Liz Rowen, marketing director Irish Life Health; Michelle Finn of Leevale AC, Cork; and Hamish Adams, CEO Athletics Ireland at Morton Stadium. Photo: taken on July 21 by Sam Barnes/Sportsfile.
Sport Ireland has given the green light for the 2020 Irish Life Health National Senior and U23 Track and Field Championships to take place over two consecutive weekends and across nine sessions. The first instalment kicks off this weekend at Morton Stadium in Santry, with three sessions taking place on August 22 and two on August 23. The following weekend will see two sessions take place each day on August 29 and 30. A detailed schedule for the latter will be announced in the coming days.
A number of Ireland’s top athletes will compete over the course of these championships including Michelle Finn and Brendan Boyce who would likely have been only recently returned from Tokyo 2020 had the Olympics Games not been postponed until 2021 because of the Covid-19 pandemic. These athletes, like the 727 other competitors entered will be eager to make their own bit of history at the 148th edition of these championships.
A strict limit of 200 people per session will be applied to the double-weekend championships. There will be no coaches, spectators or media allowed at any of the sessions, all of which will be streamed live on Athletics Ireland’s YouTube Channel, while RTÉ will also be broadcasting live from Morton Stadium from 5.30pm on Sunday August 23.
Athletics Ireland CEO, Hamish Adams, said there has been a record entry for these events: “The senior championships are the highlight of our track and field year and it’s certainly been a priority to get them across the line. The demand from athletes for competition is huge, and with a record entry we owe it to them to put on a top-class event and do everything we can to promote the sport.”
Adams paid tribute to the work of Athletics Ireland’s competition committee, particularly chairperson John Cronin, the incoming AAI president. “A huge amount of work has gone on behind the scenes and we owe much thanks to all those involved in getting us to this stage.”