News reports - July 2021

31st July 2021: Track & Field returns to Litherland

The first T&F meeting at Litherland Sports Park since the Southport Waterloo Open Meeting in August 2019 was held on Saturday when the Mid Lancs League held their second fixture of the season. A lot of work had been done by club people to prepare the facility for our visitors and it certainly looked its best. The pleasant, warm and dry conditions, the local venue and the lack of much competition so far this season produced a good turn-out by Southport Waterloo athletes although the continuing restrictions on competitor numbers meant the fixture was not as busy as in a normal year.

46 Southport Waterloo athletes, mainly juniors, competed on Saturday, possibly the best ever club turn-out for a Mid Lancs home fixture making it a great occasion for meeting up with and cheering on club-mates. One unusual feature of the day was that the results were being done by Dave Whitehead in Scarborough. With the help of smart phones, photos of field cards and track result slips were messaged to Scarborough and entered results were immediately pinged to the Web and accessed continually all afternoon via mobile devices.

With so many competing today there were lots of PBs, less so for the Under 13s as the track events differ between the Mid Lancs and YDL. Many were competing in events for the first time. One such was Under 13 Renee Adams. With high ranking performances over 75m and 150m, she ran her first 100m in a Grade 1 time of 13.3 secs. Very evident sprint potential here as she develops thru' her teens.

Our Under 13 Girls were Renee Adams, Grace Allen, Jonni Dunne, Felicity Fletcher, Layla Graham, Erin Griffin, Esme McNally, Lily Ryan and Lilly Zajitschek. Renee won her 100m by 3 tenths of a second - about 2 metres - a big margin in a short sprint. She was also the fastest over 200m running 28.8. Erin won her heat of the 200m in 30.8. There were good performances too in the middle distance races with Layla again the winner over 1500m, in 5:32.4.and Jonni finishing 2nd in the 800m in 2:47.8. Jonni was also 2nd in the shot putt competition with a best throw of 6m 38.and 3rd in the javelin throwing 14m 41. A good all-rounder!

Under 13 Boys were William Delamere, Charles Fletcher, Steven Friar, Charlie Garforth, George Harrison and Harry Williams. Charlie had a great afternoon achieving graded standard performances in the sprints and PBs in both the 200m and the shot. He ran 13.7 to win his 100m heat and 29.0 for a 2nd place over 200m and put the shot 5m 83. Charles was 2nd in his 100m heat. Over 800m, Harry was on form to finish 2nd in 2:38.4 and William was 3rd over 1500m in 5:19.5. Another 3rd place was achieved by Harry in the long jump with a clearance of 3m 66.

Our Under 15 Girls are usually our biggest squad but, with 8 today they were one fewer than the Under 13s. The Under 15 Girls were Tiana Chambers, Emily Dean, Mia Howgate, Charlotte Hughes, Apphia Keenan, Hannah Keenan, Lucy Mitchell and Natasha Murphy. We had a double event winner here with Apphia the fastest over 200m, winning in a PB time of 28.1, and winning the high jump with a best clearance of 1m 55 - a Grade 2 standard. Hannah won her heat of the 800m in 2:41.3 and Emily was 2nd in the 1500m, leading for most of the race and then responding to a late challenge and a really fast last 100m, just losing out on the line. Nonetheless, her 5:26.2 was a PB - by 10 secs! and her first sub 5:30 time. Charlotte was 3rd in the high jump clearing 1m 30 and a PB 15m 70 discus throw gave her a 2nd place finish. Tiana was 3rd in the javelin, throwing a PB 15m 14 and Lucy 3rd in the 300m in 45.8. All our girls running the 100m - Natasha, Mia and Tiana - achieved PBs.

Our Under 15 Boys were Owen Akins, Monty Barr, Reuben Donnelly, Daniel Jones, Oliver Storey, Luke Ward and Julius Zajitschek. Julius was the only discus thrower so an event win for him. Luke was 3rd in his 200m heat, after Daniel equalled his PB with a run in 26.7.Julius won his 400m heat in 66.0 but Daniel ran faster, covering the lap in 60.1.

We had as many Under 17 Women at Litherland as Under 15 Girls. They were Lucy Bousfield, Eleanor Clark, Jemima Fletcher, Amber Hughes, Sierra Jalloh, Jessica Keenan, Rachel Murphy and Olivia Morgan. The girls took the top three spots in the 200m, Amber the winner in 26.5 followed by Sierra in 27.1 and Olivia in 27.7 Amber was also 3rd in the 500g javelin, throwing 27m 90 a Season's Best. Jessica was 3rd in the 100m running a PB 13.8, before going on to win the long jump with 4m 76 - a massive PB which I think was previously 4m 49. Eleanor was 2nd in the discus competition with a best throw of 17m 15.

Nathan Fitzgerald was our only Under 17 man. He ran an impressive 11.8 to win his 100m race

Lucy Milling was our sole Under 20 Woman. She came along to run in the mixed 3000m race and was soon leading the female runners. She won the women's race in a new PB time of 10:37.8.

Under 20 Man Sam Coupland came along to throw the senior javelin and won that event with 34m 37,

Katy Coupland was our only Senior Woman. She threw the discus 23m 29 for 3rd and the javelin a Season's Best 17m 98 for 2nd place.

Four of our Senior Men took part at Litherland, perhaps a warm-up for the Northern senior league on the Sunday. Graham Boreham and Chris Burgess contested the 200m, Graham 3rd in 24.3 and Chris 4th in 25.7. Martin Smyth ran the 3000m in 11:19.9, an improved best time, and Lee Coupland threw the javelin a Season's Best 26m 95.

Well done to all our athletes and many thanks to all who helped in the run-up to Saturday and on the day to make the meeting a success. Thanks to Lee Coupland, our team manager, and to our officials; Lesley Scott, Chris Henders, Mike Dandy Alistair Procter, Sophie Derrane.

The next and final Mid Lancs fixture has been moved to 19th September at Blackpool. This is the date of Blackpool's Open Meeting which is restricted this year to Under 9s and Under 11s and will be held in the morning, before the Mid Lancs timetable. The arrangement may provide opportunities for families with younger athletes.

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25th July 2021: 5 event wins for Stephanie Robertson at YDL

(Update: Amber Hughes' 300m hurdles time of 45.6 equals Natalie Birney's club record from 1998 AND Stephanie Robertson's long jump is a new club record replacing Helen Taylor's mark set in 2002.) The 3rd Youth Development League match for Under 17s and Under 20s was held at the historic Bebington Oval stadium on the Wirral on Sunday. To comply with Coronavirus restrictions, the first two fixtures were effectively 'half' fixtures with half the events being held in Match 1 and the other half in Match 2. The Wirral fixture reverted to a full programme so we were able to enjoy a full day's athletics from 11.30 to 5.30 in warm sunny conditions, if a little too warm or a little too windy at times.

Wirral is pretty much a local fixture for Southport Waterloo but we are into the holiday season and our team sheet did look a little bare. There were some fine performances from our athletes but with so few competing it was no surprise to finish last. For the record, the final scores before official points were added, were host club Wirral 310.5 points, North Wales 232, Preston 211.5, Liverpool Harriers 192, West Cheshire 161 and Southport Waterloo147. Against bigger clubs, I think our result was very respectable and reflective of a number of quality athletes.

There were two things on Sunday that struck me. One was the number of Under 17 and Under 20 athletes that composite team North Wales was able to bring along. They were mainly drawn from Colwyn Bay and Menai Track & Field, two clubs that seem to be doing very well at the moment. The other thing was the (noisy) support athletes from the host club received from their team-mates and connections. It definitely had an effect and there were several races where the support and encouragement spurred on runners to incredible effort and event wins - right on the line!

Lucy Bousfield, Eleanor Clark, Amber Hughes, Sierra Jalloh, Jessica Keenan, Olivia Morgan and Niamh Procter were our Under 17 Women. Amber had the best performance with 2 event wins in the 300m hurdles, in a PB 45.6, and the shot, with a best of 10m 35. and a 2nd place in the long jump with a best of 4m 88, a new PB. Sierra was our 'A' sprinter running 13.2 and 27.5. Jessica's 28.6 for the 200m was a PB and she ran 12.7 for 80m hurdles. Her high jump best was 1m 35 but she had to interrupt her jumping to run the 200m and by the time she returned the bar was over 1m 60. At least she was rewarded with a PB in the 200m!

Niamh produced a Season's Best in the long jump clearing 4m 42, she high jumped 1m 35 and ran 14.3 for 80m hurdles. Lucy ran 14.1 and training partner Olivia ran a PB 300m in 44.0. Eleanor featured in the throws with a best of 17m 10 in the discus and 9m 13 in the javelin.

Jonathon Pilkington was our sole Under 17 Man. He started with a good 400m hurdles in 61.6 for 2nd place points and high jumped 1m 55, equalling his PB.

We only had two Under 20 Women but they both deserve praise. Stephanie had a great day in both track and field with wins in all her events. She won the 100m in 12.5, the 100m hurdles in 15.1, the long jump with a pleasing new PB of 5m 48 and the triple jump with 10m 67. She was joined in the Under 20 4 x 100m relay by Under 17s Lucy, Olivia and Sierra, the team romping home in 1st place in 51.6 secs. The current Under 20 4x100m club record is 52.7 set in 2003 but with three Under 17s, Sunday's run wont set a new record.

And Lucy Milling ran 70.7 for 400m hurdles at the start of the meeting and the 1500m steeplechase in 5:19 at the end of the meeting before joining with Under 17s Niamh, Jess and Eleanor for the 4 x 400m relay where she ran the fastest leg in 65.5. It is remarkable (and disappointing) that Lucy was our only middle distance runner in the four age group categories!

Finally, our Under 20 Men were Sam Coupland, Drumayne Moore and Luke Suarez. Sam won the high jump competition with 1m 80 and was 2nd placed in both the javelin with a best throw of 25m 67, and the long jump clearing 5m 99. Luke had a good afternoon equalling his Season's Best in the high jump with a 1m 65 clearance and he had PBs in both the 100m hurdles, running 17.0, and in the discus, throwing a best of 28m 09. Drumayne ran 12.4 and 25.4 for the short sprints, he put the shot 7m 64 and threw the javelin 25m 46.

Thanks to all who contributed today; to team manager Lee Coupland and our officials Steve James, Lesley Scott, Lee Coupland and Mike Dandy.

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17th July 2021: SWAC runners go supersonic

Last weeks saw several Southport Waterloo AC members take on the adventurous Supersonic Race Series in the sweltering heat!  6 runs in 6 days with distances of up to 10K each day

Our intrepid members joined with runners from around the area starting on Tuesday 13th July for 10K (6.2miles) along the beach and prom at Crosby.  A tough course with lots of soft sand making the going tough!  Wednesday evening saw them further up the coast in Formby where they ran a hilly 5-mile course through the NT nature reserve and up and down onto the beach…those sand dunes made them work hard!  Thursday they donned their trail shoes again and headed to St. Helens for a scenic (and hilly 5-miles again!) route in the fields and hills above the East Lancs Way.  Friday evening’s run was another 5-miler, this time in more familiar territory for many of our members, through the Ainsdale Pinewoods.  The heat was sweltering!  But it was about to get even hotter!  Saturday the runners headed to Spike Island near Widnes for a tough 5 miles, where they also returned for the final leg of the series on Sunday.  Sunday was another 10k starting also on Spike Island, but heading in the opposite direction to Saturday.  

Runners from SWAC who took part this year were: Paul Warrington, Graham Padden, Mari Lewis, Heather Goadsby and Sue Stewart.

Now in its second year, this excellent race series is run by the Kirkby Milers and is a really friendly and extremely well organised event.  Many of our members also took part in the inaugural event in 2019. The race planned for 2020 didn’t happen due to COVID so this year was the delayed 2020 run.  

At the end of each race the organisers provide chilled drinks (including a choice of alcoholic beverages!) and snacks.  Photography is provided free of charge courtesy of the excellent Simon Clare.  The support from the Kirkby Milers and other local clubs who provided Marshals on the courses was fantastic throughout.

One thing is for sure…when the 2022 event opens up for entries many of our club members will definitely be signing up again.

Happy and safe running all!

17th July 2021: Young athletes enjoy their sport in the sun at Bebington Oval

It was a perfect summer's day for athletics at Bebington on Saturday as our Under 13 and Under 15 teams took on the bigger local clubs in the 2nd YDL (Lower) match of the season. We simply don't have the numbers to successfully challenge these clubs but we did give a good account of ourselves and our athletes benefit from competing against strong opposition. The final scores were Wirral 527 points, Preston Harriers 428.5, Liverpool Harriers 424.5, West Cheshire 419 and Southport Waterloo 305. We did beat West Cheshire when they hosted in June but a much bigger and stronger squad came up to the Wirral.

Some outstanding performances by our young athletes meant we had 4 event wins and, in ideal conditions, we had 20 Personal Bests and 16 graded standards. A look at the results for the club will show girls outperforming the boys, mainly I think because of a few girls who are just a class apart.

The best on the day was Under 13 Girl Renee Adams who stormed the 150m in 19.7 secs. Subject to other performances on this YDL weekend, that ranks her No 1 in the UK. Later, she won the 75m in 10.0 secs which is a potential No. 2 slot in the national rankings and both performances are just a tenth of a second off Sierra Jalloh's club record.

Our Under 13 Girls were Renee Adams, Jessica Burns, Joni Dunne, Layla Graham and Lilly Zajitschek. Both Renee's sprint wins were new PBs and Grade 1 standards and her long jump of 4m 08 was also a graded standard. Joni won the 'B' 75m in 10.6, a grade 2 standard, and she was 2nd in the shot with 6m 74 and 3rd in the javelin with 12m 38. Layla ran her first 1200m race in 4:06, 3rd behind two very fast Liverpool Harriers and she long jumped 3m 40. Jessica ran a PB 150m in 22.7 and her 800m time of 2:47.6 was another PB. Lilly also ran an 800m, in 2:55, put the shot 5m 06 and won the 'B' javelin with a best throw of 11m 25. Layla, Lilly, Joni and Renee ran the 4 x 100m relay in 58.2, Renee running a blistering final leg to finish past the Preston team.

Our Under 13 Boys were Joseph Cooper, William Delamere, Steven Friar, George Harrison and Harry Williams; the same number as the Under 13 Girls, but no event wins here. with the shift this year in the YDL to 75m, 150m and 1200m instead of 100m, 200m and 1500m, there are currently no AAA's standards. But we can see performances at 150m and 1200m approaching Club Record levels in the not-too-distance future. I think, however, that we can expect James Armstrong's 9.8 for 75m to last a while yet!

Harry achieved 2 PBs at Bebington, running 4:04.6 for 1200m - an 11 secs improvement in just a month - and long jumping 3m 84. He also ran a 150m in 22.1.George Delamere was the only Under 13 boy with a graded standard, running 2:30.9 for 800m. He also long jumped 2m 29 and threw the javelin 10m 32.Steven focussed on the sprints and ran 11.2 for 75m and 21.9 for 150m.George's 75m run in11.6 was a PB and he won the 'B' 800m in 2:45.3. Joseph took on the other distance race, running 4:19 for 1200m.

Harry, William, George and Steven ran the 4x100m in 61.2.

Our Under 15 Girls were Lauren Byrne, Tiana Chambers, Emma Frankland-Hayes, Apphia Keenan, Hannah Keenan and Sophie Pilkington. Again, not a big squad. The best performer here were Apphia Keenan and Lauren Byrne. Recently returned from English School Champs, Apphia won the high jump with 1m 54, a grade 2 standard, before going on to try 1m 60; the current club record held by Jayne Lount for over 30 years. Well worth the attempt and shows what a talented high jumper Apphia is. She also put the shot 7m 16 and threw the javelin 21m 97. Lauren win the shot with 9m 47, threw the discus 16m 69 and ran 13.1 for the 75m hurdles. Also in the Field, Tiana threw the javelin 13m 08 and long jumped 3m 32.

On the track, Emma ran 13.1 and 27.5 for the sprints, both PBs and both graded standards. Lucy ran all three sprint events, a PB 13.7 for 100m, 28.6 for 29000 and 45.6 for 300m.Hannah joined her in the 300mm running 46.6, after a hurdles race of 14.9 and a PB in the 800m of 2:34.3. Sophie also ran an 800m PB in 2:55.7. Her long jump of 3m 54 was also a PB.

The girls ran Season's Bests in the relays; Sophie, Lauren, Tiana and Emma getting the baton around in 54.9 for the 4 x100m and Apphia, Hannah, Emma and Lucy running 3:09 for the 4 x 300m.

Our Under 15 Boys were Monty Barr, Jack Bradshaw, Adam Byrne, Reuben Donnelly, Daniel Jones, Stephen Morgan, Luke Ward and Julius Zajitschek; our biggest squad of the day but still no competitors in three events. I think 7 out of the 8 achieved PBs on the day so some fine performances. Like the Under 13 Boys, we had no Under 15 Boy event winners but Adam was 2nd in the high jump with 1m 55, he was 3rd in the hurdles race in 15.4 and he put the shot 9m 94.Daniel ran his PB in the 200m in 26.7 and he ran 42.1 for his first 300m. Luke also ran a 200m PB in 27.0,Reuben and Jack ran 800m PBs, Reuben's in 2:23.3 - leading the club rankings this year - and Jack in 2:49.8, his first sub-3 min run and not just dipping under; more like diving under!. Jack also threw the discus 12m 63 and the javelin a safe 4m 56.There were more middle distance PBs with Monty running 4:38.9 in the 1500m and Stephen 5:21.6.

Finally Julius ran a PB 45.4 for 300m, put the shot 6m 38 and threw the discus 15m 34.

Adam, Stephen, Monty and Daniel ran the 4 x 100m relay in 55.3 and Monty, Julius, Reuben and Daniel ran the 4 x 300m in 3:01.6.

Thanks to team managers Graham Boreham and Barrie Hughes and to our team of officials Steve James, Lesley Scott, Mike Dandy, Chris Henders, Amber Hughes, Jess Keenan, and Maisie Bird. Great to see teenagers helping out and supporting younger club-mates. As an aside Steve James, our club President and track judge today, recalled competing at the Bebington Oval stadium in 1956 in the AAA's Junior Track & Field Championships, equivalent to our English National Championships today.

Additional photos by Graham Boreham

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9th-11th July 2021: English Schools' T&F Champs not quite as usual

It wasn't a normal English Schools' National Track & Field Championships with lots of competitors, sell-out numbers of spectators and a great county team camaraderie; but at least championships could be held this year and, for those selected, an acknowledgement of reaching peak performance in difficult circumstances.

Manchester's Regional Arena, Sportcity, was the venue and it was spread over three days this year to minimise numbers with Covid restrictions still in place and to reduce overnight stays. Senior Boys and Girls competed on Friday, Inters on Saturday and Juniors on Sunday. Six Southport Waterloo athletes were part of this year's spectacle, representing both Merseyside and Lancashire Schools' teams. For three of them, this was a first National Schools' championships.

Luke Suarez was first up on the Friday in the long jump competition. He had a best of 6m 53 to finish 8th.

Stephanie Robertson competed in the Senior Girls' 100m hurdles. She was 6th in her heat in 15.12 going on to run again in the 'B' final.

Bill Steel was our highest placed athlete. He was 4th in the Senior Boys' shot with a best put of 13m 71, just outside the medals, but in fact the standard was so high that a large PB would have been needed to contest the bronze medal.

On Saturday Amber Hughes competed in the Inter Girls' 300m hurdles and ran 46.05, a new PB time, to finish 3rd in her heat - a time trial I think, 5th fastest overall.

Jonathon Pilkington ran in the Inter Boys' 400m hurdles, 5th in his heat in 61.38, another PB time!

Finally, Apphia Keenan competed in the Junior Girls' high jump with a best clearance of 1m 46.

Its a real achievement for any young athlete just to compete at these championships. Our 6 competitors, their coaches and the club can be justifiably proud of their performances.

(photos courtesy of Graham Pilkington)


4th July 2021: T&F team wins first Northern League fixture

So often we complain at T&F matches that points scores are only infrequently announced but on Sunday we had an enthusiastic announcer at the first Northern T&F fixture of the season at Sportcity hosted by Manchester Harriers. And as we progressed through the afternoon the match leaders changed almost on every announcement. It was close, however, and as we approached the final events we heard that Southport Waterloo were in the lead. As we prepared to go home, however, the final scores were announced and Southport Waterloo had been beaten by Manchester Harriers by just 2 points!

However, all results are subject to scrutiny and on Monday the news from the Divisional Secretary was that some high jump points had not been awarded and the final result was in fact a win for Southport Waterloo. The final scores, Southport Waterloo 328, Manchester Harriers 323, L'pool Pembroke & Sefton 294, Sutton St Helens 282, Wirral 267 and Liverpool Harriers 163.

I think its fair to say that was an unexpected result. Team Manager Lee Coupland has the difficult job of filling the team sheet and there were plenty of gaps today. We certainly didn't have our strongest team out. But I guess neither did the other clubs so we'll happily take the win, albeit that this is an unusual season with points just for the bragging rights!

On a muggy, showery afternoon there was plenty of enjoyable athletics to watch and the ladies can be particularly proud of their achievements with 7 event wins. The men had 1! Perhaps the most memorable event was on the track when 4 of our Under 17 women took on the 4x100m relay. By the 2nd leg it was becoming clear that our runners were producing something exceptional, very fast paced running and the smoothest baton changes I've seen in a while. They won the race and 50.8 was the fastest any female Southport Waterloo team has run in any age group. As Lucy Bousfield, Olivia Morgan, Amber Hughes and Sierra Jalloh are all Under 17s, the result has been recorded as an Under 17 club record. Its worth noting that Amber and Sierra were also in the teams that set our Under 13 and the Under 15 relay club records.

Women's Match: Our team of 8 comprised 7 Under 17s, 1 Under 20 and just 1 Snr Woman. Senior Katy Coupland has a reputation for multi-eventing in the Northern League and today was no exception competing in 5 events plus a relay. She ran 89.0 for 400m, cleared 1.10 in the high jump, put the shot 7m 25, won the discus competition with 21m 55 and threw the hammer 13m 26. Lucy Milling was our Under 20. She ran a PB in the 400m hurdles in 69.3 and won the 1500m race from the front in 4:55, 22 secs ahead of the next finisher.

Our Under 17 women had 5 event wins between them including the 4 x 100m relay. On the track Sierra Jalloh won both the 100m in a Season's Best 12.9 and the 200m in 27.1 Lucy Bousfield was 2nd 'B' in the 100m in 13.9 and Olivia Morgan won the 'B' 200m in a PB time of 27.2 secs. Moving out to 400m, Jess Keenan ran 69.3 for her first race over that distance. Unsurprisingly, Amber Hughes, going to English Schools for 300m hurdles next weekend, won the 400m hurdles race in 68.4.

Under 17s competing in this league need to throw senior weights but at least the jumps are more familiar. In the high jump Jess cleared 1m 35 and in the long jump a PB 4, 49. Eleanor Clark also recorded a long jump PB with 3m 93.

Moving up to 4kg, Amber won the shot competition with a best of 9m 34 and she was 3rd with the heavier 600g javelin, throwing 25m 41. Eleanor won the 'B' discus with 17m 10 and also the 'B' javelin with 17m 98.

The women did both relays winning the 4 x 100m as reported above in a club record time.and finishing 3rd in the 4 x 400m race where Lucy Milling had the fastest leg of 66.1.

Men's match: We had nine in our Men's team with an entirely different age profile from the women. The men had just 1 Under 17, 1 Under 20 and 6 Seniors. Sprinter Nathan Fitzgerald was our Under 17. He ran 12.0 for 100m and his 24.3 for 200m was a PB. Drumayne Moore was our Under 20. His experience in combined events helped the team in 5 events starting with a 400m hurdles, gently easing thru' the finish in 81.8. In the pole vault, he equalled his PB with a 2m 50 clearance for 2nd place, in the long jump he cleared 4m 71, he high jumped 1m 60 - the missing points that gave us the match win - and his best performance was a 29m 82 javelin throw, a new PB.

Slimmed down team manager Lee Coupland was determined to cover as many events as he could for the team and that meant 7; one track race, three jumps and three throws. The track race was a 400m hurdles where he clocked 84.9 for maximum 'B' points. Maximum 'B' points again in the pole vault clearing 2m 40, 2nd 'B' in the long jump with 4m 19 and again maximum 'B' points in the triple jump clearing 7m 07. In the throws, 26m 88 in the javelin was another maximum 'B' points, he was our only hammer thrower throwing 14m 14 and, more points were picked up with a 19m 73 discus throw.

Chris Burgess picked up points in three events. In the 100m he had a season's Best 12.1, he triple jumped 8m 37 and he was 2nd 'B' in the shot with a best of 7m 99.

Ben Johnson was a great addition to the team, warming up with a 1500m run in 4:22 for 2nd place and going on to win the 5000m, our only male event winner, in 15:54.2. David Hamilton joined him in the 5000m running 17:51.6 for 2nd 'B', David Gough picked up 2nd place points in the 3000m s/chase getting around in 13:10.3 and the final middle and distance runner was Graham Boreham in the 800m, running a new PB time of 2:04.6.

Finally, new member Harry Loftus put the shot 9m 12 and ran a PB 200m in 24.7.

Thanks to team manager Lee Coupland who led from the front in today's match. Thanks too to all our officials who came to Sportcity; Lesley Scott, Steve James, Barrie Hughes, Lee Coupland, Mike Dandy, Ian Milling and Steve Boreham.

The next (and final) fixture is at Leigh Sports Village, hosted by St Helens Sutton, on Sunday 1st August. Lets make it two wins from two! There's no better way to set us up for the 2022 season.

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3rd July 2021: First Mid Lancs T&F since August 2019

At last, on Saturday the Mid Lancs' 2021 Track & Field League season got off the ground. With the first three fixtures cancelled due to difficulties with venues operating under Coronavirus and other restrictions, the League is indebted to Lancaster & Morecambe AC for accepting the challenge of hosting the League's first fixture since 2019. The throwing cage at the Salt Ayre Track is not up to standard and so we could not have discus or hammer and Covid restrictions meant the League had to limit numbers to 2 per event per club, rather than, for example, up to 6 in a track event. But far better to have a fixture with restrictions than no fixture at all!

Having lost three fixtures, the League has abandoned its 'league' structure for this year and so its really all about giving athletes an opportunity to compete in a friendly and safe environment.

After a long period of warm sunny weather, the forecast for Saturday was not encouraging with thunderstorms moving north across the region. Heavy rain greeted our arrival at the track but it slackened off as the first track race got under way and then remained dry and warm all afternoon.

I guess the first thing to notice from the results is the good spread of Southport Waterloo athletes, despite a Northern League fixture the following day. And, in the younger age groups, some new names; some new blood coming through to invigorate the club and give us new potential to nourish and enjoy. Technically, our best athletes at Lancaster in terms of Grading Standards were Lauren Byrne and Amber Hughes who both had Grade 3 standard performances. However, both Amber and Lauren are established athletes and its a newcomer that caught my eye. In her first outing with the club, Under 13 Layla Graham won her 1500m race in 5:21.9; that's less than a second off a Grade 3 standard.

Our Under 13 Girls competing at Lancaster were Grace Allen, Joni Dunne, Layla Graham and Lily Ryan. Layla's 1500m race was a remarkable run for an Under 13. I think she was lying 3rd as the girls came off the final bend and she accelerated past the leaders to win in 5:21.9. Grace was also in the race running 6:01.2. Joni was another young athlete with bags of potential. She ran 2:41 for 800m, just half a second off a Grade 4. And her 100m time of 14.3 secs was indeed a grade 4 standard. Lily ran both 800m and 200m in 2:55 and 33.4.

Our Under 13 Boys were Charlie Garforth, Will James and Harry Williams. There was talent on display in this group too! Newcomer Charlie ran 29.2 for 200m. This just 2 tenths off a graded standard. and he put the shot 4m 95. Harry ran 15.0 for 100m, 2:37 for 800m and he long jumped 3m 82.. Will ran 15.5 for 100m, 2:51 for 800m and he long jumped 3m 32.

Our Under 15 Girls were Lauren Byrne, Emily Dean, Charlotte Hughes and Hannah Keenan, Lauren is a class athlete and showed her quality winning all three of her events; in the shot competition with a grade 3 standard put of 8m 88, in the 75m hurdles running 12.8, and clearing 4m 45 in the long jump, a new PB jump a graded standard performance in each event. There were more PBs with Hannah Keenan running 45.9 for 300m, 2:39 for 800m and long jumping 3m 86. And Charlotte's 12m 68 javelin throw was another PB. Charlotte also put the shot 6m 54 and ran 200m in 31.4.

Finally, Emily Dean had another run out over 800m and finished 2nd of the 10 girls in a good time of 2:33.7.

Monty Barr and Adam Byrne were our only Under 15 Boys. Monty has been running well in training and was keen to improve on the 4.45 he ran at Blackpool last month in the Lancs Schools Champs. A determined run brought him home in a new PB time of 4:40.1. Time to revise this year's target!

Adam Byrne was also on the PB trail and 13.6 for his first 100m since 2018 produced a 2 second + improvement. He also high jumped 1m 50 and threw the javelin 23m 56, improving on his best from the Leigh Throws meeting in May by a metre.

We had no Under 17 Men out but five Under 17 Women: Eleanor Clark, Amber Hughes, Jessica Keenan, Sierra Jalloh and Olivia Morgan. The best performer here was again Amber who won the shot competition with a grade 3 standard 10m 42 - just a cm off her season's best - and was 2nd in the javelin with 26m 68. Jess achieved PBs in both her events, 14.0 for 100m and clearing 4m 49 in the long jump. Sierra won her 100m race in a SB time of 13.2 and was 2nd over 200m, in 27.5. Olivia ran her first competitive 300m race and finished 2nd in 44.7 secs. Eleanor featured in both the javelin and shot competitions, throwing 17m 02 and 7m 44.

Finally, we had two Senior Men competing. Chris Burgess ran 12.4 for 100m. His PB might be 11.7 but no-one can doubt his consistency as a sprinter, now as a V45. Another V45 was Martin Smyth who came along to run his first track 3000m and clocked 11:26.1.

Thanks to team manager Lee Coupland and our essential volunteer officials Dave Whitehead, Lesley Scott and Lee Coupland. Incidentally, the results program used by the league today was written by Dave Whiltehead.

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