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A run for their money

Bitter acrimony surrounds events chronicled in last week&#39s Diary page, in which Ben “Biffer” Yearsley of Hargreaves Lansdown mocked colleague Tom “Flailing” McPhail for finishing behind him in the Bristol half-marathon.

Always a man to take defeat square on the chin, McPhail decided to contact the Diary this week to suggest that, as his pregnant girl-friend had beaten Yearsley, he, as the co-creator of said unborn baby, had actually bested his HL nemesis.

Yearsley responded by taking the moral high ground, suggesting that, despite the shame of losing to a Telegraph-reading, unfit lager lout, McP “should really learn to accept defeat like a man”. Not taking defeat like a man, however, is HL&#39s Meera Patel who, appalled at the sight of toys hurtling out of cots in the office, has waded into the hostilities with the not-that-shocking revelation that she beat both combatants hands down (in 2hr 5mins).

The Diary hopes this intervention will put a stop to the handbags (aside from Meera&#39s, of course).

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