Run to Rio

Runner's World (UK) - - Human Race -

Alyson Dixon is an Olympian, but she has never for­got­ten her club com­mit­ments. So when she was se­lected to run in this year’s Olympic Marathon for Team GB, (she came 28th), her club, the Sun­der­land Strollers, showed its sup­port by chal­leng­ing the lo­cal com­mu­nity to col­lec­tively run the 5,912 miles (there­abouts) from Sun­der­land to Rio. ‘ We asked for 226 teams to run 26.2 miles each over the 26.2 days lead­ing up to the start of the Games,’ says or­gan­iser and club mem­ber Tony Allen.

The re­sponse was huge. ‘It’s been so ex­cit­ing to see so many peo­ple get be­hind it,’ adds Tony. ‘Aly has been touched by the sup­port.’ Teams ranged from 52 school­child­ren in Durham City run­ning a half-mile each, to solo run­ners tak­ing on the whole 26.2 miles. In one event, Alyson joined pupils from Thorn­hill, her old school, as they ran a mile each for the cause (see left). The chal­lenge raised nearly £3,000 for St Benedict’s Hospice in Sun­der­land, and Marie Curie Cancer Care.

ALL TO­GETHER Aly with some of the Durham school­child­ren who played their part

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