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 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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Published on September 10, 2017

  Joyciline Jepkosgei gave a little skip as she crossed the line to win the Birell Prague Grand Prix. It was a well-deserved demonstration of joy. She had just dismembered her own world record for 10 kilometres by 21 seconds, with 29min 43sec, the first woman to go under 30 minutes in a 10k road […]

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Published on September 3, 2017

  Writing about one’s own profession or pastime is not necessarily of interest to others. But when such a sage as the President of the United States keeps banging on about fake news, maybe I should say a few words about the sanctity or otherwise of journalism. Who knows, it may even be of help […]

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