Lagan Valley AC Super 5
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Lagan Valley Athletic Club are delighted to announce that this year’s Super 5 Series will be supported by power ni and will be known as The power ni Super 5 Series.
Due to this generous support we are also pleased to announce that entry fees will be reduced to £2 per athlete regardless of the number of events entered. Hopefully this will result in increased participation levels in what has become the premier ‘have a go’ athletics competition in the province.
This will be the club’s 23rd season of summer
athletics meetings and following the refurbishment of the Mary Peters’ Track it returns this year to its traditional home. Throughout its history Lagan Valley
has been at the forefront of providing competition for athletes of all ages with an
emphasis on the young and developing athlete. The core idea of the “Super 5″ series
has been to encourage young athletes to ‘have a go’ at a variety of events while also
providing high level competition for the more experienced senior athlete.
The format of the competition this year will again involve a series of five meetings,
all on Thursday nights at the Mary Peters’ Track.
Dates for The power ni Super 5 Series are as follows:
- April 18th,
- May 2nd,
- May 30th,
- June 20th,
- August 15th
Hopefully all will be held at Mary Peters Track!!
This season the age qualification date will again be the UKA date which was used
for the first twelve years namely midnight 31st August / 1st September in year of competition. For the minis age group, athletes must be minimum age 8 years old on day of competition, and U11 on 31st August in year of competition.
While the Lagan Valley Thursday meetings as a ‘Best of Belfast’ promotion in 1991 their origins can be traced back
to AAA Five Star meetings held on the old cinder track at Shaws Bridge in the 1970s. Since that time Thursday night at the Mary peters Track has become synonymous with top class athletics.
Over the years these meetings
have been the launching pad for many international athletes including medallists at
major Games. Names such as Vicki Jamison, Kelly McNeice, Kerry O’Flaherty (now
Harty) Eva Massey and Gareth Turnbull in athletics have been joined by names
who subsequently flourished in other sports such as Aaron Hughes (Soccer) and
Andrew Maxwell and Amy Davis (Rugby). ParaOlympic Champion Michael McKillop and IPC World
Championships medallist Sally Brown have competed in the meetings in
recent years. There is little doubt that this year we will see at least one new name who
will become a star in the future.