The Byron Bay Triathlon next weekend and an event in China soon after are next on the agenda for Josh McHugh, the open men’s 10km winner of this morning’s Northern Star-Ballina Lions Club fun in Ballina.

Josh, of Alstonville, scored his second successive win in the Ballina event, leading the field home in 34 minutes and 16 seconds.

The winner of the women’s 10km event was Jessica Purbrick, a 25-year-old from Ballina. She clocked 37:17.

Josh, aged 20, is an elite-level triathlete and will go into the Byron Bay event as one of the leading contenders.

The North Coast Academy of Sport Triathlon squad member is a member of the NSW Institute of Sport Triathlon Squad for 2007-08.

He moved to Germany last year to train and compete with a development team, and recorded an impressive 17th place in a Pro-Men race in London last year

Josh said the event he will compete in in China is part of the Asian Continental Cup series.

Next weekend’s Byron Bay Triathlon, which has a capacity field, is an Olympic-distance event: a 1.5km swim, a 40km cycle and a 10km run.

It will start at 1pm.

This morning’s Ballina fun run and walk was another success, with an estimated 700 men, women and children taking part.

Some, such as Josh and Jessica, were ‘serious’ competitors, while others took advantage of a beautiful morning to take a not-so-serious walk or run along the cycle paths of East Ballina.

PICTURED: Ballina Lions Fun Run winners Josh McHugh and Jessica Purbrick.