BOLTON triathlete James Scott-Farrington's has a 2020 vision – to compete in the Ironman UK in his home town.

The 23-year-old, whose family home is on Chorley New Road, has made huge strides in the sport since first watching the event five years ago.

Inspired by runners in 2013 passing the streets outside his house, Scott-Farrington now aims to be one of those taking on the challenge in two years' time.

And the sports injury therapist is confident his dream of competing as a professional will be realised.

The Leeds University graduate is certainly heading in the right direction.

After training in the same Leeds Tri-club squad as the Olympic medal-winning Brownlee brothers, he won a silver medal in his age group at last year's ITU World Championships in Rotterdam.

This year he added another age-group silver at the Stafford 70.3 and then earlier this month, he won the Snowman Legend event in Wales – breaking the course record by 55 minutes in the process.

It involves a 1.9k swim, 91k bike ride and a tough 21k run and Scott-Farrington finished in 5hrs 16mins 14secs.

He told The Bolton News: "I started the year with a training camp alongside professionals in Lanzarote and then my first few races were Uni ones and went pretty well.

"I then did the Ironman Stafford 70.3 when I finished second in my age group.

"Then I did the Snowman which is a half ironman course.

"It was tough because it is based in Snowdonia and you run up mountains.

"The bike ride is 15 miles longer than the standard distance then you run double the distance.

"To win it was great."

The Horwich RMI Harrier combines training with a Masters degree at Leeds University and now has his eyes set on another 70.3 event in Portugal this Sunday.

And it is all driving towards getting a pro licence and ultimately doing Ironman UK round the local streets he knows so well in Bolton.

He added: "I have one more year at Leeds but my Masters is part-time so it gives me plenty of opportunity to train as it is flexible.

"My next race is in Portugal on September 30 and it will be tough because it will be seven weeks since the Snowman event.

"I want to do as well as I can there and hopefully beat a few pros.

"I am looking to get my pro licence and that means getting within eight per cent of the winner's time.

"When the decision is made to hand out a pro licence, the times need to be around that and they also look at other results. "Hopefully my results will attract the interest of the Ironman UK team.

"British Triathlon also are involved but I am confident of getting it.

"Then the aim is to target Ironman UK in Bolton in 2020 because I want to compete in that as a professional."