News reports - May 2019

23rd May 2019: New range of club croptops now available

 

A new range of Fastrax brand croptops with midriff length is now available in a complete range of sizes from 26" to 40" chest.

26" to 32" youth sizes cost £18.50

34" to 40* adult sizes cost £23.00

A discount is available for Juniors requiring an adult size.

Interested? Items can be purchased from Ron Scott.

22nd May 2019: School 1 Milers race around Victoria Park

Wednesday saw the club's annual series of 1 Mile races for schools that has been in the local athletics calendar every year since 1984. It is impossible to avoid all the other activities going on in schools at this time of year and particularly shortly before the half term holiday begins. But, in addition, it does seem that many schools, particularly high schools, have at least temporarily dropped this event from their 'must do' list. And so numbers were sadly down this year. But there were plenty of good quality races to watch in near perfect conditions in Southport's Victoria Park, courtesy of the Southport Flower Show company.

Freshfield won the overall Primary School award ahead of Farnborough Rd and Woodlands. Freshfield have never won this before so well done to their young runners. The Secondary Schools' trophy was won again by Formby High who regrettably had very little competition from other high schools on the night. Range High was the only other school to score any team points. The Fair Play award went to Norwood Primary.

The first race for Year 5 Girls saw a good field of 50 on the start line. The race was won by Norwood's Isabella Brooks in 6:30 with Felicity Fletcher from Great Crosby 2nd in 6:38 and Ellie Perkins, again from Norwood, 3rd in 6:40. With finishers in 5th, 6th, 11th and 28th, Freshfield won the team award ahead of Larkfield and Farnborough Rd.

The Year 5 Boys' race is regularly the biggest and it was again today - but only just, with 54 finishers. We regularly see over 100 boys in this race so the numbers were down significantly. Christopher Hawkins, Trinity St Peters, won in 6:01, closely chased to the line by both Harvey Thompson, 2nd in 6:03, and Daniel Liggot, 3rd in 6:04. St Luke's Formby won the team award with Freshfield 2nd and Holy Rosary 3rd.

35 finished the Year 6 Girls' race won by Trinity St Peters' Katy Nicholson in 6:15. Katy was 2nd Year 5 last year. Tiana Chambers from Farnborough Rd , last year's Year 5 winner, was 2nd in 6:18 and Erin Colton from Norwood, 3rd. Freshfield took their 2nd team win here with Norwood 2nd and Farnborough Rd 3rd.

Luke Ward, last year's Year 5 winner, was this year's Year 6 Boys' winner in 5:38. John Paul Cavanagh from St Georges, 2nd Year 5 last year, was 2nd Year 6 this year in 5:45 and Ben Turner-Bone was 3rd in 5:46. Woodlands won team honours with Farnborough Rd 2nd and St Georges 3rd.

There were just 7 runners in the Year 7 Girls' race, but Emily Dean representing Greenbank was the clear winner in 5:57. Emily won the Year 6 race last year. Two Formby girls took the minor places; Iris Davidson finishing 2nd in 6:11 and Hannah Williamson 3rd in 6:27. Formby took the team award as the only high school to finish a team.

!9 runners finished in the Year 7 Boys' race. Ethan Tinsley won the race in 5:40 ahead of Sammy Pickerill from Merchant Taylor's, last year's Year 6 winner, 2nd in 5:42, and Reuben Donnelly from Deyes High, 3rd in 5:47. Formby were 1st team and Range 2nd.

With declining numbers, the Year 8/9s were run together. Chloe Bousfield, last year's Year 7 winner, was the Year 8/9 Girls' winner in 5:59 with Greenbank's Erin Day 2nd in 6:10 and Libby Simpson, 2nd Year 7 last year, 3rd in 6:18. No school finished a team here. The first Year 8/9 Boy home was Michael Henderson from Formby High, 3rd last year in 5:21, he finished in 5:14. Oscar Davidson, also from Formby, was 2nd in 5:17 and Stanley Benson, another Formby runner, was 3rd in 5:19. Unsurprisingly, Formby won the team award.

Finally, the Year 10/11 were all run together. Last year's winner Jenny Williamson led home just 4 Year 10/11 Girls - all from Formby . She won in 5:49 with Phoebe Lucas, 2nd last year, recording 6:14 for 2nd place just staying ahead of Faye Hannaway, 2nd Year 8/9 last year, 3rd in 6:15. The Year 10/11 Boys were led home by Bill Steel from Formby in 5:22. Michael Kane was 2nd in 5:26 and Sam Rouse 3rd in 5:40. Formby took both team award.

Thanks to Gill Gillison our Race Organiser and to her team of volunteers. It was a positive to take from the evening that we had a number of new volunteers helping out for the first time.

Full results | Photos

19th May 2019: Harry guests at Loughborough
 

After an excellent weekend down in Swansea competing for City of Liverpool in the British Athletics League, where Harry Flanagan ran his first ever sub 49 second 400m race with a time of 49.98 seconds, he was given the opportunity to compete in a guest race at last weekends Loughborough International.

The Guest Races are run alongside the England Senior, GB Juniors, Scotland, British Universities and Loughborough University match, with all the events boasting a really impressive field of athletes.

Harry ran in the fourth 400m Guest Race of the day and having drawn lane 2 knew what he had to do to in order to follow up on his weekend from the week before.

He set off extremely well and before the end of the first bend had gone past the athlete outside him in lane 3.

As the stagger unwound coming off the second bend Harry was in first position and looked to be running extremely strongly. During the last 50m the experience of other showed as he was overtaken by two of the Loughborough Athletes, with Harry finishing in a time of 49.25 seconds, behind the winners 49.04 seconds.

This was only Harry's 8th ever 400m race and with a few more under his belt and some more experience of handling the lactic I am sure there is a lot more to come!

19th May 2019: Positive start for club seniors in Northern League

After two consecutive promotions in the Northern League, Southport Waterloo’s senior track and field team are now in the second division and like our YDL lower team find the quality of competition is also a step up.

The first fixture of the four in this league was at UCLAN Sport Arena in Preston, this season we compete with Preston Harriers, Blackpool Wyre & Fylde, Leigh Harriers, Bolton United Harriers and promoted with us last season Seaton AC. 

The aim this season is to safely retain of division 2 status as it’s very difficult to get promoted to Division 1 as not only do you need to win this division but then there is also a playoff match.  Next year’s challenge maybe…

In the build up to this event it was quite a challenge to complete the team sheet, we’ve such a dependency on young athletes who are rather busy with their studies in May.  We also had some injuries.  It’s always an early indication of strength of the team to see how many times the team manager appears on the team sheet.  We had also lost Harry Flanagan because his great form this season had seen him attain a place in the Loughborough International.   

The weather forecast was poor but the weather was kind and a day spent in the sunshine started with collecting numbers, putting up the tent and at 11:30 the field commenced with Women’s Long Jump and Men’s Hammer and concluded with the relays at 5:00pm.

Ladies first…

Abi Bamber was in action in that first event the ladies Long Jump with a leap of 4.17m, she also ran the 100m in 13.1s and set a new PB of 1.25m in the High Jump.  Our other ladies Long Jumper was Katy Coupland who competed in the maximum 7 events.  She jumped 2.75m, followed by a Hammer throw of 17.03m, 400m Hurdles in 116.3s, Shot 7.15m, 100m Hurdles in 29.4s and then a Discus throw of 26.21m that was good for the ‘B’ win. Katy finished her day with a Javelin throw of 16.86m.

Bekki Roche was outstanding in the throws, though she did turn up ready to throw her u17 implements and even got them weighed.  It was a surprise to learn that her Hammer and Shot would need to be the senior weights.  Her Hammer throw of 46.67m won that event, Shot of 11.82m was another event win and a Discus throw of 26.63m just shy of a clean sweep of wins was good for 2nd place.

Javelin thrower Eve McMahon showed good speed in the 100m a new PB of 14.1s.  Back on the more familiar ground of the Javelin runway Eve threw 28.13m for second place.  Olivia Taylor ran the 800m in 2:35 a new PB by 6 seconds.

Our 1,500m runners were both first year u17 athletes who should really be more respectful to their elders… Olivia Logan and Lucy Milling were amazing winning both ‘A’ and ‘B’ races. Olivia in 4:50 and Lucy 5:14.  Triathlete Olivia also ran the 400m 67.1s and was last seen doing fast laps of the surrounding cycle path on her bike.

Jess Dean has previously run 800/1500m races on track but is now looking really good in longer road races having completed the Liverpool Spring 10km earlier in May ran the 3,000m for the first time in 11:34.  Rachel Jacks welcome return to the track after becoming a Mum in the winter was our other 3,000m runner winning the ‘B’ race in 11:59.

It was great to see Clare Constable back on the track in Blue and Yellow, initially volunteering to run the 400m/800m but also ran the 200m as the club was short of sprinters.  Clare’s times were 29.1s for the 200m, 63.3s for the 400m and 2:24 for the 800m.

Finally, the 4x100m team of Abi Bamber, Lucy Milling, Eve McMahon and Olivia Taylor brought the baton round safely in 55.3s.

The Men’s team started with Lee Coupland and Barrie Hughes throwing the Hammer.   Lee throwing the Hammer 19.32m then went on to run the 400m Hurdles in a time recorded as 93.8s as he fell over his own feet over the finishing line.  A Discus throw of 22.34m was a new PB and finally a Triple Jump of 8.82m.  Barrie threw Hammer 15.57m, a Discus throw of 20.55m was a new PB, Shot 7.79m and 21.34m Javelin for the complete set of throws.  Chris Burgess was also throwing, Shot putt of 8.54m and Javelin throw 28.32m. 

Ben Apps was our ‘A’ 100m sprinter and with a new PB of 11.4s followed by a Triple Jump of 13.78m to win and also achieve English Schools Entry Standard. Darion Moore ran the other 100m race in 12.1s. 

Ethan Harrison ran 200m in 24.7s and 400m in a PB of 54.3s for the ‘B’ win. Josh Stammers was in good form with 2 PB’s. He ran the 200m in a time 23.4s and Long Jumped 5.69m.  Graham Boreham ran 400m in 53.6s and 800m in a new PB of 2:06. Josh Bankier the other 800m in a new PB of 2:20.

Ian Fitzpatrick ran the 1500m in a new personal best time of 5:04.  Joined in this race by Martin Smyth who finished in 5:08, Martin then went on to race the 5,000m in 19:49 alongside Graham Liu who ran 20:40.  Mike Taylor was out steeplechaser and completed the 3,000m event in 12:08

Drumayne Moore ran the 400m Hurdles in 71.2s, High Jumped 1.45 and Pole Vaulted an equal PB of 2.50m.  Sam Coupland won the ‘B’ Long Jump with a jump of 5.64m, cleared 1.75m in the High Jump and 3.00m in the Pole Vault.

The men’s relays were very entertaining.  The 4x100m team of Chris Burgess, Josh Stammers, Drumayne Moore and Ben Apps won this event with a splendid time of 45.2s.  The 4x400m team Graham Boreham, Darion Moore, Ethan Harrison and Sam Coupland held off a strong challenge to finish third in 3:42. 

In the middle of all of this, those athletes not competing gathered in the club tent to watch Harry Flanagan in his race at Loughborough, cheered on by his family and coach Graham at Loughborough he will have been unaware of his team screaming at the iPad in Preston.  Harry went out strong, and finished 3rd in a very strong field in 49.25s

Many thanks to the following who officiated, Ann Dignan, Colin Bamber, Mike Dandy, Dan Stammers, Chris Burgess, Mike Taylor, Drumayne Moore, Katy Coupland, Barrie Hughes, Sam Coupland, Steve James and Dave Whitehead. A real team effort. 

At the end of the day, all that was left to do was take the tent down, have Steve James roll on the floor (it’s now a tradition) and get a final points total.  Subject to scrutiny and the addition of officials points it was announced we finished 4th.  However, once our officials were appreciated as scoring maximum points this moved us into 3rd.  Final placings, Preston 416, Bolton 394, Southport 324, Leigh 317, Blackpool 312 & Seaton 251.

The next Northern League fixture is at home on 16th June.

Full Results (when published) | Results for Southport Waterloo

18th May 2019: Superb performance by young athletes in YDL

This Lower Age Group YDL division is tough! Promoted into Division West 1 this year, a shaky start at Trafford on 27th April set the scene with a 5th place finish out of six. But Round 2 was a home fixture on Saturday when we could expect a stronger and perhaps our best turnout of the season. We proved to do well in the early events and an announced 2nd place in the early afternoon was unexpectedly encouraging. In the end it was a 4th place finish for Southport Waterloo but one that we can be proud of. The final scores were Trafford 505.5, Crewe & Nantwich 480, Team Isle of Man 447.5, Southport Waterloo 442.5, Wigan and District 412.5 and Team North Cumbria 351. So we finished comfortably ahead of Wigan and TNC. Wigan beat us by 8 1/2 points last time so it was important to finish above them at Litherland. And we were only 5 points behind Isle of Man. That leaves us in 4th place overall and safely in mid table. But Wigan host the last fixture so it could be tight right to the end.

On a bright but occasionally overcast day at Litherland, it is difficult to know what more out brave young athletes could do. Our team sheet was much better for Round 2 with 7 more athletes competing giving us 15 more event performances to score in. And its interesting to compare the individual performance results in the two rounds so far. In the main, athletes competed in the same events and, whilst it was not always the same people, over 75% of the comparable performances were better this time around. And yet there are a number of examples where an athlete had performed better and yet dropped down the finishing order, in some cases by several places. Our young athletes are improving all the time and we can ask for no more than that. Indeed we had 39 PBs at Litherland. Other clubs are doing well too and Trafford and Crewe & Nantwich in particular are really strong. We can ask no more than that our athletes continue to improve in this challenging division with our support and encouragement.

In addition to the 39 PBs, Adam Byrne improved on his shot club record and sister Lauren achieved a grade 1 standard in the high jump. For me, Lauren was our best overall performer and, as it happens, our highest individual points scorer. The Under 15 Girls 4 x 100m relay was also a club record.

Our Under 13 Girls were Lauren Byrne, Emily Dean, Holly Hudson, Charlotte Hughes, Apphia Keenan, Hannah Keenan, Lucy Mitchell and Hannah Murray. Lauren was a double event winner, in the high jump with a PB 1m 40 and in the shot with 7m 60. She was also 3rd in the hurdles in 13.2. Hannah Murray continues to impress, 2nd today in the long jump with a best of 3m 89, a new PB, and 3rd over 75m in a new PB time of 10.7. She also won the 'B' shot with 6m 85. Apphgia won the 'B' hurdles in 12.8, equalled her PB of 1m 25 in the high jump and threw the javelin 14m 97. Holly was 2nd 'B' in the javelin with 13m 19.

There were lots more PBs on the track. Hannah Keenan ran 23.0 for 150m and 2:47.6 for 800m, both PBs, and also 11.5 for 75m. Charlotte's 23.1 for 150m was a PB for her. She also ran 3:00.5 for 800m and long jumped a season's best 3m 14. Emily was 4th in the 1200m in a new PB time of 4:18.3, taking a massive 16 seconds off her previous best! And Lucy Mitchell ran 4:29.5 for the 1200m, another good time.

Apphia, Charlotte, Hannah and Lauren ran the 4 x 100m relay in 59.4 for 4th place.

Our Under 13 Boys were Adam Bamber, Monty Barr, Jack Bradshaw, Adam Byrne, Reuben Donnelly, Sammy Pickerill, Joseph Wake and Luke Ward. Both Adams were event winners in this age category. Adam Bamber won the javelin with a PB 21m 63. (Brother Jack holds the club record at 29m 10.) He also put the shot 3m 84 and high jumped 1m 05. Adam Byrne won the shot with 7m 44 and that further improved his 3kg club record. He was also 2nd in the high jump, clearing 1m 30 and 3rd in the hurdles in 15.3. Joseph ran a good competitive 800m race to finish 2nd in 2:29.6 after running 14.6 for 100m. Luke achieved three PBs from three events: 14.3 for 100m, 29.4 for 200m and 2:35.9 for 2nd 'B' 800m.

Monty ran a great 1500m to finish 3rd in a new PB of 5:00.6. He also equalled his best time of 30.5 in the 200m race and was 2nd 'B' in the hurdles in 16.3. Sammy ran a non-scoring 800m in 2:32, he long jumped 3m 73 and his best of 14m 22 in the javelin was a new PB. Reuben was 2nd 'B' 1500m runner in 5:20.3, Jack ran a non-scoring 800m in 3:29 and he long jumped 2m 61.

The boys did run the relay but were disqualified. More practice please!

Once again we had plenty of Under 15 Girls competing for places in events. Those making the team were Maisie Bird, Holly Bradshaw, Jenna Christian, Ellie Clark, Amber Hughes, Millie Ireland, Sierra Jalloh, Eleanor James, Jessica Keenan, Katie Piercy, Niamh Procter, Libby Simpson and Elizabeth Wake.

Amber and Katie were both event winners. Amber won the shot with grade 2 9m 74. She was 2nd in the hurdles in 12.2, another grade 2 standard, and her 44.6 secs for the 300m was a new PB. Katie won the discus with 23m 58, a new PB, and she was 3rd in the javelin with 27m 23.

Sierra was 4th in her 100m race, running 12.9 secs - a grade 2 time. It is indicative of the standard here that she was beaten by three girls all achieving a grade 1 time, the winning time of 12.1 equalling the current YDL record! She also ran a Grade 2 200m in 26.6.

Libby and Maisie covered the 1500m, Libby running 6:04.6 and Maisie 6:58.6. Elizabeth and Eleanor covered the other middle distance event, Eleanor running 2:39.4 for an 800m season's best and Elizabeth a PB 2:36.9. Jessica' 30.6 for 200m was a PB and she long jumped 3m 60.Jenna equalled her PB with a 1m 40 high jump clearance - that's just 1 cm off a graded standard - and she competed in javelin.

Niamh high jumped 1m 25 and long jumped 3m 98. Ellie's 14.5 for 75m hurdles was a new PB and she threw the hammer 12m 15. Millie threw the hammer 13m 81 and Holly ran 46,7 for 300m, a new PB for her.

Finally, Jessica, Katie, Amber and Sierra got the baton round safely in the 4 x 100m in 53.1, 3 seconds faster than at Trafford and shading a tenth off the existing club record. Libby, Eleanor, Elizabeth and Holly ran the 4 x 300m in 3:15.3.

Our Under 15 Boys were Jack Bamber, Marcus Burgess, Jack Clark, Rhys Hulse, James Pike, Jonathon Pilkington and Lucas Smith. There were no event wins by our Under 15 Boys but they achieved 13 PBs between them. Rhys was a welcome addition to the squad for this Round 2 match. He ran 12.7 for 100m and 25.9 for 200m, both PBs. His long jump of 5m 03 was another PB. Jack Bamber's shot put of 5m 50 was a PB as was his hammer throw of 17m 24., He also threw the javelin 21m 70. Marcus ran the 80m hurdles in a PB16.4,and his best shot put of 8m 07 was also a PB. And he ran a 300m in 47.2. Jonathon also achieved a PB in the hurdles running 14.3 and his high jump of 1m 45 was also a PB.

James ran 5:45 for 1500m, threw the discus 12m 00 and he won the 'B' hammer with a PB throw of 14m 92, Jack Clark's 4m 22 for the long jump was a PB, as was his 22m 52 javelin throw. And Lucas was 3rd= in the high jump with a PB clearance of 1m 45, he ran 31.7 for 200m and threw the discus 16m 77.

The Under 15 Boys did manage to get the baton round in the 4 x 100m relay, 4th in 53.5. Safe hands also took charge when Jonathon, Jack, Lucas and James completed the 4 x 300m relay in 3:11.7.

Thanks to all who supported the team on Saturday. Thanks to Team Manager Graham Boreham; to our team of officials Dave Whitehead, Lynn Vickers, Steve James, Conor Bennett, Lesley Scott, Carole Bamber, Mike Dandy, S Keenan, Chris Henders, Lee Coupland, Barrie Hughes and Graham Pilkington.; to our announcer Gareth Williams; to results recorder Sophie Derrane; and to all who who helped out in refreshments. We really appreciate all the help needed to give our visitors a good experience.

Next YDL LAG is at Trafford again on Saturday 22nd June when we will again need a full team sheet.

Full results | Results for Southport Waterloo

 

11th May 2019: Over 50 medals and 3 club records at County T&F Champs

With the weather forecast to warm up, early morning competitors at Wavertree on Saturday for the Merseyside County T&F Champs were met with sunny conditions and just a little chilling wind. But, although it remained sunny for most of the day, the cold wind strengthened making it a factor in most performances. Sprinters were fast with an illegal following wind and middle distance runners had to battle a headwind down the back straight.

These one-day Merseyside championships were well attended with numbers a little up on last year with plenty of our Southport Waterloo competitors taking medals. On the downside, three of our athletes had need of the onsite medical services. Lee Coupland cut his head on the high jump upright and needed a stitch; John Byrne aggravated a back problem in the high jump and Joseph Kane pulled up as he approached the line in the 100m holding his hamstring. We hope they all make a quick recovery.

Stephanie Robertson was in sparkling form today and her 80m hurdles was a stunning performances which looked technically near perfect. She won in a grade 1 time of 11.72 and now takes the club record in her own right, previously shared with Natalie Birney. This was certainly one of the best performances of the day. And her triple jump of 10m 70 was also a club record, one of three on the day.

Our Under 11 Girls were Renee Adams, Felicity Fletcher and Erin Griffin. Renee's 75m and 150m races were run as time trails. Running in the first of the trials, she left nothing to chance winning by a country mile in 10.90 and 21.58 secs, the latter a good new PB. Felicity also ran a 150m, finishing 6th in her trial in 26.3. And Erin ran the 1000m in 3:48.06.

Our Under 11 Boys were Charles Fletcher, Will James and Harry Williams. Charles was 4th in the 75m in a new PB time of 11.69, running very close to the bronze medallist. Over 200m he ran 23.7, also a PB. Will ran a PB 12.38 for 75m and another PB of 2:04.80 for 600m and long jumped 3m 11.. And Harry closed in on the 2 minute time for 600m running a PB 2:01.37. Harry was also 3rd in the long jump with a 3m 49 clearance and 3rd again in the soft javelin.

Six of our Under 13 Girls competed. They were Lauren Byrne, Holly Hudson, Charlotte Hughes, Apphia Keenan, Lucy Mitchell and Hannah Murray; 16 performances by girls relishing the opportunity to compete. Lauren won the high jump with 1m 30, won the shot with 7m 58 and ran 13.31 in the 70m hurdles. Holly put the shot 5m 41 and ran 12.41 for 75m. Lottie long jumped a season's best 3m 04 and ran the sprint double in 11.88 and 23.44. Apphia won the hurdles race in a PB 12.67 and her 3rd place with 1m 25 in the high jump equalled her PB.

Lucy ran a PB 24.31 in the 150m and 2:50.26 for a 4th place in the 800m race with 14 girls competing. Finally, Hannah was our fastest Under 13 sprinter, winning her 75m heat in 10.84, 6th in the final. Over 150m she was 4th in her heat in 21.82 - a new PB - and 6th again in the final. She was also 3rd in the shot competition with a best of 7m 09.

We also had several Under 13 Boys competing; Monty Barr, Adam Byrne, Reuben Donnelly, Sammy Pickerill and Joseph Wake. Adam was another Record Breaker, improving his own shot club record to 7m 36 and taking the silver medal. He also won the high jump with 1m 30 and was 2nd in the hurdles running 15.69. Monty ran a great new 1500m PB of 5:01.29 for 2nd place; fast approaching the significant 5 minute mark. Reuben also ran a 1500m PB, his in 5:24.27. Sammy ran in the 800m and took the bronze medal in 2:28.2. And Joseph got his medal in the 100m, running a PB 14.32, and he also ran the 800m, in 2:36.4.

Our Under 15 Girls were Ellie Clark, Amber Hughes, Sierra Jalloh, Rachel Murphy, Katie Piercy, Niamh Procter and Libby Simpson, Sierra and Amber both recorded Grade 2 performances. Sierra was focussed on the sprints and impressed with two fine wins; 12.75 and 26.50 - both PB times and both Grade 2 standards. Amber won the shot competition with a Grade 2 9m 88, won the hurdles in about 12 secs and she was 2nd in the javelin with 26m 54. Ellie too competed in the throws, with a best of 16m 40 in the discus and 16m 15 in the javelin and she was 5th in the hurdles. Katie was another event winner, in both the javelin, with 29m 51, and the discus, with a best of 21m 99, and she took the silver medal in the shot behind Amber with a put of 9m 03. Rachel ran a PB 14.50 for 100m and she long jumped 3m 99. Niamh high jumped a best clearance of 1m 30, she long jumped 4m 04 and competed in the hurdles. And Libby ran 48.10 for her first 300m, I think, and 2:44.7 for 800m and threw the discus 17m 11 for a 4th place.

Our Under 15 Boys were conspicuous by their absence; a worry for the YDL team manager!

Stephanie Robertson and Megan Howarth were our Under 17 Women at Wavertree. Stephanie was simply outstanding at these championships with three PBs from her three events. She won the 80m hurdles in her new club record time of 11.72 - an English Schools qualifying time! - was 2nd in the 100m in 12.69 and achieved another big jump in her triple jump PB to win that event with 10m 70, another club record over-writing Charlotte Buckingham's mark of 10m 54 from 2008.

Megan won the javelin competition with 34m 14, over 5 metres clear of the silver medallist!

A number of our Under 17 Men took part in these championships: Sam Coupland, Leo Christian, Joseph Kane, Drumayne Moore, Tom Murphy, Joshua Stammers and Luke Suarez. It wasn't' the best of days for Tom, at Wavertree just for the 100m hurdles and was DQ ed. Joseph left the track in a wheelchair after pulling up in the 100m but he had at least already competed in the 200m, taking a silver medal there in a PB 23.1. Joshua also ran in the 200m and took bronze in 23.5, another PB. He took another medal in the 400m, finishing 3rd in 56.81Drumayne was just outside the medals over 200m and 400m, running 25.4 and 60.38, but took a silver medal in the pole vault with a 2m 50 clearance. There was some great jumping in the long jump. Sam was on the verge of recording a 6 metre jump at Lancaster the week before but it came together for hi at Wavertree clearing a new PB of 6m 06. Luke won the event with a massive 6m26 which improved his PB by 30 cms! Sam was also 2nd in the high jump competition with 1m 80 and 2nd again in the discus with 30m 64, an accomplished all round athlete. Finally, Leo won the hammer event with a best a 36m 82, another PB.

Junior Woman Eve McMahon was short on competition in the Javelin but that didn't stop her winning with a PB throw of 28m 48.

Ben Apps, Ethan Harrison and Darion Moore were our Junior Men. Ben won the long jump with 6m 54, just 2 cms off his PB. Ethan won the 200m in a PB 24.3 and he took the 400m silver medal with 55.91. Darion took two bronze medals: running 25.1 for 200m and 58.44 in the 400m.

Katy Coupland competed with the Senior Women, winning the discus with 28m 21 and taking silver in the shot with 7m 23.

Finally, we had three Senior Men competing. Before their injuries, John Byrne and Lee Coupland took medals in the 400m hurdles running 79.78 and 88.65. Both cleared 1m 30 in the high jump for gold and silver and Lee also competed in the discus where he was 2nd with a PB throw of 21m 60. And Liam Harris had his first T&F outing of the season. He won the discus with 30m 72 and was 2nd in both the hammer,36m 89, and the shot, 11m 15.

Well done to all our athletes

Thanks to Lee Coupland for the photos reproduced here.

M'side Results | Results for S'port Waterloo

 

And two Southport Waterloo athletes competed at the Lancs Champs held at Blackpool over Saturday and Sunday, both taking medals. On Saturday, Under 20 Lauren Lewis took a 3rd place medal running 13.2 for 100m. On Sunday, Under 17 Woman Abigael Bamber won her 200m heat in 26.6 and finished 2nd in the final in 26.3, her best time this year. She also competed in the shot, with a best of 8m 72.

 

 

6th May 2019: Club juniors spend bank holiday Monday in Lancaster

A long weekend of athletics continued in cold sunshine on Bank Holiday Monday with the Lancaster & Morecambe Open Medal Meeting at the Salt Ayre Track in Lancaster. It was well supported by Southport Waterloo as it was last year when this meeting was re-introduced to the calendar.

Performances were as follows:

Under 13 Girls

Lauren Byrne won the high jump with 1m 30, won the shot with 7m 55 and ran 33.2 for 200m. She high jumped 1m 38 on Saturday at Hyndburn and shows significant potential in this event.

Charlotte Hughes ran 33.2 for 200m, put the shot 5m 73, a PB, and long jumped 2m 94.

Holly Hudson ran 34.1 for 200m, put the shot 5m 49, a PB, and long jumped 2m 71, another PB.

Apphia Keenan ran 14.9 for 100m, a new PB, threw the javelin 18m 34 and the discus 11m 45.

Hannah Keenan ran a great 800m to win the race in 2:48.8. She also ran 15.4 for 100m and long jumped a PB 3m 33.

Under 13 Boys

Adam Byrne ran 15.3 for 75m hurdles, was 2nd in the high jump with a 1m 25 clearance and won the shot with 7m 04.

Under 15 Girls

Amber Hughes equalled her PB to win the 75m hurdles in 12.0, just getting the better of another good hurdler from Preston ranked one place below her in the NW rankings. Amber also ran her 2nd 300m of the weekend, in 46.2.

Sierra Jalloh looked impressive in winning both the 100m race in 13.1 and the 200m in 27.3

Under 17 Men

Sam Coupland impressed in winning the long jump and setting a new PB of 5m 97. He was also 2nd in the discus with another PB of 31m 33.

Drumayne Moore threw the discus 17m 11 and won the high jump with 1m 60.

Seniors

Katy Coupland threw a Season's Best in the discus with a best of 28m 34 for 2nd place.

The meeting was also supported by several Southport Waterloo technical officials.

5th May 2019: 28 SWAC runners take part in the Liverpool Spring 10K

An amazing number of Southport Waterloo runners joined the 4266 finishers in this year's John West Liverpool Spring 10K, 28 in all, and there were several more entered but didn't run. The race was on a new route, starting in front of the Metropolitan Cathedral and finishing on Princes Ave. Its a flat and fast course and the times of our runners reflects that, many achieving their best time this year for 10K and even some PBs.

The race was won by Liverpool Harrier Degene Gezimu in 31:15 with L'pool Pembroke & Sefton's Kirsty Longley winning the Women's race in 35:42

The Southport Waterloo contingent was led home by Vet 60 Rob Johnson in 40:16, 2nd in his age category, with Rachel Jacks our 2nd finisher in 40:35. Interestingly, of our 28 runners completing on Sunday, Rachel was one of only three under the age of 35, so 25 of the 28 were vet runners. Not sure what we should take from that! Good to see lots of vet runners but where are all the younger ones?

Mike Walker, 1st MV70, was next in, in 41:42, followed by Under 18 Jessica Dean, 1st in her age category in 42:56. Stephen Flanagan ran 44:04 and Graham Liu also ran sub 45 minutes, finishing in 44:41.

Other Men with net times were David Marsh, 45:02, Andrew Bridson, 46:30, Donald Wilkinson, 50:19, Anthony Jones, 51:47, and Graham Padden, 55:09.

Other Women with net times were Sharon Spencer, 44:25, Helen Lodge, 50:00 and 3rd LV50, Sue Cooper, 51:06 and 2nd LV65, Catherine McElhinney, 51:47, Amanda Bradbury, 50:29, Fleur Culshaw, 51:14, Sue Stewart, 53:42 and 2nd LV70, Louise Busby, 52:23, Annie McCaffrey, 51:59, Mari Dyson, 55:51, Sarah Pickerill, 55:22, Heather Goadsby, 59:41, Michelle Carlton, 60:00, Gina Bellhouse, 62:19, Jan Marsh, 69:09, Audrey Cowpland, 64:50, and Joanne Fenna 71:19

This was the 2nd race in the Merseyside Grand Prix series. Our Men finished 10th team with Rob Johnson 61st. Our Women finished 3rd Merseyside team with Rachel Jacks ranked 3rd.

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Several chose to run the Spring 5K on Saturday. Francois Rafferty was 6th in that race, 1st MV50, in 17:55. Ali Cross, 25:47, Felix Anderson, 28:55, and Sophie Bennett, 30:43.

 

The Avenham Park 5K was also held on Sunday with Andrew Hudson running 20:27, Vicky Hudson 22:52 and Tracey Barlow 23:40.

5th May 2019: Upper YDL team impress in Div'n 2 West

Last year, our debut in the Upper YDL (U20/U17) was rewarded with a promotion from Division 2 North West up to Division 2 West (?), going up with M60 Nomads - the div'l champions. Promotion was achieved with a relatively small squad and I for one expected us to face a much tougher challenge this year. Round one got under way this year at Leigh Sports Village and at one point in the afternoon I was surprised to hear the announcer read out points which placed us 2nd and then 1st. In the end, we were weaker in the relays and that allowed host club Leigh Harriers to emerge match winners - but only by 4 points!

The final scores, subject to scrutiny, were Leigh 563, S'port Waterloo 559, Stockport 505, West Cheshire 494, Blackpool 419, M60 Nomads (yes, last year's div'l champions) 411.5, Lancaster & Morecambre 405.5 and Border 349.

In fact, 'promotion to a higher division' may be misleading as there has clearly been a re-grouping of teams. The first 4 clubs in our league last year are here again, Blackpool and Border joining the 'promoted' clubs in Division 2 West! So its perhaps not too surprising that there was no noticeable improvement in standard this year compared with last year. To be fair, there were some excellent performances and some very good competition but it was the front of the field doing well, often with a long tail off in performance after that.

Similar to other clubs, we had a number of gaps in the team sheet. Indeed, we had only one Under 20 Woman. But, despite the continuing cold weather, our team achieved some very good performances including 15 event wins and a club record for Stephanie Robertson, equalling Natalie Birney 12.0 for 80m hurdles set in 1998. Stephanie now holds the Under 17 60m and 80m hurdles records. And she has the whole summer ahead of her to lower the 80m record below 12!

And, for a lasting memory of this first 2019 fixture, both Eve McMahon and Olivia Taylor braved the cold water for their first waterjump experience in the 1500m steeplechase.

Our Under 17 Women were Abigael Bamber, Megan Howarth, Ava Leigh, Olivia Logan, Lucy Milling, Stephanie Robertson, Olivia Taylor, Amy Rex and Bekki Roche, Abigael ran sprints in 13.5 and 27.4 and long jumped 4m 23. Olivia Logan easily won the 1500m in 4:58.1. Megan won the javelin competition with 31m 39 and ran a 300m in 54.3. Bekki won all her three events; the hammer with 52m 94 - to beautiful sight to behold - the discus with 29m 03 and the shot with 13m 64, just a cm off her own club record. Amy had a couple of PBs putting the shot 8m 96 from a previous best of 8m 82, throwing the discus 19m 91 and she also threw the javelin 17m 20. Ava Leigh threw the hammer a massive 46m 45, a PB for her I believe.

Back on the track, stephanie was in excellent form and won the 80m hurdles in some style, clocking 12.0 for a PB and an equal Club Record. She also ran 13.2 for 100m and long jumped 4m 82. Lucy Milling ran a well-paced 1500m in 5:10.3, a good time in the cold conditions. Olivia Taylor ran a PB 800m in 2:41.0 before joining Eve in the steeplechase which she finished in 8:13. Olivia's events were not spread out through the afternoon and in fact were one after the other. Having run the 800m and the steeplechase she looked up to see three other girls urging her on to join them in the 4 x 100m relay where the girls finished 2nd in 55.6.

Our Under 17 Men were Sam Coupland, Leo Christian, Jamie Hopkins, Joseph Kane, Drumayne Moore, Tom Murphy, Joshua Stammers, and Luke Suarez. There were six event wins by our team of 8 competitors. Sam had two, winning the pole vault with 2m 90 and the high jump with 1m 70 as well as throwing the discus 26m 70. Jamie had three wins from 3 events, winning the triple jump with a best clearance of 12m 44, the 100m hurdles in 15.0 and the 400m hurdles in 62.0. The final event win was in the 4 x 100m relay where Joseph, Joshua, Luke and Tom got the baton safely around in 46.8.

Josh achieved a PB in the long jump with a 5m 64 clearance as well as running 24.9 for 200m and his first 400m in 56.7. Luke also had a PB, his in the shot with 8m 90, and he ran 12.5 for 100m. And another PB was achieved by Leo, in the 800m in 2:19. Leo was also 2nd in the hammer competition with a best throw of 34m 48.and he put the shot 6m 85.

Joseph Kane was our main sprinter and he did 11.9 and 23.9 for the double. Tom won the 'B' 100m hurdles in 16.9 and he threw the javelin 20m 11. And finally, Drumayne gave us a second pole vault competitor which is excellent for team points. He cleared 2m 45 which is only 2 cms off his PB. He also ran a 400m in 57.8 and threw the discus 16m 03.

Our sole Under 20 Woman was Eve McMahon. She won the steeplechase (as the only Under 20) in 7:56 and threw 25m 69 in the javelin competition.

Fortunately, we had a few more Under 20 Men - but still opportunities for others to come and join the team. They were Ben Apps, Ethan Harrison, Darion Moore, Jack O'Neill and Harry Pike. Ben was a double event winner here, winning the 100m in 11.9 and the long jump with 6m 32. Ethan was 2nd in the high jump with a 1m 55 clearance, a new PB. He also put the shot and, perhaps in more familiar territory, ran 55.0 for 400m. Darion joined Ethan in the 400m, running 57.7 and ran 25.2 for 200m . He also threw the javelin 16m 85 to win the 'B' event. Jack also ran 200, in 26.3, and he too threw the javelin, 30m 30. Harry covered both the middle distance events running the 800m in 2:16.3 - a first time over this distance I think - and the 1500m in 4:44.3.

Our Under 20 Men put a team in both relays but after an undisciplined baton change the letters 'DQ' appeared on the result slip! Darion, Dramayne, Ethan and Sam did, however, get the baton around safely in the 4 x 400m relay in 3:49.2, Sam having the fastest split time of 55.0.

Thanks to team manager Lee Coupland for another successful team result. And to our squad of officials: Dave Whitehead, Steve James, Lesley Scott, Ann Dignan, Barrie Hughes, Emma Howarth and Mike Dandy; and Thanks too to Graham Boreham who supplied all the photos reproduced here.

The 2nd fixture is at Ellesmere Port on Sunday 26th May when we could well be looking for a victory!

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4th May 2019: Mid Lancs T&F League Round 2 at Hyndburn

It was a YDL (Upper) weekend but the 2nd Round of the Mid Lancs League at Wilson Playing Fields, Hyndburn, on Saturday was well attended, despite the weather being much colder than we have enjoyed recently and despite a cold wind that again affected performances. 21 of our athletes took part from Under 13 to seniors, unusually our Senior Men being the largest squad with 6 competing. That helped our recently relegated Male team to a win in Division 2 with 123 points (with officials points still to be added) ahead of Burnley 110 and Pendle well back in 3rd place with 52. That's two wins from two matches for our male competitors. Its early days yet but its looking like we can bounce back easily to Division 1 next year. Our Female team, already in Division 1, were 5th with 102 points, just staying ahead of Chorley and Burnley.

This was Under 17 Becky Roche's first Mid Lancs in Southport Waterloo colours and was clearly our 'athlete of the match' with two Grade 1 standard performances in the shot and hammer. There were also Grade 2 performances by Under 13 Lauren Byrne in the high jump and Under 15 Katie Piercy in the javelin. But this league also gives people the opportunity to try different and perhaps more challenging events rather than focusing on their strongest.

Our Under 13 Girls were Lauren Byrne, Charlotte Hughes and Apphia Keenan. Lauren ran a 16.3 100m, cleared a best of 1m 38 to win the high jump competition - 1m 38 being a new improved PB - and she won the shot competition with 7m 86, annoyingly just 1 cm short of her PB! Apphia equalled her 200m PB with a run in 31.7. Her first discus competition produced a best throw of 14m 21 and she threw the javelin 17m 75 to finish 2nd in both throws events.

Adam Bamber, Monty Barr and Adam Byrne were our Under 13 Boys competing at Hyndburn. Monty impressed in the 1500m, finishing 3rd in 5:09.6, a new PB by over 5 seconds. Good middle distance runners are scarce in the club at the moment but this is one to watch! Adam Bamber put the shot 5m 08 and threw the javelin 16 metres. Adam Byrne high jumped 1m 35, put the shot 7m 04 for 2nd place and threw the javelin 20m 15, a new PB and another 2nd place finish..

Our Under 15 Girls were Amber Hughes, Katie Piercy and Niamh Procter. Amber and Katie between them achieved three event wins in strong competition. Amber won the shot with a best of 9m 10. She also ran a 300m in 45.3, to record a new PB, and she threw the javelin 24m 93. Katie won both the discus and the javelin competitions with 22m 17 - PB - and 30m 30, a javelin season's best She also put the shot 8m 96 for a 4th place in that competition. Niamh put the shot 5m 54, a SB, long jumped 4m 09 and cleared 1m 25 in the high jump.

Our Under 15 Boys were Jack Bamber and Jonathon Pilkington. Jonathon started well with a PB in the 100m, running 14.4 to beat his previous best from 2017. He then ran 63.1 for his first 400m race. Jack is a natural thrower and had a best of 22m 56 in the javelin and 15m 30 in the hammer competitions.

Becky Roche and Megan Howarth were our Under 17 Women and they won all their competitions. Megan won the javelin with a best of 25m 45. Becky won the hammer with a mighty 53m 17, won the discus with 25m 45 and won the shot with 12m 97.

Our only Under 17 Man was Josh Bankier. Having run an 800m at Blackburn in Round 1, he ran a 400m at Hyndburn in 63.8.

Under 20 Woman Eve McMahon competed with the Senior Women taking 2nd place with a javelin throw of 26m 24.

And, finally, six of our Senior Men were to be seen in both track and field action. Chris Burgess did both, running 12.9 for 100m, 25.5 for 200m and posting a new shot PB with a best on the day of 8m 66 with, may I remind readers, a 7.26 kg weight. When not supporting his children, John Byrne found time to compete in long jump, triple jump and shot. He won the triple with 10m 10, cleared 4m 74 in the long jump and his best of 8m 29 in the shot was a PB.

Harry Flanagan and Graham Boreham ran in the 400m, Harry running 50.7 and Graham 55.6. It wasn't a day for 400m PBs. Competitive athletics is primarily about racing, however, and Harry showed a competitive edge to win his race in the final few metres. Graham went on to run a 200m in a season's best time of 25.4,in less windy conditions. .

Over longer distances, Mike Taylor, having run 3000m at Blackburn, opted for the faster paced 800m and be crossed the finish line in 2:19.8. Keith Swift was our man in the 3000m this time around, Keith finishing in 11:16.0.

Our thanks to team manager Lee Coupland, and to our team of officials; Dave Whitehead, Lesley Scott, Lee Coupland, Barrie Hughes, Mike Dandy, Carol Bamber and Emma Howarth.

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