The women’s London Marathon race was billed as the greatest and deepest line-up ever put together, with no obvious favourite. There were four current major marathon champions in the line-up – Vivian Cheruiyot (London), Mary Keitany (New York), Brigid Kosgei (Chicago) and Gladys Cherono (Berlin.
For Sinéad Diver it was a chance to race. Her 2:25:19 from Melbourne in October 2018 ranked her in the top half of the elite field on times, but she never raced in a field the quality of London.
It was exciting to watch Sinéad compete with the best in the world. She ran an excellently paced race reaching 10k in 33:43 and halfway in 71:22 and always up with the pace.
Before halfway she led the field by about 30 seconds for a few kilometres, but the chasing group put in a 5:08 mile surge to pass her and contest the lead from there on.
Maintaining consistent 5k splits she covered the second half in 72:49 to finish in a fantastic 7th place in 2:24.11.
As a top ten finisher is this event – one of the World Marathon Majors – she has achieved her goal to qualify for the Olympics in Tokyo in 2020. Her finish time was also another personal best just over a minute faster than her Melbourne Marathon time 2:25.19.
It also means she is a step closer to Catherina McKiernan’s Irish record of 2:22.23 from 1998 when Catherina was 29.
Congratulations Sinéad on a magnificent performance today – we’re all very proud of your well deserved success.
Sinéad will be able to relax and recover before rejoining the group at Melbourne Track Club where she trains under Nic Bideau.
Race winner was Brigid Kosgei in 2:18.20pb.
Congratulations also to our other member competing today – James Murtagh completed the marathon in a great time 4:45.33.