Category: Butcher’s Blog

CROSS PURPOSES

August 4th, 2020 by

  Two years after Paavo Nurmi won what would turn out to be the last cross country race (so far) at the Olympic Games, in Paris 1924, the Inter-Counties cross country championship was born, in Beaconsfield, west of London. During close to a century, the ‘inter-counties’ graduated to being second only to the English ‘national’ […]


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ON THE BEACH

May 16th, 2020 by

  You’ll recognise the face and the frame, and some of you, particularly those from north London might recognise the teeshirt. But what you might ask, is Saïd Aouita doing in a Muswell Hill Runners vest? Apologies for the shadow on the shirt, but the man responsible for it and for persuading Aouita to pose […]


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TENACITY AND OPPORTUNISM WIN THE DAY IN DUBAI

January 24th, 2020 by

For tenacity, Worknesh Degefa was the star of the show in the 21st anniversary race of the Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon this morning, the Ethiopian enduring mid-race physical problems to clock 2.19.38 and win the women’s race. But for sheer opportunism, debutants Olika Adugna of Ethiopia and Eric Kiptanui of Kenya carried the day, outwitting […]


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A GREAT MAN

August 12th, 2019 by

  On holiday last week I got a text from an old running friend, saying ‘A great man has died’. There could not have been a more appropriate way to describe the passing of Basil Heatley, on August 3. Basil’s principal kudos in athletics terms were an Olympic silver medal in the marathon in Tokyo […]


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RECORD DAY

January 25th, 2019 by

In another record-shattering day at the Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon, Ruth Chepngetich of Kenya became the third fastest woman in marathon history when she clocked 2.17.08, taking over two minutes off the 12 month old course record, and a minute off her own personal best, while more than hinting that, at 22, she might just […]


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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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