Sunderland Stroller Alyson Dixon will wear race number one in the Saltwell Harriers 10k on Saturday - the oldest road race in the country.
Race director Keith Wood has offered the double Olympian and 50k world record holder the number in recognition of her achievements and his acknowledgement of her many times of competing in the race.
She goes into the event after racing sparingly, with her last outing in the Leeds Abbey Dash 10k on October 27 where she clocked 34.11, but the course was found to be 23 metres short and performances were invalidated.
Following this she turned out in the Silksworth parkrun where she recorded 18.23 at the beginning of the month.
The 41-year-old claimed her sixth Saltwell victory last year after her first win in 2011. Her fastest time on the course came in 2013 when she clocked 35.08.
The race is on an undulating route through the Saltwell Park paths and closed roads around the park.
Course records are: Male: Ryan McLeod 30.57 (2011). Female: Rosie Smith 35.05 (Durham City)....
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