The London Marathon has been a happy hunting ground for Sinéad Diver. She ran her marathon pb 2:24.11 there in 2019.
Today was her third time to compete in the World Marathon Majors event. She was joined in the elite field by some of the fastest women runners over 26.2 miles. Sinéad has run a marathon a year since her first in 2014. This year she ran her second marathon, following her brilliant tenth place in the Olympics just eight weeks ago. Some elite runners came into today’s race fresh having missed out on Sapporo.
Early on Sinéad shared the pace with training partner Charlotte Purdue GB led by pacer Eilish McColgan. Purdue was looking to sub 2:24 and was well motivated having been left out of the British team for 2020 Tokyo.
At ten miles Sinéad dropped off the Purdue pace and continued steadily to reach halfway in 72:26. Although her mile pace dropped marginally from (5.31 to 5:37) in the second half Sinéad finished in an excellent 2:27.16 and 12th place a fantastic performance.
We are all proud of her inspirational achievements enhanced once more by today’s performance.
Brigid Kosgei who was second in the Olympics finished 4th today behind runners who came into London fresher, without the Sapporo effort in their legs.
Purdue did achieve her sub 2:24 target and is now third fastest British woman over the marathon distance.
Like Sinéad she achieved the 2:29.30 standard for the world marathon championships in Eugene, Oregon in July 2022.
Here are details of Sinéad’s run today: