Rio Trio from Dunblane

Rio Trio from Dunblane

By Robert Fairnie, Daily Record. 29 June 2016.

Dunblane will have three Olympians at this summer’s Rio games after distance runner Andrew Butchart surged to a stunning victory in the British Championships 5000m recently.

The 24-year old broke away from the field with four laps remaining to secure the win and book his place on the plane to Brazil.

He will now join tennis aces Andy and Jamie Murray in representing not only Team GB – but Team Dunblane – at the games.


Andrew, who trains at the University of Stirling and runs with Central AC, said: “The support I’ve had since the race has been crazy – everyone has been getting in touch and a few of the guys from the club came down to Birmingham to support me. They made a big banner and they were the loudest people in the stadium.”

Before Andrew heads to South America for the sporting showpiece he’s set to embark on a gruelling training camp in the mountains.

He said: “I am actually going away to join the endurance team for some high altitude training in the Pyrenees now.

“Mo Farah is already out there so we will be meeting up with him. I think there will be around ten of us in total.

“We then fly off to Rio at the end of July and I can’t wait to get going. I’m looking to compete and be a real part of it when I get there, but at the same time I am going in with less expectations and less pressure. I can be that little bit more relaxed.”

Andrew spoke about his desire to do his hometown proud, adding: “It is great for Dunblane to have three Olympians. For a town of that size to have that is something special.”

Central AC spokesman John McDonald said the club was delighted for Andrew.

“The way Andrew has been running recently it would have been very disappointing if he hadn’t made it through the trials so members have been getting more excited throughout the season.

“I think Andrew first came to Central when he was about 14 and he will admit that he didn’t stand out as a future Olympian although he was always a more than useful team member.

“It just shows what determination can do.”