Sunderland's Aly Dixon smashes her personal best as first Brit to cross line in London Marathon

Sunderland's Aly Dixon crosses the London Marathon finish line in a personal best time. Pic: PA.
Sunderland's Aly Dixon crosses the London Marathon finish line in a personal best time. Pic: PA.
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Sunderland runner Aly Dixon was the first British runner to cross the line at today's London Marathon.

The 38-year-old, who runs for Sunderland Strollers, finished 14th in the race, to seal her spot in GB's squad for this summer's World Championships.

She did it in a personal best time of 2 hours 29 minutes and 5 seconds, smashing her previous PB of 2h29m30s.

There was no joy for her fellow Olympian Jo Pavey, who dropped out after 16 miles.

Kenya's Mary Keitany set a new world record to win the women's race, and Britain's David Weir won a record seventh wheelchair title.

Keitany broke Paula Radcliffe's 12-year women's-only marathon record to post two hours and 17 minutes.