Andy Butchart is a world-class Scottish athlete whose career continues to be successful. At present, he has a very good chance of racing at the 2021 Olympic Games in Japan. Below are a number of his achievements so far.

                                                                                  Andy Butchart in the 2016 Olympic 5000m


“Andrew Butchart (born 14th October 1991) is a British runner who competed in the 5000m event at the 2016 Summer Olympics. He is the current Scottish record holder in the 3000m and 5000m events. Butchart lived in Dunblane, the same town as Andy and Jamie Murray.

He trained at with the Central Athletic Club in Stirling. At the age of 16, Butchart came third in the Scottish Schools cross-country championships. He won the 2014 Age UK Leeds Abbey Dash. Butchart won his first professional race in the 5000m at the 2015 Scottish Athletics Championships; he also finished second in the 1500m. In June 2015, he was selected for the European 10,000m Cup, despite having never previously run this event on the track. He also finished third in the 3000m at the European Team Championships in Moscow. In November 2015, he won the Scottish Short Course cross-country championships.

Butchart became a full-time athlete at the beginning of 2016, leaving a fitness coaching job based at Gleneagles Hotel. In February 2016, he won the Scottish National cross-country championships; and in May, he broke Nat Muir’s Scottish record in the 5000m. Butchart’s time was 13.13.30, four seconds faster than Muir’s record, which had stood for 36 years. Butchart ran the last lap with only one shoe. In June 2016, he broke the Scottish 3000m record at the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Birmingham. Butchart recorded a time of 7.45.00, less than a second quicker than John Robson’s record from 1984. Later in the month, he won the 5000m at the British Championships and qualified for the 5000m event at the 2016 Summer Olympics.

Andy Murray, Jamie Murray and Andy Butchart – all from Dunblane – qualified for those Olympic Games. Butchart qualified for the 5000m Olympic final, after finishing fifth in his heat in a time of 13.20.08; and finished sixth in the final, recording a personal best of 13.08.61. In 2016, he also won the London 10,000m race.

Butchart won a bronze medal at the 2017 European cross-country championships. He was scheduled to compete at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia, but had to withdraw due to a broken foot. Butchart led the British team in the 2019 European cross-country championships, finishing fifth. He qualified for the 5000m final at the World Athletics Championships. In March 2021, he reached the final of the 3000m at the European Athletics Indoor Championships held in Torun, Poland.”



“He improved his 5000m PB by 21 seconds in 2016, moving from 66th to second on the GB all-time lists. Winner of four GB titles at Senior level.

Records: Scottish 3000m National Record 7.37.56; Scottish 5000m NR 13.06.21 (2019); Scottish 3000m Indoor NR 7.41.05; Scottish 2 Miles Indoor NR 8.12.63.

Major Championships:

2015: European XC Championships 35th

2016: European XC Championships 5th; Olympic Games 5000m 6th; World XC Championships 88th.

2017: European XC Championships Bronze; World Championships 5000m 8th.

2019: European XC Championships 5th; World Championships: 5000m 7th Heat 1; European Indoor Championships 3000m 10th.

Domestic Championship Record:

2009: England U20 Championships 5000m 7th.

2010: Scottish Championships 1500m 11th; England U23 Championships 5000m 14th; Scottish Championships 1500m 4th.

2011: Scottish Championships 1500m 4th; England U23 Championships 1500m 7th.

2012: England U23 Championships 1500m 5th Heat 1.

2013: Scottish Championships 1500m Silver; British Championships 1500m 12th Heat 2; England U23 Championships 1500m 5th.

2014: British Championships 1500m 7th Heat 1.

2015: Scottish Championships 1500m Silver, 5000m Gold; British Championships 5000m 4th; British Indoor Championships 3000m 5th.

2016: British Championships: 5000m Gold.

2017: British Championships 5000m Gold.

2019: British Championships 5000m Gold; British Indoor Championship 3000m Bronze.”


Scottish Athletics Ranking Lists 2009-2019.

In the annual Scottish ranking lists, Andy Butchart was first in the 5000m (2015-2019, apart from 2018); first in the 3000m (2015-2019).

 One Scottish Track International: 2013One Mile v Wales and England – 3rd (4.05.40).

One Scottish Junior Cross-Country International: 2013 Celtic Nations at Cardiff (Under-23). Andrew finished in 2nd place (first Scot). Scotland lost to Wales on countback but beat Ulster.

One Scottish Senior Road International: 2014 at Leeds. Andrew won the 10k (by five seconds from Callum Hawkins).

Scottish Senior National Cross-Country Championships:

Central AC (with Andy) won team gold in 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016. He won individual medals: silver in 2014; and gold in 2015 and 2016.

Scottish Short Course XC Championships:

Andy Butchart won gold in 2015; and also in 2016, when he led Central to the team title. In 2020, Andy and Central won individual and team titles again.

Scottish XC Relay:

Central AC (with Andy) won the team title 2012-2016 inclusive.

East District XC Championships:

Andy Butchart won the title in 2015, when Central AC secured team gold.

Scottish Six-Stage Road Relay Championships:

Central AC (with Andy) won silver in 2011; gold in 2013 and 2014.

Scottish 5k Road Championship: Andy Butchart won in 2013.

Scottish 10k Road Championship: Andy won the title in 2014.