News reports - December 2016

27th December 2016: Late season 10K PBs at Ribble Valley

With the loss several years ago of the club Christmas Handicap races at Formby Point, a number of senior seniors have stepped up to the Ribble Valley 10K to burn off some Christmas calories. This well organised and well supported race around the Clitheroe area incorporates the Northern Athletics 10K Road Championships and attracted over 1000 finishers this year, the winner Marc Scott of Richmond & Zetland crossing the line in 31:28.

Southport Waterloo's Ben Johnson was well placed in 16th, in 31:28, his fastest time this year and taking nearly a minute off his 2014 PB. Lewis Rooney also ended the year with a PB, running 32:42 to climb above Mark Dunham in the club 10K ranking. Francois Rafferty finished in 36:10, Rob Johnson ran a season's best 40:13 and Billy Hargreaves ran 49:48. Billy has a very respectable PB of 37 minutes back in 2009.

Elaine Sutton has completed a number of park runs this year but the Ribble Valley was her first competitive 10K. She finished in 57:40 (56:58).

21st December 2016: Choices for New Year's Day runs

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. For the really adventurous these can be combined.

First off will be the Southport parkrun at 09:00 sharp. You are welcome to come along to run or just watch and support other runners. Most people will be able to complete their parkrun and still make the train to Hall Road. For those wanting a shorter double, there will also be plenty of people heading over to Ormskirk parkrun for a 10:30 (approximately) start. 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 that's welcomed of do the parkrun double then head over to the Fisherman's Rest.

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

Hall Rd to Fisherman's Rest route: Part 1 Crosby to Freshfield | Part 2 Freshfield to Birkdale

18th December 2016: Steph Robertson equals 60m indoor club record

Stephanie Robertson had her first competition of the indoor season at Sportcity on Sunday. The standard was high for hurdlers, with Commonwealth bronze medalist Jess Taylor also having her first outing of the season, but the plan for Stephanie was to run a straight sprint. Off to a characteristic strong start, she also ran well in the second half of the race so it was promising for the season ahead. She took half a second off her 60m PB to equal Mia Tomlinson-Oldfield's Under 15 club record of 8.51, set last year.

Chris Burgess also ran in the 60m and the 300. Chris has done his best to stay fit despite difficulty getting to the track this winter. He broke 8 seconds on the 60m and crossed the line for his 300 in 40.68, barely running a second outside his PB set in 2012. With less than 5 months to fixture one, this will be a relief to Northern League team manager Lee Coupland who rates Chris as a star member of the squad.

10th December 2016: Lewis Rooney leads team home at L&D

The latest round in the Liverpool & District Cross Country season was held on Saturday on the Beacon Park course in Skelmersdale. This is always a popular if challenging course but today the going was very heavy with pools of mud, some six inches deep at the far end of the long lap. The uphill climb became very slippery on the very first lap with two more climbs to come. The steep descent following the climb was also hazardous with some very fast runners needing to brake to negotiate the sharp right hand bend.

Ten Southport Waterloo runners took on the challenge, including three of our senior women. This is the only cross country event we compete in where the women and men count together and of course its even more of a challenge for the ladies as the race is nearer to 10K than the 6K the ladies usually run in the Mid Lancs League for example. But great winter training for all.

The race was won by Liverpool Harrier Richard Burney in 30:58 with the 2nd place runner a full minute behind. Lewis Rooney settled into a top ten position early on and finished 9th in 34:51. John Sprackland was our 2nd counter, 32nd in 39:00 with Richard Talbot and Rob Johnson coming in 54th and 55th in 41:29 and 41:38. Our final two counters were Matt Nelson, 79th in 46:55, and Neil Silcock, 82nd in 47:32. A team points total of 311 compares with 110 at Sefton Park where we finished 2nd L&D team. It wasn't our strongest team here but we are effectively out of contention in this league anyway, as we didn't field a team at the first fixture in Arrowe Park which clashed with the Mid lancs League's Cuerden Valley fixture.

Other finishers were Michelle Spencer (51:20), Billy Hargreaves (52:34), Carole James (57:50) and Sue Cooper (58:29).

There were 114 finishes at Beacon Park.

Full results will be published on the L&D website.

The L&D Championships are at Clarkes Gardens, Liverpool, on 5th February.


4th December 2016: Under 11 and Under 15 Girls confirm their place in Sportshall Reg'l Final

The third and final round of Sportshall Athletics was held at the Kingsway Leisure Centre in Widnes on Sunday. With two 2nd place finishes for our Under 11 Girls and a 1st and a2nd for our Under 15 Girls so far this season, another good result would see them through to the Regional Final on Sunday 22nd January, again at the Kingsway Centre.

Our Under 11 Girls finished 3rd with 161 points, just 1 point behind Macclesfield with 162 and Crewe and Nantwich winning with a massive 180 points. Our Under 13 Girls were also 3rd, with 135 points, behind St Helens Sutton with 173 and Crewe & Nantwich again the outstanding winners with 188 points. And, yes!, Under Under 15 Girls were also 3rd, scoring 103 points with Macclesfied scoring 173 and Crewe and Nantwich 188.

We had no Boys at Widnes on this occasion.

The final League table has now been published. The top 5 teams qualify for the Regional Final. The good news is that our Under 11 and Under 15 Girls have made it, both finishing 4th in the League. The bad news is that our Under 13 Girls just miss out by finishing 6th!

Our Under 11 Girls were Daisie Bond, Emily Dean, Natalie Denise-Piercy, Michaela Hopkins, Amber Hughes, Charlotte Hughes, Hannah Keenan, Jessica Keenan, Grace Malone, Bethany Rose and Katelyn Swift; another magnificent turnout! Amber was magnificent too, winning three events outright - running 61.4 for the 4-lap, clearing 5m 44 in the standing triple jump (60 cms further than last time!) and clearing 7 metres in the chest push. Grace was our fastest over 2-laps running 29.3, and, together with Daisie, was our best vertical jumper clearing 33 cms. Jessica was our best standing long jumper with 1m 69, she took the 'B' points in the chest push with 4m 75 and was our 2nd fastest over 2-lap running 29.9. Daisy took the 'B' points in both triple and vertical jump. Katelyn took the 'A' points in the 2-lap and Emily the 'B' points. Bethany was the 'B' runner for the 4-lap race. The girls were 2nd in the 4 x 2-lap relay in 1:58.5, a faster time that the Under 13 Girls!

Our Under 13 Girls were Alice Bird, Elisa Dean, Millie Ireland and Katie Piercy. With just four girls, they all earned points, ie no non-scorers. The best result was probably Katie's shot put of 6m 32 which gave her 2nd place. She also ran the 2-lap in 28.7 and she long jumped 1m 72. Elisa was our fastest 6-lapper, and our only triple jumper with a good clearance of 4m 58. In the long jump she cleared 1m 58. Millie ran 30.4 for 2 laps, did well in the speed bounce with a count of 64 and she reached 33 cms in the vertical jump. Alice reached 31 cms in the vertical jump, ran 1:47 for the 6-lap and she put the shot 4m 98.

The Under 15 Girls were Jessica Dean, Megan Howarth, Eve McMahon and Bethany Swift. Jessica won the 6-lap race in 1:39. Megan was 2nd in the standing long jump with 1m 74 with Bethany clearing 1m 18. In the 2-lap race Eve ran 18.2 to take the 'A' points with Megan running 28.5 for the 'B' points. Eve was 2nd in the standing triple jump with a clearance of 4m 64 and Bethany took the 'B' points with 3m 64. Finally, Eve and Megan competed in the shot, Eve clearing 7m 55 and Megan 7m 09.

Thanks to team manager Chris Henders and to Chris, Dave Whitehead, Barrie Hughes and Emma Alderson who helped officiate.

Full results | SH1 | SH2 | SH3 - for Southport Waterloo athlete results

3th December 2016: SWAC awards its annual trophies

Southport Waterloo’s Annual Awards evening and Christmas Disco was held at the Marine FC Social Club in Crosby on Saturday evening, club Secretary Chris Henders organising another successful evening, MC'ed by Ron Scott.

We started with the Junior Bishop Awards, presented by Chris Henders, our Sportshall Athletics team manager.  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.  (Ask your coach for your certificate if you couldn't be present on Saturday.)

Individual 'Bishops' were awarded as below. Ron explained that, as Under 11s were now included in Cross Country, that discipline now had 4 age categories against 3 age categories in Sportshall and Track & Field. Accordingly, it had been decided to award an extra Cross Country Bishop as a 'Runner Up' award.



Sportshall Athletics

Amber Hughes & Stephanie Robertson, joint



Cross Country

Grace Tobin, with Freya Walsh taking the

Runner Up award


Track & Field

Mia Tomlinson-Oldfield


Sportshall Athletics

Lewis McMahon


Cross Country

James Pike, with joint Runners Up Lewis McMahon and Lewis Rooney


Track & Field

Sam Coupland


Team Manager awards were presented by Graham Boreham, YDL Ass't Team Manager in 2016 and taking over as team manager for 2017. Awarded to a boy and a girl who have impressed their team manager by their commitment and willingness to support the team regardless of personal circumstances, this year's winners were Stephanie Robertson and Luke Suarez.


In reviewing the candidates for the Junior Athlete of the Year Award, presented by last year's winner Megan Howarth, specific mention was made of the improvements in performance achieved by Megan herself, Eve McMahon, and Sam Coupland. With a 50% improvement in his best pentathlon score - a new Under 13 club record - the George Bebington Cup for Junior Athlete of the Year was awarded to Sam Coupland, the first time the award has gone to a combined events athlete.


The Performance Trophies for Boys and for Girls was awarded next, by guest presenter Katy Coupland, the Junior Cross Country Team Manager.  First, a memento was awarded to three juniors whose level of performance brought them selection to represent their county - Merseyside - at the English Schools National Track & Field Championships. They were Emma Alderson, Nathan Byrne and Harry Flanagan


The main candidates for the Eddie Hechle Performance Trophy for Girls included Mia Tomlinson-Oldfield, Megan Howarth and Stephanie Robertson. The 2016 winner of the Performance Trophy for Girls was Megan Howarth


For the boys, Harry Flanagan was in excellent form but was in competition with Joshua Stammers, Sam Coupland and Nathan Byrne. All the boys are ranked 5th or better in the North West on Power of Ten. Ranked NW5 over 60m, NW7 for 100m and NW3 for 200m, in a club record time of 22.3, the Performance Trophy for Boys was awarded to Harry Flanagan.


The Vera Drury Challenge Trophy was re-introduced last year, to be "presented annually to the girl who excels in enthusiasm, attendance & club spirit.” As a great competitor, a regular at committed training sessions and as someone who helps to pull the team together, this year's winner was Mia Tomlinson-Oldfield.



The Senior awards commenced with the awards for the Grand Prixs. Our guest presenter here was the Club's Membership Secretary, Helen Lodge. For the Grand Prix Series of Road Races, Sarah Lunt was 3rd lady, Sue Cooper 2nd and our winner was Angela Delaney, who also took the 2016 Merseyside Grand Prix title. In the Women's vet category, The winner was Sue Cooper.

For the Men, Mike Walker and Keith Lunt were runners up with the winner Paul Warrington.  In the Vet category, Keith Lunt was the winner. 


Turning to the Fell Grand Prix awards, in 3rd place for the Women was Stephanie James, runner up was Carole James and our winner for the 3rd year running was Michelle Spencer.

For the men, the season ended with an exciting climax, the winner having to be decided on tie-breaker rules. Rob Cosgrove was 3rd, Brian Davey 2nd and, for the 2nd year running, the winner was John Sprackland.


The Progress Trophy for Senior runners is another improvement award.  In reviewing the possible winners, mention was made of Sarah Lunt, Lewis Rooney and Mike Cunningham in the 10K, Gina Bellhouse, James Brooker and Stephen Flanagan over the half marathon distance and Annie McCaffrey for the full marathon. Most of our road runner rankings are filled with vet runners and so Ron expressed his delight to see some young blood doing well. For 2016, the Progress Trophy winner was Under 20 Lewis Rooney.


Next the Cross Country awards were made.  The club's longest serving coach was on hand to present these awards but unfortunately neither winner was present. Like the Grand Prix awards, we know these winners in advance because we use the British Athletics Cross Challenge event in Sefton Park as our cross country championships, where we had 58 club athletes competing this year. In the Women’s race, Tracey Allan led the club contingent home so the winner of the Norman Marshall Women’s Cross Country Trophy was Tracey Allan.

In the Men’s race, Ben Johnson led our team home ahead of Lewis Rooney and Ciaran Walsh. Ben ran 2:26 in the Amsterdam Marathan back in April, a new club record, but he has not previously won the club Cross Country Championships. The senior Men's Cross Country award goes to Ben Johnson.



The  Senior Track & Field Award was presented by the Northern Team Manager Lee Coupland. Like the Juniors’ Bishop awards, it is decided on the basis of points earned in Northern League track & field competition. The excellent news is that we won a promotion in 2016 and so move up to Division 3 in 2017. It will be tough to stay there and we desperately need more female athletes. In 2016,.the highest scoring female was Katy Coupland and the highest male was Liam Harris. Both competed at all four fixtures. For 2016, the Senior Track & Field award went to Katy Coupland. Lee expressed his personal thanks to competing athletes and, in particular, arranged a bouquet of flowers for Lynn Vickers and Emma Apps who provided that little bit extra without which we could not have achieved promotion.


Our final presentation category was the Volunteer of the Year Award.  Before presenting this award, Steve Boreham, newly arrived back from serving as a Field Official at the Northern Athletics Open Indoor meeting at Sheffield, thanked all those who had officiated or helped out in 2016; and encouraged others to get involved in a sport that cannot survive without a lot of officials and helpers. He encouraged interested parents etc to attend a course for new officials planned for Sunday 19th February at Wavertree.

For Volunteer of the Year, nominations had been received for Steve Boreham, Katy & Lee Coupland, Carole James, Ron Scott, Sue Stewart and Dave Whitehead. For her work in successfully building a ladies Cross Country team and for her supportive and encouraging role at regular training sessions in Southport, the Volunteer Of the Year award went to Carole James.


In a surprise addendum to these proceedings, General Secretary Chris Henders explained that the Committee had been debating the significant contribution made by several members and wished to record their appreciation. Recognising the annual Volunteer of the Year awards and the occasional award for Long and Distinguished Service to the Club, a framed certificate and gift was presented to Ron Scott, Norman & Sheila Marshall, Steve James and Ann Dignan, "to reward and acknowledge their long service to the club and to accept them into the records as honorary lifetime members."


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


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