l-r - Lynn Dixon, Aly Dixon, Paula Radcliffe, Lisa Hutchinson

Running in Sunderland is a family affair for the Dixon ladies

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A mum and two daughters from Wearside are preparing to line-up at this year’s Run Sunderland Festival, once one of them has represented her country at the Commonwealth Games in Australia.  International athlete Aly Dixon will compete for England in the marathon next month, but already has her sights set on a running reunion with sister Lisa Hutchinson and mam Lynn Dixon when she returns to the UK.  All three ladies will be taking part in the Siglion Sunderland City Half Marathon and 10K races on Sunday 13 May.

Aly Dixon was the winner of the women’s race in the 2017 Siglion Sunderland City Half Marathon, just ahead of marathon world record holder Paula Radcliffe.  This year, Aly will be taking part in the event not long after lining up in the marathon during the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast.  Inspired by their family’s international star and after meeting Paula Radcliffe last year, on the same day sister Lisa will run in the half marathon and mam Lynn will tackle the 10K race.

Aly Dixon comments: “I’m going to be racing on two coastlines in successive months and I expect both occasions to be really memorable for different reasons.  I’m incredibly proud to have the opportunity to represent my country in the Commonwealth Games, which is something that’s a highlight for every athlete.  However, running at the same event as my mam and sister is going to be a really special experience, especially in my home city.  Our training plans may be different, but we’re all equally excited about this year’s Siglion Sunderland City Half Marathon and 10K.”

The Run Sunderland Festival 2018 is being organised by Events of the North, in partnership with Sunderland City Council and Active Sunderland.  Featuring the Siglion Sunderland City Half Marathon and 10K, it will take place on Sunday 13 May.  Siglion, the development partnership which is carrying out major regeneration projects on the Vaux site and at other locations in the city, is once again sponsoring both races.  The races will start and finish in Keel Square, a site that has become a symbol of Sunderland’s renewal and regeneration.

l-r - Aly Dixon, Lynn Dixon, Lisa Hutchinson

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DS Media + Events is the brainchild of Steve Cram, who heads a team who have extensive experience in event organisation, delivery and marketing of major sporting events, as well as broadcasting and the media. Steve, former international athlete, World Record holder and Olympic medallist is also director of Extra Mile, which has acted as consultant to numerous major running events such as the Bristol Half Marathon, Jane Tomlinson’s Run For All and has organised the elite road races at the Middlesbrough 10K.