Welsh National champion Cari Hughes (Andrew Walling) has been selected to represent British Athletics as part of the 16-strong team at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships in Kampala, Uganda on Sunday 26 March 2017.
Finishing fourth on the weekend at the UK Inter-Counties Championships, Cari is showing great strength and detrmination in her running.
British Athletics’ Head of Endurance Barry Fudge said: “We have selected a team that we feel will push and challenge the best cross country runners in the world out in Kampala.
“It will be a tough and testing experience for those involved, but we believe that each athlete selected will perform to the best of their ability whilst proudly representing Great Britain & Northern Ireland.”
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The British Athletics team for the IAAF World Cross Country Championships in Kampala, Uganda on Sunday 26 March 2017:
Claire Duck (Mike Baxter)
Emily Hosker-Thornhill (Mick Woods)
Rebecca Murray (Alex Stanton)
Louise Small (Mick Woods)
Scott Beattie (Mike Bateman)
Ben Davies (Simon Goodwin)
Hugo Milner (Chris Woodhouse)
Jonathan Shields (Michael Thompson)
Sam Stevens (Alan Maddocks)
Luke Prior (Simon Prior)
Phoebe Barker (Richard Owen)
Gillian Black (Michael Johnston)
Cari Hughes (Andrew Walling)
Anna MacFadyen (Doug Cowie)
Amelia Quirk (Beverly Kitching)
Victoria Weir (Bud Baldaro)
Regarding the selection of senior athletes; selection or non-selections have been made in line with key points of importance within the British Athletics selection policy ahead of the IAAF World Cross Country Championships. In particular, the Selection Panel (“the Panel”) referred to point 4a (i): “They [the athlete] have realistic potential to achieve an individual top 30 finish in Kampala or at future World Cross Country Championships.”
British Athletics believe that the team selections made ahead of the Championships adhere to the points outlined in the selection policy, with point b i (“Performance at the Inter Counties Cross Country Championships), ii (“Performances against international opposition (domestic or overseas) between 1 December 2015 and 14 March 2017”) and iii (“Current form”) all key considerations.
It is also noteworthy that many of the senior men in contention for team places declined the opportunity in favour of focusing on the outdoor track season ahead.