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.

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Published on November 9, 2017

  Thirty years ago, when the first wave of East African marathoners was giving suspicious hints of the tsunami of excellence to follow, the coach of the two outstanding Djibouti marathoners, Ahmed Salah and Jamah Robleh gave his trainees some advice which seemed counter-intuitive. Jacky Fournier suggested to Salah and Robleh that they should model […]

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Published on September 26, 2017

  I was fortunate enough to attend both the inaugural World Junior Championships in Athens 1986 and the Youth Olympic Games in Singapore 2010. On both occasions, it was a pleasure to see youngsters as yet untarnished by anything other than ambition, at the same time as being afforded the opportunity to evaluate future potential. […]

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Published on September 19, 2017

  For those of us still more accustomed to miles than kilometres, here’s an estimated time from Joyceline’s Jepkosgei’s quadruple world record breaking feat in the Prague half-marathon earlier this year, that might spur you on to greater efforts in training or maybe cause you give up altogether. Remember that en route to her 64min […]

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