Category: Butcher’s Blog

ONE RACE NO ONE CAN WIN

April 29th, 2018 by

  Craig Sharp, who died recently, was such a gent that when he first contacted me in 1983, pursuant to an article I had written about Jarmila Kratochvílová, he was kind enough to say that though I may not know the tortuous twists and turns of variable sexuality, he felt that I had implicitly understood […]


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Great Lives: Emil Zátopek

August 2nd, 2016 by

Arthur was at university with me, and was a member of my cross-country team.


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(SIR) ROGER AND ME

August 2nd, 2016 by

Oh dear! I watched Everest On The Track, the documentary of Roger Bannister and the four-minute Mile on BBC4 the other night with mounting interest, thinking that here we finally have a piece about sport, putting it into a political and historical context – with its preamble about World War Two and its potential for […]


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AT LAST A BOOK ON ZÁTOPEK BY SOMEONE WHO MET HIM!

July 25th, 2016 by

QUICKSILVER, The Mercurial Emil Zátopek by Pat Butcher (published today, July 25, 2016*) Pat Butcher shared the company of quadruple Olympic gold medallist Emil Zátopek at international events on several occasions, dating back to the Games in Munich in 1972 when Emil was guest of honour.


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