News reports - September 2021

18th/19th September 2021: Combined Eventers do well at English Schools

We had four teen-age athletes at the English Schools' Combined Events Championships in Bedford over the weekend; and I think that must be a record in itself! Sam Coupland, Bill Steel and Drumayne Moore competed in the Senior Boys' Decathlon whilst Amber Hughes competed in the Inter Girls' Heptathlon.

Amber was our highest placed finisher, 11th at the start and finish but up in 4th place after 4 events. Her total points score of 4386 was a new club record.

Sam was 16th in the Senior Boys' Decathlon. His 29m 01 discus throw was a new PB, his 5:08.45 for 1500m was a season's best and his 3m 60 pole vault was a new club record.

Bill was in excellent form achieving 4 PBs in the championship, one Seasons' Best and he had his maiden pole vault competition. His PBs were 12.35 for 100m, 14m 68 in the shot which temporarily brought him up to 10th place, 21.36 for 110m hurdles and 49m 11 in the javelin throw . A 5m 57 long jump was a best this year.

Drumayne had a better day at the Schools' Regional Champs at Telford but his 8m 71 shot put at Bedford was a PB and his 5m 21 long jump was a Season's Best.

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19th September 2021: Two 1st and a 3rd age group winners at Chester Half Marathon

The Essar Chester Half Marathon, one of the UK oldest races starting and finishing in the historic Roman city, was always a popular race for local runners and we had 6 on the start line on Sunday. Rob McGrath was first home for the club in 1:19:22 chip time, 1st MV55 and 36th overall. Then Boyd Park was 3rd MV55 in 1:21:17 and 51st overall and Mike Walker continued his recent run of form winning the MV70 age category in 1:35:16. Ryan Todd completed in 1:41:56, Fleur Culshaw was 9th FV50 in 1:43:07 and Andrew Bridson finished in 2:20:06.

The race was won in 1:06:36 with Liverpool Harrier Charlie Hulson 2nd in 1:07:02. First home in the women's race was Tracey Barlow in 1:20:13 - but, no, unfortunately not our Tracey Barlow - with LPS runner Kirsty Longley 2nd just 7 seconds behind.

19th September 2021: Limited Southport Waterloo presence at final Mid Lancs T&F


The delayed final fixture of the 2021 Mid Lancs Track & Field season was held at the Stanley Park Arena in Blackpool on Sunday. Like most of the late season league meetings this year it was poorly attended but offered a opportunity for late season PBs. Despite an unexpected rain shower, conditions for competition were pretty good with many close finishes on the track.

Southport Waterloo had only 7 athletes competing at Blackpool. Joni Dunne, Layla Graham, Sierra Jalloh, Olivia Morgan, Charlie Garforth, Harry Williams and Martin Smythe.

Under 13 Girls Joni and Layla achieved several PBs. Joni won her 100m race in a PB time of 14.2, just getting the better of a local girl on the line, both given the same time. Her long jump of 3m 45 was another PB and, although not a PB, she can be pleased with her 800m time of 2:38.4, finishing 2nd after leading for most of the race. Layla too, another rare distance runner, can be pleased with her 1500m run in a new PB time of 5:20.4, passing a Blackpool girl in a closely fought last 100m, taking the decision on the line. Its races like this with keen competition that lead to fast times and Layla took full advantage. I hope to see both these girls in cross country over the winter.

Under 13 Boys Charlie and Harry competed in three events each. Harry won his 100m heat in 15.4 but Charlie ran a faster 14.1 to finish 2nd of the 9 boys.Over 200m, Charlie ran 29.5 but Harry' will be pleased with 32.7 in his first competitive 200m. Over 800m, the positions were reversed with Harry finishing 2nd in 2:41.3 and Charlie running 2:54 in his first race over that distance.

Under 17s Sierra and Olivia are sprinters and there wasn't much between them in the 100m. Sierra was 2nd in her heat, and 2nd overall, in 13.3 and Olivia won heat 2 in 13.4 - a Season's Best. Sierra was fully in charge in her favoured 200m distance winning easily in 27.1. And Olivia was 2nd in her 300m race in 44.7, just pipped on the line by a Blackpool runner, both girls given the same time.

Finally, Martin Smythe came along to run the 3000m and was rewarded with a good new PB, finishing in 11:00.7.

Full results.


This meeeting was combined with a Blackpool Open meeting held in the morning for Under 9s and Under 11s, giving younger members of Mid Lancs families an opportunity to compete. As far as I can see, there were no U9s or U11s with a Southport Waterloo connection.

11th / 12th September: Club vets running for England - again

With the cross country season just around the corner, I am reminded how successful our veteran runners have been, winning the Mid Lancs V40 title 4 times in the 2010s and taking the V50 title 6 times between 2011 and 2020. But they have been making a name for themselves on the road as well winning England Masters team selection several times.

Four of our veteran runners were running for the England Masters team in an international match within the Kew Gardens 10K on Saturday. I understand that is more runners than any other club achieved! V50 Francois Rafferty was a magnificent 7th in a PB time of 33:56, V50 David Hamilton was 19th in 35:22, V70 Mike Walker ran 43:35 and V60 Rob Johnson finished in 47:20.

Mike Walker was also selected to run for England in Sunday's international half marathon race, within the Richmond Runfest Half Marathon, running 96:47 for this multi-terrain 13.1 mile course. It was a real achievement to be selected for both races, more so as he achieved a podium finish in Sunday's race, taking the age category Silver and was just beaten for Gold in a sprint finish by 5 seconds. Another mention on the club's HonoursBoard is warranted for Mike.

The club is proud of the achievements of all four Masters.

5th September 2021: Francois Rafferty 3rd at Southport Seaside 10K

Southport Waterloo AC was well represented at Sundays local 10K, the Southport Seaside 10K. 26 of our runners completed the race with Francois Rafferty finishing 3rd overall in 34:30 chip time. He was also 1st V50. The overall race winner was Martin Peck from Spenborough running 33:20. Rob McGrath was 7th overall and 1st V55 in 36:19, Boyd Park was 11th overall and 2nd V55 in 36:38 and Al Grant 17th overall and 4th V50 in 38:11.

The Women's race was won by Pembroke Sefton's Kirtsy Longley in 36:39 with Southport Waterloo's Fleur Culshaw an impressive 6th and 1st F50 in 43:22. Trace Allan was 10th and 2nd F35 in 45:12.

Other finishers were Marc Singer, 40:17, David Wright, 40:57, Simon Coughlan, 41:21, Mitchell Wells, 42:01, Neil Adshead, 43:12, Mike Walker 1st V70 in 43:25, Richard Talbot, 44:36, James Brooker, 47:16, Jessica Dean, 2nd U20 in 48:49, Aisha Taujanskas, 52:14, Susan Cooper, 2nd F65 in 52:42, Andrew Bridson, 53:26, Mari Lewis, 54:47, Kelly Barton, 54:47, Sue Stewart, 1st F70 in 55:39, Michelle Carlton, 57:42, Jane Blacklin, 58:21, Jon Singleton, 58:35, Vivian Laird, 63:50, and Ruth Sargent, 74:36.

5th September 2021: Final YDL Upper poorly attended at Wavertree

The YDL UAG ground to a slow season's ending at Wavertree on Sunday. Disappointing numbers meant a lot of poor competition and yet some sprint events were so tight on the finish line that judges and timekeepers were kept on their mettle. Only Wirral competed in force and won the match by some margin. Wirral scored 711 points to win all their YDL fixtures this season, Upper and Lower. Host club Liverpool Harriers managed only 457 points. Amongst the others, Preston scored 358, West Cheshire 340, North Wales composite team 321 and Southport Waterloo 211 points. Our involvement in this league provides competition for our growing numbers of Under 17 and Under 20 athletes albeit we had few Men out at Wavertree.

In the Under 17 Women's events we had our largest team including Lucy Bousfield, Eleanor Clark, Amber Hughes, Sierra Jalloh, Olivia Morgan, and Niamh Procter. Amber, just returned from the UK School Games at Loughborough, made a significant breakthrough in the long jump, breaking the 5 metre barrier, not once but twice, with 5m 19 and a new PB of 5m 21. That's just 2 cms off the club record of 5m 23 set nearly 30 years ago by Julia Whelan! Wind speed was +3.4 but that's a talented jump!

Eleanor enters the club record setting a first mark for Under 17 Women's pole vault. She cleared 1m 70. Her javelin throw of 20m 80 was also a PB and she threw the discus 16m 73. Sierra ran a Season's Best 26.5 in the 200m and 13.2 for 100m. Also in the sprints, Lucy ran 14.9 for 100m and Olivia 27.9 for 200m. Niamh had a good day with PBs in both the shot (7m 46) and javelin (18m 71). And Jessica ran a good PB in the 80m hurdles, running 12.6, and she long jumped 4m 47.

Only Rhys Hulse and Jonathon Pilkington competed as Under 17 Men. Jonathon ran the 400m hurdles and competed in high jump, achieving PBs in both. His 400m hurdles time was pleasingly below 60 secs for the first time - 59.9 - and he cleared 1m 60 in the high jump. Rhys competed over 200m, running 24.4.

Our Under 20 Women were Lucy Milling and Stephanie Robertson but Under 17s Amber Hughes and Niamh Procter did a couple of events in this age category. Niamh ran her second 100m hurdles, clocking 19.7, and Amber ran 25.9 which is really PB level as her 25.87 at the England Combined Events Champs would round manually to 25.9. Oh, and she won the Under 20 race!

Stephanie won the 100m race in 12.7 and she long jumped 5m 48, another event win. Lucy ran an intelligent 1500m steeplechase, steering clear of trouble in the early stages with 7 girls bunching early in the combined Under 17 / Under 20 race and quickly settling into 2nd place. Sensing the leader tiring in the last lap, Lucy came past to win comfortably in 5:27.0. Amber, Jess, Olivia and Lucy ran the 400m relay in a season's best 4:38, Amber running the fastest leg in 65.5 but all the girls running sub-70 times.

Finally, Sam Coupland and Drumayne Moore were our competing Under 20 Men. Sam ran a PB 62.4 to win the 400m hurdles, cruised through the pole vault competition to win with 3m 40 and won the discus event with a PB 28m 15. Drumayne's 2m 70 pole vault was a Season's Best to win the 'B' event and he won the 'B' discus with 19m 46.

Thanks to team manager Lee Coupland and our officials Steve James, Dave Whitehead, Lee Coupland and Barrie Hughes.

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4tth September 2021: Lower age YDL ends season at Wavertree

Its unusual to have a YDL league fixture in September but its been an unusual Track & Field season altogether. The Third and final round of the YDL Lower Age Group was held at Wavertree on Saturday and many of our younger T&F athletes took advantage. But a September fixture overlaps with other winter sports like football and that certainly affected boys' availability in particular, not just for us but for clubs generally. The scores placed us last with Wirral winning the match with 605 points, Liverpool Harriers 2nd with 511, then West Cheshire 488, Preston Harriers 454 and Southport Waterloo 338. We need to remember, however, that we are in an artificial Merseyside division this year to minimise travel and the other (and bigger) clubs we are up against would normally be in a higher Division. Team manager Barrie Hughes points out, too, that many of our young athletes are first year in the age group so younger than much of the opposition. In fact, we have a good squad of Under 15s and and encouraging numbers of new Under 13 Girls coming through.

We had 4 event wins; all in the under 15s with Lucy Mitchell in the 300m, Apphia Keenan in the high jump , Lauren Byrne in the shot and Adam Byrne in the pole vault. Lauren's shot put was a grade 1 standard, as was Apphia's high jump, with Lauren just pipping Apphia for my performance athlete of the match.

Our Under 13 Girls were Scarlett Addersley, Grace Allen, Jessica Burns, Joni Dunne, Felicity Fletcher, Layla Graham, Esme McNally, Lily Ryan and Lilly Zajitschek; nine girls and a full teamsheet! The Under 13 Girls' squad was big enough to allow for non scoring 75m runners - who turned out to be our fastest 75m runners - and non-scoring 800m runners. Its a measure of how these girls are coming along that they had 8 PBs on the day, although against the bigger clubs our best finish was a 3rd place. Both Joni and Scarlett had Grade 3 performances, Joni running 2:34.5 for 800m and Scarlett high jumping 1m 30. Scarlett's high jump was a PB as was her 70m hurdles in 13.1. Joni also had a grade 4 standard in the 150m running 21.6. Other PBs were achieved by Grace (11.6 for 75m and 4:45.4 for 1200m), Madeline (11.7 for 75m), Felicity (3m 44 long jump) and Lilly (5m 06 shot put).

Our Under 13 Boys were a very much smaller squad of just four; William Delamere, Steven Friar, George Harrison and Harvey Thompson. With so few boys, we did not compete in hurdles, high jump, long jump, shot or relay - although there might have been a tactical decision to field 'B' competitors on the track instead. Harvey was our best athlete, 3rd in the 800m in 2:31.3, a PB and a grade 4 standard. William also achieve a PB running 4:00.5 for 1200m.

We had even more Under 15 Girls than in the younger age groups with Lauren Byrne, Tiana Chambers, Emily Dean, Emma Frankland-Hayes, Charlotte Hughes, Apphia Keennan, Hannah Keenan, Mia Howgate, Lucy Mitchell, Natasha Murphy, Miya Peel, Sophie Pilkington and Lily Winters. Lauren and Apphia were outstanding in this age group. Lauren won the shot with a PB 10m 39 and another PB of 18m 27 in the discus. Apphia won the high jump with 1m 58 - just a cm off her PB - and running 13.2 for 75m hurdles gave her a new PB. Lucy ran a great 300m to win in a PB time of 43.8, a grade 3 standard. Emma was another regular graded standard performer running 13.5 and 27.6 for the sprints. Other PBs were achieved by Natasha running 14.3 for 100m, Hannah running 14.3 in the hurdles, Sophie with a 3m 57 long jump and Tiana with a 3m 39 long jump. In all, our 13 girls achieved 8 PBs; and in their 4 x 300m relay, Apphia, Charlotte, Emily and Lucy got the baton round in 3:07.3 - a new age group club record.

Our Under 15 Boys were Monty Barr, Adam Byrne, Jack Bradshaw, Reuben Donnelly, Daniel Jones, Stephen Morgan, Luke Ward and Julius Zajitschek. Adam was the only event winner here taking maximum points in the pole vault with a clearance at 2m 50. But all our 8 athletes produced PBs, 12 in total; Reuben with a good 800m in 2:19.7 and running 14.8 for a rare 100m, Daniel running 26.4 for 200m and 2:21.8 for 800m, Stephen running a non-scoring 800m in 2:36.7, Jack in another non-scoring 800m running 2:49.1 and a javelin throw of 9m 67, Julius with a 16m 98 discus throw and a 300m run in 44.6, Adam with 13.5 for 80m hurdles, and both Monty and Luke in the 1500m, Monty running 4:36.3 and Luke 4:51.5.

Thanks to team managers, Graham Boreham and Barrie Hughes and to our officials; Steve James, Chris Henders, Mike Dandy and Graham Taylor

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