News reports - June 2017

24th June 2017: Pentathlon PBs for Jamie and Sam

It was a cool morning that greeted athletes that had travelled to Telford for the English Schools North West Regional Combined Events Championships on Saturday.  Jamie Hopkins and Sam Coupland attended from Southport Waterloo, but on this occasion were in opposition with Jamie representing Lancashire Schools and Sam Merseyside Schools.  For junior athletes combined events consists of a pentathlon of 80m hurdles, Shot, Long Jump, High Jump and 800m.  17 athletes contested the Boys event from Cumbria, Greater Manchester, Shropshire, Cheshire and Lancashire and Merseyside on Saturday with the respective Junior Girls being held on Sunday.  Action across the 2 days of the weekend also included Heptathlons for Intermediate and Senior Girls, Octathlons for Intermediate Boys and Decathlons for Senior Boys. 

Both of our boys got off to good starts in the 80m hurdles winning their respective heats and both achieving PB's, Jamie 13.2s and Sam 14.3s.  The Shot followed with Jamie achieving another PB of 7.75m and Sam attaining 6.97m.  As the sun broke through the Long Jump was next and Jamie leapt 4.82m, Sam 4.32m.  At this stage Jamie was 5th with 1259 points and Sam was 12th with 1022.  There was a slight delay whilst the Senior Boys completed their High Jump before Jamie and Sam could commence with the Junior Boys event.  This took quite a while as the 17 competitors gradually made their way up in height, Sam clearing 1.53m and Jamie 1.59m.  The last event of the day was the 800m and at this stage the top 8 (including Jamie) went in heat 2 whilst Sam competed in heat 1.  It was Sam's race that turned out to be the faster with two Cumbria athletes setting a very fast pace. Sam finishing in 2:30.4.  Jamie completed his race with 2:38.3.  Both Jamie (1946 points) and Sam (1750 points) finished with new pentathlon PB's Jamie finishing 7th and Sam 12th and we're very pleased that Jamie will go on to represent Lancashire at the English Schools Combined Events Finals in Boston, Lincolnshire in September as part of the successful Lancashire junior boys team.

Sam was the only boy representing Merseyside (in all age groups) this weekend which is disappointing.  If you are interested in Combined Events and would like to know more, please speak to your coach who will be able to give you advice/help.  The next pentathlon athletes could enter is in September at Jarrow in the North East.  

22nd June 2017: Four SWAC juniors selected for English Schools
Four of the club's junior athletes have been selected to represent Merseyside Schools at this year's English Schools Track & Field Championships. They are Junior Girls Megan Howarth and Stephanie Robertson, Inter Boy Ben Apps and Senior Boy Harry Flanagan. Congratulations on selection and we wish them well in Birmingham in July.
21st June 2017: 2nd club track record for Ben Johnson
It was only last month that Ben Johnson took the club 10000m record at Parliament Hill in London and he has now taken Rob Berry's 5000m record set in 2005. Ben competed in the BMC Regional Races at Eltham on Wednesday evening and won the 'A' 5000m race in 14:48.35, 4 seconds inside the old club record. He ran in 28 degrees so cooler conditions and, with more people pushing the pace, an even faster time is on the cards.
18th June 2017: Three wins from three matches for YDL team

What a magnificent performance by our Under 13s and Under 15s at Blackpool on Sunday! It all seems to be coming together with the best YDL team we have had in years under thoughtful and enthusiastic team management. The third fixture in the YDL (Lower Age Group) was at Blackpool on what was nationally again the hottest day of the year; but with coastal temperatures a little lower. There was a slight breeze but that didn't seem to bother anyone and the warm weather continued to help the young athletes achieve well deserved PBs - 35 of them!

The match itself seemed better attended overall than Rounds 1 and 2. It was expected that host club Blackpool Wyre & Fylde would be out in numbers, and indeed they were: but it was Border Harriers who surprised coming to Blackpool with their biggest squad of the season. With officials points still to be awarded, the points score was Southport Waterloo 606 points, Blackpool 509, Border 335, Chorley 313, Horwich 276, Salford 161 and Hyndburn 71. That gave Southport Waterloo their third win of the season and with the highest points score yet! We top the Division, leading by 6 League Points and 493 Match points. That is a virtually unassailable lead but the team and their manager will want to go for an even higher points score at the final fixture, a Home match at Litherland on Saturday 15th July.

At last, we will be moving up to a higher division in 2018 where our athletes can compete against a higher standard of competition and do so with confidence.

Not only is our club results sheet awash with PBs but we also had a new Club Record when Amber Hughes won the 150m in 20.3, inside a Grade 1 standard. There was also a Grade 2 standard by Katie Piercy in the javelin, 15 event wins and 18 'B' event wins, where team selection can be really effective.

Our Under 13 Girls were Jenna Christian, Amber Hughes, Sierra Jalloh, Jessica Keenan, Grace Malone, Katie Piercy, Alex Murphy-Worrell, Rachel Murphy, Katelyn Swift and Grace Tobin. Amber was again outstanding. Her new Club Record to win the 150m race in 20.3 secs was her third Grade 1 standard performance of the weekend and remarkably her third in three different events, although they were all sprints. She also won the high jump with a best clearance of 1m 30 and was 2nd in the 800m race, having led for most of the way, in 2:41.2. Katie won the javelin competition with 23m 95, won the 'B' shot with 7m 67 and was 2nd in the 70m hurdles in 13.1. The third event winner was Alex in the shot winning with a PB 7m 73. There was very nearly another event winner in the 75m race where Sierra was beaten by the thickness of her vest, running 10.7 and equalling her previous best time

Grace Tobin found herself in a keenly contested 1200m race where she was 3rd but in an excellent PB time of 4:02.3, Grace was also 2nd in the long jump with a PB leap of 4m 23 and she won the 'B' high jump with 1m 25. Jenna won the 'B' javelin with a PB 12m 96, Jessica ran a PB 11.4 for 75m and non-scorers in the 75m Grace Malone and Katelyn also recorded PBs of 11.0 and 11.8.

There is such competition for places here that several girls could only do one event. One of these was new member Rachel Murphy who finished 2nd 'B' in the 1200m in 4:38.

The girls were 2nd in their 4 x 100m relay, Jessica, Katie, Amber and Sierra getting the baton safely round in a Season's Best 56.5. (The club record is 53.8 which seems very fast indeed!).

Our Under 13 Boys were Marcus Burgess, Jack Clark, Samuel Devine, Michael Henderson, Paul Murphy-Worrell, James Pike and Jonathon Pilkington. Jack had two event wins in the sprints, both PBs; 13.9 for 100m and 28.1 for 200m. He also won the 'B' 800m in 2:47. Michael won the 800m in 2:29.6, just outside his PB. His 1m 20 high jump was good enough for 2nd place points and his 3m 47 long jump was a PB. Paul was 3rd in the long jump with a PB 3m 77 and he won the 'B' 200m in 31.3 to equal his previous best.

One of the major surprises of the day was to see sprinter and jumper Jonathon fill a gap in the team sheet and run 1500m. He did that just outside 6 minutes so a very good effort there and great team work! In more familiar territory be was 2nd over 75m hurdles in a PB equalling 15.8 secs and he cleared 1m 15 in the high jump. Marcus put the shot 3m 85 and won the 'B' hurdles in 17.2. James ran 5:37 for 1500m and picked up more team points in the shot and javelin. And Samuel won the 'B' 100m in 14.6 secs.

Jonathon, Samuel, Paul and Jack won the 4 x 100m relay in 58.5 secs (interestingly a slower time than our Under 13 Girls - but its about winning, not the time!)

We had a stronger Under 15 Girls team at Blackpool than at Eccles but we still had gaps in the team sheet for 200m, 300m, and hurdles runners. Competing at Blackpool were Alice Bird, Lilly-Ann Grayson, Megan Howarth, Lucy Milling, Louise Murphy-Worrell and Freya Walsh. Megan won both the Javelin (where the distance thrown is currently missing from the results) and the shot (a PB 8m 40) and was 2nd in the hammer with 21m 99.

On the track, our other event winner was Lucy Milling. Hers was a fascinating race with Lucy and a Hyndburn girl running nip and tuck until the final lap when, with 300m to go, Lucy kicked in take a decisive lead and went on to win in 5:06.5, a PB by 2 secs. Tactically, it was a very well run race; and the kind of race that produces PBs. You need someone to run with. In fact, the Hyndburn girl also ran a PB. Going into this race, Lucy had run 5:11 and 5:08 this year and the Hyndburn girl 5:10. Perfect! But of course you don't know that as you toe the Start line. Lucy also high jumped a PB 1m 35 for 2nd place.

Louise was our 'A' sprinter running 14.3 and 31.3, both Season's Bests, and she won the 'B' shot with 7m 88. Lilly-Ann had her first YDL outing of the season and was 2nd in a new PB time of 2:27.6. She was also 2nd in the 300m, in 45.4, and she won the 'B' 100m race. Power of Ten suggests Lilly-Ann hasn't run 100m in competition before but her time of 13.7 was in fact faster than all the 'A' runners!

Freya ran in the 1500m and won the 'B' event in a Season's Best 5:26, running the last 100m very fast indeed! She also added team points in the hammer and discus where her 9m 72 was a PB. Finally, Alice ran the 800m 'B' race in a Season's Best 2:48, she long jumped 2m 90 and she won the 'B' javelin with 19m 26.

Lucy, Freya, Megan and Lilly-Ann ran the 4 x 300m in 3:19.2, Lilly-Ann ran a storming last leg but had too much to do and had to settle for 3rd place points.

Our Under 15 Boys were James Cain, Leo Christian, Sam Coupland, Jamie Hopkins, Lewis McMahon, Tom Murphy, Sam Rouse, Joshua Stammers, Luke Suarez and Joe Sutton. There was virtually a full team sheet here with even a pole vaulter! Sam has been travelling to Blackpool for pole vault training and he cleared 2m 20 today to take our first pole vault points in this competition, an event win. After running an 800m yesterday at Hyndburn, Sam stuck to field events. He won the 'B' hammer with 20m 26 and the 'B' high jump with a 1m 45 clearance. Jamie was joint first in the high jump with 1m 60, and he was 2nd in both the javelin with 27m 95 and the hurdles running 13.2; both PBs! The other event winner was Luke in the long jump with a 4m 69 clearance. Still sticking to field events for the moment, he was 2nd in the discus with a PB throw of 18m 69 and his 6m 97 shot put was another PB.

There were certainly lots of PBs by this group. Tom achieved PBs in all his events: 100m (14.1), the 300m (47.4) and 80m hurdles (15.9) where he won the 'B' event.. Both James Cain and Joe Sutton achieved PBs in the 1500m race, James running 4:55.5, his first sub-5 minutes time, and Joe 5:12.4. Joshua Stammers ran 13.8 for 100m after running a PB 27.2 for 200m. Leo was 2nd in the hammer throwing 23m 04, he ran a PB 29.2 for 200m and he won the 'B' 800m in 2:34.1. Sam Rouse ran 49.6 for 300m and 2:35 for 800m. and Lewis McMahon won the 'B' shot with a PB 6m 50 and the 'B' javelin with 20m 52 and he threw the discus 17m 62.

The boys took good care to get the baton around this time in the 4 x 100m relay, clocking 55.5, and Sam, Joshua, Leo and Sam won the 4 x 300m relay in 3:13.8

Thanks to everyone who helped the team achieve so much at Blackpool, including our team manager Graham Boreham, special relay advisor Graham Pilkington, and officials Dave Whitehead, Nicola Swift, Lesley Scott, Steve Boreham, Ann Dignan, Emma Howarth, Lee Coupland, Dan Stammers and Liam Harris.

The final League fixture is at Litherland on Saturday 15th July. Put that date in your diaries and lets make it a celebration of the team's success. BBQ to follow?

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17th June 2017: SWAC Ladies successful at Clougha Pike.

On a lovely hot sunny day, four SWAC runners made the journey to Quernmore, in the Trough of Bowland, for the 5th leg of the Fell Running Grand Prix. It was a worthwhile journey for the two ladies who both won their categories, Michelle Spencer was first V40 lady and Carole James was first lady V50. A great effort by both on a day when the hot weather took its toll on most of the runners.

The race started with a stiff climb in the first 400m of the race before levelling out. The run out to the main climb up onto Clougha Pike contained a number of short steep climbs and descents, which were quite demanding in the conditions.

After reaching Clougha Pike trig point there followed a long run over the open fell, which contained several boggy areas, despite the dry weather, before following a similar route back to the village of Quernmore, which contained a sharp climb 1 mile from home.

Most runners were glad to see the finish and the cold water spray from the hose pipe to help cool down. First man home for SWAC was Brian Davey in 60.02, followed by Clive James.

Michelle Spencer was first lady maintaining her 100% record in the Grand Prix, followed by Carole James.

Please note: The date for the next race at Bull Hill has changed, the race will now take place on THURSDAY 6TH JULY all other details remain the same.

17th June 2017: PBs start to flow as summer arrives in Mid Lancs

This was an awkward fixture to fit in to a crowded athletics calendar and so Round 3 of the Mid Lancs League fell on the same weekend as the 3rd YDL (U13 / U15) League match. Wilson Playing Fields, Hyndburn, played host to the Mid Lancs League on the Saturday and expectations were that it would be a quiet meeting with young athletes saving their performances for Sunday's YDL. However, the meeting was much busier than expected, perhaps because it was Fathers Day on Sunday and perhaps it was because Saturday was gloriously warm and sunny with hardly a breath of wind. In fact, it was the hottest day of the year so far.

The warm weather makes for warm and supple muscles and it was enough to see the pent-up flow of PBs start to materialise.

Despite Sunday's YDL fixture, Southport Waterloo was very well represented with 26 athletes across the age groups and between them they achieved 19 PBs! All the more impressive when you realise that a number of athletes were trying out new events. Once again, Amber Hughes was outstanding with two Grade 1 standard performances in the 100m and 200m. In fact, our current squad of Under 13 and Under 15 Girls is amongst the best I can remember in 25 years with the club.

Both the Male and Female teams finished a worthy 4th in the Mid Lancs Div'n 1.

Our Under 13 Girls were Jenna Christian, Amber Hughes, Katie Piercy, Katelyn Swift and Grace Tobin. Amber ran 13.6 for 100m, the fastest of all the heats and taking a massive 7 tenths off her PB! She was also by far the fastest over 200m - 28.3 - and threw 13m 42 in a new event for her, the discus. Amber is still in her first year as an Under 13 and so the potential here could be significant. Katie won her heat of the 100m in 14.2, in her first race over this distance! Another very talented young lady, who isn't a year into her athletics yet. She also put the shot 8m 03 to finish 2nd in that competition and threw the javelin 21m 28, again for 2nd place. Jenna ran 35.7 for 100m, long jumped 3m 07 and threw the javelin over 11 metres.

Grace Tobin dominated the 1500m race winning by a long way in a new PB time of 5:12.0, knocking 5 seconds off her previous best. Katelyn ran her first 1500m race in 6:09and threw the discus 9m 59.

To finish a very good day the girls won their 4 x 100m relay race of 6 teams in 58.5 secs.

Our Under 13 Boys were Marcus Burgess and new member Nathan Ralph. Marcus ran a 15.8 100m, put the shot 4m 11 and threw the javelin 8m 68. Nathan ran both sprints in 16.0 and 32.4 to kick start his athletics career with the club.

Megan Howarth, Emily Ralph and Ella Tobin were our Under 15 Girls at Hyndburn. Ella ran a PB 200m in 30.3 to put her at the top of the club rankings. Her 2:41.0 for 800m was a Season's Best and in the shot competition she threw a massive improvement in her PB to 7m 63 to finish 3rd of 13 girls. New member Emily competed in the long jump clearing 1m 96 and hopefully we will see more of her and her brother in future meetings.

Our Under 15 Boys were Sam Coupland, Patrick Manchester and Josh Stammers. Patrick hasn't competed in club colours since last September and it was a taller and more powerful Patrick that has re-emerged! He competed in three throwing events and achieved impressive PBs in all three. He won the shot competition with 10m 86 - previous best 8m 44 - and was 2nd in both the Javelin with 27m 01 - previous best 20m 45 - and the discus with 18m 95 - previous best 12m 48. Sam also achieved 3 PBs from his three events although not quite as dramatic as Patrick's! He was 2nd in the long jump with 4m 72, 3rd in the shot with 7m 47 and he ran an 800m in 2:30.2.

Josh eased his 100m PB to 13.3 finishing 3rd in that race. In the high jump he added 5 cms to his Previous Best with a 1m 35 clearance and he long jumped 4m 37.

Jessica Dean, Eve McMahon and Mia Tomlinson-Oldfield competed in the Under 17 Women's events. Jessica ran a sold 800m in 2:33.8. Mia equalled her best this season running 13.3 for 2nd place in her 100m race and she was 2nd again over 200m in 27.6. Eve featured in shot, Javelin and hammer achieving 7m 09, 25m 97 and 16m 14 respectively.

Ethan Harrison and Ton Kwissa took part in the Under 17 Men's competition. Tom high jumped 1m 60 and extended his best long jump from 3m 93 to 4m 73. Ethan ran a 12.6 100m and ventured into the long sprint to win the 400m in 57.5.

Jimmy Alderson and Nathan Byrne were our Under 20 Men, competing as seniors. Jimmy equalled his previous best of 12.4 for 100m in the senior 'B' race and went on to run 54.7 for 400m, this time reversing the result from Blackburn when he passed Graham Boreham in the last 100m. Nathan's discus throw of 30m 24 was a new PB to finish 4th in the senior competition. He also put the 7.26 kg shot 9m 90.

Senior Woman Katy Coupland hadn't planned to compete at Hyndburn but came along to do discus and won the competition with her only valid throw - in the final round! She threw 27m 39.

Five of our Senior Men competed at Hyndburn. Liam Harris won the hammer with 38m 63, he put the shot a Season's Best 10m 74 and threw the discus 28m 53. Lee Coupland went for the horizontal jumps achieving 3rd place in the triple jump with 8m 83 and 5th in the long jump with 4m 35. On the track, Matthew Campbell was our fastest of three 400m runners in 52.2, a new PB. Can he run sub-50? Graham Boreham ran 54.3, the same time as at Blackburn, and went on to run a great new 200m PB of 24.5. Chris Burgess ran 12.2 for 100m, equalling his best this season, and ran 56.7 for 400m, shaving two tenths off his previous senior best set in 2015. Not bad for a Vet 40!

Steve Boreham, Dave Whitehead, Lee Coupland, Emma Howarth, Liam Harris and Barrie Hughes ensued we met our officials obligations and Lee Coupland was our team manager, with Sam Coupland assistant team manager. Thanks to all.

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10th June 2017: Katie Piercy smashes U13 shot club record at M'side Schools

For some reason, the Merseyside Schools Track & Field Champs at Bebington Oval on Saturday were not very well attended. Maybe the very wet weather forecast put some people off but in fact, as soon as we exited the Tunnel, we left a wet Liverpool behind and entered a dry Wirral. Locals will tell tell you that the Wirral has its own micro climate and it certainly was drier than forecast with just the odd shower in the afternoon. It was a little windy, however, a head wind in the home straight so those seeking an entry standard for the English Schools National championships found it hard going.

For Southport Waterloo athletes, I know Junior Girl Stephanie Robertson - absent from today's champs due to a slight knee injury - has an entry standard already this year for 75m hurdles, Junior Girl Megan Howarth for javelin and Senior Boy Harry Flanagan for both 100m and 200m. My apologies if there is anyone else I've missed. None of Southport Waterloo's athletes achieved an entry standard on Saturday!

In previous years, Merseyside has been able to send up to 60 young athletes to the Schools' Championships and that has enabled them to send 'near misses' to the alleged detriment of some Southern areas where they have had to leave athletes at home who have exceeded the Entry Standard. Numbers for this year have been reduced to just 40 athletes but the Isle of Man, which in previous years has been part of Merseyside's allocation, are now regarded as a county in their own right and so no longer count as part of the Merseyside team.

It was hard to spot a Southport Waterloo athlete on Saturday, there were so few of them. But those that did compete produced some impressive results including a new club record for Katie Piercy and five championship wins.

In the non-championship Year 6/7 events, our girls were magnificent with 4 event wins and two 2nd place. Katie Piercy had previously shared the club record for Under 13 Girls' shot with Alex Bunclark at 8m 06. She smashed that on Saturday to make her own mark of 8m 46 to win the event. That's a grade 1 standard! She also won the javelin with 23m 01. Sierra Jalloh was 2nd in her 75m heat in 11.1 secs and in the final was again 2nd but in 10.8 secs, just dipping ahead of the 3rd placed runner given the same time. That's a great time against a head wind. Amber Hughes won the 70m hurdles race in 12.7 and was 2nd over 150m in 20.7 in an exciting and close finish. Grace Tobin won her 800m race of 11 girls in a magnificent new PB time of 2:26.2; another Grade 1 standard performance!. Finally, Katelyn Swift ran a PB 16.6 in the sprint hurdles after 12.4 in her 75m heat.

Michael Henderson was our only Year 6/7 Boy. He competed in the 1500m race and, after leading for a while, he finished 2nd in 4:55.4, just a second off his PB.

Lucy Milling and Ella Tobin were our Junior Girls and both competed in middle distance events. Lucy competed in a very fast 1500m race won in an English Schools Entry Standard time. She ran 5:11.4. Ella Tobin ran the 800m and her 2:42.0 was a season's best time. Megan Howarth also competed but with no result I presume there were no valid throws on this occasion.

Our Junior Boys were Sam Coupland and Josh Stammers. Sam was 2nd in both the high jump (1m 50) and the 75m hurdles (14.8). Josh crossed the 5 metre mark for the first time in the long jump clearing 5m 01 to win that contest. He also equalled his 200m PB running 27.6 secs.

Mia Tomlinson Oldfield and Eve McMahon were our Inter Girls. Mia took a Gold medal in the 300m race clocking 45.2, her fastest time this year. Eve competed in the shot with a best of 7m 30.

In the Inter Boys' competition, Ben Apps was a winner with 12m 07 in the triple jump. Ethan Harrison and Darion Moore contested the short sprints, Ethan running 13.0 and 25.9, the latter a season's best. Darion achieved a PB with 28.0 for 200m after running 13.6 for 100m.

In the Senior Boys' events we had Harry Flanagan, Nathan Bradshaw and Nathan Byrne. Nathan Byrne won both the shot and discus with 10m 28 and 34m 01. Harry won both 100m and 200m races with 11.4 and 22.6, both into a strong headwind. and Nathan Bradshaw ran 12.3 for 100m. We had no Senior Girls.

It is a pity that more of our young athletes didn't take the opportunity to compete and test themselves against their peers in the county.

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7th June 2017: 800m PB for Vet runner Ian Fitzpatrick in run-up to Europeans

Ian Fitzpatrick competed in the well-attended Joe Moran Memorial Veterans Open meeting at Sports City on a wet Wednesday evening, winning  his 800m race and age category ( vet 50-55) and in the process smashing his PB  from last year; 2.20.6 down to 2.18.1 ! 

Less than 2 hours later, he ran a pb of 61.5 in the 400, his first 400m race of the season.; a double victory in only his second ŷear of racing track.

This all bodes well for the forthcoming European Masters Championships in Denmark . on July 29th - August 6th where Ian is competing in the same events.

V40 Chris Burgess also competed in this veterans meeting running a season's best 12.2 for 100m, 25.6 for 200m, another season's best 59.1 for 400m and he threw the javelin 27m 52.

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4th June 2017: Senior T&F team 2nd in Northern fixture; 2 massive Club Records for Harry F

After a 4th place finish in the opening Round of the Northern League at Cleckheaton last month, hopes were high that we could consolidate in mid table or do even better in Round 2, a home fixture at Litherland. The weather was kind and Litherland Sports Park basked in warm sunshine for the match with little wind until later in the afternoon. I felt there was little atmosphere at the Cleckheaton fixture but Litherland seemed to have more athletes and more people generally supporting their clubs and it all provided for a great afternoon of competitive athletics. About an hour after the track events started, the early scores were announced and Southport Waterloo were sitting comfortably in 2nd place, behind Manchester Harriers. At Cleckheaton it was St Helens Sutton who led all afternoon but they were not so strong for this match, surprising as it was closer to home. Southport Waterloo finished the day in 2nd place; a great result for the club which was just promoted to Division 3W this season and it gives confidence that we can stay up and even challenge for the top places!

The scores, subject to scrutiny, were Manchester Harriers 394, Southport Waterloo 379 - just 15 points off the lead! - St Helens 297, Spenborough 282, Trafford 231 and a depleted Halifax team 147.

Before we look at individual results, I must comment on the state of the athletics facility which was looking at its best for this, our first of 4, matches at Litherland this year. Steve Boreham, Liam Harris and Lee Coupland worked with the staff for over 5 hours on Saturday preparing the venue for the Field events. We owe them a debt of gratitude for a professional job well done. Unfortunately, we had a problem with the steeplechase water jump which, after 5 hours,was still only 1/4 full so the steeplechase had to be run without a water jump.

Back to the stunning performances of the Southport Waterloo team and there can be no doubt about the 'Man of the Match'. Harry Flanagan has been running well in training and it all came together in the short sprints with two new Under 20 club records; 10.7 for 100m and 22.1 for 200m. Not only was the 10.7 an under 20 club record but it is the fastest time a Southport Waterloo athlete has ever run! And in fact no-one in the club has run the 200m faster! Both times are grade 1 standards and the 10.7 for 100m is an English Schools' National Standard. Superb performances!

Our Women's team comprised Katy Coupland, Jessica Dean, Mari Dyson, Rachel Jacks, Helen Lavelle, Carole James, Eve McMahon, Mia Tomlinson Oldfield and Nicola Simpson. This was very nearly a full team with just high jump, pole vault and a sprint hurdler short. Hopefully this size of team can be repeated in Round 3 at Halifax, rather than the 5 we had at Cleckheaton. Once again, Katy was the backbone of the team competing in the maximum 7 events; all of the throws, long and triple jump and a 100m hurdles where she was 2nd in a Season's Best 30.1. She was also 2nd in the discus with 29m 49, not so far off a PB. Nicola was one of several new women in the team and a very welcome addition too, competing in 6 events. She took 2nd 'A' points in the 400m hurdles in 82.6, ran the 100m, 400m and a relay, and competed in triple jump and discus. Other new team members were Mari, running 14:06 for 3000m, and Helen running the 1500m in 5:29.Under 17s Mia and Jessica are now established members of the Women's senior team. Jessica was 3rd in the 800m in 2:30 and ran a PB 200m in 29.3. Mia took to the track in the very first event, the 400m hurdles. I've not seen her hurdle at all previously but it was an important contribution to the score as the only 'B' runner. And a time of 81.5 was a great first race! She also ran 13.5 for 100m and a Season's Best 27.1 for 200m, closer to her 26.8 PB. Another Under 17, Eve, made her debut appearance in the Senior team and won the javelin completion beating 10 other women with 23m 98! She also threw the hammer and put the shot. Rachel ran a PB 11:43 in the 3000m before running a 1500m and both relays. Carole ran 3:04 for 800m and 83.0 for 400m and long jumped 3m 47.

The Men's team comprised Jimmy Alderson, Ben Apps, Graham Boreham, Chris Burgess, Nathan Byrne, Matthew Campbell, Lee Coupland, Harry Flanagan, David Gough, David Hamilton, Liam Harris, Ethan Harrison, Ethan Hughes, Tom Kwissa, Tom Lippitt, Jack O'Neill and Francois Rafferty; an incredible 17 athletes where it is clear there is now competition for places. Harry was outstanding as has been said and he won both the 100m and 200m. Ethan Hughes won the 400m hurdles in 61.1 and the javelin with a PB 44m 01. And Tom Kwissa won the high jump with 1m 70 to equal his indoor PB set in March. That's 5 event wins by our senior men! Liam was 2nd in the Hammer with 37m 20 and won the 'B' discus with 28m 49. Matty Campbell was 2nd over 400m in 53.4 - and with a running start ran the last leg of the 4 x 400 in 52.5 - and David Gough as 2nd in the steeplechase, run with 4 barriers and no water jump. Chris Burgess threw a Season's Best 32m 62 to win the 'B' javelin and another Season's Best of 12.2 in the non-scoring 100m. Jimmy's 10m 80 in the triple jump was a PB and he ran a good 800m in 2:04.8. Graham achieved an impressive PB in the 'B' 800m running 2:09.9, knocking over 6 seconds off his previous best set in 2015. He also ran a 54.9 400m.

Jack ran a Season's Best 24.6 for 200m after 12.4 for 100m. Ethan Harrison and Tom Lippitt joined Chris Burgess in the non-scoring 100m and virtually tied on 12.6 secs. Francois warmed up with a 4:56 1500m before joining David Hamilton in the 5000m race, at possibly the warmed time of the afternoon. David was 4th in 16:50 and Francois ran 17:18. Back in the Field, Nathan threw the discus 32m 42 and put the shot 9m 56 and Ben Apps long jumped just over 6 metres.

Finally, Lee threw a PB in the hammer with 18m 98 and joined David G in the steeplechase where he took 2nd 'B' points.

Thanks to team manager Lee Coupland and our team of officials today; Dave Whitehead, Lesley Scott, Chris Henders, Steve James, Steve Boreham, Emma Howarth, Ann Dignan, Sam Coupland, Megan Howarth, Gareth Williams and Millie Smith. There were lots of other helpers too, to run in results, adjust and move hurdles etc etc. So it was a great team effort not only by the athletes but the supporting cast of hard-working volunteers. Thanks to everyone.

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