X, Y, Z
Yelling (nee: Talbot)
(Welwyn Garden City)
and County AC
& Rosemary Stanton
Liz used to be a Maths
and PE teacher, but became a full-time athlete in 2001
Liz is mad about art
and paints her own pictures for her house
6 Sept 2000
14 July 2001
25 July 2001
24 June 1998
15 June 2002
30 July 2002
5 Mar 2000
7 Oct 2001
Liz was 2nd in the AAA
Juniors and won the English Schools 1500m in 1993, when she also ran for the
British junior team.
Liz had a fine
cross-country season, winning the Southern Junior, 2nd in the CAU Junior and 5th
in the National Junior before winning the Southern 1500m on the track, with
three sub 4-20 times in the year. She also ran for the UK Under-23s at 3000m and
ended the year with a fine 10th in the European Cross-Countries. Injuries held
back Liz since she was the first Briton in the 1995 European cross-country
She was third in the CAU and
had second places at the British Universities and UKs, but missed most of the
Liz was 3rd in the National
cross-country, but missed most of the track season.
Liz won the Reebok Cross
Challenge series and, with an individual bronze, helped the British team to the
team gold at the World Students cross-country, going on to her best season to
date on the track.
She was 3rd in the National
Cross-Country, a week after running for Britain in the Chiba Ekiden road relay.
She then came in as a reserve to run in the World Cross-Country
After a steady track season
she ran brilliantly at Velenje to place 4th in the 1999 European Cross-Country
She was runner-up at
the World Cross-Country Trials and was then Britain's second scorer in 44th
place in the World
She ran a personal best of 26:09 to win the Hillingdon 5 Miles in
March, and made her 10,000m track debut in the European Challenge, 24th in
She improved that to 33:07.9
for 8th at the AAAs. She took over two seconds off her personal bests for both
800m and 1500m, and at 3000m won for England against France. In October came her
best performance of the year as she won the Stroud half marathon in 72:31
(compared to her previous best of 75:06 from 1998) and she earned a team silver
medal when she was eighth, Britain's second finisher, in the European
Liz was a clear winner in the
CAU/Trials race, had a 27-second winning margin to take her first National
Cross-Country title and had her best ever run at the World Cross-country
She ran personal bests
for 3000m in July (9:08.13 and 8:57.3) and with 4:15.01 for second place in the
She was then 4th in the Great
Scottish Run, half marathon with a PB 72:26 (winning the UK title) and was
4th in the Cheltenham 10km race (2nd AAAs) in 33:20. She then took another 57
seconds off her best for 23rd place in the World Half Marathon.
She was a clear winner
of the Reebok Cross-Country Series in 2001/02 when gained her
fourth top ten place at the European Cross-Country Championships, leading the
British team to the silver medals, and won the UK and national titles
before another fine run with 18th at the World Cross-Country.
She left her job as a
part-time maths/PE teacher to become a full-time athlete in December 2001.
Women's Long Course Race - 8km
the athletes passed the finish for the first time (after 800m) in the
Senior Women's four lap race Paula
RADCLIFFE, Liz YELLING, Kathy BUTLER and
Hayley YELLING were all well positioned in the main pack. By the end of
the first full lap a group of about 15 had broken away with Paula
and Deena Drossin leading the way. By the end of the second lap Paula
had broken away with three other athletes including Drossin, with Liz, Kathy
and Hayley all retaining positions in the top 30. By the end of the third
and Drossin had broken away and Paula
began to open up a lead going into the fourth lap and ran strongly to pull
away from Drossin and Colleen De Reuck who led the USA to a team Silver
Norwich Union GB Team finished fifth in the team competition and first
European nation with 69 points just two points behind Japan in fourth
Yelling finished 18th in a time of 28:07 and said after the race:
legs had gone after two laps, I was just hanging in. I am pleased though.
On that type of course I wasn't sure how I would fare. I would have
preferred mud as the pace is just so much faster on the type of course we
had today. The finish straight was a real grind, you couldn't really kick.
The Americans did really well, but when we saw the team we knew they would
On the track in,
Liz took over 40 seconds off her 10,000m best when 7th in the European
Challenge race in 32:26.53 and ran a personal best of 15:45.08 for 4th at
5000m at the Commonwealth Trials and took over 28 seconds off her personal best
when 4th in the Commonwealth Games 10,000m in 31:58.39, was 20th at the
Europeans in 32:44.44 and was easily the fastest British woman in the Great
North Run half marathon when 8th in 71:42.
Liz won the Liverpool
cross-country, her ninth successive win in Reebok Challenge Series races, but
was then fourth at Margate, suffering the after-effects of a cold. Not fully
fit, she was 30th at the European Cross-Country, but was Britain's third
finisher and earned a team bronze medal. Returning after viral problems,
she was 2nd in the CAU Cross-Country and third in the overall Reebok
Cross-Country series before an encouraging run at the World Cross-Country when
she was 19th (fifth European) in the short-course race. She ran 32:22.21
for 7th in the European Challenge 10,000m.
An Achilles injury held her back, but
she was pleased with her second in 33:37 in the London road 10km in July and
improved to 33:02 for third at Tilburg, while preparing for her marathon debut
in Berlin. Everything
went to plan in Berlin as she clocked 2:30:58 to secure the Olympic qualifying
ended 2003 with a solid eighth place as the Norwich Union GB Team took Gold at
the European Cross Country Championships.
Yelling (864) was 13th in the Senior Women's Long Course 8km race at the World
Cross country on
Saturday in a time of 27:34. Great Britain took the Team Bronze medals with 74
She ran a personal best for
the half marathon of 70:00 as pacemaker at the London Marathon, a dangerous decision
with Olympic qualifying looming, and her own place in the marathon being far
" I've been planning
for Athens since the Sydney Olympics four years ago. I run the 10,000m and cross
country, but it's the marathon you'll see me competing in.
"My training partner is
also running in this event - the one and only Paula Radcliffe! I met her at my
running club when I was 11 - she's a year older - and we just gravitated towards
each other. We became really good mates. We did everything together - trained,
swam and going out in the evenings. Paula and I share the same coach - Alex
"The marathon course is
a really hilly one though! Paula's been out there and even filmed the marathon
course. We both know what to expect. I enjoy the pain. The harder the race is,
the better I am."
country was always my favourite event at school. I just love it.
the pain I enjoy! The tougher the event, the better I get! I was built
with mental toughness and it's just been unleashed in athletics.
of course, I adore getting muddy. I'm also a long distance track runner
but it's definitely more fun competing in the fields.
amazing running through the countryside with the wildlife, the trees and
being away from the traffic. It's a great way to escape!
get bored quite quickly, but these races are never ever dull.
terrain is always different, your speed varies all the time and I get
great pleasure watching my competitors struggle.
obviously hard work to get to the top and if there's one person who's
shown the way, it's my friend Paula Radcliffe.
a full-time athlete now but when I was teaching I was running at six every
morning. Not very nice!
trick is to find a reason for climbing out of bed. What I do is think
about my competitors getting up early and being fitter than me.
just something you've got to do if you want to be one of the best.
just remember, however serious you take your running, cross country is one
of the most fun races you can ever do.
you want to know where to try cross country then look for your local club
on the UK
Athletics website in the 'clubs' section.
also find out when the clubs train and how to get there.
to it now! I might even see you out in that mud one day."
main contenders are likely to be sisters-in-law Liz and Hayley Yelling,
both stalwarts of the GB Cross Country Team over the last few years.
This will be Liz’s first race since finishing 25th in the
Olympic Marathon in Athens. Hayley, who narrowly missed out on
qualifying for the Olympics at 10,000m, ran the second fastest leg at the
National Road Relays last weekend and was Reebok Series Champion for
was third in the Senior Women's race at the Reebok Cross Challenge race in
most convincing winner of the day was Hayley Yelling (Windsor Slough Eton
& Hounslow) who led from gun to tape and won by 31 seconds in 22:16
from former European Junior Cross Country Champion Charlotte
Dale (Invicta East Kent AC) with Liz
(Bedford & County AC) a further nine seconds back. Liz was to
the fore with Hayley in the early stages of the race, but she was unable
to stay with Hayley’s pace and was then overtaken by Dale early on the
second lap of the two lap race.
Yelling admitted after the race that she was "not
fit by her standards”,
having taken her time to get back into training following her 25th
place in the Olympic marathon.
will miss the rest of the domestic cross country season as she and husband
Martin are going on a two month training and racing trip to Australia on
14 November before a six week stint in Colarado, USA, from the end of
hope to compete in the World Cross Country Championships and then run a
spring marathon in London, Paris or Rotterdam,” said
Liz Yelling (Bedford and County AC) breaks into her training for the
Flora London Marathon to aim for her third IAAF World Cross Country
Championships medal with the Norwich Union Great Britain and Northern
Ireland Senior Women’s Team in St Galmier, France, on 19 and 20 March.
she believes she is not the only member of the 8km team capable of
bidding for a place in the top 10 as they seek to repeat – or even
improve upon – the Team Bronze medal won 12 months ago at the World
Cross Country Championships in Brussels.
would have been looking to do a race at this point before London and
I’ve always been planning to do the World Cross this winter. If it was
not the World Cross, it would have been a road 10km and I would much
prefer the World Cross.
have done a really heavy block of training so I can ease off this week
for Saturday’s race. After it, I can put another couple of hard weeks
in before I ease off for London and race the Marathon.”
who clinched the 8km Bronze medals for GB in 1998 and finished 13th
last year, says of Saturday’s race: “I would like to place in the
top 20 again but the aim is to come on and aim for the top 10. And I’m
sure I won’t be the only one with that target.
is running better than she was last year, Kathy’s
a lot stronger and little Charlotte
is coming through and starting to run well, which is really good news. I
think I’m going to have to hang in there and hope to make the scoring
team! I’m really excited. I’m looking forward to racing.”