and Hannah Keenan. Olivia was 3rd over 75m in a new PB 13.8. Charlotte won her 150m race in 28.7, a new personal best, and Hannah was 3rd over 600m, crossing the line in 2:31. Charlotte won the vortex ball competition with 11m 59 and Mia was 3rd.

Our only Under 9 Boy was Jamie Simpson. He won the 75m race of seven boys in 13.8 secs.

Our Under 11 Girls were Maisie Bird, Tiana Chambers, Michaela Hopkins, Amber Hughes, Jess Keenan, Natalie Piercy, Libby Simpson and Katelyn Swift.

Katelyn was 3rd in her 75m race in 12.5 and Jess was 3rd in hers in 13.2 secs. Amber won the vortex ball with an excellent 26m 50 before emerging a a clear winner over 150m in 23.2 and she was again the clear winner over 600m, in 2:00.7. The 600m race was interesting in that six of the eight girls were from Southport Waterloo, Jess taking the silver and Libby the bronze in 2:05.6 and 2:11.8. Katelyn's 2:14.4 was a new PB. We have some good potential middle distance runners here but at this age they should just try everything and enjoy their athletics. In the long jump, Michaela's 3m 02 was another of the very few PBs achieved at Litherland on Saturday.

Our Under 11 Boys were Marcus Burgess, Sean Hopkins, Paul Murphy-Worrell and Sammy Pickerill.

Paul won the vortex ball competition with a mighty 30m 60, Sammy throwing 21m 25 and Sean 12m 35. Paul also won his 75m heat in 12.5 secs. Marcus competed over 75m and 150m. Sammy running well under 2 minutes for 600m is a great first run.

Alice Bird, Annabel Lockie, Alex Murphy-Worrell, Katie Piercy and Grace Tobin were our Under 13 Girls. Annabel won her 75m race in 12.5 in a very close finish. Strong middle distance running was again seen in the 800m race where 3 of the 5 girls were Southport Waterloo. Alice took silver here in 2:58 and Alex the bronze in 3:03, all times a good 10 secs down because of the conditions. Grace won the 1200m in 4:18.

Our Under 13 Boys were Felix Anderson, Sam Devine, Lewis McMahon, James Pike, Joshua Stammers. Joshua was just run out the medals in the 75m, running 14.6, but he won the long jump competition with 3m 99. Lewis was 3rd in the javelin, throwing 19m 46, and his best shot put of 6m 05 was a new PB.

Southport Waterloo's Under 15 Girls were Bethany Bailey, Hannah Doyle, Megan Howarth, Eve McMahon, Stephanie Robertson, Casey Skillicorn, Bethany Swift, Ella Tobin, Mia Tomlinson-Oldfield and Freya Walsh. Eve did well to achieve two PB; 7m 35 in the shot and 20m 14 in the Javelin. Megan was just ahead in the hammer with 23m 58 and she took the bronze medal. In the javelin competition, Megan emerged the winner with 29m 49 and Eve took the bronze here with 19m 97. Megan and Eve are both developing into very good throwers with a lot more potential ahead. Stephanie took a bronze medal in the long jump, with 4m 39, and back on the track, she was 2nd over 75m hurdles in 13.3. Mia was 2nd overall in the 100m event, running 13.9, and 2nd again over 200m, in 28.5. Interestingly, Mia recorded exactly the same times in the 100m and 200m as Chloe Penketh of Wirral AC, Mia getting the judges' decision in the 100m and Chloe getting the decision in the 200m. Clearly there's not much between these two at the moment.

Ella was 2nd over 800m in 2:50, Freya medalled over a Mile in 6:17 and fell and Park runner Hannah Doyle took silver over 3000m, finishing in 13:13.0.

Our Under 17 Women were Emma Alderson and Bethany Benzeval. After her appearance the UK Schools Games on Friday, Emma loosened up with a 200m run in 27.3. Bethany ran the 200m, 300, and 800m, taking gold in the 800m and bronze in the 200m.

More medals were taken by our Under 17 Men: Jimmy Alderson, Ben Apps, Nathan Byrne, Harry Flanagan, Ethan Hughes, Joe Mulhall and Jack O'Neill. Nathan was again outstanding in the shot and won that competition with 12m 35.Jimmy wasn't too far off a PB in the 100, running 12.8 and, as expected, Harry won his 100m race in 11.7. And Ethan won the javelin with 41m 78, the second placed thrower nearly catching him with 41m 76 on his third throw. Ethan responded to the challenge with another long throw of 41m 77!

Competing in the Senior Men's competition were Graham Boreham, Chris Burgess, Matthew Campbell, Liam Harris and Francois Rafferty. Francois won the combined 3000m in 10:26. Liam took silver in the hammer with 38m 93. Hammer officionados will have enjoyed an Under 17 Man, throwing over 68 metres at Litherland. Jacob Roberts a Blackburn Harrier is ranked UK No 2 and threw 68m 43 at the School Games on Saturday and came along to Litherland on Saturday where he threw 68m 36.

Matthew and Graham took the major medals in the 400m, with 54.7 and 55.5. And Chris and Graham took gold and silver in the Senior 200m, just behind Jack O'Neill in a combined Under 17 / senior race.

Many people helped to put this meeting on, both from inside the club and a great many visiting technical officials and I'm grateful to them all, particularly several who were there from very early in the morning to set up the venue.

Full results | Results for Southport Waterloo athletes.

2nd September 2016: Schools Games silver medal for Emma Alderson

For the second year, Under 17 Emma Alderson was selected to represent the North West at the Sainsbury's School Games, held this year at Loughborough University on Friday. Emma had her 800m race late on Friday morning and was well positioned for a priceless Schools' medal as she came down the home straight only to be frustrated by two late challengers. Even with a dip to the line she was 4th in 2:10.85, missing the bronze medal by just 5 hundredths of a second!

Despite the disappointment, Emma had to prepare herself for another medal opportunity later in the day in the 4 x 300m relay. Here the team had better success and finished in bronze medal position. However, after a tense wait for the final result to be announced, a team disqualification moved them up to the silver medal position.

Just to be selected for this event is an achievement and to win a medal a fabulous bonus.

Litherland sprints coach Graham Pilkington was the North West team manager for these athletics Games.