News reports - April 2018

29th April 2018:YDL(Upper) team 2nd in first fixture at Bury

On a scorching day a week ago at the YDL lower at Leigh, we all thought spring had really arrived as sun tan lotion was the order of the day, fast forward one week and a biting NE wind, strengthening as the day went on (of some benefit to the short sprints PB’s), made us all bitter cold with double coats on and gloves, with just the odd brief moment of relief when the sun momentarily popped out to see us.

Bury Market Street track is to host the Gtr Manchester County Championships next Month, and in my opinion, a whole lot of work is needed before then!

And so to our first venture into the YDL Upper, having resigned from the former Junior League (U20)  a good 10 years previous due to a serious lack of athletes this was a ‘dip your toe in the water’ moment to see how it went. And how it went!! Our 21 Athletes played a blinder scoring a huge points total of 406 (186 on the track and 220 in the field) with 55 points added for our Officials team making 461 and 2nd place behind M60 Composite, or a Gtr Manchester county select team, depending on your view point.

Today’s highlights include 15 PB's (some at heavier weights), 2 Grade 2s, 2 Grade 3s and 8 Grade 4 AAA Graded performances. But the best was to come at the end of the day in a new club record for the U20 Mens 4x100 relay team taking the club record held since 2003 from 47.5 to 47.3 today. Magnificent!

To the teams then....for the Women we had U17:

Steph Robertson, Amy Bloxholme, Louise Murphy-Worrall, Eve Mc Mahon, Bethany Swift, Lilly-Ann Grayson, Ava Leigh, Megan Howarth and  Amy Rex.

Now before I move on whilst we did not have any U20 Women, there is a peculiar rule in this league where you can only have 3 Athletes per field event, instead of the usual A & B in each age group, are you with me so far? The U17’s may compete as U20’s but not vice-versa so we end up with either 1 in the U17 and 2 in the U20 etc. Anyway enough waffle!

Steph Robertson had 3 graded performances running the U17 100m in 13.1, 12.3 in the 80m Hurdles (1st recorded time at this distance),  won the Triple Jump in a PB 10.19m and anchored home the winning 4x100m relay.

Amy Bloxholme (I believe a first time competitor) ran 14.5 in the 100m, Long Jumped 2.72m, and ran leg 1 in the 4x100m relay.

Louse Murphy-Worrall ran 14.5 in the 100m, 31.3 in the 200m, achieved a 1st time Long Jump of 3.57m and ran leg 2 of the 4x100m Relay.

Eve McMahon threw a new PB in the Hammer Throw with 21.89m, Put the shot 7.61m, threw the Javelin 25.92m and ran leg three of the 4x100m Relay.

Bethany Swift ran a 63.9 in the 300m, threw the Hammer 5.21m as a U20 and threw the Discus 11.96m.

Lilly-Ann Grayson won the 1500m in 5:20.5 (in very windy conditions).

Ava Leigh threw the Hammer to a PB 38.38m and won the Discus with 10.16m.

Megan Howarth threw the Javelin 29.57m for 2nd place.

Amy Rex put the U20 Shot 7.49m for a PB, Threw the Javelin 18.93m in I believe her first attempt and threw the discus 15.55m in, again her first attempt at this discipline.

There was a result for a U17W in the 200m but no name in the results!

For the Men U17: Luke Suarez, Ethan Harrison, Jamie Hopkins Patrick Manchester, Keiran McGreevy, Drumayne Moore and Joshua Bankier,

U20: Harry Flanagan, Jack O'Neil, Darion Moore, Nathan Byrne & Daniel Byrne.

Luke Skywalker Suarez certainly had the force with him, as well as the wind, with PBs in all events today….11.8 in the 100m, 24.1 in the 200m, 5.86m in the long jump and ran the anchor leg of the club record 4x100m relay team.

Ethan Harrison ran 56.0 in the 400m, 24.6 for a PB in the 200m and put the shot 7.59m.

Jamie Hopkins ran 69.3 in the 400m Hurdles, a first time at this distance, Long Jumped 4.9m and had a PB in the Triple Jump with 11.53

Patrick Manchester put the Shot 8.80m for a new PB and threw a PB in the discus with 18.2m.

Kieran McGreevy ran 68.6 in the 400m.

Drumayne Moore triple jumped 10.15m.

Joshua Bankier ran 2.37.6 in the 800m.

Harry Flanagan had a brace of grade 2 times, running 10.9 in the 100m and 22.3 in the 200m finishing with leg 1 of the 4x100 relay.

Jack O'Neil ran 12.0 in the 100m and 24.9 in the 200m then taking over the baton from Harry ran leg 2 of the 4x100m relay.

Darion Moore ran 59.8 in the 400m before taking leg 3 of the 4x100m Relay.

Daniel Byrne threw the Javelin 33.52m and threw the Discus 20.66m.

Finally Nathan Byrne threw the Javelin 27.72m, put the Shot 10.46m and threw the Discus 34.57 a new PB at U20.

Thanks not only to all the competitors, first and second claim, but to our effervescent team manager, Lee Coupland (the Special One) who put together a cracking team sheet, and to our officials today: Steve James on Track and to Steve Boreham, Lesley Scott, Christopher Henders, Emma Howarth, Barrie Hughes, Millie Smith and Lee Coupland on the Field events. So we now move on to YDL Upper fixture 2 with a trip to Stanley Park, Blackpool, on Sunday 27th May.

Next up though is the Northern Snr League match next Saturday 5th May at Litherland Sports park.

Full results (when available) ! Results for Southport Waterloo

29th April 2018: In memory of Matt Campbell

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SWAC members were joined by fellow runners from the wider Southport community on Sunday 29th April for a 3.7mile run in memory of Matt Campbell, who lost his life in this year's London Marathon.

Individuals and running clubs nationwide have been running as part of the #finishformatt campaign, started by the London Marathon organising team, after the former Masterchef contestant tragically passed away during the hottest London Marathon on record.

SWAC club member Mari Dyson organised the run to honour the memory of a fellow runner and raise funds to donate to his chosen charity the Brathay Trust.  Matt had originally set out to raise £2,500 for the Lake District based charity that inspire vulnerable young people to make positive changes in their lives.  Since his tragic death donations have been flooding in from fellow runners, and the total raised so far is now over £315,000 and increasing every day.

“Although it was pretty short notice for people because we only decided to do it on Friday, we managed to get 78 people together and we raised £245” said Mari.  The group set off from Dunes Leisure Centre in Southport at 9am under cloudless skies, and ran along Rotten Row, Marine Drive and through Kings Gardens back to their start point.

The distance of 3.7miles is significant because it is the distance remaining of the London Marathon that Matt was not able to complete.  If you were unable to attend the run but would still like to donate to the Brathay Trust in memory of Matt you can do so via his JustGiving page:

28th April 2018: Mid Lancs continues at Preston Sports Arena

Round 2 of the Mid Lancs Track & Field League was held at UCLAN's Preston Sports Arena in relatively bright and sunny conditions but with a chilly breeze. Fortunately, the forecast rain stayed away until we were packing up to go home; but even then it was only a few spots. After the excellent conditions at Blackburn for Round 1, I thought the cooler conditions would affect performances. In fact, performances by our athletes held up very well compared with Round 1 and 10 Personal Bests were recorded by the 20 Southport Waterloo competitors, regrettably fewer than at Blackburn!

Our best performance on the day was Sierra Jalloh's 13.5, 2nd fastest Under 13 Girl 100m runner, a grade 1 standard time.

We may have had fewer athletes but so did some other clubs and overall both male and female teams finished 5th in their respective division 1s, safely in mid-table.

Our Under 13 Girls at Preston were Lauren Byrne, Emily Dean, Sierra Jalloh, Apphia Keenan and Libby Simpson. Sierra's 13.5 for 100m was the 2nd fastest time of 19 girls. Several of our girls were competing in events for the first time but we had a couple of new PBs. Lauren had a good day with a PB of 6m 79 in the shot put to win the competition. She also won the high jump with a grade 3 1m 30 and ran 13.5 for her sprint hurdles, the 2nd fastest of 9 girls. Libby achieved a PB in the long jump with a 3m 22 clearance. She also ran a 200m in 32.4 and 2:50.9 for her more familiar 800m. Emily ran her first 1500m in 5:46 and Apphia ran 15.3 for 100m and 16.7 for the short hurdles.

Our Under 13 Boys were Mongomery Barr, Adam Byrne, Marcus Burgess, Will Collins and Sammy Pickerill. Monty was outstanding in his first competitive 800m, finishing 3rd of 18 boys in 2:34.5; just 0.5 secs off a graded standard! A clear talent and one to watch! Adam equalled his high jump PB with a 1m 10 clearance, ran 16.7 for 75m hurdles and threw the javelin 19m 34 in his first competition. Sammy and Will ran 5:25 and 5:31 for 1500m and Marcus threw 7m 34 in the discus and 5m 82 in the shot.

Our Under 15 Girls were Katie Piercy and Niamh Procter. Katie achieved PBs in both the 75m hurdles, running 13.3 in a tight finish, and javelin with an excellent throw of 24m 71. Niamh cleared 1m 15 in the high jump and 3m 84 in the long jump.

Sam Coupland and Josh Stammers were our Under 15 Boys, both achieving good PBs. Josh ran 12.8 for 100m and 25.7 for 200m, both PBs, and his 200m time is just a tenth of a second off a grade 4. Sam cleared 1m 65 to win the high jump competition. He went on to run 60.2 for the flat 400m, a good new PB, and he finished his day in the 80m hurdles finishing in the 2nd fastest time of 11 boys in 13.1, his best time this season and a new PB.

Megan Howarth and Eve McMahon were our Under 17 Women. Eve had two season's bests throwing 7m 53 in the shot and 25m 62 in the javelin. Megan was 3rd in the javelin competition overall with a best of 30m 39 and she ran her first 300m track race in 54.2.

Luke Suarez was our only Under 17 Man. A great run to win his 100m race in a very close finish was rewarded with a new PB of 12.0. And he also won the long jump competition with 5m 68.

Senior Woman Katy Coupland threw the hammer 18m 74 and the discus 25m 51, taking 2nd place in that competition.

Chris Burgess and Graham Boreham continued to represent the club in the Senior Men's competition. Chris ran 12.6 in his 100m race and his best shot put of 7m 95 was a season's best. Graham repeated his Blackburn performances with 54.7 in the 400m and 25.4 in the 200m race, the latter despite the runner in front falling across the finish line partially in Graham's lane. Our sympathies with the faller but its also a distraction for runners close behind - and for the finish officials!

Thanks to team manager Lee Coupland and to today's team of officials; Dave Whitehead, Steve Boreham, Lee coupland, Emma Howarth and Barrie Hughes.

Results for SWAC athletes ! Full results

22nd April 2018: SWAC runners at London Marathon

At least 9 Southport Waterloo runners took part in today's London Marathon; the hottest on record and so a real challenge just to finish. The London Marathon website lists Rob McGrath as our fastest this year and only sub-3 hour runner finishing the course in 2:57:03. Vet 70 Mike Walker is recorded as 2nd in 3:28:11, then Keith Lunt in 3:32:17, Tracey Allan in 3:35:59, David Wright in 3:52:43, Peter Gale in 3:57:55, Mari Dyson in 4:50:26, Sam Muir in 4:59:08 and Chris Hewitt in 5:28:13..

There may well be others to be added to the list.


AND Under 15 Girl Olivia Logan was running for the North West in the Mini London Marathon / British Athletics Road Championships and finished 6th overall and 1st in the North West.


AND we also had three club members running the Madrid Rock 'n Roll Half Marathon. Sarah Pickerill 2:16.37, Nicola Simpson 1:43.35 and Gareth Simpson 1:30.47.

When the Rock 'n Roll events are in Liverpool on the weekend of 19/20th May look out for the Southport Waterloo stand at the Expo.


21st April 2018: YDL youngsters record 1st win in new division

The Youth Development League (Lower) for Under 13s and Under 15s kicked off at Leigh on Saturday. Under Graham Boreham's new management last season, the youngsters gained promotion from the lower division and hopes were high that we could hold our own in the new North West Div'n 2. In the 7-club match we did better than that, to emerge as winners by around 20 points. The available scores don't yet include points for officials but so far, they are Warrington 370.5, Leigh 385, Wigan 413, Bury 431.5, Macclesfield 431.8, Team North Cumbria 464.3 and Southport Waterloo 481.8. Scores were regularly announced by host club Leigh Harriers during the course of the afternoon and, on each announcement, Southport Waterloo was leading with TNC chasing close behind.

Leigh Sports Village was bathed in unseasonally warm sunshine all afternoon. Proper athletics weather! Or is that just wishful thinking? With virtually no wind, conditions were good for all events and we were treated to some excellent competition. I have watched a number of our athletes on the track this season already and it just seemed to me that all our youngsters moved up a gear for this match, keen to do as well as they can for their team. As a result, our youngsters recorded 32 PBs and 3 club records! There were also 4 Grade 1 standard performances, 2 by Sierra Jalloh and 2 by Amber Hughes, and 14 event wins!

There were a number of outstanding performances but it hard to look beyond Amber Hughes. She extended her shot club record over 10 metres to win that event with 10m 66! Incredible! But I must also mention, Sierra Jalloh, Sam Coupland and Joseph Kane.

Our Under 13 Girls were Maisie Bird, Lauren Byrne, Jenna Christian, Emily Dean, Amber Hughes, Sierra Jalloh, Apphia Keenan, Jessica Keenan, Grace Malone, Rachel Murphy, Libby Simpson and Elizabeth Wake. Clearly, with so many girls there is competition for places and for events, allowing the team manager to fill the team sheet with the best athletes! Amber won the hurdles with a grade 1 time of 11.6, won the shot with her record breaking put of 10m 66 and was a joint winner in the high jump clearing 1m 35. Lauren won the 'B' high jump with 1m 30. In the sprints, Sierra impressively won both short sprints in grade 1 times of 10.3 and 20.5 and won the 'B' shot with 6m 87. Lauren equalled her previous best with 11.5 but Grace, in the non-scoring 75m, ran a very good 11.1. Grace was also 2nd 'B' in the 150m in 21.9. Jessica ran 14.1 for her 70m hurdles and Apphia threw the javelin 13m 16 and long jumped 3m 46. Elizabeth impressed with a strong run over 800m finishing 3rd in a PB 2:42.5. Libby and Maisie also ran 800m in 2:47 and 3:04, both also PBs. Emily ran a PB too in the 1200m; 4:37.0 where Rachel finished in 4:52. Jenna won the 'B' javelin with 12m 26.

The 4 x 100m relay was a joy to watch with the girls well practised and winning in 54.7. That's inside a second of the club record which will surely go this season!.

Our Under 13 Boys were Adam Byrne, Marcus Burgess, Jack Clark, Will Collins, Rhys Hulse, and Will O'Donnell. The team manager has done well to fill the team sheet with so few athletes. Rhys won the long jump with a PB 4m 50, was 2nd in the 100m in another PB of 13.5 and was 3rd in the high jump with a 1m 25 clearance. Jack was 2nd in the javelin competition with 23m 85, was 3rd over 800m in 2:40.0 and 4th in the 200m in 28.2. Will O'Donnell won the 'B' 100m and 200m in PB times of 14.2 and 28.9 and, in a totally different turn of pace, was 3rd in the 1500m in 5:12.9. Will Collins also ran the 1500m and won the 'B' contest in 5:18.9. Adam ran 3:01 for 800m and equalled his PB in both the hurdles, with 16.6, and the high jump, clearing 1m 10. Marcus improved his shot club record to 6m 32 , threw the javelin 5 metres and ran a PB hurdles race to win the 'B' points with 15.9.

Another great effort saw the boys win their relay race in 55.2.

Our Under 15 Girls were Alice Bird, Holly Bradshaw, Millie Ireland, Annabel Lockie, Lucy Milling, Katie Piercy, Niamh Procter and Chloe Sutton. No event wins in this age group but great to see so many girls competing this season. And overall, it looks like better performances in the field events rather than the track, reflecting the renewed emphasis on coaching field events in the last couple of years.

Niamh had a good day with PBs in both the high jump, 3rd with 1m 35, and the 75m hurdles, in 15.3. Katie also achieved a PB finishing 3rd in the hurdles in 13.8. She was also 2nd in the shot with 8m 17 and 2nd in the javelin with a best throw of 23m 33. Holly ran both sprints, in 15.4 and 51.0 for 300m and took on the longer 800m race finishing in 3:05. Alice recorded a PB over 100m running 16.9. She was also 2nd in the javelin with 16m 45 and she too ran the 800m, in 2:52.

Chloe was our other sprint runner, 16.9 for 100m and 59.4 for 300m and she long jumped 2m 94. Lucy returned to 1500m running and clocked 5:38 at Leigh. She also ran a 200m in 32.4. Annabel joined Lucy in the 1500m and finished in 6:02. She also picked up valuable points with a 9m 56 javelin throw. Millie covered field events with a 4th place in the hammer throwing 11m 42, and competing in the shot and discus.

In the 4 x 100m relay, the girls finished last but Katie Piercy running 3rd leg put in a tremendous effort such that a gap of 50m on the back straight was reduced to 10m by the end. The girls also ran the 4 x 300m in 3:36.

Finally, our Under 15 Boys were Leo Christian, Sam Coupland, Joseph Kane, James Pike, Jonathon Pilkington, Tom Murphy, and Joshua Stammers. There were some gaps in the team sheet here but some classy competitors piled on the points. There were 6 event wins and 11 PBs! Firstly, Sam won the pole vault - well OK he was the only competitor but 2m 61 was a new PB! Sam also won the high jump. Early results show his best clearance as 1m 70 but I understand he actually cleared 1m 76 which is good enough to take the club record, currently shared with David Eastwood from 1988, in his own right! He also equalled his long jump PB of 5m 20 so another very good day indeed!

Leo was another event winner, throwing the hammer an impressive PB 29m 96! He also threw the discus 14m 98 and ran a PB 2:22.4 for 800m.

There was some great running in the sprints. New member Joe Kane started with a win over 200m race in 25.0, responding well to a late challenge with 40m to go. In the 100m, he was just beaten into 2nd place by a tenth of a second, running 12.2 - and that contest was repeated in the final leg of the 4 x 100m, again losing out to the Warrington runner but this time given the same time. We have a new raw talent here and it will be interesting to watch him develop thru' the season.

Joshua won the long jump with a PB 5m 28, won the 'B' 200m in a PB 25.9 and was 2nd in the 300m in a PB 41.0.

Tom won the hurdles in 13.9, a new PB, ran 13.6 for 100m, another PB, and 45.2 for 300m, yet another PB!

James ran 5:52 for 1500m and competed in hammer and javelin. Jonathon's 1m 25 in the high jump was a new PB, he won the 'B' hurdles race in 17.8 and competed in the discus.

In addition to their 2nd place in the 4 x 100m relay, the boys were 3rd in the 4 x 300m relay after some strong running in the latter stages.

Thanks to team manager Graham Boreham who also provided several of the photos used here. Thanks, too, to our team of officials - Ron Scott, Dave Whitehead, John Byrne, Steve Boreham, Chris Henders, Lee Coupland, Dan Stammers and Katy Coupland.

Roll on Match 2! A home fixture at Litherland on 19th May.

Full Results | Results for Southport Waterloo

14th / 15th April 2018: 13 junior combined eventers excel at Hyndburn

13 of our combined eventers competed in the Lancashire Open over the weekend. Between them we had 8 podium finishes, 2  club records and an incredible 30 personal best performances.

In the sunshine on Saturday we had 2 athletes competing, U15 boy Sam Coupland and Y6 girl Apphia Kennan. 

Sam took on the pentathlon and produced an outdoor pb total of 2189 with 5 solid efforts of 13.3 in hurdles, 8.77 shot, 4.81 LJ, 1.65 HJ and 2.25.3 for the 800m which was enough to give him the overall silver medal. 

Apphia took 3rd place in the Yr6 Quad throwing the vortex 19.39 and 1.95 in the standing long jump. However it was on the track were she produced her best performances with 2 PB's of 11.5 in the 75m and 2.07.1 in the 600m.

On Sunday we had 11 athletes competing but mother nature was not as kind with the event having to be halted due to the torrential rain in the early afternoon. The fact we don't have an indoor facility to train in so our athletes are used to some poor conditions at Litherland seemed to play into our hands as the juniors just cracked on regardless and still producing some fantastic performances.

We had 3 girls competing in the various Quad age groups. Erin Griffin competing outdoors for the first time was our only Y4 and she took part in the Quad and finished with 3 PB performances. firstly of 8.7 in the 50m, then 13.65  in the vortex and also a 1.21.8 for the 400m. She also jumped 1.73 for the SLJ and this was enough for her to win the overall tournament and take home the gold medal!!

Charlotte Hughes competed in the Yr5/6 Quad she managed 4th place overall and turned in 1 PB performance on the day. She SLJ 1.54, threw the vortex 14.85 ran the 600 in 2.12.2 and ran the 75m in that PB time of 11.9. 

Elizabeth Wake competing in multi events for the first time also managed a 4th place overall finish on the day. She ran the 100m in a PB 15.9, entertained us all whilst attempting to throw a foam javelin into the wind managing a best of 7.43, Long jumped 3.29 and rounded her day of with a 2.53.5 for the 800m.

We had 3 boys all competing in the y5/6 Quad and they were Monty Barr, Adam Byrne and Joseph Wake.

All 3 boys managed top 4 positions with Monty being victorious overall, Joseph picking up the Bronze with Adam managing a 4th place overall.  Adam threw the vortex 18.80, SLJ 1.85, ran the 600 in 2.07.2 but saved his best performance for the 75 running a PB of 11.5. Joseph was competing for the club for the first time so all his efforts a PB performances to give him something to aim at in the future. He ran 11.5 in the 75m, threw the vortex 23.66, SLJ 1.66 and rounded his competition of with a 2.01.7 for the 600. Our gold medal winner Monty was competing in multi events for the first time and it seemed to bring out the best in him. He ran an excellent 1.54.6 for his 600, threw the vortex 24.42, SLJ of 1.62 and an 11.8 75m.

We had 5 junior girls competing in the pentathlon. We had our regular multi eventers in Katie Piercy and Amber Hughes joined by 3 girls making their debuts in Lauren Byrne, Grace Barr and  Alex Murphy Worrell.  We will start with our under 13's Amber, Lauren and Grace. 

Grace managed 4th place overall in the open with a total of 1223. She managed this through 4 PB attempts out of the 5 events. These being 14.7 for hurdles, 4.14 for shot, 2.99 in the LJ and 1.17 in the HJ. She also ran her 800 in 3.03.8. Lauren faired slightly better and managed to pick up the silver medal with a haul of 1537 points and also throwing a shot PB of 6.43.

Her other efforts were 13.6 for hurdles, 1.23 in HJ, 3.36 for LJ and a 3.07.8 in the 800m.

Amber won the overall competition and improved her Club Record to 2389. She ran  11.9 for hurdles, improved her club record in the shot to 9.78, High Jumped 1.32, Long Jumped 4.10 and finished with a 2.43.2 800m.

Alex Murphy-Worrall scored 1454 in her first pentathlon for the club. She managed 3 PB of 16.9 for hurdles, 6.24 for the 3K shot and 1.20 in her high jump. She also ran 2.56.7 for her 800 and long jumped 3.18 not a bad start to combined events. Katie managed to take the overall Bronze medal with  PB total of 1886. The fact she managed this total without any individual PB shows just what a solid day she had. Her efforts were 14.2 for hurdles, 8.21 for shot, 3.86 LJ, 1.26 in HJ and 2.59 for the 800m.

Anyone interested in Combined Events please see Barrie Hughes, Lee Coupland or David Gough at Litherland


15th April 2018: European Masters Champs; Ian Fitzpatrick in semi final

The European Masters Championships were held in Madrid in late March, with Ian Fitzpatrick in action in the V55 400m.  On the 19th March, and recovering from an injury, Ian ran just 0.5 secs outside his personal best in the semi final.  

3 days later Ian's fiancé Clare Constable ran in the V45 800m, winning a European Masters Bronze medal in 2:22.5.  Clare is a former UK senior athlete and trains regularly with Ian at Litherland.  It's great news that Clare has decided to re-join Southport Waterloo for the upcoming season. 

When asked about her experience Clare said "Masters Athletics provides older athletes the opportunity to compete in their own age group, from aged 35 to over 100.  The oldest competitor in Madrid was a 101 year old long jumper"

If you are interested in Masters Athletics, please speak to Clare/Ian or any of the club coaches.  


See British Masters web site for more information

8th April 2018: Megan improves club record javelin at Wigan

The flurry of open track & field meetings continued on Sunday with the Wigan Harriers Spring Open at the Robin Park Arena. The track benefited from electronic timing which tended to delay the start of track events but would be well received by runners.

With the Mid Lancs event the day before, there were not many Southport Waterloo athletes taking part but there were a number of PBs, 9 event wins and a club record.

The club record was achieved by Megan Howarth who extended her own U17W 500g javelin mark, set at 34m 23 just the day before at Blackburn, to 36m 60. Thomas Kilburn was our second U13 Boy to try the new 3kg shot weight but his best of 4m 44 didn't displace Marcus Burgess' initial record.

Under 15 Sam Coupland won the high jump and pole vault competitions with 1m 70 and 2m 60. His pole vaulting is going from strength to strength and will be extremely valuable in the YDL.

Amber Hughes won her high jump with 1m 40, won the shot competition with 9m 02 and won the 70m hurdles with 11.77.

Jack Clark was the winner over 200m in 28.38.

Despite some very good performances here, the athlete that stands out for me was Sierra Jalloh. Sierra won both 75m and 150m sprints in 10.22 and 20.28, both new PBs. 10.22 compares with Amber Hughes' 10.2 club record and her 20.28 would have been a club record had Amber not run 20.2 at Liverpool in the open Evening meeting earlier this month. Two very talented girls who are a joy to watch.

A number of juniors are at Hyndburn this weekend for Combined Events and the run of open track & field meetings continues with the Liverpool jumps and throws meeting at Wavertree on Saturday and the Wirral AC open at Bebington on Sunday.

Full Wigan results

7th April 2018: 'Proper' start of T&F season with 2 club records at Mid Lancs

The Mid Lancs Track & Field season kicked off at Blackburn's Witton Park on Saturday with excellent attendance bearing in mind the Easter school break. The weather forecast was dire, although not nearly as bad as the chilly conditions experienced at the recent Blackpool, Trafford and Liverpool open meetings. But it was reasonably warm and the rain stopped much earlier than expected so altogether I think we were pretty lucky! That said, the ground around the track was wet and conditions around the club tent - and incidentally in the infield for our intrepid field officials - was more reminiscent of cross country!

Both our male and female teams are in Division 1 this season and they both finished 5th in their Divisions, the females with 82 points and the males with 76 points. The closeness in points scored is remarkable at first sight, given that we had 17 females and just 9 males. But many of our girls were new Under 13s just starting their athletics career so the points will come later.

There weren't that many PBs at Blackburn although conditions were favourable. But we did have two new club records due to rule changes. Megan Howarth has moved up to Under 17 and the javelin weight was reduced in 2014 to 500 gms. Megan's first competition as an Under 17 gives her the club 500 gms record of 34m 23. Also, from April this year, the Under 13 Boys' shot weight was reduced to 3 kgs. Marcus Burgess is the first to compete with this new weight so his best of 5m 43 becomes the club record. I think we will see both improved as we go through the year.

Our Under 13 Girls were Aimee Brennan, Lauren Byrne, Jenna Christian, Olivia Davidson, Amber Hughes, Sierra Jalloh, Apphia Keenan and Elizabeth Wake.

Amber took maximum points from her three events with a win in both the100m race, in 13.3, and the 70m hurdles, in 11.8, and she was 2nd to a guest in the javelin contest with a best throw of 20m 26. Sierra won her heat of the 100m in 13.5 meaning Amber and Sierra had the two fastest times of 26 girls! Sierra also romped home in the 200m in 27.9, the fastest of 30 girls! And was 2nd in the shot with 7m 06. Lauren did well in the high jump, taking 2nd place with 1m 25. Jenna, Apphia, Elizabeth and Olivia featured in the long jump. With the YDL in mind, it was good to see Apphia, Lauren and Jenna join Amber in the javelin competition, and to see no fewer than 6 girls compete over 800m, Elizabeth the fastest in 2:46.0..

We also had more Under 13 Boys than in the other male age groups with Marcus Burgess, Adam Byrne, Will O'Donnell, Sammy Pickerill and Paul Murphy-Worrell competing. Marcus ran 15.9 for 100m, 17.3 for 75m hurdles and put the shot 5m 43. Will had the fastest 100m time of 14.4 and also the fastest 800m time of 2:40.3 for a good 2nd place finish. Paul ran the same time as Marcus, 15.9 for 100m. Sammy is a good distance prospect and he was 3rd over 1500m running 5:08.9 for his first run over this track distance. And Adam won the 75m hurdles race in 16.6 and ran 2:50 for the 800m.

Alex Murphy-Worrell was our only Under 15 Girl. She ran an 800m in 2:53.2 and long jumped 3m 58.

Sam Coupland was our only Under 15 Boy. He had a good day, winning the 80m hurdles in 13.2, winning the discus with 24m 51 and setting a great new PB of 2:21.6 for 800m.

Our Under 17 Women were Amy Bloxsome, Megan Howarth, Eve McMahon and Freya Walsh. Amy is a new sprinter and she and Louise ran the 100m; Louise in 14.7 and Amy in 15.1. Amy also ran 31.4 for 200m. Freya had a good competitive race over 1500m and was 2nd of 5 girls in 5:35.5.

In the field Eve and Megan competed in shot and javelin. Eve had the better shot with 7m 35 for 3rd place and Megan threw 7m 15. In the javelin, Megan won the 9-girl competition with her club record 34m 23, despite two no throw! All Eve's throws were over 20 metres, the best 22m 88.

Luke Suarez competed in the Under 17 Men's age group. He was 2nd in the long jump with 5m 68 and ran his best ever 100m in a PB 12.1 secs.

Katy Coupland competed in the Senior Women's discus with a best of 25m 64 for 2nd place of 10 competitors.

Finally, Senior Men Chris Burgess and Graham Boreham were in action. Chris ran 12.5 for 100m, 25.2 for 200m and he put the shot 7m 83. Graham ran 54.7 for 400m and 25.4 for 200m.

Altogether a good start to the season.

Thanks to Team manager Lee Coupland, and officials Steve Boreham, Emma Howarth, Lee Coupland and Barrie Hughes.

Results for Southport Waterloo athletes | Full results.

7th April 2018: Pendle Hill Fell Race, inc Merseyside Fell Champs

Despite the race including the Merseyside Championships only two runners from SWAC made the journey to Barley for the Pendle Hill race, due to injury, illness or runners competing in other events over the weekend. Fortunately, the heavy rain experienced on the journey to the race stopped just prior to the start and the cloud cover lifted from over the top of Pendle Hill. However, the rain had made conditions extremely heavy and muddy.

The race started at the just along from the village hall in Barley and followed the road along the side of the reservoir before turning onto the fell to start the long muddy climb up Pendle Hill.

Before reaching the top of Pendle the course drops down the side of the hill and follows a steep rocky descent, which had been made more difficult by the erosion of the path as a result of the weather over the recent months and there were a lot of large and some sharp boulders to be aware of on the run down to the bottom of Big End.

At the bottom it was a sharp left to start the steep, tough climb up to the trig point on top of Pendle before you can start the long fast descent down Pendle and back to the road to Barley Village and the finish. The final road section is quite a test after the hard climbs and fast descent.

The race was won by Rob Hope of Pudsey, with Brian Davey first home for SWAC in 47.28 and Michelle Spencer first lady in 52.12.

In the Merseyside championships, not many runners had travelled to the race and having scanned the race results it would appear that Brian Davey may have finished 3rd and Michelle Spencer second in the respective county races although this has yet to be officially confirmed by the Merseyside AA.

4th April 2018: 13 PBs and 1 club record at Liverpool evening open meeting

Liverpool Harriers usually hold their Spring Open T&F Meeting on the Sunday following their Jumps & Throws meeting (on 14th April). However, this year that date clashed with Wirral AC's open meeting so the decision was taken to hold an Evening Open meeting at Wavertree - on 4th April. Despite the continuing chilly weather, the meeting was well attended and that included 15 Southport Waterloo juniors.

Its clear that many of our young athletes have benefited from their winter training and, for many, participation in indoor competition over the winter and they showed that with 13 PB performances on Wednesday night and a new Club Record with Amber Hughes improving on her 150m record with a win in 20.2. My sense was that she was slowing down approaching the line with no-one challenging her and I'm confident that, in the right race, she will run sub 20 this season. Power of Ten rankings prefer electronic timings and a sub 20 secs with electronic timing with put her at the top of this year's national rankings!

Under 11 hannah Keen equalled her PB running 12.6 for 75m and a 3rd place finish in the 600m in 2:09 was a new PB.

Under 11 Renee Adams won her heat of the 75m in 11.5.

Under 11 Charlotte Hughes ran 26.2 for 150m and 2:19 for 600m.

There were lots of Under 13 Girls.

Lauren Byrne equalled her best in the 75m running 11.5. Her 13.2 for 70m hurdles was a new PB but most impressive was her high jump of 1m 35 which added 10 cms to her previous best.

Grace Clarke ran 11.7 for 75m

Amber Hughes won all three of her events; 20.2 for a 150m PB, 22m 79 in the javelin and 4m 39 in the long jump.

Apphia Keenan's 11.9 for 75m was a new PB, as was her 14.5 for 70m hurdles.

Jessica Keenan ran 3:08 for her 800m. She long jumped 3m 24 and won the 70m hurdles race in a PB 13.4..

Grace Malone was our fastest 75m runner on the night running 11.3 and her 22.0 for 150m was a new PB.

Libby Simpson ran 23.8 for 150m, 2:59 for 800m and her 3m 20 long jump was a new PB.

Under 15 Katie Piercy ran a PB 14.8 in the 75m hurdles and won the javelin competition with 24m 25.

For the boys:

Under 13 Adam Byrne long jumped 3m 08 and high jumped 1m 10.

Under 13 Jack Clark won both the 100m and 200m races in 13.7 (a PB) and 28.7 and he threw the javelin 17m 70.

Under 13 Sammy Pickerill was 2nd in the 80-0m in 2:41.

And, finally, Under 17 Luke Suarez won his long jump competition with a best of 5m 47.

2nd April 2018: Trafford bank holiday open

13 SWAC Juniors braved the conditions at Trafford Open Meeting. Thankfully, although the weather was pretty cold the forecast rain stopped just before competition started and held off till we were all in the warmth of our cars. So like Blackpool last week PB's would be very hard earned ones!!

Lets start with the boys:

We had 1 Under 11 Boy Daniel Jones who ran 2 PB's firstly 12.43 in the 75m good enough for a second place finish and taking victory in the 150m with a time of 25.15.

James Edmondson was our sole U13 boy today and he smashed both his pb times running 32.00 for the 200 and 15.16 for the 100m.

Our only U15 boy was Sam Coupland who ran 13.25 for his 80m hurdles and jumped 1.55 in his high jump both these performances good enough for overall victory. He also long jumped 4.32.

Now to the girls:

We had 3 U11 girls in Hannah Keenan, Charlotte Hughes and debutant Sarah Yates.

Hannah ran a pb 2.10.63 for the 600 and took 3rd place in the long jump with a leap of 3.12. Charlotte long jumped 2.91, ran the 600 in 2.17 and finished off with a 26.52 effort in the 150m. Sarah on her first outdoor athletic meet ran the 600m in a pb of 2.18.11 and raced to a further pb time of 25.78 in the 150m

As usual the U13 girl category had our most athletes 6 athletes taking part. They were Jenna Christian, Amber Hughes, Apphia Keenan, Jessica Keenan, Grace Malone and Anna Yates who like her sister Sarah was competing for the first time.

Jenna ran a pb of 24.65 in the 150, threw the Javelin 12.76 and long jumped 3.41. Amber threw the Javelin a pb of 24.39, ran the hurdles in 11.76 and also ran the 800m in 2.41.49 all three of these performances were good enough for overall victory. Apphia raced the hurdles for the first time in 15.08, ran the 75m in 12.08 and threw the javelin a pb best of 15.08. Jess also competing in hurdles for the first time ran an excellent 13.44 which was good enough for 3rd place overall. She also long jumped 3.08 and ran the 75m in 12.26. Grace Malone also ran a pb this time in 22.2 for the 150m. Grace also ran the 75m in 10.42 and threw the javelin 10.42. Finally we had Anna who decided to stick to just the 800 on debut and ran this in a pb time of 3.20.92.

Finally Katie Piercy was our only U15 Girl. She took 3rd in the javelin with a pb of 24.62, took 2nd overall in the Shot with a 8.15 effort and also completed the 800m in 3.00.27.

A good start to the season for these athletes and we hope to see more of you out on Wednesday night at Wavertree or the weekend fixtures in Blackburn and Wigan.