News reports - January 2018

31 January 2018: M'side Inter Counties XC teams announced

Following the Northern Cross Country Champs last weekend, county selectors have now met to select teams for the Inter Counties at Prestwold Hall, Loughborough, on 10th March. Congratulations to Southport Waterloo runners selected to represent their county. They are:

Under 13 Girls: Grace Barr

Under 15 Girls: Olivia Logan and Lilly-Anne Grayson, with Freya Walsh a reserve

Under 13 Boys: Michael Henderson

Under 17 Men: Harry Pike

Under 20 Men: Matty Johnson

Snr Men: Ben Johnson, James Tartt and Andrew Kershaw with Ciaran Walsh and Joe Vis reserves.

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28th January 2018: Amber smashes U13G Shot club record

Three of our young female athletes headed to the EIS on Sunday for the Sheffield Indoor Festival of Sport.

They were U15 Katie Piercy and U13's Amber Hughes and Sierra Jalloh, with all three looking for good performances ahead of next weekend's Northern Indoor Championships.

Katie ran a PB for the 200m - 30.39 - knocking a second off her previous best. She also high jumped 1.25 and in her first comp as an Under 15, and she put the shot 8.95, just 20 cm off the current club record.

Sierra won gold in both 60m and 200m with 2 PB performances; 9.55 in the 60m and 27.97 in the 200m. 2 great prep races for her. Amber stuck to the field long jumping 4.06, winning the High Jump with 1.40 and breaking Katies club record with a throw of 9.61 in the shot put.

The week earlier, 2 more athletes doing the Northerns were in the South Yorkshire indoor series. U15 boys Sam Coupland and Josh Stammers were those athletes and both had good results. Josh long jumped 4.55, ran the 60m in 8.28 and ran a PB 26.43 in the 200m. Sam managed a PB in all 3 of his events; 27.02 for the 200, 8.57 for the 60m and 8.34 in the shot put. We are awaiting official confirmation but we are pretty sure this makes Sam the Under 15 boys Series Champion joining Amber who has won the Under 13 girl series.

Good luck to these 5 at next week's championships where they will be joined by Jack Clark, Lauren Byrne and Adam Byrne.

27th January 2018: Olivia Logan 15th at Northern XC

The Northern Athletics Cross Country Championships were held today at a new venue this year; the Harewood House estate to the north of Leeds. The weather was overcast with a strong wind which dropped significantly during the Snr Women's race but returned for the final Snr Men's race when many clubs were taking down their tents. But there was only a light drizzle of rain with most of the day staying dry and the runners were able to enjoy this new course. All races had an uphill start and, for the older age-group races, a long downhill run and a flat, fast 400m leading to the finish.

I guess you would describe the course as undulating with very little flat ground. In the main, it was rough pastureland and the hills tended to be long slow inclines rather than steep ascents. But certainly enough to test runner's stamina. The Under 20 and Senior Men used a higher section of the course unused by the other runners which looked to be to be tough roller coaster of ups and downs. Most of the course held up well to numerous runners but the exit from the back field coming down to the finish area was reminiscent of the gate at Witton Park, coming down from the Saucer.- an unavoidable, extensive area of mud several inches deep!

The estate is vast and a great venue for these Northern Championships. I can see them back here again. Indeed, I think the venue could well support a National Championships!

With several dropouts leading up to these championships, we had no team finishes but several good individual results. The highest placed finisher was Olivia Logan, 15th Under 15 Girl. Michael Henderson was 26th Under 13 Boy and Andrew Kershaw, finishing 88th Senior Man, was another excellent result. All our runners enjoyed the course but agreed it was one of the toughest for long hills.

The first race with club interest was the Under 13 Girls where, in the event, only Grace Barr ran. She did well to finish 134th of 235 girls in 13:45 for her 3 kms. I think this was Grace's first 'big field' event so well done on a good finish.

Next the Under 17 Men ran their 2-lap, 6 kms course. Harry Pike was 71st of 117 finishers in 23:40.

The Under 13 Boys were next, running just one lap for their 3 kms. Here, Michael Henderson did really well, 26th finisher in a big field of 232 runners. He completed the course in 11:42. Next was Sammy Pickerill, currently leading the individual Under 11 standings in the Mid Lancs Cross Country League and only just eligible for this race by turning 11 years. He was 110th in 12:43 which is remarkable for one so young. He will have another two years in this age group to move up the finishing order. Finally, James Pike was 196th in 13:46.

Then the Under 15 Girls ran and again we had three runners taking part. It was no surprise to see Olivia Logan well placed as the girls completed their lap in the Start / Finish field before heading off up and around the woods for 4 kms in total. In the end she was an excellent 15th of 186 finishers in 16:37. Olivia is a first year Under 15 so an exciting prospect for this race next year! Next was Lilly-Ann Grayson who finished 69th - our 3rd highest finish place - in 18:12. Lilly-Ann took a nasty fall in this fixture last year at Knowsley so it was pleasing to see a good run from her this year. Finally, Freya Walsh was 96th in 18:44. Freya fairly flew off the hill and passed about 10 girls in the run-in to the finish. So really good runs from all our Under 15 Girls.

Finally, we had a disappointing two runners in the Senior Men's race - two full laps for 12 kms. Andrew Kershaw was pleased with his run which saw him home 88th of 761 finishers, another great result, in 44:53. Ian Pike also ran and completed the tough course in 78:19. [Patrick Vis running for Leeds City was their final team counter taking the silver medals.}

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21st January 2018: Junior girls win Sportshall Athletics medals

Following successful performances at all three league fixtures this season, our Under 11 and Under 13 girls won well-deserved selection to today's North West Sportshall League Regional Final at the Kingsway Centre in Widnes. The format of these finals is for the Under 11s to compete in the morning and the Under 13s and Under 15s in the afternoon.

12 of our Under 11 Girls took part in the morning session. There is a lot of talent here and the girls finished 3rd to take bronze sportdhall medals. As far as I can recall this is a first. We have won league fixtures before but this is the first time we have taken medals at the League Final. Well done girls. In addition, Renee Adams and Apphia Keenan were 3rd in the 6-lap paarlauf, and Lauren Byrne won the standing long jump competition and was 3rd in the chest push.

In the afternoon, our 10-strong team of Under 13 Girls contested their track and field events with some very strong sportshall athletics clubs They finished 3rd, just 8 points behind the mighty Crewe & Nantwich and winners West Cheshire; an excellent result. The girls also took 5 individual event medals. Amber Hughes is more than just a good young athlete; she gives well over 100% every time she competes and was rewarded today with three individual medals. She took a bronze in the triple jump, a silver in the 6-lap and a silver in the shot. Katie Piercy took the shot gold medal. Brianna Hanlon took gold in the vertical jump. An outstanding performance all round!


Full results can now be sseen here Under 11s | Under 13s

Our Under 11 Girls were Renee Adams, Lauren Byrne, Ruby Cable, Rosie Cushing, Emily Dean, Erin Griffin, Apphia Keenan, /hannah Keenan and Natalie Piercy. Lauren won the standing long jump competition with a best of 2m 14 and was 3rd in the chest push clearing 6 metres, a distance also achieved by Rosie. Apphia managed 48 speed bounces for a 4th= placing. THe softy javelin was included in this competition. Natalie cleared 9 metres and Hannah 8 metres.

Our Under 13 Girls were Maisie Bird, Brianna Hanlon, Amber Hughes, Millie Ireland, Sahara Jalloh, Jessica Keenan, Grace Malone, Katie Piercy and Niamh Proctor. Brianna had a very good vertical jump of 51 cms to win that competition Katie won the shot with 9m 43 with Amber 2nd with 8m 85. Amber was also 2nd in the 6 lap in 1:30, the two fastest girls unfortunately seeded in different races. In her third event, Amber was 3rd in the standing triple jump clearing 6m 43. Sierra finished 4th in both the 2 lap race, in 26.8, and the standing long jump with very consistent jumps of 2m 14, 2m 17 and 2m 16.

Southport Waterloo results

13th January 2018: Ben Apps wins Northern triple jump silver


The Northern Under 17, Under 20 and Senior Indoor Champs were held at the EIS in Sheffield over the weekend.

Three Southport Waterloo athletes took part - all on the Saturday - with Ben Apps improving his triple jump PB with a best of 13m 62 to take the Under 20 Men's silver medal. This was Ben's first Northern award so many congratulations to him.

Ethan Harrison ran in the heats of the Under 17 Men's 400m clocking 57.47 secs.

Stephanie Robertson competed in three events. Over 60m she ran 8.42, in the 60m hurdles she crossed the line in 9.77 and in the triple jump she cleared 9m 92.

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The Northern Indoor Champs for Under 13s and Under 15s is on Sunday 4th February, the day after the Merseyside Schools cross country champs. They are again at the EIS in Sheffield which is a magnificent arena for indoor athletics. Hopefully, Southport Waterloo will be better represented with more Northern medals to be reported here.



13th January 2018: Mid Lancs Cross Country continues at Towneley Park

The club's cross country runners will know Burnley's Towneley Park as a wet and muddy course - like many others in the North West - but the wind over the past week or so dried out the ground and the course on Saturday offered probably the best running conditions we've seen in recent years. I would say 'good to soft' allowing for some fast running and so a good run-out for those looking to impress in the Northern Championships in a couple of weeks at the Harewood Estate in Leeds.

This was Round 4 in the Mid Lancs League and, with only two more fixtures to go, runners and team managers were looking to what might be achieved by the end of the season.

Southport Waterloo managed several team finishes and two junior and several senior runners are looking good in the individual standings; Under 11 Sammy Pickerill and Under 15 Olivia Logan; and masters Sue Stewart, David Hamilton, Rob Johnson and Rob McGrath. And the senior men vet teams continued their run of form with wins in the vet 50 and vet 60 categories and a 2nd place for the vet40 team.

The Under 11s' races in the League are proving extremely popular with the largest fields in the Juniors. There were 79 under 11 girl finishers at Burnley and 85 under 11 boys. Unfortunately, our Under 11s are largely absent!

In the Under 11 Girls' race, Lottie Hughes was our only runner. She gave a solid performance to finish 43rd in 8:42 for the 2 km 2-lap course.

In the Under 11 Boys' race we had only two runners, Sammy Pickerill and Will O'Donnell. The finish of the boys' race was more like a track race to the line with nothing really to separate the first three boys, all of whom were given the same time of 6:37 for their 2 kms. Sammy was in this mix but the line judge gave him 3rd place. Judges very, very rarely give a 1st equal result and different people might have seen a different result on the line. Perhaps easier said than done but the message to take from such results is to put in the effort before the line and not give the judges a decision to make. Sammy is still well placed for an individual medal at the end of the season; most likely the gold! Will also had a good run to come in 20th of the 85 finishers in 7:12. Unfortunately, no team finish here.

We did finish a team in the Under 13 Girls with Amber Hughes, Annabel Lockie, Katelyn Swift and Millie Ireland all running. The girls ran 2.7 kms and Amber was first home for the club. She is currently missing from the results but finished around 20th. Annabel was next in 11:22, Katelyn ran 12:13 and Millie 12:59. Their team finish should rise when Amber is added to results but they are not in medal contention.

We had a top ten finish in the Under 13 Boys' race over 3.2 kms with Michael Henderson running well to take 6th position of 51 finishers in 10:36. James Pike completed the distance in 12:25. We had no third counter for a team.

The Under 15 Girls were once again led home by Olivia Logan running a very strong second half to break away from her nearest opponent. She was 1st of 41 finishers in 10:38 for her 3.2 kms. With three 1st from three races this season she is another virtually assured of an individual Mid Lancs gold at the end of the season and if she competes in both the remaining two races, we may be in the running for team medals as well! That's certainly achievable. At Burnley, Lily-Ann Grayson is missing from the results as this report is written but finished around 10th. With Freya Walsh finishing 21st in 12:40 that will lift the team finish to, I think, 2nd. Bethany Swift also ran completing the course in 16:26.

In the Under 15 Boys' race we had only two runners - Sam Coupland and Lewis McMahon. Sam is another runner missing from the provisional results but he finished around 35th, maybe around 15:30 for his 4 km course. Lewis isn't in the results either and is a suspected DNF after being unwell during the week.

Jessica Dean ran the the Under 17 Women's race over 4 kms. She was 5th on 15:37.

On then to the Senior Women's race where Southport Waterloo had 10 runners. Nicola Simpson continues as our in-form runner finishing 25th of 157 women in 23:21 for their 5.8 km course .Tracey Allen ran 23:41 as 2nd team counter with Michelle Spencer running 24:33 to anchor the team in 7th place overall, 2nd place in Div'n 2. The ladies are looking good for a promotion up to Div'n 1 next season!!

Carole James ran 26:07, Sue Stewart 28:56, Katy Coupland, 30:36, Gina Bellhouse, 30:58, Elaine Sutton, 31:18, Jane Blacklin, 32:12, and Sarah Pickerill, 33:13. Sue Stewart was 2nd L65 giving her three 2nd and a 3rd this season and so is another virtually guaranteed an end-of-season medal!

17 of our Senior Men turned out at Towneley Park. James Tartt demonstrated a return to race fitness with a 7th place finish, running 32:06 for the one small and two large lap 9.8 km course. David Hamilton was next, 22nd overall in 34:51, then Rob McGrath, 44th in 36:50, Gareth Simpson, 65th in 38:32, John Sprackland 76th in 38:57 and Peter Roome the final A team counter, 79th in 39:02. The other finishers were Rob Johnson, 40:54, Carl McMahon, 41:44, Neil Adshead, 41:45, Richard Talbot, 41:48, Mike Walker, 43:45, Brian Davey, 44:13, Neil Silcock, 45:08, Matt Nelson, 46:47, Gareth Williams, 47:43, Ian Pike, 53:18, and Lee Coupland, 57:01.

The men were 4th team on the day, 3rd in Div'n 1 and so they are quietly climbing up the Division after a poor start at Cuerden Valley. David, Rob, John and Peter were 2nd MV40 team, David, Rob and John were 1st MV50 team and Rob, Mike and Brian were 1st MV60 team. Vet team medals are looking assured. David Hamilton was 1st MV50 at Sefton park and Leigh and 2nd MV50 at Burnley so must be in the running for an individual award. Rob Johnson and Rob McGrath have both had two top three finishes this season in the league so competing in the last two fixtures will put them also in medal contention. Apologies for anyone else I may have missed.

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Lancaster's Rylands Park is the venue for the 5th fixture on Saturday 17th February with the Mid Lancs season ending at a new venue in Ulverston, hosted by Hoad Hill Harriers on Saturday 3rd March.


6th January 2018: Senior Men & Under 13 Girls take team medals at County XC Champs; 5 individual medals

The Merseyside County Cross Country Championships were held on Saturday at Arrowe Park on the Wirral in perfect weather conditions. A warming winter sun kept temperatures positive and, with no wind (or rain), the conditions suited both runners and spectators. Of course, there is not much we can do about the notorious Wirral clay which toughened the course with wet and muddy patches liberally scattered around. The entrance to the woods was particularly muddy which at least meant that dog walkers were deterred from entering. In conditions like these, you cannot avoid the mud so just get stuck in and work through it!

It is a pity that numbers of runners wasn't great. Merseyside is a small county and we did have some small fields; but there was excellent competition for places and the races provided an ideal curtain-raiser to the Northern Championships at Harewood, Leeds, on 27th January. (The Harewood estate is where Emmerdale Village is located).

As ever, these championships are used as an initial selection for the Merseyside team to go to the Inter Counties Championships on 10th March at Prestwold Hall, Loughborough, last years' venue. The 1st four finishers on Saturday - the 1st 6 Senior Men - gain automatic selection for the Inter Counties. Further selection will be made after the Northern Championships.

So far, Olivia Logan, Michael Henderson, Matty Johnson, Ben Johnson and James Tartt have automatic selection.

Overall, Southport Waterloo had 42 runners, the Senior Men providing nearly half of them.

The first race of the day was a combined race for Under 11 Boys and Under 11 Girls. This is not a championship at this age but gives the youngsters an opportunity to get involved in the event. There is no team competition but medals are presented for the first 3 boys and girls. There was mixed fortunes for Southport Waterloo runners. Sammy Pickerill was always a contender to win this race and went in to the lead going up the hill towards the finish. However, with just a few hundred yards to go he was forced to withdraw. That allowed Will Collins to come home as first for the club, 6th overall in 7 mins for the 1.7 kms. Emily Dean won through to finish 1st of 27 girls in the race, in 7:17 taking the gold medal. Charlotte Hughes also ran, 37th in 8:42 .

With four Under 13 Girls we scored a team who took the 3rd place team medals. Grace barr was first home, running 13:26 for 2.9 kms, medium lap course, to finish 6th. Libby Simpson was 20th in 14:58, Katelyn Swift 30th in 16:39 and Millie Ireland 31st in 16:56.

The Under 13 Boys ran next over the 2.9 kms course. Michael Henderson was fastest for the club, finishing 4th in 11:31. James Pike was 15th in 13:04. Another two would have been needed for a team. The best we have achieved this season was three at Cuerden Valley park.

We had only two again in the Under 15 Girls but another outstanding run from Olivia Logan brought her home in the individual silver medal position, running 15:43 for the 3.8 kms large lap course. Bethany Swift completed the course in 24:35. A team result was certainly feasible here but not on the day. In any event, Wirral were virtually unbeatable with girls placed 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th.

We had two runners again in the Under 15 Boys' race over the same 3.8 kms. Sam Coupland was 15th in 17:00 and Lewis McMahon 18th in 18:01.

Its been a while since we had an Under 20 Man completing in club colours but Matty Johnson turned out on Saturday in what was probably his first serious cross country race and, at 7.5 kms for 2 large laps, it was the furthest he has raced over. He finished 4th in 29:28, a very good result in the tough conditions.

On then to the seniors and we had 7 Senior Women running in Arrowe Park. Nicola Simpson, our 2017 Cross Country champion, was first home in 39:22 for 21st place overall. Lucy Watham was next, 24th in 39:43, then Michelle Spencer, 28th in 40:09 and Tracey Allan was the final team counter, 30th overall in 40:50. The team finished just outside the medals, in 4th place. Other finishers were Carole James, 37th in 44:14, Jodie Rimmer, 43rd in 44:53, and Catherine McElhinney 59th in 52:37. Team manager Carole James has been quietly improving her running and will be pleased to have finished 4th LV45 today.

Finally, the Senior Men and here Team Manager Steve James is to be congratulated on fielding a pretty strong team, 20 runners in all. There was never a great deal between our front three runners and, in the end, Ben Johnson took an individual 3rd place in 41:20 for the 3-lap 11.2 kms. James Tartt was 4th in 41:33 and Ciaran Walsh 8th in 42:23. Behind them, another group of Southport Waterloo runners finished with nothing much between them. Joe Vis was 12th in 43:09, Andrew Kershaw was 13th in 43:11 and Mark Dunham was 14th in 43:13. That gave us our scoring team. Liverpool Harriers won the Men's team race with 40 points, Southport Waterloo were 2nd with 54 points well ahead of 3rd placed Wirral AC with 177 points. Our other finishers were Peter Gale 56:31, Keith Swift, 57:29, David Wright, 57:33, Andy Logan, 58:21, Graham Liu, 63:36, Billy Hargreaves, 69:04, and Ian Pike70:36. Masters awards were also won by Mark Dunham, 3rd MV35, David Hamilton, 2nd MV45, and Billy Hargreaves, 3rd MV65.

Thanks as always to all our hard working team managers Lee, Steve & Carole, to all the runners, young and older, and to the familes and other supporters

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Lost property items from club tent: T-bar spike key, pair of b/w Karrimor gloves, Spring City Trampoline Park water bottle.