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Partridge wins but Yelling still happy.

LIZ Yelling remained upbeat on her return to the international stage despite being comfortably beaten into second place in the mixed race by Sue Partridge at the Bupa Great North 10k in Sunderland yesterday. It was only Yelling's third competition since the birth of daughter Ruby last summer, and she was easily outrun by Partridge who crossed the line in 33 minutes 46 seconds, some 42 seconds ahead of the Commonwealth marathon bronze medallist, with Kate Goodhead third in 35min 18sec.

Yelling, 35, was happy with her display and the two-time Olympian is determined she can challenge for a place in the British team for the Games in London 2012.

"It was good to get out there and blow away the cobwebs," said Yelling, whose return to action had to be put on hold after picking up an injury in training after winning the Silverstone half marathon in March.

"I am really excited about getting back in great shape and I am going to focus the next two years on qualifying for the 2012 Olympic marathon. I hope my comeback marathon will be the Chicago marathon this October."

The men's event was won by late entry Kenya's Edwin Kipkorir who in a thriller defeated Austria's Guenther Weidlinger by a second with Boston Marathon champion Robert Kiprono Cheruiyot third. HEATON Harrier James Buis won yesterday's 30th Beadnell to Alnmouth Coast Run. Facing a stiff headwind, Buis and 2005 winner Darren Purvis of Chesterle-Street, broke away from the leading group after six miles.

Full results Buis gradually opened up a 20m gap over his rival in the final 800m. 43 Marathon specialist Dave Kirkland of host club Alnwick took third place, with Paul Lowe - the leading veteran - in fourth position. Lowe led the North York Moors club to the team title.

Vicky Hindson of Wallsend gained her first major victory when winning the womens' race.

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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Jul 19, 2010
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