Sinéad Diver at New York Marathon press conference
It’s another marathon weekend and excitement builds as one of Mayo AC’s members prepares to compete in one the World’s Majors.
As we reported in our recent post previewing her appearance on the Late Late Show, Sinèad Diver is in the elite women’s field competing in the New York City Marathon on Sunday (November 3).
She will join over 50,000 runners from across the globe as they assemble on Staten Island and set out across the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge on a course through the city’s 5 boroughs to a finish amid the Central Park grandstands.
They will experience the unique energy of a big-city race with large and loud crowds
It’s Sinéad’s third big race in as many months following the World Championships 10,000 metres in Doha, and the Great North Run half marathon. And another step on the way to represent Australia in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Her amazing London Marathon 7th place pb 2:24.11 last April places her well up in the elite women’s line up in New York.
The New York City marathon is recognised as the toughest courses of the world marathon majors, and some say this can result in a lack of depth among the elite competitors.
Margaret Okayo’s 2:22:31 women’s course record has stood for 16 years, which makes it the second-oldest course record of the six World Marathon Majors now that Brigid Kosgei has erased Paula Radcliffe‘s Chicago record from the books.
Okayo’s record is not among the top 200 of all time – you don’t come to New York to run a fast marathon.
In 2018 Mary Keitany (Kenya) won her fourth New York City Marathon finishing in 2:22:48, the second-fastest women’s time in the event’s history and just outside Margaret Okayo’s record.
We wish Sinéad the best of luck in the race.
Watch this LetsRun YouTube interview with Sinéad a couple of days ago at New York Marathon Expo: