News reports - June 2021

12th June 2021: Lancs holds Schools' T&F Champs at Blackpool

(updated: missed Apphia, sorry!) Merseyside Schools may have abandoned their Track & Field Championships in this difficult year for athletics generally but Lancashire decided to press on and were rewarded with a fair showing at Stanley Park Arena, Blackpool, for their Junior and Inters competition. County Schools champs regularly clash with Northern Under 20 / Senior champs weekend so Lancs Senior Boys and Girls were encouraged to compete in the Northern Champs.

I was surprised to see more Southport Waterloo vests at Blackpool then I had expected. Five, I think, but results show schools' borough and not club so its easy to miss one.

On a warm and sunny morning with a slightly gusting breeze, Inter Boy Jonathon Pilkington was the first to compete, running 400m hurdles on his own! He clocked 63.3, not far off his PB, and so a good performance in the breeze and with no competition to spur him on.

Sister Sophie competed in the Junior Girls' 200m running 31.9, in an event she has not previously run in recognised competition.

Junior Girl Apphia Keenan had achieved an English Schools entry standard at Ellesmere Port last weeklend and won the high jump competition here at Blackpool with 1m 56 - not quite an Entry Standard (1m 59) but hopefully enough for selection.

Towards the end of the meeting, Monty Barr competed in the Junior Boys' 1500m. Watching Monty run, you would not believe he has had no race competition over the distance since August 2019. He ran an intelligent race, avoiding being boxed in by his bigger competitors and took his chances when they came. A fine run produced a new PB of 4:45.9; but I'm expecting a faster time if competition can continue through this summer.

And Mike Dandy reports on two girl sprinters:

Lucy Bousfield arrived at Blackpool having difficult form this year and was entered into one of the few, fuller fields, the Inter Girls' 100m.  She stumbled, almost fell three strides out from the report of the gun but recovered and finished third to qualify automatically and equalled her PB of 13.4s.

In the final she placed fifth and was disappointed to miss a medal as only one tenth of a second separated third (medal place) and fifth. Her time of 13.5s means she also recorded her two fastest times of the year on the same day. Stepped up and showed up she did.!

Olivia Morgan's challenge was how to raise herself to run a straight final of only two in the Inter Girls' 200m event. A straight final of only two unlikely to provide the adrenalin needed and her opposition in the outside lane having a PB of some 1.5 seconds better meant Liv was going to have to provide some inner zeal to get round. She ran a great bend and still held her straight to record a PB of 27.3s and...a silver medal

I can't sign off without mentioning how proud I felt of all the blues and golds (SWAC) vest today at Blackpool . Nobody put in a token appearance and that must please everyone including the organisers and officials too!

Full results


NB Merseyside claims for English Schools selection must be made by Monday 14th June. Performances inside the Power of Ten top UK 30 are in the best position to be considered for what I think will be a limited national championships..

5th June 2021: Junior T&F athletes enjoy first league competition

Ellesmere Port Sports Village was again the venue for the first YDL match of this year for our Under 13s and Under 15s. Like last weekend's 'Upper' match the programme was a reduced one but athletes, parents and coaches - no spectators allowed yet - thoroughly enjoyed the return of live athletics. Again, like the Upper league, we were in the Merseyside division so up against 'bigger' clubs we would not normally compete against. So it was an opportunity for young athletes to test themselves against 'local' competition, particularly relevant this year as our normal county T&F championships in May have been postponed until August.

On another warm and sunny afternoon, we did well to finish in 4th place, ahead of host club West Cheshire. The match was won by Wirral ahead of Preston and Liverpool Harriers. Team Isle of Man are also in this division but Covid restrictions prevented their travel to the mainland.

And there was a change in distances to note for Under 13 Boys introduced into the league from this year with the boys now running 75m, 150m and 1200m (same as girls) rather than the previous 100m, 200m and 1500m.

Bearing in mind the disruption to training during lockdown and the absence of competition, there were some surprisingly good performances by our young team which included a number of first-timers. Under 13 Renee Adams emerged as our Athlete of the Match with a Grade 1 standard in the 75m race and a Grade 4 long jump. Under 15 Apphia Keenan also achieved a Grade 1 standard, hers in the high jump - which significantly was an Entry Standard for the English Schools championships. Under 13 first-timer Joni Dunne achieved a Grade 2 standard in the 75m and there were 7 more Grade 4 standards by our team over the day and 16 PBs in all, excluding new events.

Our Under 13 Girls were Renee Adams, Joni Dunne, Lily Ryan and Lilly Zajitschek. All of them ran the 75m, Renee winning the 'A' race in a Grade 1 time of 10.2, Joni winning the 'B' race in a Grade 2 time of 10.5, Lilly running 11.4 and Lily 11.6. Its very early in the season and YDL results are still to come in but Renee is lying 2nd in the UK rankings currently. Renee was 2nd in the long jump clearing 4m 13, Lily ran 4:42 for the 3-lap 1200m race and, in the javelin throw, Joni had a best of 15m 05 and Lilly 12m 17.

The girls were 2nd in their relay in 56.8.

Our Under 13 Boys were William Delamere, Steven Friar, George Harrison, Harvey Thompson and Harry Williams. Harvey Thompson recorded PBs in both the 75m (10.7) and the 1200m (4:11.9). Steven ran 11.1 for 75m and a leg of the relay. George ran a non-scoring 75m in 11.7, long jumped 2m 98 and threw the javelin 14m 42. William ran 12.0 for his non-scoring 75m and threw the javelin 11m 51. Harry Williams ran 4:15.2 for the 1200m and also long jumped.

The Under 15 Girls were Lauren Byrne, Tiana Chambers, Emily Dean, Emma Frankland-Hayes, Mia Howgate, Charlotte Hughes, Apphia Keenan, Hannah Keenan and Natasha Murphy.- our largest squad of the day, with competition developing for team places! Apphia impressed in the high jump going clear to win the event 1m 59; a PB and Grade 1 standard but more importantly an English Schools qualifying height. She has cleared 1m 50 at Trafford this year and is clearly jumping well! Her shot put of 7m 47 was also a PB and she ran 13.3 over 75m hurdles. Lauren was also given three events by her team manager and was 2nd 'B' high jumper with 1m. 35, ran 12.7 for 75m hurdles and threw the discus 15m 25. Charlotte threw the discus 12m 70 and put the shot a PB 7m 93.

Tiana ran a 53.3 300m and a 15.1 non-scoring 100m. Emma ran a PB 13.4 for her 100m. Natasha's 14.6 for a non-scoring 100m was also a PB. Hannah ran 47.5 for 300m and a PB 2:40.2 for 800m. With no 1200m on offer for the girls in Round 1, Emily ran her first 800m race and was rewarded with a sub-2:30 time of 2:27.1. Mia ran 14.8 for her non-scoring 100m.

The girls ran both relays. Lucy Mitchell, Natasha, Mia and Emma got the baton around in the 4 x 100m in 55.2 and Emily, Charlotte, Tiana and Lucy ran the 4 x 300m in 3:19.7.

Our Under 15 Boys were Jack Bradshaw, Adam Byrne, Daniel Jones, Stephen Morgan, Oliver Storey, Luke Ward and Julius Zajitschek. Daniel recorded PBs in both the 100m running 13.1 and the 800m, running 2:27.0. Adam was our only Under 15 boy achieving graded standard performances at Ellesmere Port. He equalled his PB of 1m 55 in the high jump, and put the shot 10m 19, both grade 4 standards and finishing 2nd in both events. He also ran 15.3 for 80m hurdles.

Jack's 3:03 800m was a PB and he also threw the discus 13m 14. Oliver ran 17.6 for his 80m hurdles and his 100m time of 15.1 was a new PB. Julius Put the shot 6m 46, threw the javelin 15m 07 and ran 46.2 for 300m. Luke was our fastest 300m runner in 44.1 after running a PB 2:24.9 for 800m. Stephen ran a non-scoring 800m in 2:48.5.

Finally Adam, Oliver, Daniel and Luke ran the 4 x 1 relay in 53.9 for 4th place and Daniel, Stephen, Julius and Luke ran the 4 x 300m in 3:08.4

Well done to all our young athletes, particularly those who perhaps missed out last year and were competing in club colours for the first time this year. Thanks too to team managers Graham Boreham and Barrie Hughes; and our officials Steve James, Dave Whitehead and Chris Henders. Additional photos by Graham Boreham.

Match 2 is at Bebington Oval on !7th July.

Full results when published | Results for Southport Waterloo

4th June 2021: Merseyside Schools announce CE team

Merseyside Schools today announced their team selection for the North West regional round of their Combined Events championships to be held at Telford over the weekend 26th / 27th of June. The team is largely composed of Southport Waterloo athletes, reflecting the growth in combined events coaching and competition in the club in recent years.. Those selected to represent their county are:

Junior Girls:

Lauren Byrne - Chesterfield High School; reserve Charlotte Hughes - Holy Family Catholic High School

Intermediate Girls:

Amber Hughes - Holy Family Catholic High School

Jessica Keenan - Deyes High School

Niamh Procter - Sacred Heart Catholic High School

Junior Boys:

Adam Byrne - Chesterfield HIgh School

Oliver Storey - Holy Family Catholic High School

Senior Boys:

Sam Coupland - Range High School

Bill Steel - Formby High School

Drumayne Moore - Southport College

Luke Suarez - Merchant Taylors school for Boys.

The team manager is Southport Waterloo coach Barrie Hughes

Congratulations to all selected and good luck in Telford.


And Junior Girl Apphia Keenan will join them in Telford having been selected by Lancashire Schools.