Apart from the inaugural Clogher marathon on Saturday, there is another event taking place at the weekend with roughly the same number of competitors. The 40th London Marathon has an early start on Sunday morning with elite women scheduled to set off at 7.15.

Sinéad Diver flew in to London from Melbourne on Monday last.
She joined the rest of  the elite runners and their coaches at a biosecure hotel, one with 40 acres of its own grounds.
The organisers say all sorts of safety precautions are in place ahead of the three marathons – women, men and wheelchair- including athletes having their own individual changing areas and a dedicated toilet on race-day itself.
On Sunday staff and athletes
must wear social-distancing technology around their necks.

The device, which makes an audible alert when the wearer is too close to others, will be worn by the 100 elite competitors and 500 event coordinators.

The race, 19 laps of a closed course in St James’s Park, screened from public view, is the first major marathon since the Covid-19 pandemic, organisers say.

The fourth-fastest woman in the race, 21 year old Ethiopian star Degitu Azimeraw, has been forced to withdraw after failing a Covid-19 test. She ran the second-fastest debut marathon time for a woman when winning in 2:19.26 in Amsterdam last October.

There will be no mass participation on Sunday.

However, 45,000 runners will run the race virtually, logging their runs on a dedicated app.

Best of luck to Sinéad from all her fellow members at Mayo AC.