British athlete Alyson Dixon won gold at the IAU 50km World Championships in Brasov, Romania, crossing the line with a record-breaking time of 3:07:20.
Dixon, a Team GB Olympic marathoner, broke the record and took first place despite the fact that the 50km race was her first ultramarathon.
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
It was a triumphant day for British athletics, with fellow Team GB athlete Helen Davies coming in second place, running 3:09:16 in what was also her first ultra. Three other Brits made the women’s top 20, Julie Briscoe, Hannah Oldroyd and Dani Nimmock, contributing to a team gold and beating a strong US squad.
40-year-old Aly Dixon told Athletics Weekly that she was “really pleased” with how the race went and that she’d had her eye on the 50km for a while, but would now “retire from ultras and go back to the marathon.”