ATHLETICS: Carlisle claims 200m Super 6 Series crown

David Veck of firmus energy at Meet 6 of the firmus energy 2016 Super Six series are Aaron Carlisle (right) of Derry Track Club and Ryan Henry (left) of Willowfield Temperance Harriers, who came first and second respectively in the senior mens 200 metre event.

David Veck of firmus energy at Meet 6 of the firmus energy 2016 Super Six series are Aaron Carlisle (right) of Derry Track Club and Ryan Henry (left) of Willowfield Temperance Harriers, who came first and second respectively in the senior mens 200 metre event.

Derry Track Club’s Aaron Carlisle was crowned the firmus energy 2016 Super Six Series 200m champion after the sixth meeting of the popular events at the Mary Peter’s Track in Antrim.

The Derry sprinter held off the challenge of Ryan Henry from Willowfield Temperance Harriers to claim top spot after some dazzling displays.

Over the course of 2016’s six successful events, more than 1450 young athletes, from beginners to experienced competitors, took part in a variety of track and field events. Organised by Lagan Valley A.C., the Series is Northern Ireland’s largest athletic series, open to all young people aged eight and up.

“The final meet was a culmination of the athletes’ hard work and ongoing development over the last few months and thankfully the sun shone on us for our final gathering,” said Angeline Murphy of firmus energy.

“Since the first event in the Series in April, the young participants have achieved so much, many improving times and technique with each passing event.

“The firmus energy Super Six Series has helped to develop the confidence of all of the young participants. There is no doubt that the young athletes’ enthusiasm is catching and they inspire each other beyond belief.

“It has been great to see so many people involved across the six meets and we appreciate the support for the Series, which offers budding athletes a great opportunity to ‘have a go’ to see if they might enjoy track and field events. More seasoned competitors have the chance to compete against others of the same level from across Northern Ireland, an opportunity they may not otherwise have.”

Bryan McCorkell from Lagan Valley Athletics Club, added: “We are delighted with the success of this year’s Series and the commitment and dedication of all of the athletes who took part over the six events.

“I’d like to thank everyone for adhering to this year’s compulsory online registration process, which sped up the administration necessities, allowing more time for athletics at meets.

“The success of the athletes from Team GB and the Irish Olympic Team at the recent Games in Rio has really inspired everyone and encouraged our young competitors at this final meet for 2016 to dig deep and find that little bit extra resulting in many personal bests being achieved.

“Congratulations to each and every one of our young athletes who took part this year and we will return in the spring of 2017 for next year’s Series and hope to see a lot of familiar faces returning for another season.”

For more information on the firmus energy Super Six Series, visit www.laganvalleyac.co.uk or the ‘firmus energy Super 6’ facebook page.