Aly Dixon's Commonwealth aspirations given a boost

The Northern Echo: Aly Dixon's Commonwealth gamble pays off Aly Dixon's Commonwealth gamble pays off

SUNDERLAND’S Great Britain international Alyson Dixon is set to fulfil her dream of representing England in the Commonwealth Games Marathon this summer – after seeing her gamble of not competing in Sunday's London Marathon seemingly pay off.

The 35-year-old Sunderland Stroller chose instead to rely on her time of 2 hours 31 mins 8 secs in Brighton last year and waiting to see if her mark was beaten by any other Englishwomen hoping to make the three-strong team.

In the event no one came close to eclipsing Dixon’s time – Notts AC’s Amy Whitehead was the first of her rivals to finish in 13th place in a time of 2 hours 34 mins 20 secs, earning automatic selection for Glasgow.

But the only other English elite runner, Cornwall’s Emma Stepto, was 14th, outside the 2 hours 35 mins qualifying time in 2:36:05, though she had the consolation of being the first over-40 finisher.

The in-form Dixon has shot to the top of the UK Half Marathon and 10K road race rankings in recent weeks with new personal-best performances of 70 mins 38 secs and 32 mins 35 secs respectively.

England Athletics will make their final decision on their selections for Glasgow on June 2.

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