Tri-star Jacob making impression

Jacob Hughes has big ambitions
Jacob Hughes has big ambitions
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Holy Cross Catholic High School student Jacob Hughes is hoping to emulate his heroes, the Brownlee brothers.

Jonathan and Alistair Brownlee have made the triathlon a popular sport thanks to their Olympic, Commonwealth and British successes.

And athletes like Hughes, 12, are now trying to follow in their footsteps with the swim, cycling and running event increasingly one to have a go at.

Year Eight student Hughes is a member of Chorley Tri and Athletics Club and is hoping this is a big year for him as he looks to make an impression in the three-sport event – as well as the Biathlon, which is running and swimming.

“I have been swimming for as long as I can remember and used to swim for Leyland Barracudas.

“I was selected for the North Lancashire squad on several occasions,” said Hughes, who lives in Whittle-le-Woods.

“I began running after my brother joined Chorley and I went to have a go and liked it and I have recently stepped up my cycling as my dad and step-dad are both into cycling so I go with them.”

The Tri part of the Chorley club is a recent development but Hughes has embraced it.

In his first year at the sport last year, at Under 13 level, he finished ninth in the North-West Tri Series and now he is looking to get into the top five.

Hughes has also competed in biathlons – running and swimming – where, in 2013 in the National School Biathlon Championships in Birmingham, he came 15th.

More importantly though, Hughes was the 12th best biathlete in his age group nationally and is looking to make an impression in the National School Biathlon Championships in April 2015 to increase his ranking.

“This year I want to keep improving. My swimming and cycling are strong, I used to swim around 16 hours a week but I have cut that back and I cycle for around 90 minutes every week.

“As well as the Brownlee brothers, my other hero is Joe Duckworth, who is a triathlete from Chorley who has represented GB in Ironman competitions all over the world. He is someone to inspire all the youngsters at Chorley Tri and Athletics Club.”