I’m Aly (Alyson) Dixon and I’m a marathon runner from Sunderland. I currently run for Sunderland Strollers but previously ran for both Chester Le Street AC and Sunderland Harriers.
Through my dad being a marathon runner I have been brought up with athletics as part of my life. As a child my weekends were often spent travelling around to watch my Dad compete at road races and track events and I would often participate in the accompanying fun runs which most road races had back then just to keep me entertained. During school I enjoyed all sports but was never great at any of them. At age 11 I joined the local club (Sunderland Harriers) purely so that I could go on the club trip to Flamingo Land!
At the time I regularly trained for gymnastics, swimming, hockey and netball but it was athletics that I loved the most. I started off wanting to be a hurdler or long jumper, but I quickly changed my mind when I tripped over a hurdle during training and hurt my ankle. It wasn’t until I was at University that I won my first race, the British University Championships and this prompted me to start to take my athletics serious.
From this point I enjoyed a lot of success on the regional and national stage over various distances and eventually in 2008, aged 29, 18 years after first joining an athletics club, I eventually got my first England call up (10k). This was quickly followed by my first Great Britain vest in 2009 (Half Marathon). I have since run for England on numerous occasions and in 2011 represented GB at the IAAF World Track and Field Championships (Marathon). Unfortunately my performance was hampered by a foot injury which turned out to be 2 broken bones. This injury required 3 months of rest from running in order to repair. During this time I dedicated myself to a strict and rigorous cross training programme in order to make sure I was in my best possible shape when I was allowed to recommence training again.
Five months after starting back running I competed in the Virgin London Marathon with the hope of making the qualifying time for the 2012 Olympic Games. Unfortunately this did not go to plan and I narrowly missed out on my target.
Since then I have switched coach to now be self-coached and I have lowered my PB over all my main distances. In 2016 I finally achieved my lifelong dream of becoming an Olympian and represented Team GB in the marathon at the Rio Olympics.
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- 5K – 15m.52s
- 10K – 32m17s
- Half Marathon – 1h10m37s
- Marathon – 2h29m30s
- Represented Team GB at the Rio Olympics 2016
- British and English marathon champion 2016
- Team Gold European Cup 10,000m 2015
- Silver in English 10,000m Championships 2015
- Bronze in British 10,000m Championships 2015
- Silver in British and English Half Marathon Championships 2015
- Represented England at the 2014 Commonwealth Games Marathon
- Competed for GB at 4 World Championships, 1 European Championships and 2 European Cups
- British and English 10,000m Champion 2013
- Winner of Brighton Marathon 2011
- Age group winner ING New York City Marathon 2010
- 3rd British Half Marathon Championships 2008
- Twice winner of British Universities Championships.
I am currently sponsored by Adidas and receive support from High 5, Creative Nature and CEP Compression.