A course record for Sinéad Diver crossing the winning line in Launceston Half-marathon
Classy fields assembled for the Think Big Half Marathon at the McGrath Launceston Running Festival in Tasmania today.
10th in the Olympic Marathon last year Sinéad Diver returned to the roads of Launceston. She holds of the 10km course record (31:58).
Sinéad ran that pb at Launceston in 2018, and finished fifth in 2020 in 32:16.
The Belmullet native and Mayo AC member was using the Think Big Half Marathon as a final hit-out before she represents Australia in the upcoming Commonwealth Games.
She was to have run against half marathon course record holder Milly Clark (71:09 in 2021) but the Launceston local withdrew before the start.
Race conditions were tough with a blustery 35kph wind and 8°C.
Sinéad was out on her own from the start and ran an excellent even paced race averaging 3:20ks.
She passed 14k in 49 minutes. And went on to win easily in a new course record 71:05.
As race winner she collected 2,000 dollars, and added 1,000 for the new course rrecord. Australia’s Brett Robinson won the men’s half in 61;57.
Sinéad ran in Japan ’s Gifu Seiryu Half Marathon on April 24 – a scorching 69:00 performance en route to clinching second place, narrowly outside her 68:50 personal best from 2020. Winner was Kenya’s Dolphine Nyaboke Omare in 68:13.
The 21.1km effort saw Sinéad bounce back into form ahead of a big year on the international circuit.
Sinéad Diver was recently announced in the Australian team for the Commonwealth Games and saw the Launceston half as a critical lead in race to Birmingham.
The Launceston Half was her last race in Australia before heading overseas for some altitude training in preparation for Commonwealth Games.
The marathon is held on 30th July so that will be her next race.
She will be looking to emulate the form of her top-10 finish in Tokyo.
Congratulations Sinéad and best of luck with training ahead of Birmingham!