WORLD Championship marathon runner Alyson Dixon shattered her own course record in the Saltwell Harriers’ 10k Road Race at Gateshead on Saturday.
The 35-year-old Sunderland Stroller, who is bidding for England selection for next year’s Commonwealth Games marathon in Glasgow, chopped 50 seconds off her 2011 performance in recording 35min 09sec, to complete her hat-trick of Saltwell victories.
She finished an impressive fifth overall in a sold-out race with 500 entries, to win the £100 first prize.
The event, the oldest road race in the country, which took in a couple of laps of the award-winning Saltwell Park, was run in much better conditions than last year, reflected in Dixon’s time of 36.28.
“The wind was mostly on our backs this time. Last year, the weather was awful,’’ said the Silksworth runner.
“I’m really pleased with my performance, which suggests I am getting back to peak fitness after my recent injury problems. I’ll do the Christmas Pudding fun run at Whitley Bay on Boxing Day and after that it will be the Cathedral Relays in January.’’
Second woman to finish was Joanna Zakrzewski of Dumfries Running Club in 21st overall (37.24), with Alex Snook of Jarrow and Hebburn third (37.54).
The race winner was Elswick Harrier Tadele Geremew, who was a clear victor in 32.03, ahead of Durham City Harrier James Askew (33.57) and Tyne Bridge Harrier Shaun Brown (34.57). Blackhill Bounders’ junior Jordan Bell was fourth (35.02).
Sunderland Harriers had over-40 veterans Tony Allinson in 80th (42.36) and Dave Savage 86th (43.03).
* New Marske Harrier Russell Best was the winner of the yesterday’s Loftus Poultry Run in 42.32. Middlesbrough AC’s Kirsty Legge was the women’s winner in 18th overall (49.03). Sunderland Harrier Michelle Holt was eighth woman in 80th (55.49) and Stroller Lyne Valentine was first over-55 in 203rd (63.40).
Sunderland Strollers had two over-50s leading them in home in Ken Maynard 43rd (52.29) and Gavin Sword 48th (53.03).
Then came Daniel Anderson 109th (58.06), Tony Allen 136th (59.17), Brian Carroll 158th (60.40), Michael Dixon 171st (61.22) and Robert Morris 181st (62.06).
Sunderland Harriers placed Peter Richardson as third over-60 in 94th (56.51) and over-55 Vince Emmett 190th (63.36).