“(Sinéad) Diver is no stranger to the London Marathon – where she finished in seventh place in 2019 in a personal best time of 2:24:11.


Diver returns in 2020 with a full block of marathon training under her belt, along with a half marathon result of 1:08:50 earlier in the year – a recipe for an exciting result.


Diver has even worked her training load around home schooling her children due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


Admittedly, Diver suggests that everything will have to go right if she was to take down Benita Willis’ Australian record of 2:23:26 from 2006 – but she has given herself a good chance.


The Australian says that without racing she can gauge her fitness through her threshold sessions – including a gruelling 40km workout prescribed by Coach Nic Bideau.


Leaving her family behind with the uncertainty of returning home was not an easy sacrifice for Diver – and she says it is one that will drive her to do her absolute best in London.


With an Olympic qualifier to her name and sitting pretty in the Australian rankings, the race looms as a free swing for Diver to race aggressively in the strong field of women”.