October 1973, (Edinburgh)
of Wight, moved to Canada at 11, switched allegiance to Britain in 2000.
of the year in Wisconsin
included Suzy Favor-Hamilton
& Cross Country
Slough, Eton & Hounslow
a Maple Leaf tattooed on her ankle, with the five-ring Olympic insignia
next to it, but jokes there is still room for a Union Jack!
British lion emblem was added in July 2004, after qualification for the
10,000m at the Athens Olympics!
Edinburgh, Butler was raised on the Isle of Wight before moving to Canada at the
age of 11, going on to become a World class athlete for the Canadians until
switching her allegiance to Britain in 2000.
to switch after growing tired of funding her own international career when
competing for Canada. The final straw was when she had to pay £600 towards her
air fare to the 1999 World Cross Country Championships, where she finished
She suffered from Graves
Disease in the mid 1990s but bounced back and produced one of her best displays
when finishing fourth in the 4km race at the 1999 World Cross Country
Championships. She also improved her 3000m PB to 8:48.37 that year.
In 2000 Kathy secured the
Scottish 1500m title. She finished that year on a high with fifth place in the
European Cross Country Championships to help Britain take team
Her fine winter form
continued as she finished second in the Cinque Mulini cross country in Italy.
the spring she set a course record of 25:25 over 8km in Chicago and then made
her track debut over 10,000m where she ran an impressive 31:59.27.
The summer saw her win the
European Cup 3000m and then improve her PB over the distance to 8:43.23 and then
8:40.97. Not surprisingly her form saw her named Scottish Female Athlete of the
Year and she again helped the Norwich Union GB Team take Silver in the European
Cross Country Championships.
Women's Long Course Race - 8km
the athletes passed the finish
for the first time (after 800m) in the Senior Women's four lap race Paula
RADCLIFFE, Liz YELLING, Kathy BUTLER
and Hayley YELLING were all well positioned in the main pack. By the end
of the first full lap a group of about 15 had broken away with Paula
and Deena Drossin leading the way. By the end of the second lap Paula
had broken away with three other athletes including Drossin, with Liz,
Kathy and Hayley all retaining positions in the top 30. By the end of the
third lap Paula and Drossin had broken
away and Paula began to open up a lead
going into the fourth lap and ran strongly to pull away from Drossin and
Colleen De Reuck who led the USA to a team Silver medal.
Norwich Union GB Team finished fifth in the team competition and first
European nation with 69 points just two points behind Japan in fourth
Butler ran well over the final lap to pick up a few places and finish in
20th position in a time of 28:12. She said:
am quite happy. It was a bit of an up and down race for me, but it was a
solid performance. I picked off five or six people on the last lap. I felt
strong and others were fading but the finishing straight was so hard"
She won her second Scottish
1500m title in 2002 but was unable to represent her country at the Commonwealth
Games due to an injury that did not fully clear until 2003.
The delayed start to 2003
meant Butler failed to find her best form on the track so she moved up in
distance with a couple of useful outings in 10 Mile races including a 53:16
clocking, as she prepared for her first serious half marathon at the World Half
Marathon Championships in Vilamoura.
Pre-race, Euro xc in
Edinburgh - "As a team
we have a good chance, but it looks like Ireland have a pretty good team
too," said the 30-year-old. "I don’t know what Paula’s going to
do, but we can get a medal even without her. I just don’t know what colour of
"I’m pretty excited
about it," she said. "I know my team-mates pretty well, and I love
Edinburgh. Everyone has known this was coming for a few years now and it’s one
I’ve been working towards."
She helped the Norwich Union GB Team win
Gold at the European Cross Country Championships in Edinburgh, just three miles
from where she was born and then finished second in the Venta de Banos Cross
was 3rd in the Senior/International women's race at the Reebok Challenge in
Belfast, in a time of 19:20.
shook off a stomach bug to win with a front-running performance at the Reebok
Inter-counties in Nottingham.
was 2nd in the Reebok 2003/2004
series, with 204 points.
Her 11th place
World Cross led the Norwich Union GB Team to Bronze and she went to finish 20th
in the 4km race the following day.
London Grand Prix
- Kathy Butler (Windsor, Slough,
Eton and Hounslow AC) warmed-up superbly for the Olympics 10,000m by
clocking a 5000m PB of 15:07.15 for second place behind the World Cross
Country Champion, Edith Masai (Kenya). Butler, whose previous best of
15:10.69 dated from 1998, ran a controlled race and sprinted from fourth
to second on the last lap, by which time Masai was well clear and on her
way to victory in 14:58.96. Her finishing burst took Butler comfortably
beyond Aniko Kalovics
(Hungary), who was third in 15:10.21, and Kirsi
Valasti (Finland), who enjoyed the run of her life for fourth place in
15:10.52, a massive PB. World Cross Country Champion Benita Johnson (Australia) was fifth in 15:16.61.
Kathy Butler (Windsor,
Slough, Eton and Hounslow AC) was sixth in 8:52.34 as she prepares for the
Games 10,000m by running in the IAAF Golden League meeting in Zurich,
Switzerland, on Friday night, 6 August.
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Kathy Butler finished 12th
in the Olympic 10,000m final in 31:41.13 and said she was a little disappointed
she didn’t run quicker.
“It was a bit slower at
the start than I would have liked and we lost quite a bit of time, otherwise I
would have been on for a personal best,”
“The plan was to hold back
in the first couple of kilometres and then start racing.
“It was quite good as I
beat some runners who were ranked above me and there was an amazing atmosphere
in the stadium.”
Butler (Windsor Slough Eton & Hounslow), who led the Norwich Union GB
Senior Women’s Team to Bronze medals at this year’s IAAF World Cross
Country Championships, scored a brilliant victory to win Sunday's 25th
Cross Internacional de Venta de Baños in Spain on Sunday 19 December in
her first cross country race of the season.
pulled away from the rest of the field with Ines Monteiro at about
halfway, then gradually drew away from the Portuguese runner, who finished
seventh in last weekend's Spar European Cross Country Championships.
who won the 6.6km race in 20:38, ten seconds ahead of Monteiro told
reporters: "I felt great throughout the
race and hope this is a good beginning for a marvellous 2005 season for
Kathy was 9th in the
View From International XC in Edinburgh, in a field that would not be out of
place at a World Championships.
|UK Inter-Countries XC
8km Championship: Running: The three medallists from last
year are all in good form: Defending Champion Kathy Butler (Scotland
East), who led home the Norwich Union GB Bronze medallists in Brussels 12
months ago, is back from her USA training base in good shape; last
year’s Silver medallist Natalie Harvey (Surrey) won the IAAF Permit
meeting in Diekirch, Luxembourg, a few weeks ago; and last year’s Bronze
medallist Hayley Yelling has not only won the European title but also
romped to victory in the English National.
Butler, who led the Norwich Union GB Senior Women to the 8km Bronze medals
last year and
who made her World Cross Country Championships debut at 16. She was 59th
in the Junior Women’s race on her first appearance, in Aix-les-Baines,
France, in 1990. Last year, 12
World Cross Country Championships after her debut, Kathy was a heroine
twice over. She finished 11th in the 8km race to lead Norwich
Union GB to the Team Bronze medals and less than 24 hours later was 20th
in the 4km race.
and Hayley Yelling have both volunteered to
double their efforts in GB’s chase for medals. Kathy, who last year
finished 11th in the 8km race and 20th in the 4km
the following day, says; “The
8km is my focus but I always said that if I can also run the 4km, I would
be happy to try and help the team to do as well as we can. Every year is
different as I never know how well I will recover from running the day
before. Last year the
4km was a bit of a struggle but there’s only one way to run the World
Cross – as hard as you can.”
did the bulk of her training in Bolder and says:
“I’ve approached things slightly differently this year so it’s taken
me a bit longer to come down to sea level and feel good. But I think my
fitness is pretty similar to last year.”
GB’s medal prospects, she says: “It’s
always hard to know how strong the other teams are going to be on the day
but of course I think we have got a good chance.”