Silver for Dixon at Reading

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ALYSON DIXON’S hectic competition spell over the last two weeks was rewarded with another fine performance in the Reading Half Marathon yesterday.

The race, which combined the England Championships and attracted a field of more than 14,000, saw the Sunderland Stroller finish third in 71min 30sec to win £2,300 in prize money.

Her time was 52 seconds outside her personal best set in Denmark in 2014.

She took the silver medal in the England championship as the second-placed runner was Kenyan Gladys Yator (70.46).

Her prize money was £2,000 for second England runner and £300 for third in the race.

Since coming back from Kenya and high-altitude training two weeks ago, Dixon has competed in five races.

Her victory in the Trafford 10k saw her top the UK ranking women’s list with her 32.29 clocking and last Sunday she recorded 1hr 59min 36sec to also head the 20-mile UK rankings.

She had also ran the fastest time in the North Eastern Harrier League and finished third in Tyne Bridge Harriers’ 5k handicap at Newcastle.

Lily Partridge, the English National and Inter-Counties Cross Country champion crowned her half marathon debut with a brilliant performance. She crossed the line at the Madejski Stadium in 70.32 for a 14-second win. British track international Helen Clitheroe was fourth.

Mo Farah broke the British record in the Lisbon half marathon yesterday.

Farah is the first Briton to break 60 minutes and recorded a time of 59.32 to win in a highly competitive field in Portugal.