We’re getting used to superlatives about the record breaking and personal best achievements of our Melbourne based member Sinéad Diver. And last Sunday she added another chapter to her remarkable athletics career.
The Australian National Half-Marathon Championships took place in the Sunshine State (Qld) on August 19 on the picturesque course that takes in Maroochydore and Mooloolaba.
Sinead Diver’s 69:20 half marathon time won the national title. It was a new PB by 33 seconds and broke the masters over 40 world record held by US Olympian Deena Kastor of 69:37.
This moves Sinéad to number seven in the Australian all time lists.
As we reported recently she ran in the Gold Coast Half on July 30 when she was second in a personal best 1:09.53. Sinéad had a tough task to knock almost a minute off that time and win the $25,000 incentive for women – a target time of 69:00 set by Lisa Weightman in 2010 on the Gold Coast. Her wonderful performance on Sunday was only twenty seconds off that target.
This season she set a 10k personal best of 31:59 in winning the Launceston 10k and also won the Lakeside:10 and Sydney Harbour 10k.
We join proud parents Eddie and Bridie, and the Erris community in congratulating Sinéad on this latest fantastic achievement. We’re delighted to have a world champion Mayo AC member. She’s an inspirational athlete – home and away.
Sinéad runs in Victoria with South Melbourne AC and is coached by Tim Crosbie.
Although Athletics Ireland do not list the women’s half marathon in their all-time statistics, the leading time is held by Catherina McKiernan – 67:50, in winning the Lisbon Half in 1998.