Mayo AC’s Melbourne based member Sinéad Diver ran the race of her life yesterday.
She was first woman finisher in the Melbourne Marathon in a new personal best time of 2:25.19, knocking a massive six minutes off her Nagoya, Japan finish time from March 2017, 2:31.37.
Not only that, Sinéad becomes the second fastest Irish woman ever in the marathon.
The current record is held by the great Catherina McKiernan who ran 2:22.23 in Amsterdam on November 1, 1998.
Sinéad originally from Belmullet, came into this race having run a world masters W40 record time and PB of 69.20 in the Half Marathon on the Gold Coast last August.
She won $20,000 and also pocketed the $20,000 bonus for breaking the Melbourne Marathon race record held by Lisa Weightman of 2:26.05.
This has been a remarkable season for her on the road, winning four times, producing four personal bests and four course records as well as claiming the national half-marathon title.
Her run on Sunday was the seventh marathon of her career after her debut in 2014. It is her first marathon for 11 months and her third outing in the Melbourne Marathon having finished second on her debut in 2014 and was runner-up again in 2016.
Sinéad runs with South Melbourne AC in Victoria and is a two-time Australian world championships marathon representative (2015 & 2017).
On this performance Sinéad looks set to qualify to run in the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.