Dixon disappoints in Leeds

Sunderland City 10K and Half Marathon 2014 - Alyson Dixon.
Sunderland City 10K and Half Marathon 2014 - Alyson Dixon.
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ALYSON DIXON, representing England, was disappointed with her performance in the Leeds Abbey Dash 10k road race yesterday.

The 36-year-old Sunderland Stroller finished seventh woman in 33.33 with Aldershot’s track international Steph Twell taking the honours (32.30).

Eilish McColgan was second (33.04) and Rhona Auckland (Banchory) took third (33.05).

After winning the Heaton 10k last week in a new course record of 34.06, Dixon hoped she might have got near her performance of two years ago.

Then, she won the Heaton in 34min 27sec and the following week won the Abbey Dash in 32:53. But it was not to be, although she admitted that she was not yet in PB shape.

“I must admit I’m a little disappointed, I made some mistakes. I would have been happy if I had got a little closer to 33 minutes. But I have six weeks to get fit for the next one,” said the Silksworth athlete.

Durham’s Rosie Smith, representing the North of England, finished just two seconds behind Dixon.

The race was won by Andrew Butchart of Central AC in 29.18 with last year’s winner Matty Hines (Gateshead) in fourth (29.29). Former Sunderland Harriers’ Jack and Patrick Martin (Stockport) finished together in sixth and seventh respectively (29.31).

Morpeth’s Nick Swinburn was 14th (29.58). Durham had Dan Garbutt in 16th (30.01) and Dan Jenkin 41st (30.43). Morpeth’s Ian Hudspith was first veteran in 20th (30.05)

H Sunderland Harriers were among the team prizes for the second time in a week at the popular Brampton to Carlisle 10-mile road race yesterday.

The Wearsiders finished third in the senior men’s competition to equal their performance in the Heaton Harriers 10k last Sunday.

They were led home by a sterling performance from Craig Isherwood who easily beat his target time of 55 minutes.

The Lakeside athlete took advantage of ideal conditions for the trek to Carlisle to finish eighth in 53.55. Then came Steve Potts in 17th (55.31) and Ian Dixon ran up to form to close the scoring in 31st (58.10) in a field of 646.

Keswick won the team trophy with 32 points, hosts Border were second (43) and Sunderland finished with 49 points.

Sunderland also had Paul Redman as second over-50 in 55th (59.38) and Peter Richardson runner-up in the over-60s in 149th (65.08).

Other leading Harrier performances, in the race won by Elswick’s Tadele Geremew (49.48), were: Sean Smith 76th (61.36) Michael Heskett 90th (62.23) and Alan Knebel 129th (64.08).

Sunderland Strollers finished ninth team with 160pts and they had Andy Powell in 40th (58.51), Michael Edwards 63rd (60.12), Matty Davison 77th (61.34), Mel Scott 110th (63.19), Ritchie Gerry 127th (64.00), Kevin O’Neil 142nd (65.04) and Carl Smith 145th (65.10).

Jarrow and Hebburn’s Alex Sneddon finished 57th overall to beat the hour and win the women’s race (59.42). Sunderland Harrier Judith Thirwell finished 217th (68.59) and fifth over-40. The Harriers were fifth veterans team and backing Thirwell were Caroline Fleetwood (78.09) and Rachael Moore (79.11).

Sunderland Stroller Lyne Valentine was 243rd and first over-55 in 69.59. Clubmate Rachel Ball was 258th (70.37).