Dixon cashes in on return

Alyson Dixon.
Alyson Dixon.
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SUNDERLAND Stroller Alyson Dixon, back in action after nine weeks out with injury, crowned her comeback by scooping the £200 time bonus in yesterday’s Heaton Harriers Memorial 10k road race at Newcastle.

The international marathon runner triumphed in the women’s race and beat the target time of 35 minutes by 12 seconds to take home the welcome cheque.

She finished 10th overall in a field of more than 500 on Newcastle’s Town Moor, and then said she had plenty in the tank and could have run a lot faster.

“I ran a controlled tempo run. My heart rate never went above 160 beats a minute,” she said.

“I could have run a lot quicker, but this is what I intended to do. I’m pleased the way the race went.”

Dixon was well placed when she went through 5k and halfway in 17.09, with not another female athlete in sight.

The over-35 veteran at the finish had more than two minutes on her runner-up, 20-year-old Chloe Price, of Durham City Harriers, who clocked 36.50.

In third was Tracy Millmore of Birtley (37.26). Sunderland Harrier Susan Clughen was first over-55 in 53.18.

Also in the money was the winner of the race, Tipton Harrier Ryan McLeod, who dipped under 31 minutes with his time of 29.56, to pick up his £200.

Ethiopian Elswick Harrier Tadele Geremew was second (31.06), Graeme Cook of North Shields came inthird (33.13) and over-45 Steve Cairns finished fourth (33.20).

Sunderland Harrier Nathan Reed came through like a train for fifth place (33.26) after a slow start.

Improving Ian Dixon was 11th (34.52), Paul Merrison 25th and first over-55 (36.02) and John Watson 98th (40.31) and second over-55. Dean Phillips, an over-45, set a PB of 41.30 in 118th.

Sunderland Stroller Ritchie Gerry recorded 39.48.

In the younger age group races, Houghton Harriers won the under-13 girls’ team race by placing Eva Hardie second (11.49), her twin sister Lily third (12.12) and Jennifer Reed 11th (13.03). Alex Brown won the under-15 boys’ by 20 seconds from Chester-le-Street’s Ryan Arthur.

Sunderland Harrier James Lloyd pulled through to a final third in the under-13 boys’ after missing the start.

Houghton’s Jamie Reed was fourth. Sunderland’s Harry Tiltman was eighth and Adam Lennox 10th in the under-11s race.

Birtley had a winning double in the under 20/17 race with Adrian Bailes (under-20) winning (15.52) from Barry Maskell (16.05). Sophie Burnett (under-17) took the women’s race (19.52).