Alyson toughs it out in Edinburgh

Alyson Dixon.

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WEARSIDER Alyson Dixon finished third woman in yesterday’s Great Edinburgh Run 10-mile road race – competing on what was regarded as a tough course

The 35-year-old Sunderland Stroller, with only 14 weeks to the Commonwealth Games marathon in Glasgow, where she is expected to compete, clocked 58.22.

She was over a minute outside her best of 57.10 set in the Thirsk 10 last year.

“I’m just happy to be on the road to fitness after a tough two weeks,’’ she said.

“I thought I could have run a bit quicker, but it seemed like nine miles uphill and one mile down to the finish.’’

The winner was Charnwood’s Gemma Steel, who recorded 56.06 to head Susan Partridge, who has already been selected for Scotland’s Commonwealth marathon team. The Leeds athlete stopped the clock on 56.25.

The race winner was Aldershot’s Chris Thompson who recorded 49.36.

H Sunderland Harrier Oliver James set his second personal best since leaving last autumn to study in the United States. He shaved a sliver off his 800m best when finishing sixth (154.04) in the 800m in Houston Texas.

H Morpeth Harrier Peter Newton won (30.10.2) the North East 10,000m title at Monkton.

Sunderland Harriers’ Molly Gardiner (14.2) and Kirstey Adey finished first and second in the under-13 100m. Houghton Harriers’ had Lilly Hardie second in the under-13 1500m (5.22.6) and Laura Fenwick second in the junior women’s 300m (45.1).