News reports - July 2017

29th July 2017: 2 club records and more at Litherland Mid Lancs

The fifth and final round of the Mid Lancs Track & Field League was hosted by the club at Litherland on Saturday. With the school holidays now under way, numbers were down for most clubs but it is always a pleasure to see so many athletes of all ages enjoying their sport at the Litherland track which basked in warm sunshine for much of the day with the wind much kinder than forecast. So a good day for athletics and many left with PBs, reflecting the hard work done in training through the year.

The Southport Waterloo female team finished 4th in Division 1 with 111 points, their best score this season and enough to keep them in the top division next season. The male team was also 4th in their Div'n 1 with 137 points. They did better at Preston but finish the Mid Lancs season in 4th place in Div'n 1.

Our 31 athletes - 13 female and 18 male - achieved 21 Personal Best performances between them and two new Under 13 girls' club records. Amber Hughes extended the discus record out to 17m 30. Incredibly, Amber is now the 4th girl to hold this record this season, the others being Phoebe Apps, Katelyn Swift and Alex Murphy-Worrell. The other record breaker was Katie Piercy who extended her own javelin club record to 26m 39.

One of the most pleasing observations is the success our athletes are achieving in field events, particularly throws, thanks to some excellent coaching in the club.

Our Under 13 Girls were Amber Hughes, Sierra Jalloh, Michaela Hopkins, Katie Piercy, Katelyn Swift and Grace Tobin. 8 PBs and 2 club records. Not bad for an afternoon's sport. And the standard was unbelievably high with Amber, Grace and Katie all achieving grade 1 performances. Amber ran 13.6 for 100m and 28.2 for 200m to win both events in PB and G1 standard times; and she finished her day with a discus record throw of 17m 30. Katie won the javelin competition with her new club record of 26m 39. She also ran an 800m in a new PB time of 2:44.1 and she was 3rd in the shot with 7m 97. For me, as a middle distance coach, one of the outstanding performances of the day was by Grace who was 2nd in her 1500m race in a G1 time of 5:02.6. 1500m racing is not the most popular of athletics events for young girls and requires a great deal of physical training. Like many of her team mates, Grace trains regularly and hard and is seeing the rewards.

Sierra, another talented young lady, ran a PB 13.7 for 100m and 29.5 in her first 200m race. Katelyn achieved two PBs; 15.4 for 100m and 3:06 for 800m. She also threw the discus 14m 58. And finally Michaela long jumped 3m 06.

The Under 13 Boys were Marcus Burgess, Jack Clark, Michael Henderson and Jordan and Cuan Potts. Marcus threw a PB discus of 11m 63 as well as a 4m 82 shot put and a 15.9 100m run. Jack also achieved a PB, his in the javelin with a best of 16m 07. He also ran a good 100m to win his heat in 14.0 and was 2nd in his 200m race in 29.1. Michael focused on the high jump and cleared a best of 1m 30. Brothers Jordan and Cuan competed for the first time in the 200m and high jump.

Our Under 15 Girls were Bethany Swift, Ella Tobin and Freya Walsh. Bethany ran PBs in both the 100m and 200m in 17.5 and 38.0 and she threw the discus 11m 37. Ella's 30.0 for 200m was also a PB, she ran a Season's Best 800m in 2:39 and threw the discus 17m 34. Freya started in the 1500m but didn't finish. Hopefully there's no serious injury.

Sam Coupland, Jamie Hopkins, Lewis McMahon and Patrick Manchester were our Under 15 Boys. Sam threw a good discus improving his PB by 4 metres to 26m 19 and winning the competition. His 14.0 for 100m, not a regular event for him, was also a PB and he threw the javelin 23m 87. Jamie equalled his previous best over 100m running 13.6. He long jumped 4m 87 and achieved a PB in the javelin with a best throw of 30m 16; a 2 metre improvement. Patrick put the shot 8m 90, threw the discus 25m 99, a new PB and 2nd in the competition and he threw the javelin 23m 03. Finally, Lewis competed in javelin with a best of 20m 59. He also started the 3000m but I think injury may have prevented a finish.

Eve McMahon was our only Under 17 Woman. She threw the javelin 26m 24 and also competed in hammer.

Our Under 17 Men were Daniel Byrne, Ethan Harrison and Jack O'neill. Daniel's 38m 46 javelin throw was a new PB and won him the competition. Both Ethan and Jack competed in the sprints. Both ran 12.4 for 100m, equalling Ethan's PB and getting the judges' decision over Jack by the thickness of a vest. Over 200m Ethan ran 25.1 for 2nd place with Jack 3rd in 25.5.

Under 20 Woman Sarah Lunt competed on the track in club colours for the first time. Normally a distance runner, she warmed up with a 1500m in 6:07 and ran the 3000m in 13:21.

Nathan Byrne and Jimmy Alderson were our Under 20 Men. Jimmy ran 12.4 for 100m, 54.8 for 400m and then ran a PB in the 200m, crossing the line in 25.7. Throwing senior weights, Nathan achieved 9m 91 in the shot - 3rd place in the senior competition - 29m in the discus and 24m 48 in the javelin.

In the Senior Women competition we had Katy Coupland and Catherine Fearnley. A visually impaired runner, Catherine ran with a guide, Keith Lunt, in both the 200m, in 34.6, and the 3000m, in 12:37.9. Katy competed in the discus, winning that event with a best of 28m 46, 5 metres clear of the 2nd placed thrower.

And Finally, our Senior Men were Chris Burgess, Matthew Campbell, Liam Harris and Carl McMahon. I think this might have been Carl's first track competition in club colours and he ran the 7 1/2 lap 3000m in 11:13.5. Chris equalled his best this season in the shot with 7m 93. He also ran 12.3 and 24.7 for the short sprints. Matthew ran the 400m in 53.2, 2nd only to a guest runner. Liam won both the hammer and the shot competition with 38m 77 and 10m 80. And he was 3rd in the discus with 29m 90.

Thanks to everyone who helped make the day a success; all those who helped in the refreshment tent; the youngsters who were selling sweets etc; the team who help set up and take down; and of course to our team of officials including Steve Boreham, Chris Henders, Lesley Scott, Steve James, Dave Whitehead, Ann Dignan, Lee Coupland, Barrie Hughes and Lucy Belshaw.

The final Mid Lancs fixture is the annual medal meeting at Blackpool on Saturday 26th August. Click here for entry form.

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22nd July 2017: Stockport quadrathon attracts 13 SWAC juniors

A sunny Stockport played home venue to their Harriers' annual quadrathon today and we had 13 junior SWAC athletes taking part. Between them, they managed 2 overall victories, 3 podiums, multiple Personal Bests and a new Club Record!!

Megan Hulse was our only U9 participant and performed 4 fantastic events which gave her overall victory. She ran the 75m in 13.5, threw the vortex 10.80, long jumped 3.00 and rounded it off with a storming win in the 600 in a time of 2.15.74 a fantastic debut.

We had 2 under 11 boys in Sammy Pickerill and James Malone with James making his first outing as a SWAC athlete. James threw the vortex 8.21, LJ 2.23 and had two goo track runs 75m 12.22 and 600 in 2.11.04 again a good start. Sammy threw the vortex 25.95, ran the 75m in 11.77 and LJ 3.62 which was a PB. He then rounded off the competition with an impressive 600 ran in 1.50.57 which was enough to give him 3rd overall just 4 points off the overall winner!!

Four Under 11 girls competed with Natalie Piercy, Lottie Hughes, Emily Dean and another debutant in Apphia Keenan. Natalie jumped a PB of 2.53 in the LJ, threw the vortex 11.28 and did the two runs in 14.01 and 2.29.47.  Lottie ran the 75m in 12.94, the 600 in 2.25.32, LJ 2.87 and threw the vortex 13.78. Emily's best performances was a stunning PB of 2.02.29 in the 600. She also threw the vortex 8.91, ran the 75 in 12.75 and had another PB of 2.80 in the LJ. Our best overall performer was Apphia who had 4 very solid events running 12.07 for the 75, 2.07.87 in the 600, LJ 3.09 and throwing the howler 19.52 for 6th position overall.

We had two U13 boys in Jack Clark and Rhys Hulse. Jack was attempting jumping and throwing for the first time and managed to throw the shot 4.56 and LJ 3.90. Unsurprisingly his best efforts were on the track; 2.35.7 for the 800 and 13.97 for the 100 which was good enough for 8th place overall. Rhys our final debutant faired slightly better managing a 6th place overall finish thanks to a 4.27 LJ, 14.28 in the 100, shot putting 5.30 and 2.40.16 for the 800 again a good sign of the potential to come from both these athletes.

Finally we had four U13 girls Amber Hughes, Katie Piercy, Grace Malone and Katelyn Swift. All the girls performed well, well enough in fact to take the overall best team prize!!  Katelyn jumped 3.38, ran the 100 in 16.16, the 800 in 3.11.10 and threw a PB in the shot of 5.14. Grace had a solid day competing in all 4 events for the first time jumping 3.35, shot putting 4.59, running the 800 in 3.00.44 and the 100 in 15.14. Katie ran the 100m in 14.73, the 800 in 2.48.72, putting the shot 8.25 and jumping a PB 3.65 in the long jump which was enough for 5th place overall. Amber ran the 100m in 13.75, the 800 in 2.38.02, jumped a PB 4.20 and threw the shot 8.61 which was enough to take the club record off Katie although I'm quite sure we haven't heard the last of that yet this season. Those efforts were enough to give Amber overall victory in the competition which rounded off an excellent day all around!!

If anybody is interested in doing multi events - no matter what age you are -see Barrie Hughes, David Gough or Lee Coupland for more details.

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15th July 2017: Magnificent performance as YDL team wins promotion

Wow! What a day. The final round of the Youth Development League was a home fixture at Litherland and our Under 13s and Under 15s were out in force. In all honesty, all the team needed to do was to turn up and they would win the League but the performance this season has made a statement about the ability of our young athletes and a high target was set for the final fixture. As expected, the team under the able management of Graham Boreham, responded magnificently. The final scores were Hyndburn 110 points, Salford Met 236, Border 341, Horwich 377, Chorley 437, Blackpool 490 and Southport Waterloo 694 points! We have in fact increased our points total at each match this season and no other team in the North has scored higher so far this season.

So a new vista opens up next year as we gain promotion to Division 2. The standard of competition will be higher but I have no doubt we can make our presence felt and continue to progress in this League.

There were lots of impressive performances with the girls again providing the cream. Both Amber Hughes and Stephanie Robertson improved their club hurdles records and there were 5 grade 1 standard performances by Sierra Jalloh, Grace Tobin, Amber Hughes Stephanie Robertson and Megan Howarth. Against some very good competition, the girls achieved 12 event wins and, not to be outdone, the boys had 8 event wins. So some great individual performances but teams only achieve success with numbers and a commitment to work enjoyably together and for the team. And there has been lots of that in evidence this season!

With so many good performances, its hard to pick an Athlete of the Match. But I would select Stephanie Robertson, winning her 75m hurdles race in 11.5 seconds. A grade 1 standard here is 11.9!

Despite some early rain, conditions at Litherland were good and the Sports Park looked the part with LSP staff and Steve Boreham in particular spending many hours prepping the field events.

Our Under 13 Girls were Amber Hughes, Sierra Jalloh, Jessica Keenan, Annabel Lockie, Grace Malone, Rachel Murphy, Alex Murphy-Worrell, Katie Piercy, Niamh Procter, Katelyn Swift and Grace Tobin. Amber shaved a tenth of a second off her club record 70m hurdles time with a win in 11.9 secs. Amber is such a good all rounder that she could win just about any event she was put in. Today she won the high jump with 1m 32 and the 150m in 20.7. Katie was another event winner, winning the javelin with 23m 88, the shot with 7m 95 and she was the 'B' stream winner in the 70m hurdles running a PB 12.9 secs. And there were two more event winners. Sierra stormed through a competitive 75m field to win in a PB 10.4 secs, a grade 1 standard!. And Grace Tobin convincingly won her 800m race - by over 80m if I remember correctly - in 2:27.1, also a grade 1 standard for her. Grace's best of 3m 87 also gave her 2nd place points in the long jump competition.

Several others achieved good PBs. Annabel ran 4:27.7 for 1500m, taking 9 secs off her previous best. Jessica equalled her PB in the 75m, taking 2nd 'B' spot with 11.4. And Grace Malone equalled her previous best over 150m, another 2nd 'B' spot with 22.4. Grace also ran a non-scoring 75m in 11.1 and threw the javelin 10m 35.

Niamh made her debut appearance in a club vest in the high jump. She cleared 1m 20 today and has obvious talent in this event.

With so many talented athletes its difficult to get a place in this team. Others were Alex winning the 'B' shot with 7m 40, and running 2:55 for 800m; Rachel running 4:40 for 1200m and Katelyn taking advantage of non-scoring events to run 12.7 for 75m and 3:19 for 800m.

The Under 13 Boys were Marcus Burgess, Jack Clark, Sam Devine, Michael Henderson, James Pike, Jonathon Pilkington and Oliver Turner-Bone. All the sprinters did really well, including in the 4 x 100m relay which they won in a season's best time of 58.0 secs. Jack won both the 100m and the 200m in 14.0 and 28.1, equalling his PB in the 200m. He also won a middle distance race, clocking 2:33 to knock 15 secs off his previous 800m best time. Sam won the 'B' 100m in 15.0 and ran a PB 30.3 in the 200m.

There were several more PBs. James' 10m 79 javelin throw was a PB as was his 5:25 time winning the 'B' 1500m. Marcus achieved PBs in both his events; running 16.9 for 75m hurdles and putting the shot 5m 08; a big improvement from his previous best of 4m 23. And Oliver's 9m 49 javelin throw was another PB. He also ran 2:59 for 800m. Jonathon was one of the lucky ones getting three events. He high jumped 1m 15, long jumped 3m 64 and ran 17.5 for the 75m hurdles. And for his three events, Michael ran 4:58 for 1500m, high jumped 1m 30 and long jumped 3m 43.

We had a much stronger squad of Under 15 Girls for this match. The team comprised Alice Bird, Lilly-Ann Grayson, Megan Howarth, Louise Murphy-Worrell, Stephanie Robertson, Bethany Swift, Ella Tobin and Freya Walsh. We missed Stephanie from the team at the last fixture but she was back making a real impression at this match. Her win over 75m hurdles was achieved in 11.5 secs, looking great technically and shaving some hundredths off her club record. She won the long jump with 4m 51 and was 2nd in the 100m with a time of 13.5. Louise won the shot with 7m 42 in a reversal of fortunes with Megan who won the 'B' competition with 7m 15. Louise also ran the sprints, running a Season's Best 31.2 for 200m and 14.6 for 100m. Megan again won the javelin competition with 33m 33 and was 2nd in the hammer with 27m 04.

There were several more PBs. Lilly-Ann ran a PB 2:27.3 for 800m and 46.5 for 300m but she will best remember the last leg of the 4 x 300m relay where she made up the distance and passed the Blackpool runner to hold 2nd place. Alice Bird won the 'B' 1500m in a PB 5:45, also threw the javelin 17m 30 and ran 33.7 for 200m Bethany threw a PB 12m 63 in the discus. She also threw the hammer and ran 17.7 in the non-scoring 100m. Freya's long jump of 2m 96 was a PB and she was 2nd in the 1500m running 5:26.6, just 3 tenths longer than her run at Blackpool. That's consistency! And Ella's 18m 99 discus throw was a Season's Best. She also ran 48.0 for 300m.

Louise, Lilly-Ann, Ella and Stephanie won their 4 x 100m relay in 55.2 and Alice, Freya, Megan and Lilly-Ann were 2nd in the 4 x 300m in 3:16.9.

Finally, our Under 15 Boys were James Cain, Leo Christian, Sam Coupland, Jamie Hopkins, Lewis McMahon, Patrick Manchester, Tom Murphy, Joshua Stammers, Luke Suarez and Joe Sutton. The Under 15 Boys had four event wins with Sam taking max points in the pole vault with a PB 2m 30 clearance, Patrick winning the shot with 9m 64, Jamie winning the 80m hurdles in 13.1 secs and the 4 x 300m team romping home in a season's best 3:09.8. Sam also won the 'B' high jump with 1m 50 and the 'B' long jump with 4m 51. Jamie was 2nd in the high jump with a 1m 55 best clearance and the 300m in a PB 44.3, the race delayed by a minute to allow Jamie to rush over from the high jump! And Patrick featured in other throws, 2nd in the discus with 25m 62 and 3rd in the javelin with 24m 51.

There were plenty more PBs - 10 in total by our Under 15 Boys. Lewis ran an 800m PB of 2:27.3 (exactly the same time strangely as Lilly-Ann Grayson). His 21m 63 javelin throw was also a PB and he threw 15m 89 in the hammer. Leo's 2:30.7 for 800m was a useful PB as was his 200m PB of 28.6. He also threw the hammer 22m 14.Tom's 80m hurdles run of 15.8 for the 'B' win was a PB. He also ran 47.7 for 300m and 14.5 for 100m. And the final PB was achieved by Joe Sutton, who ran 5:05.7 for 1500m.

The 1500m race also featured James who ran 4:57 for 3rd place. Joshua was our 'A' sprinter running 13.8 and 27.4 and long jumping 4m 59. Luke continued to give support in the Field with an 18m 11 discus throw and a 6m 90 shot put

Thanks to everyone who helped to put this meeting on; to our team of officials and helpers; to our results team; and to all who helped out with refreshments and sweet sales. It all made for a great day and a good experience for our athlete and visitors. But most thanks go to our teams of young athletes who have surpassed expectations this season; and to their team manager who has guided them to memorable success.

Thanks too to Steve and Graham Boreham for the photos used here.

Full results (when available) | results for Southport Waterloo

Also, for a pair of green Asics spikes, size 7, that were left in the SWAC tent, contact Katy Coupland.

And we are back at Litherland Sports Park in 2 weeks when we host the final round of the Mid Lancs League.

12th July 2017: SWAC juniors receive Sefton awards

On Wednesday night a wide range of sportspeople and volunteers were celebrated at the annual Sefton Sports Awards.

The guest of honour, Lora Fachie MBE, shared with the room her aspiration of winning Paralympic Gold in London 2012 for a crash late in the race to deny her a medal. She then shared the importance of friends, family and coaches with coping with disappointment and helping change her goal resulting in track gold in Rio 2016.

Two SWAC athletes were nominated. Olivia Logan was part of the Greenbank Swimming Team who were nominated as Team of the Year for their dedication in long hours of training and qualifying for the Nationals again. As winners in 2016, they received Highly Commended in 2017.

Stephanie Robertson was nominated in the Junior Female Sports Personality of the Year for her achievements in Indoor Sportshall and Athletics. She was also awarded Highly Commended in a hotly contested category.

Both girls also went on the stage to help their school, Greenbank High School, collect the winner's trophy for Secondary School of the Year.


9th July 2017: Senior T&F team stay mid table after poor result at Halifax

After an excellent home fixture in Round 2 of the Northern Track & Field League in June, we struggled to get a team together for Round 3 at Halifax. This track dates from 2007 and has been remarked only this year so was looking pristine in the glorious summer weather. Few venues have everything, however, and Halifax has no PA system so it was difficult to keep track of progress through the afternoon. Halifax Harriers is a small club but put on a good meeting with only a handful of volunteers.

With such a depleted team, good league points were really out of the question. Match points were Trafford, 1st with 374 - their best performance in this division this season, presumably because there was no clashing BAL fixture this weekend - 2nd were Spenborough with 341, Manchester Harriers 335, St Helens 328, Halifax 271, and Southport Waterloo 247. That actually leaves us in mid-table and, with only one relegation, we look safe to stay in this Division next season. After a promotion last year, I think we would have been pleased just to stay up this season. Coming second in our home fixture showed a more positive potential but we need a better turn-out than we achieved at Halifax - which is only an hour and a half drive away.

The highlight in the team performance was undoubtedly the return of James Tartt to competitive track & field. After extended periods of injury, he now looks fit and still has the desire to achieve. He won both the 800m and 1500m races.

Also, with such a poor score t is easy to infer under-performance but that is not the case. In fact, our small band of competitors had three event wins, 12 PBs and 3 SBs.

Our Women's team comprised Emma Apps, Katy Coupland, Eve McMahon and Mia Tomlinson-Oldfield. Just 4! I hate to think what the Women's team would be like without Katy who once again competed in the maximum number of events, including good point-winners, if not all events she would otherwise chose. Her 36.1 for 200m and 29.5 for 100m hurdles were both PBs and her 3m 49 long jump was a Season's Best. Elsewhere in the field, she triple jumped just short of 6 metres, threw the hammer 18m 28 and the shot 7m 09. Mia equalled her PBs in both the 100m, running 13.3, and the high jump clearing 1m 30. And she ran 27.8 for 200m. Eve competed in shot, hammer and javelin. She once again won the javelin competition with a best of 26m 72, a new PB by half a metre, she threw the hammer 14m 09 and put the shot 6m 24. I'm not sure if Emma just came along with Ben but, competing for the first time this season, she threw the javelin 15m 79 and the discus 12m 85.

Competing in the Men's team were Ben Apps, Graham Boreham, Chris Burgess, Lee Coupland, David Hamilton, Liam Harris, Tom Kwissa, Tom Lippitt, Ian Pike and James Tartt. As mentioned above, this was James' first track race of the season. He did compete in this fixture last year but that apart he has been out track competition since 2013. He won the 800m race in 1:57.3, pleased to have run under 2 minutes at this stage, and won the 1500m in 4:12.1. Ben was another event winner. After a very good club record performance in the triple jump at English Schools this very weekend, Ben came along to enjoy more athletics. He won the triple jump with 12m 76 and set two new sprint PBs; an impressive 11.9 in the 'B' 100m - his previous best being 13.5 from 2014 - and 24.3 in the 'B' 200m. Graham is in good form at the moment and improved his 800m PB to 2:08.7 for 2nd place in the 'B' 800m. And he was 3rd in the 400m in 54.4. Tom Lippitt ran 12.9 for 100m and long jumped 4m 81. Tom Kwissa was 2nd in the high jump with 1m 65 and his best long jump of 5m 11 was a new PB; the first time over 5 metres I think.

Ethan' 56.7 for 400m was another PB for him and Harry also achieved a PB to push his best 1500m time down to 4:41.5 Harry also triple jumped 8m 98. David Hamilton was again our number 1 5000m runner, 17:02 at Halifax in very warm conditions. Ian also ran the 5000 in 25 minutes after running the 3000m steeplechase with Lee. After Lee's early bath, Ian went past to finish in 17:01 ahead of Lee's 17:12.

Chris ran 25.0 for his 200m race and was busy in the throws with a best shot of 7m 59, discus, a PB 18m 48, and javelin, 27m 91. Elsewhere in the throws, Liam had a Season's Best 11m 15 for 2nd place in the shot, he threw the discus 27m 11, the javelin, another Season's Best 26m 30 and the hammer 36m 58. Lee's hammer throw of 20m 82 was a PB and first throw over 20 metres.

Finally, although they came 6th at Halifax there was great final run by Chris Burgess in the 4 x 400m relay. Graham started with a 56.6 leg, then Ben ran 56.7, Ethan 58.4 and Chris took the baton like a man on a mission and clocked 54.7 for the last leg. His PB for 400m is 56.7!

Thanks to all the athletes who supported the team today; to our esteemed team manager Lee Coupland - see above walking on water - and to our officials; Steve James, Dave Whitehead, Lesley Scott, Christopher Henders, Steve Boreham, Paula McMahon & Jenny Oldfield.

Round 4 is at Trafford on Saturday, 5th August.

Full results | Results for Southport Waterloo

7th / 8th July 2017: 4 SWAC juniors at English Schools; Ben Apps sets new TJ club record

This year the English Schools' Championships moved to Birmingham, a more sensible option than Gateshead geographically. I’d been checking the weather forecast every day, and it wasn’t until the last minute we were promised a dry track.

An advance on last years 3, we had 4 athletes representing their county from Southport Waterloo. We had only 1 qualifier in many of the previous years, but this year a sprinter, hurdler, thrower and jumper. As we had consistent representation for middle distance in previous years, this goes to show the quality of training happening across the squads at Litherland and Southport.

Steph was first to compete in her 1st English Schools, with her hurdles heat on the back straight, which confused me, but that doesn’t take much in the morning. Steph was off fast as usual and by mid race she was one of 3 athletes side by side, this led to a problem when the girl on the left, UK #3 Ruby Bridger clattered a hurdle and went flying, the knock on effect caused a bit of havoc and an off balance Steph recovered well, but 11.98 wasn’t enough to pass to the semi’s as a fastest loser. Speaking to Steph later, mature and pragmatic as always, by the end of the day she wasn’t upset or frustrated; just desperate to do her next hurdles race.

Harry’s 100m was almost immediately next on the main straight, running a great time of 11.01 (his best electronically timed which affects the rankings at the level he is running at) to finish 3rd in his heat, on photo finish, but the time 11.01 was shared by all 3 fastest, a great race by 1st year u20 Harry.

Megan was also competing in her 1st English Schools.  She was in an extremely high quality group of javelin throwers and 31m91 was not enough to qualify for the extra 3 throws given to the top 8, but is an excellent standard of throwing. After many grade 1 throws this season including a national standard, Megan can expect even better outcomes from her next championships; the Northerns and Nationals in August.

Back to the sprint straight for Harry’s semi-final, and another good time of 11.08, but Harry was getting some trouble from his hamstring, and all qualifiers for the final ran sub 11! Harry was disappointed not to get through his semi but he did very well in a strong field, which is always promising for a 1st year in his age group. Hopefully it’s something he can recover from quickly.

The last SWAC athlete to compete was Ben Apps, in triple jump. Ben has had a lot of things to balance this season, his GCSE year, he practices regularly for his school concerts, and he is an excellent rugby player (a winger obviously.) This makes today’s result all the more impressive, 13.29 was enough to secure 6th place, and a club record passing Adam Chandley’s 2002 mark of 13.25. Ben’s 2nd best jump was 13.28!  Consistency is always a good sign.

With Ben deciding to reduce his rugby commitments next year to better prepare for his athletics in the summer, the best is yet to come. This can be said for all our athletes, who qualified, and those who didn’t, and we’re all aware of the quality in our u13 group. I can only see more Southport Waterloo athletes joining Steph, Megan, Harry and Ben at high standard competitions in the future.

I can’t write this report without a special mention for thrower Bekki Roche, who trains with Barry and Ann at Litherland. With second place in the u15g shot competition, this was a second English Schools’ medal for Bekki, who broke the national record at the county schools championships - what an athlete! Bekki threw under difficult circumstances but I hope she can be re-assured that she has our support.

English Schools is the highest level of competition for school age athletes, and it was a pleasure for us all to be there – athletes, family and coaches.

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6th July 2017: Just two SWAC runners take on Bull Hill Fell Race, Fell GP race 6

Leg 6 of the Fell Grand Prix took place over the fells of mid-Lancashire on a warm sunny evening. More than 200 runners started the race which started and finished more than a mile from the registration, giving a good warm up and warm down.

The course took in a number of good stiff climbs and fast descents and despite the warm dry weather there was plenty of mud and water on the course, to make some parts of it quite testing.

The most challenging was the final 800m which included crossing a stream and muddy section before a final climb to the finish.

Only two runners from SWAC competed in the race with Brian Davey first home in 50.09 with Clive James second, having a strong run finishing in 54.23,. This was after running in the Lakeland 2-day event on the previous weekend.

The next race in the series is at Whittle Pike on Wednesday 2nd August.

3rd July 2017: Two more junior club records set on Monday evening

Please forgive me if I keep banging on about our current crop of Under 13 Girls but they keep on impressing! On Monday, we had the annual Year 7 (really Under 13s as Yr 6s are included) inter counties match Merseyside v Cheshire at Ellesmere Port. The Stanney track is about the same age as our Litherland track but it has been completely resurfaced and re-marked and around it has developed the Ellesmere Port Sports Village. All very impressive and an enjoyable venue on a warm, still summer's evening.

The Merseyside team is selected mainly from the non-championship events held for Under 13s as part of the Merseyside County Schools Championships. It provides a pathway to competing in English Schools and gives younger athletes an opportunity to earn their first County Schools vest.

The Merseyside team included six Southport Waterloo athletes who helped their team come within 2 points of Cheshire, the closest they have ever come in this competition!

And they did us proud!

Amber Hughes has been knocking on the door of the club 70m hurdles record all season and has been working recently on an adjustment to her start. It went very well on Monday and she finished 2nd in 12.0 seconds, putting aside Lydia Hurley's 12.1 record set back in 2003. More to come this season I'm sure! Amber also won the shot competition with 8m 00 and led off for the winning 4 x 100m team.

Sierra Jalloh was selected for the 100m and she ran 3rd in 14.2 secs.

Grace Tobin ran another great 800m to win in 2:28.1.

Alex Murphy-Worrell also ran an 800, in 2:48, just a couple of seconds outside her PB. But the surprise was in the discus where she threw 16 metres! So Katelyn Swift's club record at Preston on Saturday has only lasted 48 hours! The reality now is that we have at least four girls - Phoebe Apps, Amber Hughes, Alex Murphy-Worrell and Katelyn Swift (and Katie Piercy hasn't had a go yet!) - who are capable of taking this record to new highs. I'm now suggesting a special reward for the first Under 13 girl to throw over 20 metres!

Katie Piercy was also an event winner, this time in the javelin with a best of 23m 73, nearly 3 metres further than Cheshire's best thrower.

Michael Henderson was our only boy selected for this team. He ran his 1500m in 4:59 for 3rd place and also cleared 1m 35 in the high jump, equalling his PB.

Well done to all who earned their county vest.

Full results.

1st July 2017: New club record for Katelyn Swift at Preston Mid lancs

An excellent turn-out by our male athletes in particular gave them the best overall result for years, finishing 2nd to Preston Harriers, host club for Saturday's 4th Round of the Mid Lancs Track & Field League. Before officials' points are added, our male athletes scored 134.5, behind Preston's 191.5 and ahead of L'pool Pembroke & Sefton with 124. Our female athletes were strong at Under 13 level but numbers fell away after that. They finishing 5th of 6 competing teams. This is a development league so point-scoring is not the primary objective. But if athletes don't compete then they don't develop!

There may not have been many of our female athletes at Preston but our Under 13 Girls were magnificent. I cannot remember such a strong squad and today Katelyn Swift provided the cherry on top with a new club record of 14m 89 in the discus. That is the 7th T&F club record set by our Under 13 Girls this season; and we've only just entered July!

Amber Hughes was once again the highest performer with three event wins and a grade 1 standard performance in winning the 200m race. The U13s also produced three grade 2 standards by Amber, Grace Tobin and Katy Piercy.

Our Under 13 Girls were Sierra Jalloh, Michaela Hopkins, Amber Hughes, Rachel Murphy, Katie Piercy, Katelyn Swift and Grace Tobin. Amber won her 100m, 200m and 70m hurdles races in 13.7, 28.4 and 12.3, all with an easy confidence. Sierra won her 100m race in 14.0 as she becomes more confident in her running ability. Katie won both the shot and javelin competition with 7m 30 in the shot and 22m 97 in the javelin. Grace ran a great 1500m race. This event this year has been dominated by a young Leven Valley runner. Grace stuck with her tenaciously today and was rewarded with a new PB time of 5:05.8, finishing just a second behind the winner and just 8 tenths of a second off a Grade 1 standard. An excellent run from one of the club's best young distance runners .Katelyn cleared 1m 05 in the high jump, a new PB, and ran 16.1 for 100m but the best was yet to come when she ended the meeting in the discus cage. In only her 2nd attempt at this event, and with her very first throw, she beat the existing club record which now stands at 14m 89.

Rachel ran the 100m and 200m in 15.6 and 32.2 and finished the meeting with 16.2 in the sprint hurdles. Michaela improved her 100m PB running 16.9 and she long jumped 2m 83.

Our Under 13 Boys were Marcus Burgess, Jack Clark, Michael Henderson and Nathan Ralph. Jack was 2nd in his 100m and 200m races, run in 13.9 and 28.5. He also threw the javelin 14m 17. Marcus ran 15.8 for his 100m, ran 17.5 for 75m hurdles and threw the discus 9m 70. Michael's high jump of 1m 35 was a new PB after he was 3rd in the 1500m race in 5:04.9. And Nathan ran a PB 15.9 for 100m, and long jumped 3m 25

Our Under 15 Girls were Beth Brown in her first competition, Megan Howarth, Emily Ralph, Bethany Swift and Freya Walsh. Megan won the javelin competition with 30m 81, 6 metres ahead of the next best thrower. Bethany's 9m 78 was a PB and she ran 18.1 for 100m. Beth ran 14.1 in her first race. In the heat of the day, Freya ran her 1500m in 5:33. And Emily long jumped a best of 2m 07, a new PB for her. She also ran 33.1 for 200m.

Sam Coupland, Jamie Hopkins, Lewis McMahon, Patrick Manchester and Tom Murphy were our Under 15 Boys. Jamie, selected by Lancashire for Sunday's Northern Inter Counties match in Hull, had a good day winning the high jump with 1m 55, 3rd in the javelin with 27m 27 and, moving up to Under 17, he competed in the triple jump leaping a best of 10m 63, improving his PB by nearly a metre! Sam also achieved a PB running his first 400m of the season in 64.5. He also high jumped 1m 50 and finished off with a win in the 80m hurdles crossing the line in 14.5. Tom ran 14.5 for 100m and 16.2 for the hurdles. Lewis ran the 800m in 2:35 and finally, Patrick again featured in the throws. He was 3rd in the discus with a PB 23m 44, 3rd in the shot with 10m 06 and 5th in the javelin with 24m 44.

Eve McMahon was our only Under 17 Woman. She threw 23m 83 for her javelin event.

Daniel Byrne, Ethan Harrison and Tom Kwissa competed in the Under 17 Men's competition. Tom achieved PBs in both his events. He won the long jump with 4m 93 and cleared 1m 75 in the high jump. Ethan ran 12.5 for 100m and 58.6 for 2nd place in the 400m. And Daniel threw the javelin 29m 38 for 3rd place in that competition.

Competing with senior weights, Under 20 Man Nathan Byrne put the shot 9m 99, threw the discus 27m 88 and the javelin 29m 38 .

And Katy Coupland was again our only Senior Woman. She competed in discus and hammer, being 3rd with 27m 59 in the discus and 4th with a hammer throw of 17m 30.

Graham Boreham, Chris Burgess, Matthew Campbell and Liam Harris were our Senior Men at Preston. Graham had the best of the performances finishing his 400m race in 53.5, improving on his previous PB of 54.1; a significant achievement. He also equalled his PB for 200m running 24.5. Matthew is still the fastest of our 400m runners, running 52.7 at Preston. Chris ran 12.5 for 100m but had a Season's Best 24.7 in his 200m race. Then, in the throws, Liam had a Season's Best in the shot winning that competition with 10m 88. He was 2nd in the hammer with 38m 46 and he threw the discus 28m 06.

Our thanks go to team manager Lee Coupland and to our officials Steve Boreham, Dave Whitehead, Emma Howarth, Lee Coupland and Liam Harris. Thanks to David Wood for use of a couple of his photos.

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