Great Britain’s Aly Dixon smashed the 50K world record at the 50K World Championships last Sunday in Brasov, Romania. Dixon ran a 3:07:20 to break the record in her first-ever ultra marathon. Today Dixon set her second world record in one week, running the fastest half-marathon dressed as a superhero at Newcastle, UK’s Great North Run.
World Champion ✔
World record* ✔
European record* ✔
British record* ✔
Sunderland Strollers club record ✔
Ultra running over and out!!
*pending ratification pic.twitter.com/DzgaVeKsI1
— Aly Dixon (@alydixon262) September 1, 2019
Dixon finished the 21.1K race in 1:18:27 dressed as Wonder Woman. The 50K world record-holder was raising money for St. Benedict’s Hospital. So far she has raised €2,300.
I asked people to help me with photos to verify my GWR. Every one I've received so far I have a smile as wide as the Tyne Tunnel.
My enjoyment was very clear to see!! pic.twitter.com/aMA9vTbd7w
— Aly Dixon (@alydixon262) September 8, 2019
The British runner is 40 years old with a very successful marathon career to back her. Her personal best is a 2:29:06 from the 2017 London World Championships. She was 16th at this year’s Boston Marathon.
Kenya’s Brigid Kosgei ran one of the fastest-ever half-marathons in the same race. Her time of 1:04:28 was under the 1:04:51 world record set by Joyciline Jepkosgei in 2017, but cannot be ratified, since the Great North Run is a point-to-point course. Kosgei finished nearly three minutes ahead of second-place finisher Magdalyne Masai, who will race the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon next month, and who crossed the line in 1:07:36. Three-time champion and women’s-only marathon world record holder Mary Keitany was fourth in 1:07:58.