Dixon win’s a Noble effort

IMPRESSIVE RUNS: Alyson Dixon (left) and Tony Noble.
IMPRESSIVE RUNS: Alyson Dixon (left) and Tony Noble.
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SUNDERLAND Stroller Alyson Dixon scooped the jackpot with her emphatic win in the Heaton Harriers’ Memorial 10k Road Race at Newcastle’s Town Moor yesterday.

The 36-year-old smashed her own course record to win the £200 bonus and this, added to her winning prize of £150, proved a good pay day for the Silksworth athlete.

Dixon finished 15th overall (34min 06sec) to shatter her record from last year (34.46). She finished nearly three and a half minutes ahead of the second woman, North Shields runner Stephanie Dann (37.33). Third was Jarrow’s Claire Simpson (38.02), while Georgia Campbell of the Hetton Coalfields team was sixth woman (38.29).

After passing 5k in 17.10 and being paced by her new clubmate Tony Noble, until the four-mile marker, Dixon was well on course for her record-breaking performance on a rare windless day on the Moor.

Dixon, who works part-time at a sports shop in the Metro Centre, said: “I got my shift changed to run here. I could have been working for five hours, but the switch has been worth it!

“Tony has just joined the club and asked if he could run with me. He went away at four miles and has knocked minutes off his previous best. The conditions were perfect for a fast run and I was surprised how easy it felt.’’

The GB international was back up again for the prize presentation when the Strollers were awarded third team prize. Backing her in the three-to-count competition were Rachel Ball (42.50) and Ashleigh Ewen (46.25).

Elswick’s Ethiopian Tadele Geremew won the men’s race (30.56) and Sunderland Harrier Kevin Jeffress was runner-up in a personal best of 32.30. Tyne Bridge Harrier Sparrow Morley was third (32.43).

Sunderland Harriers finished third team with Nathan Reed in fifth, also with a personal best (33.07). Then came Ian Dixon 26th (35.37) and the final scorer was Liam Roarty 27th with a new PB of 35.38.

Having only his second race since joining the Strollers, Noble pressed on after leaving Alyson Dixon to finish an outstanding eighth in a field of over 600. He recorded 33.49 to chop a massive seven minutes off his previous best. Clubmate Michael Edwards was 40th (37.04) and Kel Scott was 51st (37.48).

Houghton Harriers twins Eva (11.20) and Lily Hardie (11.22) finished first and second in the under-13s race. With Anna Pigford seventh (12.20), Houghton won the team race.

Houghton also had Henry Johnson (10.50) runner-up in the boys’ race and Will Bellamy was fifth (11.07) in the race won by Josh Fiddaman of Blyth (10.36).