ATHLETICS: Scrivener bags second national victory

Oxford Mail: A delighted Alex Scrivener takes the tape in Cardiff’s Blackweir Fields A delighted Alex Scrivener takes the tape in Cardiff’s Blackweir Fields

ALEX Scrivener underlined her potential with a second victory of the British Athletics Cross Challenge series at Cardiff’s Blackweir Fields.

Already a winner in round one at Bristol, the Oxford City athlete took the under 11 girls’ title again in Wales.

Scrivener completed the 1.7km course in 7mins 9secs to take victory by five seconds from Emily Chirighin (Cardiff).

“I knew the Cardiff Cross Challenge would be a very fast, flat course and there were a lot of girls,” she said.

“I made my way through the field and managed to take the lead just as I came into the woods.

“This was the best bit of the course as it reminded me of my training sessions at Shotover.

“With about 300 metres to go, I heard my name on the loudspeaker and that I had a 30-metre lead, so I just kicked for home and was really delighted to take the ribbon and win the race.”

Scrivener leads the under 11 girls standings in the Oxford Mail Cross Country League and has also secured second place in the Chiltern League.

Although there is no Cross Challenge series prize up for grabs in her age group, she feels racing in it has been a great experience for her.

Scrivener said: “I enjoyed the British Athletics Cross Challenge race at Bristol so much that I wanted to have another chance at running one of the races.

“They are really big, so it is such a good experience and you also get to see some GB runners in the older races.”

Scrivener’s Oxford City clubmate Gemma Bridge finished 23rd in the senior ladies’ race, clocking 29.44 for the 6.99km course.

Her race was won by GB international Charlote Purdue (Aldershot, Farnham & District) in 25.09.

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