Category: Butcher’s Blog

ENDING ON A KISS

March 14th, 2020 by

  Dana Zátopková, the 1952 Olympic javelin champion died yesterday (Friday), aged 97, at home in Prague; thus ends one of the most famous families in Olympic history. Though an Olympic and twice European champion (and silver in the Rome Olympics 1960), as well as a world record holder, during most of her competitive life, […]


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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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(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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