It was an early wet dark start for the elite women in today’s 40th London Marathon. The conditions were not conducive to fast times. The race was very different from the previous 39 versions.
Nineteen laps in central London circling St James’s Park with cardboard cutouts and hoardings lining the route instead of the usual cheering thousands all the way from Blackheath to the The Mall.
Sinéad Diver looked good as she settled into her race pace. She moved into tenth place at 30k in 1:25.34, just two minutes behind Sara Hall (USA) in 7th – these with Molly Seidel (USA) the only non Africans in the top 10 at that point. By 35k Sara Hall had moved to fifth with Sinéad ninth.
Kenyans Brigid Kosgei and Ruth Chepngetich contested the lead after the early laps. Kosgei pushed on into the lead heading for victory in 2:18.58, passing Sinéad on the final lap.
That left Hall with fantastic finish 2nd in 2:22.01 just four seconds ahead of Chepngetich, Seidel 6th 2:25.12, and a brilliant 8th place for Sinéad in 2:27.06 just under three minutes outside her Lond9n 2019 pb 2:24.11.
Sinèad’s performance underlines her consistent marathon form and reinforces her qualification for the 2021 Tokyo Olympics.