TWO local Belfast athletes were the pick of the winners at the first of the firmus Fab five athletics series held at the Mary Peters Track, Belfast last week.
The event, which saw more than 250 athletes from across Northern Ireland take part is organised by Lagan Valley Athletics Cub and is the largest athletic series in the region.
The first in the series took place on Thursday night and offered a wide range of athletic disciplines, including some new events.
Local North Belfast Harriers athlete Abi-Skye Robertson took the winning spot on the podium for one of the new events, the U11 Girls’ Cricket Ball. Abi-Skye took first place with a throw of 14.48m and closely followed in second place by Lyndsey Kelly who threw a distance of 12.96 and Keeva Fallon who took third place with her shot of 12.75.
Jacob McKettrick from Orangegrove Athletics club in East Belfast also took gold in the U13 Boys 800metres, with a time of 2.31. Second place went to Finn Cross and Dylan Alexander from Lurgan Junior High School took third place.
Angeline Murphy, Marketing Manager at firmus energy, who attended the opening event said:
“We were pleased to renew our partnership with this popular competition and it was great to see so many athletes turn out for the first of the series, which included a number of first time participants.
“It is testament to the reputation of this series that the numbers continue to grow and it is also pleasing to see such a wide range of ages taking part”.
Open to all budding athletes, both beginners who would like the opportunity to try out new track and field events and more serious competitors, who are offered a chance to go up against other skilled athletes from across Northern Ireland.
John Glover from Lagan Valley Athletics Club, added:
“It was great to see such a big turnout for the first of the 2018 series which was helped by the dry, if not cold conditions. We had such a varied group of athletes ranging in age from eight to 45 years old.
“That is what makes this event so popular, it is open to everyone to come along and try his or her hand at a new discipline.
“The next in the series takes place next Thursday, 26th April and I would encourage anyone who has an interest to come along and see what it’s all about”.
Online registration for the next event in the firmus energy Fab 5 Series, which will take place on Thursday 26th April, 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.