Sunderland Strollers' Alyson Dixon is hoping that this weekend's Brighton marathon, an event that provided the platform for her participation at the World Championships in Daegu, will once again prove fruitful. Dixon, who set a PB of 2:34:51 at Brighton two years ago, is looking for a performance that will place her in the qualifying time for both the upcoming World Championships in Moscow and the Commonwealth Games next year.
Dixon's form this year has been impressive, finishing first in each of her last two competitive events - the Elswick Good Friday Race and Royal Signal Road Relay in Sunderland. Perhaps more importantly, she has already set three PBs, a 16:46 at Sunderland parkrun in February, a 57:10 at the Thirsk 10 mile and a 71:20 at Bath half marathon.
In preparation for Sunday's event, Dixon has been clocking up over 100 miles weekly and continued to implement strength and conditioning work into her training schedule. While the qualifying time is set at 2:31, almost 4 minutes quicker than Dixon's PB, the Brighton event now has a modified course, which promises to be a lot faster than the one she encountered in 2011.
With these in mind, Dixon hopes she can hit top form again in Brighton: "I'm very excited to see how I can convert this half marathon time into the full marathon. I am fully aware that it does not always ensure a fast marathon time. But with the strength and my marathon focus, I have placed on my training, I believe that I can do well.''