Aly is a world beater

Congratulations to graduate Aly Dixon who this weekend broke the world ultramarathon record.

Aly, a graduate of Sport and Exercise Development, who last year was awarded an Honorary Fellowship, broke the world record to win the 50km World Championships in Brasov, Romania 

She was running her first ultramarathon and crossed the finishing line in three hours seven minutes 20 seconds to knock over a minute off the previous record.

That mark was 3:08:39, set by South Africa's Frith van der Merwe in 1989.

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Aly, who was supported by the University's Institute of Sport's Elite Athletes scheme, ran in 2016 Rio Olympics. She was the fastest British woman in the 2017 London Marathon with a Personal Best of 2 hours 29.06 minutes. She came 18th in the 2017 IAAF World Championships Marathon and 6th in the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games Marathon.



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