ALYSON DIXON completed her Commonwealth Games competitive programme by finishing third in yesterday’s Bupa Great North 10k at Gateshead.
The Sunderland Stroller, who represents England in the marathon in Glasgow a week on Sunday, was happy with her performance.
She finished 17th overall in 34min 26sec behind winner Gemma Steel (32.45) and her Scottish marathon rival for Glasgow, Susan Partridge (33.16).
This was Dixon’s second race in six days and she even had a run-out in the Silksworth parkrun on Saturday.
Ugandan Stephen Kiprotich, the Olympic and World marathon champion, won the men’s race as he pleased. He clocked 29.39 to beat new Gateshead recruit Matty Hines (29.47).
Kiprotich is preparing to challenge for a Bupa Great North double when he lines up for the Great North Run on Sunday, September 7.
H Sunderland Stroller Steve Rankin (33.33) won the Low Fell multi-terrain Angel Run at Gateshead. Sunderland Harrier Michael Barker was fourth (34.05), while Stroller Terry Topping was second over-45 in 36.42.
Rankin also finished second in the 3000m (9.00.8) at the North Eastern Grand Prix at Gateshead, behind Sunderland Harrier Kevin Calvert (8.55.3).
Sunderland Harrier Sean Mackie was a comfortable winner of the under-15 boys 800m (2.13.6) and Houghton Harrier Eleanor Daglish won the under-17 800m (2.21.1). Clubmate Jake Philpott (11.6) and (23.7) had a sprint double in the under-17s.
H David Rudisha gave an ominous warning to his Commonwealth Games rivals as he galloped to an easy victory at the Sainsbury’s Glasgow Grand Prix.
The leggy Kenyan put in the fastest 800m run anywhere in the world this year (1min 43.34sec) at the Diamond League meeting at Hampden Park and said: ““I’m very happy ahead of the Commonwealth Games. To come here and run that time is a good experience. I hope to run 1:42 come the Games – that is the target.”
H The Brownlee brothers led Great Britain’s mixed triathlon relay team to a third World Series triumph in Hamburg yesterday.
Olympic champion Alistair Brownlee, 26, won the men’s event on Saturday, with younger brother Jonathan, 24, third.
Yesterday, the duo from Yorkshire – along with Lucy Hall, 22, and 28-year-old Vicky Holland – crossed the line in one hour 19 minutes 07 seconds to claim the title by four seconds from a youthful French team.