700 turn up for Ballina Fun Run
The Alstonville triathlete won the Ballina Lions Fun Run for the second year in a row yesterday morning and backed it up with a 60km cycle in the afternoon.
McHugh clocked 35 minutes 16 seconds, 12 seconds better than mate and training partner Joseph Lampe, with Adam Horder a further 21 seconds back in third.
The women's 10km winner, Jessica Purbrick, of Ballina, was just two minutes behind McHugh, with Lisa Skinner second and Denise Fahey third.
About 700 people turned out for the event that helped raise more than $9500 for the Ballina Lions and local charities.
And while McHugh was happy with the win, he wasn't too focused on the time.
"We had to pace ourselves, we've both come off a pretty big training week," he said. "We just wanted to support the local community for a good charity."
The 20-year-old said he used the event as part of his training program for the Byron Bay Triathlon this weekend and the Asian Continental Cup later this month.
McHugh is sponsored by Power Partners, who will assist him in his quest in China.
To ready himself for elite competition, McHugh swims 25 kilometres, rides 350km and runs up to 85km in an average training week.
"It was a good training hit-out before Byron and the China race," he said.
"The only thing was that Joseph and I had pretty tired legs. We had to go for a ride afterwards ... we did about 60km from Lennox Head up around Byron."
The result was also a bonus for Lampe, who leaves for France on Friday to join a professional team in the European racing circuit.
Joint organiser Ken Leo said that judging by smiles on faces everyone was a winner.
"It was a brilliant day," he said.