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Just what the doctor ordered: GP duo Steph and Scott savour gold medals at Scottish 5k Champs

Just what the doctor ordered: GP duo Steph and Scott savour gold medals at Scottish 5k Champs

Saturday 4th May 2024

Scottish 5K Senior Champions Scott Stirling and Steph Pennycook (photo by Bobby Gavin)

*Pleased note we are still working on this story with additions being made through Saturday. Thanks for your patience. Report based off gun times.

By Peter Jardine, Head of Communications

Is there a doctor in the house? There were two on the podium, as it happened, at the Scottish 5k Champs at Silverknowes.

Steph Pennycook and Scott Stirling made it a double for the medical profession in the race which always prescribes fast times.

Steph, working as a GP in Leeds, came back north to claim the Women’s gold in her Fife AC vest and clocked sub 16 minutes in the process.

Scott for his part won a richly-deserved Scottish road gold after three successive silvers in cross country over recent months with his ‘purple patch’ now running through from last summer and a 5000 title on the track at Grangemouth.

The GB international, who went to the World Cross in Serbia at the end of March, won by seven seconds which is a rare margin in this particular race.

His time was 14:17 and on a windy night at Silverknowes that was impressive as Finlay Ross-Davie, the U20 gold medallist, and Ben Sandilands fought for silver and bronze. The Edinburgh Uni athlete, who came through the ranks at Garscube, won the nod for second place.

‘It was a really good feeling to win that gold medal,’ said Scott.

‘I’ve enjoyed this event over the past few years and I had a good battle last year with Jamie Crowe and Kane Elliott when I took the silver.

‘So it was one I wanted to tick off and win the title. There were a lot of fast guys and Scottish medallists in that race, so to stretch out a bit when we turned back into the wind was a good feeling.

‘I’ve had success in recent months and the GB and Ni selection for the World Cross was very special. I’m no looking towards the Night of the 10ks on the track at Highgate and testing myself still further against some of the very best in Britain.’

Ross-Davie took the Men’s U20 gold with that run of 14:25.

In the Men’s team race, there was a superb win for Aberdeen AAC as they finished at five, seven and 15 thanks to the runs of Mohamed Warsame, Michael Ferguson and Adam Brown. Edinburgh Uni took the silvers and Central AC were third.

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