A number of Fermanagh athletes were among 500 competitors from across the globe who competed in the Red Bull Conquer the Castle event which made its debut in Northern Ireland on Saturday at Necarne.

Set against the backdrop of the magnificent Castle Irvine, the contestants battled it out to be crowned King and Queen.

Stephen Flanagan from Thurles in Tipperary was the fastest male to complete the 22-obstacle racecourse, which stretched over 3.5km in a remarkable 16 minutes and 8 seconds. Aoife O’Sullivan from Dublin City was the fastest female making it across the line in 21 minutes and 30 seconds.

Second places went to West Belfast man Anthony Crowe (17 min 02 secs) and Aisling Sinclair (22 min 11secs) with third places going to Imants Ignatjevs (17 min 07 secs) and Ashley Corrigan (23 min 13 secs).

The sun shone as participants tackled the lung busting challenge which included everything from muddy crawls to monkey bars and balance beams to stone wall crossings, built around the parklands of the 19th century Castle Irvine course.