Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

After Quarter Century of Running, Dixon Is Still Going Strong

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

After Quarter Century of Running, Dixon Is Still Going Strong

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Byline: ATHLETICS Follow us on Twitter @EveningChron INSIDE TRACK Athletics news with Bill McGuirk

INTERNATIONAL star Alyson Dixon has been running competitively for 25 years and there are no signs of her slowing down.

During that quarter-century there have been some ups and downs for the 36-year-old but the Sunderland Strollers' enthusiasm for racing shows no signs of abating as last weekend's course recordbreaking victory in the Heaton Harriers' Memorial race was there for everyone to see.

This coming weekend Dixon dons an England vest in the Leeds Abbey Dash for the first time since the disappointment of having to drop out of the Commonwealth Games marathon in Glasgow which is another step towards putting that heartbreak behind her.

"That certainly was a low point of my running career,'' said Dixon, who had high hopes of making the podium in Scotland. "I felt really good until just after 10 miles when I started to get pain in my ankle which steadily got worse which eventually forced me to drop out. I was gutted, especially as I had prepared really well for the race.

"Dropping out still bothers me but it's gradually being pushed aside and hopefully, some time next year it'll all be behind me and I'll do another marathon.'' In the meantime, Dixon is quite content building up her fitness and while her plans for the coming months aren't set in stone, one thing already arranged is a spell of altitude training in Kenya after the turn of the year.

"Naturally, I was pleased with my win on the Town Moor but I know I'm still not 100% and no way near pb shape,'' added selfcoached Dixon.

"However, I'd like to think I can do something similar to two years ago when I won Heaton in 34min 27sec then the following week won the Abbey Dash in 32:53.

"An improvement like that in seven days would be nice but I'm not expecting that much this time round.

"Leeds has assembled a superb field which surely will lend itself to some quick times but I'll be happy if I can get a time close to 33 minutes, I'll be satisfied with that whatever position I finish.'' Dixon admits she is no lover of cross-country running but, in two outings so far this winter, she has looked impressive, especially when winning the Davison Shield at Temple Park last month. …

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