Welcome to ‘Dixons Diary’. I’m excited to have been asked by the lovely people at Events of the North to contribute to their website by writing a regular blog. Hopefully I can provide you with an insight into the life of an international athlete as well as pass on some tips to help you prepare and complete your own personal challenges whether that is over 10k or half marathon.
So, who am I? I’m Aly Dixon, Sunderland born and bred and a very proud Mackem! Running is my life. I’ve been running for over 25 years and have been fortunate enough to represent my country on a number of occasions over distances from 10k through to marathon.
Of course next year is a very big year – an Olympic year – and my next 6 months will be focussed on me gaining selection to be standing on the start line of the marathon in Rio on 14th August. And I’m hoping that the Siglion Sunderland City Half Marathon and 10k will play a vital part in that journey.
I love the Sunderland races. Back in 2011 I was gutted to miss the very first 10k through injury but I really enjoyed standing on the sidelines cheering everyone on. Seeing so many people of all shapes and sizes running over the Wearmouth Bridge reminded me of the simplicity of the sport. It’s a beautiful sport which is open to all.
I have been honoured to have taken part in the event every year since then, winning the 10k and the half marathon over the years and it is now one of my favourite events of the year. It’s great to see the event growing bigger and bigger and introducing new elements like the Start Me Up sessions.
So, yeah, like I say, I hope to use this blog to not only tell you about what I’m doing but to help you guys out too. If you haven’t already signed up to one of the races then go and do so and come and join in the fun in May. Then any questions you have or topics you would like to see me cover, please shout up and I will see what I can do.
Hope you enjoy my ramblings over the coming months.