News reports - November 2018

14th November 2018: Mike Walker wins M'side GP award

The award winners of the 2018 Merseyside County Road Grand Prix have now been published on the Merseyside web site. Mike Walker emerges as the only Southport Waterloo runner to win an award - the MV65 winner. Congratulations Mike!

The awards will be presented after the Halewood 5K on Saturday 1st December

M'side GP winners

11th November 2018: Under 13 Girls take 2nd place at Sportshall

Round 2 of the North West Sportshall League was held in Ellesmere Port Sports Village on Sunday. Organisers West Cheshire AC are to be congratulated on circulating results to clubs on the Sunday evening. For Round 1 it took over 3 weeks for results to become available!

Round 2 was in stark contrast to Round 1 in another respect in that Round 1 was so poorly attended that the events finished by mid afternoon. West Cheshire and Wespa in particular were at Ellesmere Port in good numbers. This venue doesn't allow the Field and Track events to take place at the same time so it was Field first for this fixture. But this did mean that the Track events progressed much more efficiently, not having to wait for age groups to finish Field events. There was excellent - and very noisy - support for the track runners.

Chris Henders' Southport Waterloo squad was bigger than at Widnes for Round 1 but boys were again in short supply. We had 17 girls and 3 boys. The girls included 4 Under 15s, enough for a relay team! When did that happen last?

Our Under 11 Girls were Renee Adams, Holly Hudson, Lottie Hughes and Isla Jones. They finished 3rd with 133 pts, behind West Cheshire and Wespa - very good indeed with just 4 girls in the team! Renee was 2nd in the 2-lap in 25.7 and was our fastest but non-scoring 4-lapper, in 56.4. In fact, Renee was our best all-rounder. Holly was our fastest over 2 laps, in 25.6 and our best triple jumper clearing 4m 73. Isla took the 'A' points with a 4m 50 chest push and a 1m 22 standing long jump. And Lottie took the 'A' points in the 4-lap race in 59.6 and the 'B' points in both the triple and vertical jumps.

Our Under 11 Boys at Ellesmere Port were William James and Harry Williams, both of whom were also at Widnes for Round 1. Between them, they scored 76 pts. Harry was 3rd 'A' in the 4-lap race in 57.5, he long jumped 1m 62 and triple jumped 3m 98. William ran the 2-lap race in 27.6, achieved a speed bounce count of 39 and chest pushed 4m 50.

Our Under 13 Girls were Maisie Bird, Lauren Byrne, Ellie Clark, Emily Dean, Amber Hughes, Apphia Keenan, Evie James, Eleanor Jones and Libby Simpson. The girls finished 2nd of the 5 teams with 169 pts, just 9.5 pts behind host club West Cheshire. Amber set the tone with three fine wins; 10m 47 in the shot (with all three throws over 10 metres), 23.8 in the 2-lap race and 6m 59 in the standing triple jump. Lauren was another event winner clearing 2m 19 in the standing long jump. She was also our best vertical jumper clearing 42 cms. Libby won the 'B' 6-lap race in 1:29.7and was 2nd 'B' in the long jump with 1m 89. Ellie took the maximum 'B' points in the shot with 7m 10 and was 2nd 'B' in the vertical jump with a reach of 40 cms. Emily was our fastest 6-lapper taking the 'A' points with 1:29.1, just fractionally ahead of Libby's time. Emily also took the 'B' points in the speed bounce with a count of 73. Behind Amber, Evie was our fastest 2-lapper in 25.6 just a tenth ahead of Ellie's time. In fact, a number of our girls ran very similar 2-lap times. Apphia was our best speed bouncer with a count of 75. Three of our girls - Apphia, Emily and Maisie - all recorded counts over 70 in the 30 secs allowed. Apphia was also within a centimetre of taking the 'B' points in the long jump.

Eleanor competed in the 2-lap, long jump and shot and Maisie in the 2-lap, speed bounce and shot.

The team of Amber, Lauren, Evie and Ellie won the 4 x 2-lap relay in 1:53.

Our Under 13 Boy was Adam Byrne. He was 2nd in the 2-lap in 26.4, 2nd in the shot with 6m 73 and 3rd in the speed bounce with a count of 71.

Where are all our Under 15 Boys? - certainly not enjoying Sportshall Athletics! But we did have four Under 15 Girls' ; Millie Ireland, Eleanor James, Katie Piercy and Hannah Williams. The girls finished 2nd team with a great total of 164 pts. Katie was one of two event winners here. she won both the triple jump and the shot with 6m 24 and 9m 01. She was also 2nd in the 2-lap race in 24.7. So a good afternoon for her. The other event winner was Hannah who won the vertical jump competition with a reach of 50 cms. Hannah was also 2nd in the long jump with 1m 92 and took 2nd 'B' points in the 2-lap race in 25.1. Eleanor was 2nd in the 6-lap in 1:29.3 and 2nd 'B' in both the triple jump, with 5m 20, and the vertical jump with 38 cms. Millie took 2nd place in the speed bounce with a count of 73 to go with 2nd 'B' points in both the 6-lap race (in 1:35) and the long jump (1m 80).

And the girls were there for the final relay races, 2nd in 1:42.5.

Thanks to team manager Chris Henders and his team. The final Round is in Liverpool on Sunday 2nd December - a new venue for us at Greenbank Sports Academy / Leisure Centre - with hopes for one or two teams making it through to the NW Regional Final early next year.

Results Rnd 1 | Results Rnd 2

10th November 2018: Northern & YDL divisions for 2019

The provisional dates and venues for the Northern T&F League and the YDL (Upper) & (Lower) next year are published, together with the teams we will be up against. These are as below but venues in particular can be subject to change before the T&F season starts.


Northern League

YDL (U13/U15)

YDL (U17/U20)