A teenager has been chosen to represent Great Britain at the World Athletics Cross Country Championships in Australia.

Jacob Deacon, 18, is a member of Chorley Athletics and Triathlon Club and has been selected for the 44th edition of the event in Bathurst, Australia.

It’s the second time the 18-year-old from Old Langho has been selected to represent GB in after competing in the Under 20 Men’s team in the European Cross Country Championships in Italy in December.

The athlete received a phone call the day before his 18th birthday in January, breaking the news that he would be representing GB in two week's time.

Lancashire Telegraph: Jacob DeaconJacob Deacon (Image: Rachael Deacon)

Sharing how proud she is of her son, Jacob’s mum Rachael Deacon, said: “I am extremely proud and happy for him. I’m quite astounded at his dedication to it.

"Jacob set himself a target to represent England and GB in International competitions at the start of this year and the fact that he has achieved it so comprehensively is a testament to his commitment. 

"It’s wonderful to see the opportunities that are opening up to him because of running."

Jacob is new to the world of running, having played rugby for Blackburn from the age of six.

He decided to give Triathlon a go just as Covid started which is when he met his coach Katie Hewison.

It was Katie who spotted Jacob's natural ability at running and so she encouraged him to take up fell running, and he was chosen to represent England for the U17s Fell Running team in Ireland.

In his first season of cross country running, Jacob won the British Athletics Cross Challenge series which his Mum says is “probably what got him noticed by GB coaches.”

Rachael added: “As a parent, it can be a rollercoaster trying to manage emotions and support him but he is very self motivated and has a good work ethic and a brilliant coach who is very supportive. 

"He trains every day, and sees his coach three times a week. Jacob  has his own programme that he follows which includes strength and conditioning and also swimming once a week.”

“Jacob also has his own programme he follows which includes strength and conditioning and also swimming once a week.”

Jacob flew out with the team from Heathrow on Sunday (February 12) and is currently training for the race which will take place on February 18.

Rachael said: “He absolutely loves it and I’m just so happy to see him chasing his dream. It’s amazing watching his progress.

“He’s got a very strong character and is very determined and we couldn’t be prouder.”