Sinéad Diver – a remarkable performance in Launceston 10k

Sinéad Diver wins the Launceston 10k in a 31:59 PB

Melbourne-based Mayo AC member Sinéad Diver had a very big performance in the Tasmanian Running Festival last weekend – June 3.

Sinéad  successfully defended her title at the Launceston 10k, which is one of Australia’s most prestigious road races, but more importantly broke through the 32 minute barrier with an official time of 31:59 – a brilliant new personal best.

Just four seconds behind was Sinéad’s team mate from the 2018 World Half Marathon Championship, Ellie Pashley who ran 32:03.

Both Sinéad and Ellie ran the fastest 10k road race times in Australia since former World Cross Country Champion Benita Willis ran 31:45 in Burnie in 2002.

On the way through to the 10k time, Sinead broke her 5k PB of 16:13 twice… 16:06 for the first 5k and 15:51 for the 2nd 5k. And her 31:59 finish time was a new course record.

Congratulations from all of us at Mayo AC on a truly remarkable performance.

The course was re-accredited by an AIMS course measurer on the day, so it is a fully legitimate performance and recognised by the IAAF on her athlete profile.

 Sinéad’s Launceston 10k finish time is 50 seconds faster than the leading woman on the 2018 Irish performance list, Emma Mitchell.

Ironically, Emma Mitchell running for Northern Ireland finished 15th in 32:49 in 10,000 metres Commonwealth Games in the Gold Coast Queensland Australia on April 9 last.

Sinéad runs in Victoria with South Melbourne AC and next up for her is the Gold Coast Half Marathon on July 1, where she’ll once again line up against Ellie Pashley, plus American Laura Thweatt who has a 71:02 Half Marathon PB and placed 6th in the 2017 London Marathon with a 2:25.
It should be a great contest – as you’ll recall Sinéad ran a 71:40 PB in the World Half Marathon Championships in Valencia in March this year.