Sunderland Stroller Alyson Dixon clocked her fifth fastest marathon when finishing 16th in the women’s section of the Boston Marathon on Monday.
The Boston, renowned for its hills, took its toll on the 40-year-old when she slowed over the second half of the race after going through halfway in 1.14.20.
Saying that it was the hardest marathon that she had ever done, she finished in a time of 2.35.43, compared to her best of 2.29.06 from 2017.
She finished second Over-40 behind Kate Landau of the US, who finished 13th in 2.31.56. The race winner was Worknesh Degefa, of Ethiopia, with a time of 2.23.31.
Dixon’s performance gives her fourth place on the British all-time Over-40 Marathon list. Ahead of her are Priscilla Welch (Ranelagh) with 2.26.51 from 1981, Joyce Smith (Shaftesbury Barnet) 2.29.43 – 1982 and Emma Stepto (Cornwall) 2.32.40 – 2014.
Kevin Jeffress, Sunderland’s first finisher in last year’s London Marathon, has pulled out of next week’s race.
He has been suffering from an Achilles’ tendon issue and has been forced to take some time off.
He said: “I decided to defer London a few weeks ago as I was training well, but my head wasn’t in it. I kind of lost my racing mojo a bit, so I’m just trying to get back into it...