News reports - August 2020

15th August 2020: Improved SP club record for Amber Hughes at Trafford

Another 4 club juniors travelled to Stretford on Saturday for another of Trafford AC's 'Covid-19- safe' open meetings. With such limited competition it isn't surprising that most performances were Season's Bests but four were Personal Bests in a year when training has suffered significantly and there has been limited opportunity to be competition-ready.

Despite the loss of their T&F Championships and combined events regional matches, English Schools has remained hopeful that they would stage their Combined Events Championships at Bedford on 19th and 20th September. Eligibility to take part this year was decided on paper and Southport Waterloo's Amber Hughes and Sam Coupland were selected. And so they have been training as much as possible and both were at Trafford on Saturday as part of their build-up. However, with ongoing Covid-19 issues, English Schools Athletics has now reluctantly abandoned their get together at Bedford in September and have announced a virtual competition for performances at open meetings, or in training or at school between 20th August and 20th September.

On Saturday, Amber ran her first outdoor sprints of the season recording 13.01 and 27.41. A great shot put performance won that competition and pushed out her Under 15 Club Record to 10m 84, ranking her 15th in the country so far this year.

Sam has been a regular at these meetings. On Saturday he ran 12.08 for 100m and 24.03 for 200m was a new PB.

Under 15 Nathan Fitzgerald also competed in the sprints, running 12.03 for 100m and 24.63 for 200m.

Finally, in her first competition since taking a Northern Indoor medal in January, Renee Adams set new PBs over 75m and 150m, running 10.56 and 21.30.

Trafford is staging another Open meeting next Saturday. Open meetings at Warrington this month and Litherland and Blackpool next month have all been cancelled. Wigan only starts a phased return to track training this week so I don't expect their Arnold Seddon Open Meeting to take place.

Trafford results.

9th August 2020: Limited competition gets under way

It may not be any kind of return to pre-Covid-19 normality, but there has been some track and road competition this weekend. Trafford AC are putting on Covid secure open meetings each Saturday in August and today three Southport Waterloo athletes took advantage of the opportunity to compete. Sam Coupland achieved a best long jump of 6m 08 and he threw 28m 91 in the discus competition, Katy Coupland also threw the discus with a best of 28m 28. And Under 17 Bill Steel achieved two PBs. He won the 400m race in a best time of 55.58 secs and he put the 5kg shot 13m 98.

On the Road, there were 'races' at Tatton Park and Preston. The Tatton Park event was a trial with further races over the summer. Preston held their annual 5 and 10 mile races. Both events were run as time trials - setting runners off in waves - and at least the Preston 'races' are described on Run Britain as 'virtual' races. Its not perfect, but events run as time trials are better than no competition at all - provided they can be run safely. The protocols may hint at possible solutions for Cross Country over the coming months. UKA / EA have yet to issue guidance on 'if' and 'how' XC might be permitted.