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CROSS PURPOSE

Andrew Butchart tells Euan Crumley why learning his craft off-road laid a foundation which is taking him right to the top of his sport

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Andy Butchart leads the pack in Milton Keynes last year
Mark Shearman

ANDREW BUTCHART has now contested an Olympic 5000m final, going toe to toe with some of the finest athletes on the planet and finishing an impressive sixth. He has taken great strides forward this year and achieved much for one so young.

Yet it says much for the place that cross-country running holds within athletics’ heart that, to his coach Derek Easton, the two Scottish National cross-country wins which Butchart has to his name deserve just as much reverence as anything he did in reaching Rio.

You won’t hear the 24-year-old -old complaining when he’s prescribed a diet of mud and hills as part of his training, either.

Andrew Butchart: international cross-country experience has served him well
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