Ted Collins on the National Athletics Finals Experience

Ted Collins on the National Athletics Finals Experience
Denis Hooper

Irish National senior Athletics


I was fortunate enough to compete at the Irish National Senior Athletics in the eight hundred meters on the last weekend of the summer at the Morton Stadium in Dublin.

Sixty senior athletes were entered from the age of 17 to 32 and yours truly was the youngest athlete to part take.

On the Saturday I had the heats where there were 15 athletes per heat and the top 2 qualified for the final. I was lucky enough to qualify for the final in a time of 1minute 55 seconds which gave me a new personal best time. 

Even though my body was exhausted I had to prepare myself for the final which was held the next day

When it came to the final on the Sunday I was prepared to run as hard as possible and I was optimistic for a decent place.

In the end, I ran good race but the body got tired towards the last 100 meters of the race. But I was happy with my time.

It was a great experience at the nationals even without the spectators.

I shall be competing again at the Junior National Championships this coming Saturday.


Ted Collins (6th Year)