News reports - April 2021

17th April 2021: M'side County Schools T&F Champs cancelled

Merseyside County School Athletics Association has announced that it would not be appropriate to hold county schools T&F Championships this year. The English Schools National Championships are scheduled to continue, however, this year over three days from Friday 9th to Sunday 11th July, at the Sportcity, Manchester. Spreading the championships over three days means many athletes and spectators can daily travel with reduced numbers in attendance at the venue.

Normally, selection to the Merseyside Schools team is based on National Entry Standards, performance at the county championships and other performances recorded this year on Power of Ten. Because there is no county championships, Merseyside Schools are encouraging athletes to seek out open meetings, YDLs etc to ensure performances can be recorded on Power of Ten. Team selection will be considered based on nominations from schools and clubs if the athlete is ranked in the top 30 on Power of 10. Unusually, athletes may also be considered for two events which they would rank in order of preference.

The deadline is Monday 14th June.

Keep an eye on the Merseyside County Schools web site for further news.

2nd April 2021: Bekki Roche sets new club hammer record in USA

After a year with no competition, thrower Bekki Roche is back in action and has started the year with several indoor and outdoor meetings in the USA where she is studying at Lenoir-Rhyne University in North Carolina. Best of all was on Friday where she threw the 4k hammer 49m 85! That was a college record, a new Under 20 club record and improves on her 47m 37 Best Throw by a Southport Waterloo member set in the Northern League in Blackpool in August 2019. 5 of her 6 throws on Friday were better than her previous best.

That's a really impressive start to her season and I have a feeling the club record will need to be updated several times this year.

1st April 2021: 2020 club Awards

2020 was a year we will all remember and not for many athletics or running achievements. Despite the loss of virtually all T&F and road running, the club Committee agreed that we should make as many of our annual awards for 2020 as we could. Our normal Awards Evening was out of the question due to Covid restrictions but orders were placed and awards planned for a training night. The latest lockdown has delayed that but eventually awards were presented at Litherland training on Thursday evening.

The awards made were as follows. These are all junior awards apart from the Volunteeer of the Year. All the Bishop awards were earned prior to the coronavirus pandemic.

Bishop Girls' Award for top scorer in Sportshall Athletics - Erin Griffin

Bishop Boys' Award for top scorer in Sportshall Athletics - Adam Byrne

Bishop Girls' Award for top scorer in Cross Country - Emily Dean

Bishop Boys' Award for top scorer in Cross Country - Monty Barr

The Vera Drury award for most committed junior girl - Lucy Milling

The Eddie Heckle Performance Trophy for Girls - Amber Hughes, with club records in shot and 60m.

The Eddie Heckle Performance Trophy for Boys - Sam Coupland, Northern Under 17 indoor high jump champion.

George Bebbington Trophy for Junior Athlete of the year - Monty Barr, 2019/20 Mid Lancs Under 13 cross country champion

Volunteer of the Year - Graham Pilkington, for support given to athletes and coaches during lockdown.

Congratulations to all. Full history of club award winners.

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