Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Cestrians Enjoy a Silver Lining

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Cestrians Enjoy a Silver Lining

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Former European cross-country champion Hayley Yelling recorded the fastest time as she brought Windsor, Slough, Eton and Hounslow home in first place at the end of the first leg of the senior women's relay at Mansfield.

However, the seasoned cross-country international flouted the rules by also running the third and final stage and, despite crossing the line in first place, her club was immediately disqualified.

This allowed Charnwood, who included former Gosforth Harrier Sarah Maude in their trio, to retain their title with Chester-le-Street moving up into the silver medal position ahead of third-placed Bedford and County.

While there were celebrations among the Chester camp for picking up their first medals in the competition, there was an eye-opening performance by Durham University's, Felicity Milton (19), who recorded the third fastest time of the day, four seconds slower than Hayley Yelling and two seconds slower than Commonwealth marathon bronze medalist Liz Yelling.

Dianne Henaghan set the Cestrians on the right track on the opening stage to hand over to Alyson Dixon in 12th place.

Dixon improved to sixth on stage two and, with Morag McDonnell on the final leg, it looked as though third place was the best Chester could hope for.

That was until it was revealed Hayley Yelling was back on the course for a second time.

McDonnell was not to know the outcome of a possible disqualification as she worked through the athletes ahead of her.

In the end she crossed the line in third, only to be promoted into the silver medal spot behind Charnwood.

Team manager Barry Foster was more than pleased with his charges' performance, saying: "I am absolutely delighted with the way things went.

"We have been so close to making the podium on a number of occasions but second place was a great reward for a good solid performance. …

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