News reports - December 2017

20th December 2017: Choices for New Year's Day

This year, for New Year's Day, seniors have a couple of choices as there will be the usual long run from Crosby to Birkdale and also the local parkruns.

If you are wanting to parkrun then first off will be the Ormskirk parkrun at 09:00 sharp followed by Southport at 10:30 (we will delay slightly if needed to allow everyone to travel safely from Ormskirk). You are welcome to come along to run or just watch and support other runners. Crosby parkrun is NOT holding extra events this year.

Second up, the annual New Year's Day social run will be taking place as normal this year from Hall Road to The Fisherman's Rest, with a regroup in Victoria Road car park (subject to weather conditions) to enable runners to join the gathering from about half way. If you prefer just to join the occasion for the post race drinks or to do the parkrun double then head over to the Fisherman's Rest then you're welcome.

For those new to this run, people driving tend to leave their cars in the Birkdale area and most runners meet up on the train to Hall Road (times below). The first part of the run is usually in steady groups, but these groups do tend to break up a bit after Victoria Road car park as people run more to their own pace. Approximate timings:

10:30 Meet at Crosby Coastguard Station (if travelling by train it's a Sunday service so 09:58 from Southport, 10:02 Birkdale, 10:07 Ainsdale, 10:11 Freshfield to arrive Hall Road 10:20).

11:30 First arrivals normally arrive Victoria Road beach car park.

11:45 Set off from Victoria Road car park for the second part of the run

12:45 First arrivals at Fisherman's Rest

New Year's Day social run Hall Rd to Birkdale Route Part 1 | Route Part 2

17th December 2017: Early Indoors success for juniors at Sportcity

Six of the club's juniors competed at the Sale Harriers open indoor meeting at Sportcity on Sunday and were rewarded with 2 club records and 6 PBs. For a meeting just a week before Christmas, it was well attended and our contingent certainly did themselves proud.

Ethan Hughes competed in the 60m, series 1 and series 2, running 7.52 and then 7.51. That's a new Under 20 club record replacing Danny Driver's 7.69 mark. An in-form Ethan also ran a 300m - his first attempt over that distance and he timed at an excellent 37.82. The current club record for an Under 20 man is 37.6.

Jack O'Neill ran 7.95, his fastest of the two runs,setting a new PB.

Luke Suarez also ran a PB, 7.77 for the 60m.

New member Under 17 Robert McGreavey ran 8.49 for the short sprint, a very good first effort!

Under 15 Joshua Stammer's time for 60m was 8.25, a new PB fore him, and he also long jumped 4m 69.

And last, but certainly not least, Amber Hughes improved on her own 8.6 PB and club record for 60m running 8.45 secs. She also high jumped 1m 30

9th December 2017: Annual Awards at Waterloo Rugby Club

Southport Waterloo’s Annual Junior and Senior Awards evening and Christmas Disco was held at the Waterloo Rugby Club in Blundellsands on Saturday evening; a venue many club members will be familiar with as the base for the Waterloo 15K multi-terrain run put on for many years by the club.

Club President Steve James made the presentations, starting with the Junior Bishop Awards. Based on points earned for the club in league competition, every Under 11, Under 13, Under 15 and Under 17 year-old who had competed for the club in Sportshall Athletics, Cross Country and Track & Field received a certificate.(See Ron Scott or Chris Henders for uncollected certificates.) Individual ‘Bishops’ were presented for the ‘top scorers’ as follows:


Sportshall Athletics

Amber Hughes


Cross Country

Olivia Logan


Track & Field

Amber Hughes


Sportshall Athletics

Adam Henders


Cross Country

Michael Henderson


Track & Field

Sam Coupland

YDL team manager Graham Boreham presented the Team Manager awards for commitment and willingness to support the team through the track & field season. The awards went to Bethany Swift and Leo Christian. Graham, whose YDL team won promotion in his first full year of team management, was also presented with the YDL Divisional winner's trophy and, on behalf of the team, Luke Suarez and Megan Howarth presented him with a 'thank you' gift for all his work with the team.

In reviewing the candidates for performance awards, specific mention was made of Olivia Logan in Cross Country and the Track & Field young athletes who had set 21 club records in 2017. Still a first year Under 13 in 2017, Amber Hughes currently holds 8 club records. Stephanie Robertson holds 4 and other were held by Grace Tobin, Katie Piercy, Eve McMahon, Megan Howarth, Sam Coupland and Ben Apps. All these athletes have shown significant improvement.

The Junior Athlete of the Year award recognises improvements made. One young athlete stood out, however, not just for improvememnt in one favoured event but across a whole range of events. The winner of the George Bebbington Memorial trophy, our Junior Athlete of the Year, was Amber Hughes.

In looking at performance, Southport Waterloo likes to recognise, with a memento award, selection to represent the county at the English Schools National Track & Field Champs. This year, mementos went to Stephanie Robertson, Megan Howarth, Harry Flanagan and Ben Apps.

Six girls - Amber Hughes, Grace Tobin, Katie Piercy, Sierra Jalloh, Stephanie Robertson and Megan Howarth - achieved a grade 1 standard in 2017 over 18 events. The Eddie Heckle Performance Trophy recognises not only the level of performance but also the level of competition. For a consistently high standard of performance at county, Northern and English National championships both indoors and outdoors and at English Schools, the girls' Performance Trophy winner was Stephanie Robertson.

The boys overall have not come close to the club's high performing girls but one young man stands out with a new club record in the triple jump, achieved on the testing stage of the English Schools Champs. The Heckle Performance Trophy for Boys went to Ben Apps.

The final Junior award, the Vera Drury Challenge Trophy for a girl who excels in enthusiasm, attendance and club spirit, was awarded to Eve McMahon.

The Senior awards commenced with the awards for the Grand Prix of Road Races. For the ladies, Jane Blacklin was 3rd, Mari Dyson 2nd and our winner was Tracey Allan, a 6-time winner of this award. The vet winner was Mari Dyson.

For the Men,  Boyd Park was 3rd, Mike Walker 2nd and the winner Francois RaffertyMike Walker took the vet category award. Mike also won the MV65 category in the Merseyside Grand Prix this year.

Next, the Fell Grand Prix awards. In 3rd place for the Women was Elaine Sutton, runner up was Carole James and our winner for the 4th year running was Michelle Spencer.

For the men, Clive James was 3rd, Brian Davey 2nd and the winner for the 3rd year running was John Sprackland.

The Progress Trophy for Senior runners is another improvement award.  Mention was made of Sarah Lunt, Talitha Shandley, Jane Blacklin, David Marsh, James Brooker, Paul Warrington and Simon Tobin. The Progress Trophy winner for 2017 was James Brooker.

Next the Cross Country awards.  Like the Grand Prix awards, we knew these winners in advance because we use the British Athletics Cross Challenge event in Sefton Park as our cross country championships, where we had 56 club athletes competing.

In the Women’s race, Tracey Allan, Rachel Jacks and Nicola Simpson battled for the club lead.  The winner of the Norman Marshall Women’s Cross Country Trophy was Nicola Simpson.

In the Men’s race, last year’s Cross Country Champion Ben Johnson led again, ahead of Ciaran Walsh and Andrew Kershaw.  So for the 2nd year running the Men's Cross Country Trophy went to Ben Johnson.

The  Senior Track & Field Award is, like the Juniors’ Bishop awards, based on points earned for the team in the Northern League Track & Field competition.  Having won promotion in 2016 we did well to stay in the higher division in 2017.  Over the 4 matches we had 23 men and 14 women competing, better than in the previous year but the need for more female competitors is evident.

For the women, Katy Coupland was the highest scorer.  For the Men, the top scorer was Liam Harris.  For the 3rd year running, the Senior Track & Field award went to Katy Coupland.

Our final presentation category was the Volunteer of the Year Award.  First of all reference was make the continuing need for volunteers is all areas of the club's activities. And congratulations were expressed to Steve Boreham who has just been appointed a Level 4 National Field official. As far as we can tell, no Field judge in the club's history has ever reached this level!!  

Within the club, this year's Volunteer award went to someone who can and does turn his hand to just about anything needed in the club and, in particular, has developed an interest in combined events, encouraging a number of talented young athletes to get involved. As an organizer, coach, motivator etc he epitomizes the club volunteer. The 2017 Volunteer of the Year was Barrie Hughes.

Thanks to Graham Boreham for the photos reproduced here.

Past winners of these awards can be found on the club honours page.

Quiz answers

9th December 2017: Another muddy cross country course at Leigh; but 2 race winners!

Saturday's Mid Lancs cross country fixture at Leigh was forecast to be the better day of the weekend but we still experienced rain, sleet and light snow to go with some sunny intervals and lowering temperatures. But hey! Its winter.

The start / finish area and tented field at Leigh Sports Village quickly cut up and the course was pretty muddy throughout. Early parts of the course are on stoney paths; not ideal for cross country spikes, but it did mean some respite from the heavy going elsewhere. There were good numbers in all the races, the last opportunity for most of a race before Christmas.

Southport Waterloo did very well with 40 competitors across the age groups, 2 race winners and 6 individual top ten finishes and 2 vet team wins.

First off were the Under 11 Girls and Emily Dean was quickly in the leading pack. She finished an excellent 4th in 7:08 for the 2k, 1-lap course. The first 5 finishers were all within 20 secs so it was a good competitive race. Apphia Keenan was 31st of the 74 finishers in 8:04 and Charlotte Hughes ensured a team finish, crossing the line in 8:39.

We did even better in the Under 11 Boys' race with Sammy Pickerill a clear winner in 6:17 for his 3kms. Will O'Donnell was 9th of the 76 finishers in 6:38 and Will Collins was 11th in 6:40. With three such great finishes we might have expected to win the team race but Trawden AC did even better with a 3rd, 6th and 8th. Trawden also won the team race at Liverpool so its looking very competitive for team medals this season!

In the Under 13 Girls' race, Grace Barr was first home for the club, 21st of the 70 finishers in 8:46 for 2.3 kms. Katie Piercy was 48th in 9:33 and Annabel Lockie anchored the team, finishing 54th in 9:43. Amber Hughes also started but withdrew after losing a shoe; not the only one at Leigh I suspect!

James Pike was our sole Under 13 Boy. He was 41st in 12:49 for his 3 kms course.

43 runners contested the Under 15 Girls' race where Olivia Logan was once again outstanding, winning the race in 10:57 for the 3 kms. Freya Walsh was 21st in 12:25 but unfortunately we lacked a 3rd runner for a team finish.

Sam Coupland and Lewis McMahon contested the Under 15 Boys' race, finishing 42nd and 44th in 16:15 and 16:19. I doubt they were more than a few seconds apart the entire race.

With no Under 17 or Under 20s, we can move on to the Senior Women's race where team manager Carole James led her team home, 55th overall in 27:10 for the 2-lap, 6K course. New member Jodie Rimmer was next, 92nd overall in 30:38 and Catherine McElhinney was the final team counter in 31:46. Sue Stewart finished in 32:19, 4th LV65, Sarah Pickerill finished in 32:38, Katy Coupland, 32:44, Gina Bellhouse, 33:24, Jane Blacklin, 34:37 and Joanne Fenna, 38:19.

Finally, catching probably the worst of the weather as temperatures plummeted, 230 runners completed the Senior Men's race; three laps for 10K. James Tartt returned to cross country running and did better than perhaps he expected finishing 8th overall in 36:48. Ciaran Walsh was never far behind and finished 9th, just a second later. Ben Johnson was next, 11th in 36:52, David Hamilton was 24th in 40:32, 2nd MV50, Rob McGrath, 53rd in 42:46, 3rd MV50, and a rare appearance from Steve Wilkinson, our final team counter, in 44:32. That produced a great team result, 2nd on the day behind Preston Harriers. Other finishers were John Sprackland, 44:39, Rob Johnson, 46:38, Keith Lunt, 47:17, Richard Talbot, 48:03, Brian Davey, 49:00, Neil Silcock, 51:54, Mike Walker, 53:25, Matt Nelson, 54:22, Clive James, 55:09, Lee Coupland, 65:55, and Ian Pike, 66:02.

David, Rob, Ian and John finished 4th MV40 team and David, Rob and John were 1st MV50 team. Some excellent vet running today!

Thanks to Team managers Lee Coupland, Carole James and Steve James.

The next Mid Lancs fixture is at Towneley Park, Burnley, on Saturday 13th January. But before then, the Merseyside County Cross Country Champs are at Arrowe Park on Saturday 6th January. If you plan to run the county champs or the Northerns later in January or the National champs you need to let your team manager know. You can't just turn up and run!


3rd December 2017: Ellesmere Port closes the Sportshall League; Girls qualify for regional Final

Round 3 of the North West Sportshall Athletics League was held in Ellesmere Port. A large new leisure centre has been opened next to the track here but it was the old hall that had to be used for athletics! A much-depleted Southport Waterloo team struggled against strong squads from Wirral, West Cheshire, Liverpool and Warrington. Nonetheless, the final league tables have been published and our Under 11 and Under 13 Girls have again qualified for the Regional Final. The top six teams go forward to the final; our Under 11 Girls were 5th and the Under 13 Girls 4th. Well done the girls!! One or two of our Under 15 girls might also be invited on an individual basis.

Under 11 Girls were reduced to just four; Ruby Cable, Erin Griffin, Apphia Keenan and Sarah Yates. Apphia won the speed bounce competition with a count of 49, Ruby scoring 43. Apphia was our also best 4-lapper, in 57.1, and jumped 1m 80 in the standing long jump. Erin was our fastest 2-lapper, running 27.3 for 3rd 'A' points . She reached 35 cms in the vertical jump and 4m 25 in the chest push. Ruby reached 4m 75 in the chest push and ran 27.9 for the 2-lap sprint. And Sarah jumped 4m 49 in the triple jump, reached 28 cms in the vertical jump and ran the 6-lap in 62 secs. The girls were 5th of 5 teams with 126.5 points.

Daniel Jones was our sole Under 11 Boy. He won the standing long jump competition with 1m 68, ran the 2-lap sprint in 26.9, reached 45 cms in the vertical jump and did the chest push as a non-scorer clearing 4, 75.

Our Under 13 Girls were Maisie Bird, Brianna Hanlon, Millie Ireland, Jessica Keenan, Grace Malone and Niamh Procter. Jessica was fastest in the 2-lap with 25.3 and had the best long jump of 1m 98. Brianna was fastest over 6-laps and our best triple jumper clearing 5m 57. Niamh had the best vertical jump with a reach of 45 cms and was only just behind Brianna in the 6-lap running 1:29.4. Grace did well in the shot with a best of 5m 10 and she took the long jump 'B' points with 1m 84. Millie was our best in the speed bounce scoring a count of 67 and Maisie scored 60. Millie also took the 'B' points in both the 2-lap with 27.7 and the vertical jump with a reach of 32 cms. The Under 13 Girls finished 4th of 5 teams with 145 points.

Ralph Collis represented his club in the Under 13 Boys' competition. He did best in the speed bounce - 2nd with a count of 73 - ran 1:31.7 in the 6-lap and cleared 1m 88 in the standing long jump.

We had no Under 15s at Ellesmere Port.

Thanks to team manager Chris Henders and his helpers / officials.

Results Match 1, Match 2, Match 3

3rd December 2017: Track & Field success at EIS Sheffield

There were two meetings at the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield this weekend. On Saturday it was a Northern Athletics Open and on Sunday round 2 of the South Yorkshire Series. 7 athletes travelled over with Amber Hughes, Katie Piercey and Sam Coupland there for both days. It was a very successful outing for all who attended.

U13 Amber Hughes set the tone early on Saturday winning the 60m hurdles in a time of 9.55s the second fastest time EVER for this age group by just 0.03 seconds.  Followed by 1.33m in the High Jump and 8.31m to win the Shot competition.  U15 Katie Peircy ran the 60m in 9.19s, jumped 4.01m in the long jump and put the shot 8.23m; her first competition with theU15 weight and a good sign for next summer.  U15 Sam Coupland followed Amber's winning ways in the 60m hurdles with a win in 10.24s, followed by 2nd place in the High Jump with a PB of 1.58m and then 2nd also in the Long Jump with another PB of 4.92m

On Sunday, Lottie Hughes, Adam Byrne, Lauren Byrne and Joshua Stammers joined Amber, Katie and Sam for the South Yorkshire Series and it turned out to be another very successful day.  U11 Lottie Hughes, who was very supportive on Saturday, ran 26.61s in the 150m, Long Jumped 2.87m and threw the foam javelin 8m.  U13 Lauren Byrne ran the 150m in 22.64s, High Jumped 1.25m and ran 2:13.57 in the 600m.  U13 Adam Byrne ran the 600m in 2:02.91, High Jumped 1.05m and sprinted the 150m in 24.06s. U13 Amber Hughes ran 600m in 1:54.06, won the High Jump with a a new PB of 1.43m and won the 200m in 28.06s.  U15 Katie Piercy ran the 600m in 2:06.17, High Jumped 1.25m to equal her previous best and sprinted the 200m in 31.49s. U15’s Joshua Stammers and Sam Coupland had great days with 3 PB’s each in their 3 events.  Joshua ran the 600m in 1:43.22, cleared 1.45m in the High Jump and sprinted the 200m in 26.48s.  Sam ran the 600m in 1:39.27, won the High Jump with a leap of 1.61m and completed the 200m in 27.95sU

The South Yorkshire Series is a multi events point scoring collection of 4 meetings over the winter.  Amber is leading the u13 girls currently and Sam is second in the U15 boys.  

Amber is now looking at the winter fixtures to find other opportunities to compete over 60m Hurdles and hopefully set a new national record.

If you are interested in Multi/Combined Events please speak to either Barrie Hughes, David Gough or Lee Coupland.