Dixon races for Europe in USA

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Alyson Dixon finished 22nd in the inaugural rain-lashed Peachtree Cup 10k road race in Atlanta, America, on Saturday.

She was representing Europe and they were competing against Africa, USA and Asia in the four-cornered match.

Andy Powell made it two wins in two weeks with victory in the Darlington Harriers’ Pit Stop 10k at Croft.

She clocked 34.15 and said: “It was a tough race but I enjoyed it.”

With a first-place finish by Daniel Salel and a strong showing by its three female runners, anchored by Valentine Kibet, Team Africa edged Team USA for the win.

The six Africans completed the race in 3:06:29, followed by USA (3:07:35), Europe (3:09:49) and Asia (3:15:58).

Andy Powell made it two wins in two weeks with victory in the Darlington Harriers’ Pit Stop 10k at Croft.

Following his victory in the Lambton multi-terrain race, the 30 -year-old claimed only his second ever win.

In red-hot conditions, Powell’s new-found confidence and form, saw him challenge for victory on the third lap of the motor racing circuit.

He caught the leader Tristan Learoyd and went onto win in 33.37 to beat the New Marske runner by 17 seconds.

In third place was Oliver James (34.12) on vacation from his university in the States and on a low phase of his athletics training.

He is heading back to America today and then will go onto Arizona for a period of altitude training before the forthcoming college cross country season.

With two men in the first three, Sunderland Harriers got off to a flying start in the team race.

And it was new member Matt Devlin that ensured the prize came to the Wearsiders by finishing tenth (36.26). Steve McMahon took 16th (37.50).

Durham City Harrier Rosie Smith won the women’s race in 11th (36.28).

In the Tynedale 10k, Kevin Jeffress (32.44) capped a good night for Sunderland Harriers by finishing runner-up to Morpeth’s Ian Harding (32.28). Third was Ryan Stephenson also Morpeth in 32.57.

Morpeth’s Emma Holt won the women’s race (37.28) and Seaham’s Louise Rodgers (Tyne Bridge) was second (40.29) with Sunderland Harrier Michelle Avery fourth (41.33).

Sunderland Stroller Lyne Valentine was eighth woman overall (42.51) and first female finisher in the over-60 age group.

She also led the Strollers to women’s team title, being backed by Gillian Ritchie in 16th (44:22) and Rachel Ball (22nd) 45:27.

Malcolm Cox was also a prize winner for the Strollers, being first over- 55 in 42:05.

Abdi Nageeye of the Netherlands, won (29.50) yesterday’s Great North 10k at Gateshead from Irishman Mark Christie (30.09).

Gateshead’s Matty Hines was third (30.10). Morpeth’s over-45 Ian Hudspith was fourth (31.11) and Jarrow and Hebburn’s Andy Burn seventh (32.43).

First woman was Ireland’s Fionnuala McCormack (33.19) and second was Alex Sneddon of Jarrow and Hebburn AC (37.32).

Sunderland Harrier Susan Clughen was first over-60 (54.10). Shaun Bagley clocked 44.30, Rachael Moore recorded 50.03 and Kim Fox 53.35.

Sunderland Strollers were led by Jason Clement in 46.45 and then came Lisa Hutchinson 48.40, David Coverdale 50.21 and Anthony McDermott 52.49.

Ian Twaddle (North Shields) won the tough Chevy Chase Fell race over 20-miles in 3.02.56. Washing Running club had Time Bateson in 55th (4.22.04) and Ray Scott 76th (4.32.56). Sunderland Strollers had Louise Outterson in 83rd (4.33.32) and Dan Anderson 96th (4.48.04).