Rosie glow as Smith inflicts rare local defeat on GB star Alyson Dixon

Durham City Harrier Rosie Smith
Durham City Harrier Rosie Smith
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Alyson Dixon suffered a rare local defeat in Heaton Harriers’ Memorial 10k Road Race at Newcastle’s Town Moor yesterday.

Rosie Smith halted her winning run with a superb triumph in the windy conditions

The Durham City athlete recorded 34min 10sec to finish an excellent 14th overall in a field of 700 to claim the women’s title by 40 seconds. She had passed the 5k point in 16.55, three seconds in front of her rival.

Smith just missed out on Dixon’s course record (34.06) from last year and a £200 bonus, had she broken it.

She said: “I can’t remember the last time I beat her, but I am delighted with my race. It was cold and windy, but that didn’t seem to bother me.’’

To be fair to Sunderland Stroller Dixon, she was having her first race since last month’s Berlin Marathon, where she achieved the Olympic qualifying time of 29.30.

Then she took a training break and is just getting back into competition with her first race since Berlin. Birtley’s Tracy Millmore was third with 37.38.

Sunderland Harriers surprised many with their team win in the senior men’s race.

They packed Nathan Reed in eighth (33.30), Ian Dixon 13th (34.08), Liam Roarty 18th (34.55) and veteran Paul Blakey 19th (34.58) to beat Tyne Bridge and hosts Heaton. They also placed Michael Laws in 22nd (35.28) and veteran Jason O’Neil 48th (37.34).

The race was won by Tipton Harrier Ryan McLeod, who broke his own course record (29.58) with his outstanding victory in 29.32 to win £200 for a new course record and £200 for winning the race. That completed a busy weekend for McLeod. On Saturday, he had won the Cheshire 10k in 29.47.

Morpeth’s Lewis Timmins finished second yesterday (31.26), with Tyne Bridge Harrier James Dunce third (32.45).

Gateshead’s Conrad Franks was fourth (32.50) and Houghton Harriers had Lee Dover in 37th (36.52).