Alyson Dixon finishes seventh in London 10k

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ALYSON DIXON, having her first race since qualifying for the World Marathon Championships at Brighton in April, was well outside her best time for the distance in yesterday’s BUPA London 10k.

In a class field of thousands, which included comeback girl Paula Radcliffe, the Sunderland athlete finished seventh in 34.22 – 56 seconds outside her PB set in Dewsbury earlier this year.

This will be a disappointing result for the Chester-le-Street Athletics Club runner, but she will be bidding to get back on form in her next event – the Blaydon Race on June 9.

This was Radcliffe’s first race for 18 months since finishing fourth at the New York Marathon and having her second child Raphael.

But Radcliffe was no match for the in-form Jo Pavey who returned to the scene of her 2.28.24 marathon debut from last month to finish a clear winner of the women’s race, held on the roads which will form part of the 2012 Olympic marathon course.

Pavey pulled away in the closing stages and went on to win in 32.22 with Gemma Steel taking second in a PB of 32.48. Radcliffe finished almost a minute behind Pavey, clocking 33.17 for third

Afterwards Radcliffe admitted it was a disaster. “I didn’t feel great from the start and couldn’t stay with Jo. At 4km I just started to go backwards.”

She then revealed that she has a torn disc in her back. “It’s a sciatic pain and I just lose power in my legs,”

Mo Farah defended his title in the men’s race, winning in 29.15.

Sunderland Harrier Mark Hood was on course for a decent run before he suffered cramp at 8k and slowed to a walk before getting going again to clock 31.26. Morpeth’s Peter Newton ran 30.24 and clubmate Ian Hudspith recorded 30.50.

Results, Women: 1 Jo Pavey 32.22, 2 Gemma Steel 32.48 3, Paula Radcliffe 33.17 4, Justina Heslop 33.20, 5 Hollie Rowland 33.58, 6.Hannah Whitmore 34.07, 7 Alyson Dixon 34.22, 8 Getenesh Tamirat 34.48, 9 Juliet Doyle 34.46, 10 Susie Bush 34.54.

Men: 1 Mo Farah 29.15, 2 Mehretab Solomon (ERI) 29.37, 3 Andrew Lemoncello 29.38, 4 Phil Wicks 29.41, 5 Mark Warmby 29.50.