Mayo’s Sinead Diver impressed at the Birmingham Commonwealth Games women’s marathon yesterday morning.
The Belmullet native finished fifth with a very creditable time of 2:31:06.
She was among three included from Australia with Eloise Wellings and Jessica Stenson.
The course was a real test with hilly sections in the two 18k suburbia loops and also back towards the city centre finish.
A small field of 16 runners were on the start-line at 10:40.
The Australian trio led out in the early stages, through the first 5k in an easy 18:08.
After the leaders went through halfway in 75 minutes Sinéad fell back into sixth place during a tough patch, but running on her own she still kept a steady pace through the hilly sections.
At 30k she was a minute behind the leaders.