SUNDERLAND Stroller Alyson Dixon, gearing up for this month’s Commonwealth Games marathon, will go the extra mile – and beyond – in tomorrow’s Bupa Great North 10k.
The Gateshead event is the international athlete’s final competitive outing ahead of the Glasgow marathon on July 27 – and she will run from her Silksworth home ahead of the 10k to step up preparations.
“I’ll be running 14 miles from Silksworth and then doing the race,” said the 36-year-old. “I did a similar thing two weeks before I ran my marathon personal best in Brighton in April last year.
“I ran through to North Shields and then did a 10km race there. I found that was really helpful, just getting used to running at a good pace on what in the end were tired legs after doing a 14-mile warm-up.
“I wanted to do a similar thing ahead of the Commonwealth marathon and the Bupa Great North 10k fitted in perfectly. It’s a great race to do. I did it last year. It’s great that I can go along and support a local race.”
Dixon faces a strong field, alongside Scotland’s Commonwealth Games marathon runner Susan Partridge, with Gemma Steel, runner-up in the Bupa Great Manchester Run in May, starting as favourite.
Dixon added: “At the stage I’m at in my marathon training, I wouldn’t expect to be up there challenging Gemma.
“I’d have to be in absolute top 10k form to get anywhere near her anyway and right now, two weeks out from the marathon, that’s not going to be a realistic target for me.
“But Susan is running and she’s going to be a big rival in Glasgow, so it would be nice to try and get as close to her as possible. I’m not sure if I’ll be in front of her or not, because even though were training for the same race we’ll have been doing different things.”