Sunderland Strollers turned out in force in the Run Northumberland Hexham 10km Road Race on Sunday.
And they were rewarded by winning both the men’s and women’s team races, with their star athlete Alyson Dixon breaking the women’s course record.
The Olympian was having her first race since dropping out of the Chicago Marathon on October 7 and she proved she is on the way back to full fitness.
She recorded 36 minutes exactly to finish sixth overall in a field of 440.Her best time stands at 32.17 from 2015.
Now at the age 40, she is still confident that she can turn in a good marathon performance over the classic distance.
Dixon was a long way in front of the second woman - Lisa Tang of Tynedale Harriers, who clocked 39.40.
In third place was Dixon’s clubmate Wendy Chapman, the Kielder Marathon women’s winner, who recorded 40.01.
The club’s third counter was Gillian Ritchie, who was the ninth woman in 43.14. Stroller Lyne Valentine was the first Over-60 in 45.41.
The overall race winner was unattached Sunderland athlete, Liam Taylor, who had a dong-dong battle with South Shields athlete Luke Adams.
The Springwell man also broke the course record with his performance of 33.39, with Adams second in 33.54.
There was another unattached runner in third place in Sparrow Morley (34.09)...