It seems Aly Dixon’s four weeks altitude training in Kenya has paid dividends with the Sunderland Stroller posting a PB and first place at Sunday’s Trafford 10K. The race, known for its fast and flat profile, saw Jonathan Davies take first position in tightly contested men’s contest.
Organised by Altrincham and District AC, the event saw 841 runners toe the start line at Partington Leisure Centre in south Manchester. Dixon, 35, who had set her previous PB at Brighton 10K last year, clocked 32:29, six seconds faster than her performance on the south coast. Dixon finished ahead of Ellie Kirk (33:15) and Melissa Courtney (33:32).
Dixon’s time means she will top this year’s UK women’s rankings, taking over from Charnwood’s Gemma Steel and will go some way to banishing the memory of an uncharacteristic showing at the Edinburgh Cross Country championships. Dixon later commented: “2015, from humiliating last place at Edinburgh XC, to today's win & PB at #Trafford10K - one bad race doesn't make you a bad runner! #believe”
The men’s competition featured a series of top names yet it was Jonathan Davies who provided the winning performance, coming home in 29:18, marginally ahead of Ben Lindsay (29:19), with David Nilsson taking third (29:45). Jonny Mellor finished in ninth (30:04) and Ben Fish tenth (30:05).
Full results are available via northernrunningguide.com.