Dixon in rich vein of form

Alyson Dixon.
Alyson Dixon.
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ALYSON DIXON had her fourth race in eight days when she competed in the Locke Park 20-mile event at Redcar on Sunday.

The Commonwealth Games and World Championship marathon representative finished third with two men ahead of her.

Competing over 20 one-mile laps of the park, the 36-year-old clocked 1.59.36 to finish behind the host club’s Shaun O’Grady (1.55.56) and Andrew Pearson (1.58.05).

Her time was the fastest in the UK this year.

The previous day she had changed into her spikes for the North Eastern Harrier League at Wrekenton, charging her way through the 300 strong field from the fast pack to win by 41 seconds.

The previous week she had returned home after spending four weeks of training in Kenya at altitude.

She used the benefits of that training spell to win the women’s race in the Trafford 10k in Manchester, on the Sunday, in a personal best of 32.29 to go to the top of the UK Rankings.

Last Wednesday, she took in the Tyne Bridge Harriers’ Winter 5k handicap at Newcastle and finished third in 16.49.

With the World Championships in Beijing, China, in August and marathon selection up for grabs, Dixon is showing fine form.

Selection will be made after next month’s London Marathon. The qualifying time for Beijing is 2hr 31min. The Silksworth athlete’s personal best stands at 2.31.08 from 2013.

Other Strollers who were racing at Locke Park were Rachel Ball, who finished 35th (2.30.44), Lyne Valentine was first over-60 in 46th (2.37.51).

Vanessa Hogan was 50th (2.41.04). Sunderland Harrier Michael Edwards finished 22nd (2.19.27).

Sunderland Harrier Noel Hitchcock competes in the Thirsk 10 mile road race on Sunday as he continues his build up for next month’s Manchester Marathon, where he will be bidding to improve on his best for the distance of 2.41.16.