Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Dixon Delight after Championship Call-Up; Sunderland Stroller Alyson Will Compete in Denmark

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Dixon Delight after Championship Call-Up; Sunderland Stroller Alyson Will Compete in Denmark

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Byline: INSIDE TRACK Athletics news with Bill McGuirk

ALYSON DIXON'S international portfolio took another hit this week when the endurance athlete was named in the GB&NI team for the IAAF World Half -Marathon Championships in Copenhagen at the end of this month.

The selection comes as a boost for the Sunderland Stroller as she sits back and waits to see if her latest honour will be a stepping-stone to gaining selection for the Commonwealth Games later in the year.

Dixon lined up in last weekend's Reading Half-Marathon which was a Trial event for those wanting to be selected for Denmark and the Sunderland Stroller finished in third place with victory going to Leeds City's Susan Partridge who will also be on the plane for Copenhagen.

Going into the Reading race Dixon already had the half-marathon qualifying time from last year's Bath race and was hoping to better her 71min 19secs, especially after returning from a four-week spell training in Kenya.

However, things didn't work out that way as the windy conditions put paid to any hopes of fast times for the Sunderland Stroller, who has already competed in the IAAF Marathon Championships.

"I felt really good before the race and in the week building up to it I felt I could go under 71 minutes,'' said the 35-year-old.

"Unfortunately, three miles into the race I knew that wasn't going to happen as my sixstone frame was being buffetted about all over the place by the strong headwind.

"After that it was a case of consolidating and trying to finish as high up the field as possible.' Dixon's latest trip to the Itenbased Kenya trip, which was funded by the London Marathon, was a revelation as Paula Radcliffe was on hand acting as a mentor to the British contingent.

"Paula was helping with the coaching and it was amazing at times to see her handing out drinks to us during the sessions,'' added Dixon. …

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