Duck to captain cross country team at IAAF World Cross Country Championships

Claire Duck

Claire Duck (handicap -0.8) will captain the British Athletics16-strong team at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships in Kampala, Uganda, set to take place tomorrow, Sunday 26 March.

Duck, 31, has enjoyed an accomplished series of outings on the cross country circuit over the winter period, with her selection for the team coming on the back of silver and bronze finishes at the Inter-County and English National Championships respectively.


2017 has also seen Duck retain her title of Northern Champion in impressive style, with the Leeds City athlete now heading into the championships in the Ugandan capital full of confidence.


Speaking on the captaincy, Duck said:


“I’m really honoured to have been asked to be team captain for the championships – to represent your country at a global championships is hugely exciting, so to add a team captaincy role to that is unbelievable.”


On the British Athletics team for the championships, she added:


“I think there is a lot to be excited about; the juniors on the team have shown a lot of promise on the domestic and European stage, and the senior women accompanying myself have all worked extremely hard to achieve this opportunity.”


Team Leader for the British Athletics team at the Championships, Spencer Duval added:


“Claire is an athlete who has a wealth of experience, particularly on the cross country circuit, and was something of a natural pick for team captain.


“Like many on the team, this will be her first World Cross Country championships, but I have no doubts that she will step up to the plate in leading by example and giving her all.”


The British Athletics team for the IAAF World Cross Country Championships in Kampala, Uganda on Sunday 26 March 2017:


Senior Women:

Claire Duck (-0.8)

Emily Hosker-Thornhill (-0.7)

Rebecca Murray (-0.6)

Louise Small (-1.2)


Junior Men:

Scott Beattie (-4.2)

Ben Davies (-3.9)

Hugo Milner (-4.0)

Jonathan Shields (-3.9)

Sam Stevens (-4.1)

Luke Prior (-2.9)


Junior Women:

Phoebe Barker (1.6)

Gillian Black (2.6)

Cari Hughes (1.3)

Anna MacFadyen (1.7)

Amelia Quirk (1.2)

Victoria Weir (1.0)