The 2018 firmus energy fab five athletic series reached its half waypoint on Thursday night, welcoming 170 participants to the Mary Peter’s Track, Belfast. Local Belfast athletes were well represented at the event. Orange Grove Athletics Club participant Jacob McKittrick took gold in the U13 Boys Mile race with a time of 5.27.03.
St Anne’s Athletics Club picked up a number of medals, including first in the Boys 100m (Heat 1) thanks to Cayden Smith and Joshua Ridgway and Oisin Duffy both from St Anne’s picking up second and third respectively in Heat 2.
Sarah Van Der Linde from East Belfast’s Orange Grove Athletics Club won first place in the first heat of the U11 Girls 100m with a time of 15.44.
The series, which attracts athletes from across Northern Ireland, went one-step further with a group of athlete’s traveling from Stockport to take part in the coveted event.
Organised by Lagan Valley Athletics Club, Northern Ireland’s largest athletic series is open to all young people aged eight and up. The event has continued to grow in popularity, with clubs keen to travel form across the region to take part – shown clearly by the attendance of the Stockport Harriers.
Favourites like the 100m sprint, javelin and hurdles were all on offer to athletes on the night, which offered up the chance for many participants to better their time from their previous outing.
Angeline Murphy, Marketing Manager at firmus energy, said:
“firmus energy has been involved with the fab five series for four years and it has continued to grow year on year. The fact that athletes travelled from Stockport to take part shows how well thought of it is as a competitive series, which is testament to how well Lagan Valley Athletics Club run the events.
“It is great to see such a wide range of sporting events taking place and it offers something for everyone, of all abilities and ages. The enthusiasm of the participants on the night was also great to see”.
Open to all budding athletes, both beginners who would like the opportunity to try out new track and field events and more experienced competitors who compete against other skilled athletes from across Northern Ireland.
John Glover from Lagan Valley Athletics Club, added:
“We are pleased to see the event continue to grow and were pleased to welcome Stockport Harriers to the Mary Peter’s Track. There will be a bit of a break before our next event in the series, which will take place on Thursday, 09th August and I look forward to another successful event”.
Online registration for the next event in the firmus energy Fab 5 Series, which will take place on Thursday 9th August, is now open. For more information and to register for the event, visit the firmus energy Fab 5 facebook page or www.laganvalleyac.co.uk and click the ‘firmus series’ tab, where the £3 entry fee to each event can also be paid.