ALYSON Dixon, controversially left out of the World Athletics Championship marathon in Moscow, had to settle for a winning run in yesterday’s Darlington 10k instead.
The Sunderland Stroller was only eight seconds short of UK Athletics’ 2hr 31min marathon A standard, although she had met the IAAF qualifying conditions.
However, she put her disappointment behind her, a day after the Moscow marathon took place, to win the women’s race at Darlington by more than a minute. Dixon finished 12th overall, in a field of 1,257, clocking 34min 7sec – only 28 seconds outside her 2009 course record.
Middlesbrough Mandale Harrier Jo Stone was runner-up, finishing 22nd in 35.23.
Sunderland Harriers placed their three counters inside the first 26 finishers to win the team race.
Kevin Calvert, getting back to form after a long time out through illness, led the Wearsiders home by finishing sixth in 32.54. Then came Michael Barker in 13th (34.14) and veteran Graham Lancaster in 26th (35.47) to take the second over-40 prize.
Paul Redman, in 37th (36.28), was second over-45.
Ethiopian Paralympian Wondiye Fikre Indelbu, who won the silver medal in the 1,500m at London last year, outsprinted his fellow countryman Yared Hagos (Wallsend Harriers), to win the race by just one second.
The 25-year-old Middlesbrough-based asylum seeker finished just five seconds outside Hagos’s 2011 course record and a £150 bonus, clocking 30.11. Indelbu lost an eye and the lower part of his right arm in a hand-grenade attack on his home in Ethiopia when he was nine years old.
Richmond’s Marc Scott (30.59) was third, with Durham City Harrier Dan Jenkin fourth (31.41) and Tom Bean (York) fifth (31.45).
Sunderland Strollers had Steve McMahon in 44th (37.04), Tim Allsop 68th (36.07) and Michael Edwards 73rd (38.17). Houghton Harrier Daniel Hopper was 97th (39.22).