ALYSON DIXON had to settle for second place in the 26th Woodlawn Pudding Run at The Links, Whitley Bay.
The fun run attracted a field of 850 and the Sunderland Stroller was well beaten by Morpeth’s middle distance specialist Ashley Gibson in the women’s race of just over three miles.
Dixon found it difficult to get through the big field on the narrow course and at the finish was 31seconds behind Gibson who retained her title.
Dixon moved into second place on the longer second lap after passing Wallsend Harrier Dannielle Hodgkinson.
Result: 1 R Floyd (Morp) 15.39, 2 M Fenwick (Tyne Br) 15.56, 3 J Marshall (Gate, U17) 16.02. 4 D Johnson (Gate U20) 16.03, 5 M Dawson (Morp) 16.09, 6 G Cook (NSP) 16.22.
Women: 1 A Gibson (Morp) 16.59, 2 A Dixon (Sun Stroll, W35) 17.30; 3 D Hodgkinson (Walls) 17.48, 4 S Thew (NSP, W35) 19.26, 5 K Davis (NSP, W45) 20.09, 6 K Waugh (Birt, U15) 20.13.
Jonny Mellor jumped to the top of the UK 10k rankings for 2013 ahead of double World & Olympic Champion Mo Farah after winning yesterday’s Ribble Valley 10k in 29.12.
The Liverpool Harrier ran the last 5k in 14 minutes to also win the North of England title, being followed home by Scotsman Callum Hawkins (29.36).
Morpeth Harriers had Nick McCormick in 11th (30.21) and Nick Swinburn 19th (30.56). Jarrow and Hebburn’s Andy Burn was 42nd (32.27).
Sunderland Strollers over-40 veteran Graeme Thorpe finished a creditable 107th (35.30) in the quality race with over 1,000 finishers.
The women’s race was won by young talented triathlete Georgia Taylor-Brown from Sale Harriers who won in a PB of 33.34.