SOUTHEND'S Adam Hickey has been named British team captain for this weekend's European Cross Country Championships in Portugal. 

Hickey ran at the 2015 Europeans and at the World Championships earlier this year.

And the 31-year-old is honoured to have been chosen as skipper 

Hickey told the British Athletics website: “I’m incredibly proud to be named captain of the British team for the championships and it is an honour that I don’t take lightly.

“This will be my first European Cross Country Championships since 2015 and I’m looking forward to getting back out there and testing myself against the best runners on the continent.

“The European Cross Country championships has been one where the British team has excelled in the past and I hope that I can play a small part in leading this strong team to even more success in Lisbon.”