News reports - May 2020

4th May 2020: Southport Waterloo Virtual 5km and club challenge

Challenging times!  As an athletics club it’s been really difficult for us to hold together as a community.  We want to be out there running/jumping/throwing against each other but importantly together.  But in the current circumstances we are socially responsible to know that time apart is very important and will ultimately mean we can be together in the future.

Many athletic clubs and organisations have been doing their utmost to support their members and Southport Waterloo has been very proactive.  We’ve been liaising with our members via social media the platforms Facebook and WhatsApp and our sprinters have been weekly video conferencing with each other.  It was agreed early that what we needed were some interesting challenges to keep us moving, keep competitive juices flowing and to enjoy. 

Thus, the Southport Waterloo Virtual 5km run was launched, an event where all you needed to do was go out and run 5km, tracked using any one of the popular apps and then report your own performances.  It was open to all and promoted via Northern Masters and Northern Athletics.  Running from 11th to the 30th April, we had a total of 72 entries.  Leading the way Steve Watmough from Warrington AC covering his 5km in 16:31, first female our own Amanda Crook in 17:40. Tracey Barlow also from Southport Waterloo AC was the winner of the mystery prize draw.

Other activity through April included, the “Up Sally” press up challenge and speed bouncing.  Both recorded and now feature on our You Tube channel.  More to follow.   Athletes have been encouraged to better understand their sport by watching webinars presented by England Athletics, especially the ones hosted by our own Graham Pilkington.  And we’re staying physically fit by exercising with Daley Thompson online on Mondays/Wednesday and Fridays.   

As for May and onwards, we’ve started a 100km virtual tour challenge for our road runners, and many of our younger members are trying to beat Dina Asher Smith's 175 mountain climbers in 45 seconds.  We do need your ideas. Please let us know your thoughts.

Virtual 5K results