Derek Hawkins and Aly Dixon will continue with their preparations for the Commonwealth Games by taking part in next month’s Sunderland City Half Marathon. The duo, who have both been in impressive form throughout the course of the year, will compete in the 13.1 mile event on Sunday 4 May.
The half marathon is part of the Run Sunderland Festival, which also includes the fourth Sunderland City 10K; the festival is organised by Events of the North and made possible thanks to a partnership with Sunderland City Council and Sunderland Live. Up to 4,000 runners are expected to take part over the course of the weekend.
Kilbarchan’s Hawkins has already secured his place to represent Scotland and is envisaging the north east event as key in the lead-up to the Games: “I chose Sunderland because I ran the 10k a few years ago so I know it is a flat course and it fits perfectly in my build up for Glasgow 2014. It falls two weeks after I return from a block of altitude training in Boulder, so it's ideal to find out how that training phase went in Boulder in a racing environment, and will give me an insight to my fitness as I enter the final 12 weeks of my preparation.”
Dixon, who impressed with a third place showing at last month’s Reading Half Marathon, is looking to use the race to increase her chances of selection for England at Glasgow 2014: “It’s great that Sunderland now has an established festival of running and I’m really excited about racing the half marathon. I’ve won the 10k the last two years and I’m looking forward to hopefully adding my name to the roll of honour for the longer distance. I’ll be looking to record a solid performance to back up my chances of selection for the Commonwealth Games.”
The registration deadline for both the half marathon and 10k is midnight on 23 April—for more information and to secure your entry, visit the event website.