After finding out she would be competing in the Commonwealth Games over two weeks ago, Aly Dixon was asked to wait until Monday before the official announcement could be made. The Sunderland Stroller will represent England over the marathon distance in Glasgow, with the 26.2 mile event taking place on Sunday 27 July.
Dixon has been in fine form throughout 2014, taking top place at last month’s Sunderland City Half Marathon and securing a PB of 70:38 at the Copenhagen Half Marathon. Even though she had been informed that she would be competing in the Games, Dixon said receiving the written confirmation was highly emotional: “I’m so pleased to have been called up and even though I’d known about it for a fortnight. When the letter finally came through announcing it officially, I still cried just seeing it there in front of me!”
To prepare for the marathon, Dixon will compete in the Great North 10K and plans to run to the start of the race from her home in Silksworth to Gateshead. On coordinating the run, Dixon commented: “It’s something I’ve done before. The idea is to have that longer run which hopefully will set me up for the marathon in Glasgow later in the month. I came second in the event last year and would love to win it this year but it’s all about the field of athletes who enter and how it works out on the day.”
On her form leading up to Glasgow, the Sunderland Stroller added: “I’m very happy with it and excited about the games themselves because I’ve entered a stage of my career where I’ve been recording personal bests and am looking forward to doing myself justice. As much as anything now, you’re looking to avoid picking up colds or anything like that, because that can really mess with your preparations."