Press Report – World Cross Country Championships – Andrew Butchart
The World Championships Cross Country in Guiyang, China proved to be a massive step up in quality for the team of British athletes. Recent years have seen African domination at this level and once again this was the case with Andrew Butchart finishing the 12 kilometre course in 86th place in 40mins 11secs. There were no excuses from Andrew but the twin challenges of altitude and high humidity must have taken their toll.
Charlie Hulson was best-placed for GB at 55th with Dewi Griffiths at 70th and Andrew just behind 84th-placed Hay in a list of 108 finishers.
After the event Andrew said ‘I was up there on the second lap and then on the final lap I could feel my breathing and I was so close to stepping off. However, I’d never quit a race but the last section definitely took its toll on me. I must have been 30 seconds slower than the rest of my laps and that definitely cost me a good run.
Jonny (Hay) came past me right at the end and I must have had 30 seconds on him going into the last lap, which showed how slow I was on that last 2km. It’s just one of those things – I’m happy to be here and I definitely have the capability to finish top 30 like the British team have said and I’m definitely going to prove that.
I’ve learned that you’ve got to get stuck in. Everybody here is so good and you have to respect every athlete. We’ve all done amazing just to get here but the Africans pulled away from the rest so easily so you know you’ve got to step up the training and up your game every day, month and year.
It’s the first time I’ve been at a world championships and I’m going in the right direction, there’s no doubting on. The way I’ve come on in the past two years shows such good progression, so who knows where I could be two years from now. The guys I’m racing here have been on this level for quite a few years, and I’m just stepping up, so I’ve got to be positive.’