Sinéad Diver wins the Gold Coast Half Marathon in 69:46

Sinéad Diver breaks the tape to win the Gold Coast Half Marathon in 69:46

After last week’s 10,000 metres win in the Oceania championships Sinéad Diver was back on top of the podium again today. She was one of over 28,000 competitors taking part in 8 races in the Gold Coast Marathon Festival in Southport, Queensland.

Running against top opposition the in-form Belmullet native and Mayo AC member further pressed her claims to represent Australia in the marathon at next year’s Tokyo Olympic Games.

After being runner-up last year, Sinéad went one better this year to claim her first Gold Coast Half Marathon in 69:46, the fifth fastest performance in the history of the race. Her Half Marathon pb is 68:55 which she ran in Japan last February.
She went into the race having been placed 3 times in previous years: 2nd 2018, 2nd 2014, and 3rd 2016.
The race starts at 6am and runners defied wet conditions but many came away with personal bests. Sinéad won the Half Marathon from Ellie Pashley (second last week also) 69:51, Laura Weightman third 70:32, and last year’s winner Sara Hall (USA) fourth 71:58. Sara won in 2018 in 69:27.

Sinéad said afterwards “today was definitely a tough race, I mean the front was so strong. Myself and Ellie and Sara and Lisa ran together for quite a long time, I think I got a break around 16km and I just kind of went for it from there.

“It was super close all the way and there was a lot of rain just before 10km, which was kind of good in a way because it distracted us. Lisa had a few surges just before 10km, so I stuck with her for that. Myself and Ellie and Sara and Lisa were just together playing cat and mouse and then I made a break, probably around 15km and 16km and I just thought I will just got to go for it.”

Sinéad Diver recorded a 2020 Olympic marathon qualifying time of 2:24.11 when 7th in the London Marathon in April. After today’s wonderful performance she said “Half marathons are always great prep for the marathons.”.

In Gold Coast Marathon Yuta Shitara (Japan) won with a new course record 2:07.50. While in the women’s marathon, Kenyan Rodah Jepkorir held off a strong finishing burst from Tasmanian Milly Clark who ran a 2:28.08 PB. Milly crossed the line inside the Tokyo Olympics qualifier and joins Sinéad Diver in contention to represent Australia.