Northern Ireland’s largest athletics competition, the firmus energy Fab 5 welcomed a record 386 athletes to the Mary Peters Track in its first outing since the pandemic. The event also welcomed more than 250 spectators who cheered on local Lisburn athlete Arnar Brynjarsson who claimed gold in the 100m U15 Boys Race, breaking the Icelandic Under 15 100 metres record in the process, with a time of 11.27 seconds.
The City of Lisburn AC athlete finished top of the leaderboard, followed by Jack O’Connor who took second place and Ben Sykes who finished in third. However, it wasn’t the only medal the record-breaker managed to bag, he took home a second gold in the U15 Boys Javelin, with competitors Sebastian Holley and Sam Holmes finishing in second and third place respectively.
It was a family affair on the night with Arnar’s sister Brynja Brynjarsdottir, also of City of Lisburn AC, giving cause for double celebrations, bagging a gold medal in the 100m U17 Women’s Race. She was followed by Mia Ferguson who took home a silver medal, and Aida Zukauskaite who finished in third place claiming bronze.
The series, organised by Lagan Valley Athletics Club, which lists Olympian Ciara Mageean and Paralympian gold medallist Michael McKillop among their alumni, returned for its 30th year and will run from April through to September.
Ciara Magill, firmus energy, attended the opening event and said:
“The record number of both participants and spectators at the first event in this series demonstrates just how popular it is amongst aspiring athletes across Northern Ireland and Ireland. Athletes of all ages and abilities took part for the first time since the pandemic.
“This series is a key event in the sporting calendar for many local ambitious athletes who have been impacted by the lack of events due to Covid-19 in the last two years. The return of the Fab Five Series is great to see, not only for our athletes but for those who come along and take part as a hobby or just for fun”.
The highly competitive series, which is sponsored by natural gas company, firmus energy, attracts athletes from across Northern Ireland and Ireland and offers disciplines suitable for all abilities and ages. Athletes took part in a range of track and field events including short and middle-distance running events, the long-jump, and the shot putt.
Lagan Valley Athletics Club Chairman, Stephen Edgar added,
“We witnessed some great performances from local athletes across a number of track and field disciplines, including a record-breaking performance from Arnor Brynjarson (City of Lisburn AC) who broke the Icelandic Under 15 100 metres record in 11.27 seconds”.
“The record number of participants sets the tone for the rest of this series and for anyone interested in taking part, whether competitively or just for fun you can register online for the next event which takes place on 12th May. We really couldn’t have asked for a better way to kick-off the series”.
Since its debut in April 1991, the series has provided a platform for many local aspiring athletes who have gone on to represent Northern Ireland, Ireland and Great Britain and NI at international level across a range of disciplines.
Online registration for the next event in the firmus energy Fab 5 Series is now open. For more information and to register for the event, visit www.athleticsni.org/Fixtures/Firmus-Fab-5-Meets