ALYSON DIXON finished just five seconds outside the North Tyneside 10k course record after completing a mammoth training run before the race start at North Shields yesterday, writes Kevin Carr.
The 34-year-old Sunderland Stroller ran the 14 miles from her home in Silksworth to North Shields and continued running around the start area before the race got under way to Whitley Bay at 10am.
But she certainly did not show any signs of weariness as she continued her build-up to the Brighton Marathon in two weeks, by winning the women’s race in 34.03.
She finished a superb sixth overall in a field of nearly 2,000, just failing to beat Justina Heslop’s record, at the finish at St Mary’s lighthouse.
Second woman to finish was over-40 veteran Deborah Appleton (Havering and Mayesbrook) in 36.58 and Jarrow and Hebburn’s Alex Snook was third (37.14).
Morpeth Harrier Ian Hudspith, a 42-year-old veteran, won (30.25) the race in a time just five seconds outside Mongolian Serod Batochir’s course record.
Hudspith’s clubmates Nick Swinburn (31.56) and Michael Dawson (32.44) were second and third.