Can Dixon make it a Gateshead hat-trick?

GREAT Britain marathon international Alyson Dixon will be aiming for a seventh 10K success of the year as she chases a hat-trick of victories in today's Ronnie Walker Memorial 10K in Gateshead, England's oldest road race.

The 35-year-old Sunderland Stroller, who has her sights set on winning selection for next year's Commonwealth Games marathon in Glasgow, has lost only once over the shorter distance this year when she finished runner up in June's BUPA Great North 10K on Tyneside, 17 seconds behind Charnwood's Gemma Steel, who won the European Cross Country Championships silver medal in Belgrade two weeks ago.

Dixon, who holds the Darlington 10K course record and has a personal best time of 32.53 from her victory in the big Leeds Abbey Dash 10K in 2011, won the Saltwell Harriers event in 2010 (35 mins 59 secs), and retained her title last year in 36 mins 28 secs.

The race, which is already fully subscribed with 500 entries, starts at 11.30am in Saltwell Park.

The popular multi-terrain Loftus Poultry Run over approximately eight miles starts tomorrow at 11am from Loftus Leisure Centre.


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