Merseyside County Athletic Association


Merseyside record

When it comes to athletic families, there are surely few stronger in the UK than the Kearney clan of Merseyside.
Six of the family were picked for their county team for the Inter-Counties Cross Country Championships recently and their results included: Ellen-Mary (63rd in the under-13 girls’ race), Aileen (116th in the under-20 women’s race), Ieuan (144th in the under-17 men’s race), and Arran (218th in the under-17 men’s race).
In addition, Emily Kearney was fourth in the Merseyside Championships but unable to run at Prestwold Hall as she is studying in the United States, while their mum, Sarah, was also selected to race and travelled to the event but was unable to run on the day. (© Athletics Weekly, March 2017)

XC I/C teams, 2017

See links for the teams selected to represent Merseyside at the Inter Counties Cross Country Championships at Prestwold Hall, Loughbrough, on Saturday 11th March;  Female teams | Male teams

XC Champions

A successful Cross Country Championships were held on 7th January on a compact Sherdley Park course, well organised by St Helens Sutton AC and county Cross Country Championships Secretary, Mike Dooling.  The races were well attended with numbers of finishers much the same as last year. However, at 147 the number of female finishers was a Championships record! Click here for our Champions and other award winners.   Cross country stats also updated.

Officials courses

Two courses are coming up at Wavertree shortly.

Level 1 Track & Field Official; Sunday 19th February.  This is the course for new Track and Field officials, ie Field Judges, Track Judges, Timekeepers, Starter / Marksmen.  Attending the course and officiating at 4 or 5 meetings is enough to get a basic Level 1 qualification.  There is also a Health and Safety element, mandatory for all officials.

Level 1 Endurance Official; Saturday 4th March .  This is the course for new endurance officials, ie working at Road, Cross Country and Fell Running.  The course covers Risk Assessment and all the varied duties of an endurance official. Again, completing the course and working at 4 events will gain a Level 1 qualification.

Brief course details   Application Form.   It will be another 12 months at least before another T&F course will be available locally.  For the new endurance official, this is one of only two course in the country and it could be a long time before another opportunity arises locally.

Northern Athletics Survey

In early 2014, Northern Athletics (NA) faced a situation whereby financial reserves would run out within 2 to 3 years and asked athletes, coaches and volunteers to complete a survey, to establish the level of support and the key priorities for NA (from those responding to the survey) to be identified.  … More

SOUK Award for Dean Williams

Congratulations to Merseyside and Northern Field Official Dean Williams,  a well deserved winner in the ‘Officials Developer’ category of the national Sports Officials UK Awards dinner on Wednesday evening.

Merseyside County Fell Championships

The 2017 Merseyside County Fell Championships will be held at the Pendle Fell Race in Barley (nr Burnley) on the 1st April 2017 (NOT Llantysilio as previously stated due to a clash with the English Fell Championship race at Long Mynd). The race is 4.5 miles with 1499 ft of ascent. Entry is £4 on the day plus £3 to enter the county championships. After registering at the main race athletes must bring their number to the Merseyside County desk to declare themselves for the county champs.

n.b. This is a departure from previous years at Rivington Pike and the decision to change is based on finding a race, reasonably nearby, that is better representative of the type of race that will be encountered at Inter Counties.

GP Winners

The presentation of awards for this year’s Grand Prix will take place on  Saturday 5 November at the  Halewood 5k (immediately after the race at approx 10.45am).
I attach the list of Award Winners  This year the awards are spread amongst 8 clubs.             Tim