ALYSON DIXON will be trying to get over her disappointment of missing out on selection for the World Half Marathon Championship by competing in the Sunderland Festival of Running 10k event on Sunday, writes KEVIN CARR.
Only two women, Susan Partridge and Sonia Samuels, who gained the selection standard of 2hr 31min, have been selected for the championship in Moscow in August.
Sunderland Stroller Dixon missed out on selection by just eight seconds after finishing as runner-up in the Brighton Marathon in 2.31.08, just over two weeks ago.
Now she will concentrate her attentions on next year’s Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, where she already has the England selection qualifying time of 2hr 35min.
While officiating at the Sunderland Park Run at Silksworth last Saturday, she said: “I haven’t run a step since the marathon. I’ve enjoyed the rest, but I should get back to some steady running next week. I’ll have a run out in the 10k but I don’t know how I will feel after the marathon.’’
However, she is still the clear favourite for the race which starts from the Stadium of Light at 10am. Last year she clocked 37.05 to finish 18th overall to win the women’s race.
Sunderland could crown two winners of the event, with Harrier Weynay Ghebrisilasie going in the men’s race to make his 10k debut on the road. The 19-year-old is gradually regaining fitness after recently having a two-week hospital stay, suffering from a viral infection.
He won the Sanddancer 10k at South Shields, two weeks ago on his first race back.
With three runners to count in the Club Challenge, Nathan Reed and Ian Dixon look the likely two to back the Eritrean in the team contest.
The half marathon and marathon both start at 9.30am from the Stadium of Light. The Junior Mile races are at Mowbray Park on Saturday from 4pm.
Entries close for all events at midday tomorrow and are available on the race website at www.marathonofthenorth.co.uk