Run to Rio
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.