Dixon takes a breather

Alyson Dixon.
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SUNDERLAND Stroller Alyson Dixon is taking a well earned rest after suffering, what she said was “possibly her worst performance of the year” in Paris on Sunday.

She finished 11th in the IAAF silver label event, the Houilles 10k, in one of her slowest times (34.22) in a race packed with Africans.

In a year that has seen her gain Commonwealth Games Marathon and World Championship Half Marathon selection plus personal bests over the half marathon and 10k distance, that performance was a blip on an otherwise great year.

She put her below par performance down to lack of rest and recovery before the race.

The previous Sunday she had finished second to her Durham City arch-rival and fellow international Rosie Smith in the Saltwell 10k.

At Houilles, her Great Brtain clubmate Sonia Samuels finished one minute ahead of her in sixth.

Dixon said: “I don’t intend to race again until March. I’m going to take a week off training before getting back into it.

“Then I’m off to Kenya for a month of high altitude training in February. It will be a case of train, eat and sleep for four weeks.”

Dixon, one of the most prolific high profile competitors on the North East scene, clocked 32.35 PB in the Brighton 10k in April and recorded a PB of 70.38 in the World Championship Half Marathon in March at Copenhagen.

H Hartlepool Burn Road Harriers stage their Old Monks multi-terrain race on Sunday (11am).

The race has always been a beacon of success for Sunderland Harriers over the years, with athletes such as Brian Rushworth, Nathan Reed, Steve Potts, Mark Donkin, Lee Browell and Richard Kemp, tasting the fruits of victory.

The race starts at Hart Village Hall, Hart Village, Hartlepool, TS27 3AW.

It is an undulating multi-terrain race of approximately 5.5 miles through trail, road and dene.

Pre-Race Entries £6 Club – £8 Unattached Entries on the day – add £2.

H Three Sunderland Harriers, Sean Smith, Judith Thirwell and Barry Marley, have been lucky in the draw for a guaranteed London Marathon place.

Only Smith has competed over the classic distance before and his best is 2.53.54 from 2007.

H Houghton Harriers have a total of 13 athletes selected for the Sunderland teams or as a reserve for the under-11, under-13 and under-15s Tyne & Wear Sportshall Athletics County Final at Temple Park on Sunday, January 11.

This follows the selection trials at Houghton Kepier School in November.