Newburn record keeps up Dixon’s dazzling form

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ALYSON DIXON’S record-breaking season continued with a flourish in the Elswick Harriers Newburn River Run 10k.

The Sunderland Stroller, who has smashed her personal bests on the track for 3000m, 5000m and 10,000m this season, this time cracked the long-standing women’s course record in the popular off road event.

She finished a superb fourth overall in 36.02 to shatter former international marathon runner Julie Coleby’s previous best of 37.42 – that has stood since 1993.

Dixon, whose best road 10k time stands at 32.53, so impressed the organisers with her performance, they presented her with a special prize of £100.

Second woman home was Jarrow and Hebburn’s Angela McGurk in 42.39.

Such is the popularity of the race, Elswick, for safety reasons, were forced to close entries at 400, disappointing many late comers.

There was no record in the men’s race won by Morpeth Harrier Matt Nicholson (34.06) – well outside Terry Wall’s fastest clocking on the course of 32.36.

In second place was Tyne Bridge Harrier Mark Fenwick (34.22) and third was Nick Swinburn (Morpeth) with 34.34. Sunderland Stroller Steve Rankin was 11th (37.42).