Fabulous Floren races to ‘home’ win in Gwent League finale

First class: Floren Scrafton in action for Oxford University 

FLOREN Scrafton raced to a superb victory in the final event of the 2018/19 Gwent Cross Country League on Saturday.

Cheered on by her ‘home’ fans the Westbury Harrier claimed an emphatic win finishing 20 seconds clear of Lauren Cooper of Parc Bryn Back Runners with Bristol & West’s Natalie Griffiths another six seconds back in third.

Scrafton, who is now studying at Oxford University, doesn’t race the Gwent too often but she knows how to win on the Blaise Castle course as she last triumphed there in December 2016.

The victory was arguably her best performance of a quiet winter having placed 26th in the British Student Championships last month.

In terms of the overall positions following the five fixtures Scrafton was never a contender and thanks to that last result the title went to Cooper – by just one point from B&W’s Isabelle Talbot-Price, who finished fourth at Blaise.

On the podium: Issy Talbot-Price and Catie O’Donoghue

B&W’s Catie O’Donoghue finished third overall with Westbury Harriers’ Katie Hughes sixth and first veteran over 45.

The men’s race was won in some style by Cardiff AC’s Jake Smith with North Somerset AC’s new signing, triathlete Sam Pictor, an impressive second on his league debut and B&W’s Josh Moody third.

The overall title went to Cardiff AC’s Stephen Morris. Best placed local runner was B&W’s Andy Watt in 18th.