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News14 Mar 2017

Murray, Small and Duck lead British team for World Cross 


British distance runner Louise Small (© Getty Images)

British Athletics has announced a 16-strong team for the IAAF World Cross Country Championships Kampala 2017, set for the Ugandan capital on Sunday 26 March.

Consisting of four athletes, the senior women’s team is headed up by the experienced Claire Duck, with English Nationals silver medallist Louise Small and European cross-country U23 team gold medallist Rebecca Murray also selected following strong form on the cross-country circuit over the winter period.

Jonathan Shields leads the junior men’s team, as he makes his overseas debut in a British vest following his victory at the Inter County Championships.

Scott Beattie joins Shields on the team following an impressive winter period on the mud, while Luke Prior earns his first British call-up. Sam Stevens, Ben Davies and Hugo Milner complete the sextet of junior men.

The newly crowned Inter County champion Anna MacFadyen will head up the junior women’s team. Company to MacFadyen comes from Scottish champion Gillian Black, European cross-country team gold medallists Victoria Weir and Amelia Quirk, Welsh champion Cari Hughes, and global championship debutant Phoebe Barker.

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British team for Kampala

Senior women: Claire Duck, Emily Hosker-Thornhill, Rebecca Murray, Louise Small
U20 men: Scott Beattie, Ben Davies, Hugo Milner, Luke Prior, Jonathan Shields, Sam Stevens
U20 women: Phoebe Barker, Gillian Black, Cari Hughes, Anna MacFadyen, Amelia Quirk, Victoria Weir