Double Olympian Alyson Dixon is back on marathon duty when she contests the 123rd Boston Marathon in the States on Monday, April 15.
This is the oldest annual marathon in the world and the Sunderland Stroller is included in an elite women’s field, on what is said to be one of the world’s most challenging races.
Included in the field are 11 women who have personal best times of under 2.23.0, compared to Dixon’s best (2.29.06) from the London Marathon in 2017.
She competed in two marathons last year, finishing sixth (2.38.19) in the searing heat of the Commonwealth Marathon in Australia, in April. But she failed to finish the Chicago Marathon in October.
Since then she got back on track with good victories in the Brampton to Carlisle 10 mile Road Race and the Heaton Harriers 10km in November, plus the Saltwell 10km in December.
So far this year, she has only competed twice in winning the Dalton Park multi-terrain 10km and the Northumberland Half Marathon last week.
She will finalise her Boston plans by taking in the Port of Blyth 10km which incorporates the British Masters’ 10km Road Race Championships on Sunday, April 7. There she will be competing as an Over-40 Master.
This will be Dixon’s 10th marathon and by all accounts one of the most challenging with 22 elite women runners included.
Heading them are: 2018 winner Desiree Linden of the United States; Edna Kiplagat of Kenya, a two-time World Championships Marathon gold medalist, three-time Abbott World Marathon Majors series winner and 2017 Boston champion; Fellow Kenyan Caroline Rotich, the 2015 Boston, Prague and Las Vegas winner; and another Kenyan in Sharon Cherop, the 2012 Boston, Hamburg, Toronto, Torino and Singapore winner....