Butchart sixth in New York Half; West 10-Mile Champs; British Masters XC

Monday 20th March 2023

Andy Butchart in action at the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games (photo by Bobby Gavin)

Herald interview with Andy Butchart by Susan Egelstaff

Andy Butchart is looking towards road running for the next stage of his career.

And he came up with a slight improvement on his half marathon PB with a solid performances in the New York Half Marathon event over the weekend.

Andy clocked 62:58 to finish in sixth place on a day when conditions in New York were not all that favourable.

Jacob Kiplimo dominated to win in 61:31. Britain’s Chris Thompson was one of the early leaders faded to finish 16th in 64:32.

Andy isn’t ruling out a return to the track but will focus on the roads for the moment.

‘I’ve been watching a lot of half marathons to try and get my head around how they are actually run,’ he told the Herald.

‘I feel like they are much more difficult than 5k on the track as tactics don’t come into it as much. Athletes who compete on the roads are a different breed from those on the track. It is just about running hard and whoever is fittest on the day will win.’


The West District 10-Mile Road Champs were held within the Dunbartonshire AAA event at Clydebank.

There were wins for Daryl Reid of East Kilbride AC and Lesley Bell of Garscube Harriers.

Results are online: https://www.dunbartonshireaaa.co.uk/10mile/results.php

Here are the podiums:

Senior Men: 1 Daryl Reid (East Kilbride AC) 51:24; 2 Alasdair Campbell (Cambuslang Harriers) 51:42; 3  Andrew Carey (Cambuslang Harriers) 52:22

Senior Women: 1 Lesley Bell (Garscube Harriers) 59:13; 2 Lisa Finley (Dumfries Running Club) 64:31; 3 Jill Smylie (Giffnock North) 65:22

Masters M40: 1 Tom Owens (Shettleston Harriers) 54:07; 2 Craig Shields (Garscube Harriers) 56:06; 3 Paul Sorrie (Shettleston Harriers) 56:07

Masters W40: Same as Seniors above.

Thanks to all those involved in delivering this event and to Sharon Taylor for assistance with details.

Photos on the Dunbartonshire AAC Facebook page


There was all manner of Scottish success at the British Masters XC Champs in Wallsend in England’s North-East.

Across the men’s division, Scots were regulars on top of the podium and in the Women’s races there was W70 gold for Lasswade’s Linden Nicholson.

Among the men, we have seen wins for:

M50 Stephen Wylie (Cambuslang); W55 Walter Henderson (Cumbernauld AAC); M60 Colin Donnelly (Cambuslang); M65 Alastair Walker (Teviotdale Harriers); M70 Tony Martin (Fife AC); M75 Alex Sutherland (Inverness Harriers).

As well as the golds, there were other medallists and team medals for Scottish clubs, too. Well done to everyone who competed at the British Masters XC.

Check out piece from Athletics Weekly here




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