Why Floren and Harry can hold their heads high at road relays

TWO interesting performances that caught my eye from the English Road Relays last weekend but more than likely will have gone well under the radar.

Floren Scrafton (pictured above) found herself in the unenviable position of being the only Westbury Harriers runner to make the finals of the four-stage event so faced a straight race on stage one with no-one to hand over to at the finish line.

That can be a deflating experience but it certainly didn’t affect Scrafton as she dug in to finish 11th in a time of 15 minutes, 27 seconds quicker than she ran in the Midlands on the same course a few weeks back.

It was also good enough to place Scrafton 25th fastest overall from a very strong field of women so well done to her.

In contrast Bristol & West’s Harry Allen (pictured right) was so far below par that he dropped himself into the B team for the six-stage event.

Allen was the A team’s fastest runner in the Midlands Championships when B&W finished second but he has been laid low by a chest infection and was in not fit state to do himself justice.

But in a great act of selflessness he volunteered to run the final stage f the B team when it transported they were one runner short and just did enough to get around the course in a time of 19mins 09secs, 1min 06secs slower than in the Midlands.

Those two performances both deserve enormous credit in their own way.