ALYSON DIXON shot to the top of the UK rankings for the second time in eight days after her storming run in the Brighton 10k yesterday.
The 35-year-old Sunderland Stroller shattered her personal best, clocking 32.35 to chop 18 seconds off her previous fastest.
Last week, she improved her half marathon time in the World Half Marathon championship in Copenhagen, recording 70.38 to move to number one on the UK charts.
She seems almost certain of attaining Glasgow Commonwealth Games marathon selection when the England team is announced after the London Marathon next Sunday.
Morpeth’s Nick McCormick won the the men’s race at Brighton in 29.11.
H Craig Isherwood (right) won his first North Eastern Counties medal when he took third place in yesterday’s Blyth Valley 10k Road Race.
He recorded 33.41 in windy conditions to lead Sunderland Harriers to third team prize.
Kevin Jeffress, a new signing from Tyne Bridge Harriers, but a non-team scorer in the race was fifth (33.52), then came Steven Duffy in 15th (35.04) and Steven Potts was the final counter in 26th (36.11). Clubmate Alan Knebel was 56th 38.07, Graham Lancaster 65th 38.35 and John Hunt was 93rd (40.02).
Sunderland Stroller Paul Roper finished 32nd for first over-55 with 36.46 and Luke McCormack was 87th (39.46).
Houghton Harriers had Shaun McGrath 98th (40.22) and Paul Foster 102nd (40.28).
Durham City Harrier Rosie Smith broke the women’s course record with her superb run of 34.12 for eighth place overall.
Results. 1 G Cook (NSP) 33:24; 2 J Butters (Morp, M35) 33:35; 3 C Isherwood (Sun) 33:41; 4 T Straughan (Morp) 33:43; 5 K Jeffress (Sun-n/s) 33:52; 6 C Smith (Walls) 33:55; 7 S Morley (Tyne Br) 34:06; 8 R Smith (Dur - woman)
H Sunderland Harrier Oliver James, at university in the States, recorded a PB in his first 1500m of the outdoor season, with a 3.53.15 clocking in Florida.