Best of luck to Sinéad Diver in Commonwealth Games marathon

Sinéad Diver is one of Australia’s most successful marathon runners and will be making her Commonwealth Games debut in Birmingham on Saturday morning (July 30).

Competing at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics last August she finished  in an amaziñg tenth place, recording a time of 2:31.14.

In doing so Sinead became just the second Australian woman after Lisa Ondieki to finish inside the top ten in the women’s Olympic Marathon event.
 Her journey to the top has been nothing short of unconventional.  She only took up the sport of athletics just over twelve years ago.
Sinéad decided to make her marathon debut in Melbourne in 2014, where she ran 2:34.15, placing second. “After my first one, I knew that was the distance for me”.
Following that event the Belmullet native joined Mayo AC in 2014.
In New South Wales she trains with Glenhuntly Athletics Club and is coached by Nic Bideau.
Since 2014 we have documented her amazing story. We’ve posted results when she has competed at different distances and achieved brilliant pbs from 5,000m to the marathon.
Over the last few years, she has competed at three consecutive world championships, compiling an extraordinary set of personal bests including 2:25.19 in Melbourne, then 2:24.11 in London.
When the timetables for the World Championships and the Commonweath Games were confirmed, there were only two weeks bwtween them.
 Many athletes had to make hard choices.
The world championships marathon would have demanded specific training for the Oregon heat.
Consequently Sinéad decided to compete in her first Commonwealth Games marathon in Birmingham.
The 21st edition of the Commonwealth Games is set to feature 72 teams, including the 54 Commonwealth of Nations countries and 18 territories.
It is a multi-sport event that takes place every four years (usually in between the Olympics), this time involving 5,000 athletes.
Participants will compete in nineteen sports including para-sports at eleven venues around West Midlands and cycling at the Velodrome in London Stratford.

The Games begin today Thursday July 28 and run until Monday August 8.

The marathon event takes place on Saturday morning July 30 at 7am.
 First off are the T53/54 marathons at 07:00, followed by the men’s marathon at 09:00 and the women’s event at 10:30.
The Birmingham 2022 Marathon is made up of distinct sections. An 18km loop which all athletes will complete twice, followed by a 6.2km section through the city centre, with the finish in Victoria Square.
Helalia Johannes (Namibia) will be back to defend the title she won in Australia in 2018. She has a pb of 2:19. Kenyans Chepkemoi (season’s best 2:21) and Barsosio will be on startline as will Sinéad’s compatriots Eloise Wellings and Jessica Stenson.
In the men’s marathon Northern Ireland will be represented by Kevin Seaward and Stephen Scullion. Paul Pollock withdrew this week due to Covid-19.
Look out for Ciara Mageean in 1500m, Roisin Flanagan 5,000m, Eilish Flanagan 3,000m steeplechase.
Scotland will be represented by a strong athletics team in various track events  including Eilish McColgan, Laura Muir, Jemma Reekie, Jake Wightman and Josh Kerr.
Live tv coverage of the Games:
BBC One, BBC Two, BBC Three and BBC Four will all have coverage throughout the events, while you should also check out the BBC Red Button.
Best of luck to Sinéad Diver from us all at Mayo AC!
Marathon route map:
Just in case you’ve not had enough of international athletics competition so far this summer – immediately after the National Masters Track and Field Championships at Tullamore August 13, there’s the 2022 European Athletics Championships.
The 25th edition of the European Athletics Championships and will be held in Munich, Germany, from 15 to 21 August 2022.

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