pat-butcher

Introducing…

Pat Butcher is a writer, journalist, television producer and commentator, now concentrating mostly on books and blogging.

Although writing occasionally on subjects of general interest, his speciality is track and field athletics.

He first attended the Olympic Games in Munich 1972; and has covered all World Athletics Championships and Olympic Games as writer and/or commentator since 1980.

Please consult the menu for links to a variety of projects, from the recently published QUICKSILVER, The Mercurial Emil Zátopek; to the highly acclaimed The Perfect Distance: Ovett & Coe, The Record Breaking Rivalry, which is being made into a film; to the television documentaries, Arabian Knight, The Story of Said Aouita and Race For Kenya; to the radio programme Great Lives; and to various newspaper, magazine and website articles.


Latest Posts

TORRID TIMES IN BANGKOK

Published on May 21, 2017

  Whatever the circumstances, talent is likely to prevail. And so it proved, when Silas Muturi and Esther Macharia of Kenya won men’s and women’s races at the inaugural Bangkok Midnight Marathon early on Sunday morning, May 21. Their winning times were 2.30.23 and 2.53.31 respectively; some 18 and 23 minutes slower than their bests. […]

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O SUPERMAN

Published on May 6, 2017

  So, Superman is not a big, chisel-jawed white Jewish guy from New York, after all*. He is a weedy little black guy from 3000 metres up in the Great Rift Valley in Kenya But one who runs long distances so fast it’s as if he is running down from that altitude to sea-level. His […]

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A SHORT HISTORY OF PERFORMANCE ENHANCING

Published on May 3, 2017

  Earlier this week, the European Athletics Association passed a resolution for a wholesale reassessment of world records, just days before we are due to get a staged manipulation of a potential sub-two hour marathon. The implication of the former move, welcomed by IAAF President Seb Coe, is that too many of the current world […]

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