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Gold for Ballymena & Antrim AC’s Ailing Smith at Fab 5 series

Pictured alongside the athletes on the podium is firmus energy Marketing Manager Pamela Beatty. Latter presentations were done by the Lagan Valley AC Club treasurer and Irish masters Champion Joe Frey.

Northern Ireland’s largest athletics competition, firmus energy Fab 5, returned for the third event in the series at the Mary Peters Track in Belfast.

The event, which focused mainly on hurdles, also saw stand out performances in a range of various disciplines, including long distance running in the 3000m, the long jump, high jump and throwing events.

In the Under 17 Girls 3000 metres, the night belonged toBallymena and Antrim AC athlete Aisling Smith. The youngster faced stiff competition from Mid Ulster AC’s Poppy Hastings, with the two neck-in-neck throughout.

In the end, victory belonged to Smith, who finished the race with a time of 10:48.16 and took home a gold medal in the process. Hastings followed just behind in second place with a time of 10:53.41 to take silver, with Amy McCartan (Dromore AC) joining them on the podium in third place claiming a bronze medal.

The series, organised by Lagan Valley Athletics Club, will pause for the month of July, before returning for the penultimate event in the series, which takes place on the 18th of August.

Pamela Beatty, Marketing Manager at firmus energy, attended the event and said:

“It was another highly competitive night at Mary Peters Track, with some great performances from athletes from right across the island. This partnership with Lagan Valley Athletics Club has been a long-term commitment for firmus energy with a focus on supporting local athletes in their competitive journey.

“Participation throughout the series has been strong andthe feedback from athletes has been overwhelmingly positive”.

The 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. The next event in the series will focus on various track and field disciplines including short and middle-distancerunning, the high-jump, long-jump, and the shot putt.

Lagan Valley Athletics Club President, John Glover added:

“The Fab Five series is now well underway, and the third event did not disappoint. Best performance of the evening was arguably that of Fionntan Campbell of North Belfast Harriers. The 19-year-old won the 3000m in a time of 8:38.67, the fastest by a local Under 20 athlete this season.

“In the field events the spectators were treated to the site of the 7.26 kg Hammer flying out over 60 metres thanks to the efforts of Irish Champion Brendan O’Donnell who made the long trip to the Mary Peters Track from Liffordin Donegal”.

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:


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