Win for Sarah, bronze for Stacey

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Moorfoot runner Sarah McCormack continued her fine run of form with victory at the Scottish Athletics Track and Field Championships at Scotstoun in Glasgow on Saturday.

And fellow Peeblesshire athlete Stacey Downie made a successful return from injury to take a bronze medal.

McCormack of Peebles had the legs to outkick her main rival, Great Britain marathon internationalist Susan Partridge, to sprint clear for victory in the 5,000m.

In a small but quality field, the British Universities champion was 25m adrift at halfway, but Partridge’s fast early pace started to drop in the face of the stiff breeze up the home straight.

The gap gradually closed and McCormack then sat on the leader’s heels until unleashing what is fast becoming her trademark, a devastating kick with 130m to go, and sprinting over 30m clear for the gold medal in 16 minutes 19.83 seconds, a 20-second pb despite the wind.

“I didn’t taper for the race, so my legs weren’t as fresh as they could be and I had to really dig in to get back in contact with Susan,” said McCormack.

“I wasn’t as confident going into the final 200m as I was at the British Universities so I delayed my kick a bit, but still managed to produce a good sprint to win.”

Previous winners of the title include Peebles-based runner Susan Ridley and fellow Moorfoot member Ruth McKean.

Downie, of West Linton, who has been out for two months with an ankle ligament injury, took third place in the 200m final with a time of 25.49 seconds behind Kathryn Christie of Banchory and Stonehaven while Dolphinton’s Steven Charters was fourth in the men’s 200m as Tom Holligan completed a sprint double.