Olympian Andy Butchart wins Stirling 10K and takes Scottish national title

Dunblane Olympian Andy Butchart won the Scottish 10km national title with a victory in Stirling this weekend.

The Central AC athlete won his second title with victory in the Stirling 10k on Sunday.

Jenny Bannerman won her very first Scottish national title with a victory in the women’s race.

Host club Central AC had a great day on the roads as the Yellow Vests won team medals in both men’s and men’s races, with mother-of-two Jenn Wetton pushing Inverness Harriers athlete Bannerman to the end.

Bannerman won it by one second in 35.35 with Josie-Wren Golder, the U20 athlete who just joined Corstorphine, taking third place in 36.30.

Butchart took the victory in 29.06.

Central AC took gold and bronze for the men as Alastair Hay was third in 29.59. James Donald of Dundee Hawkhill split the duo for the silver in 29.51.

A strong field competed in the Stirling 10k

Central won the men’s race with 11 points from Inverclyde AC (40) and Fife AC (47).

Central won the women’s team race with 26 points thanks to the efforts of Wetton, Natalie Stewart and Grace Tindall. PH Racing won the silver medals and Edinburgh AC the bronzes.

After the win Butchart said: “I run here all the time and it’s my hometown race so I couldn’t turn down the chance to win a Scottish 10k title.

“I think when I was up there up front I was signaling right and left to the guys behind me because I know the course well.

“I was able to extricate myself quite early and certainly around 4k. The conditions were good and it was a decent race.

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Butchart and her partner, runner Lynsey Sharp, expect a new addition to the family in the coming months. Butchart added, “With our baby due in mid-November, I’m going to keep running for now and then take a break around that time. I think I will have other tasks at this point.

“So I will be racing on the roads and cross country in Scotland over the next few months. I’ve come a long way in 2021 with races, training camps, the Olympics and more races and Lynsey has had a lot of time alone. I’m sure I will enjoy doing cross country again and representing Central. “