Sport: Ultra Marathon Runner
The term 'late-bloomer' is an apt way to describe James's progression in the sport of ultrarunning. In 2011, aged 35, James was struggling with his weight, working full time and having a young family.
After the birth of his second son he looked at photographs of himself and decided he had to do something about his fitness. Fast forward seven years and James has won prestigious 'ultras' and reached the pinnacle of the sport by representing both Scotland and Great Britain at international level.
His big breakthrough came in 2015 when he won two Scottish ultras; the Clydestride 40 mile and the Glenmore 24-hour race, and in the process broke longstanding course records in both - records which still stand today.
The following year he won the West Highland Way race, running the full route in 15 hours and 19 minutes, the third fastest person ever at the time and then moved to second in the all-time Scottish list as he ran 160.4 miles round a 400m running track in 24 hours. This was enough to get him a call up to the Great Britain squad for 2017 World Championships at the ripe old age of 41.
Beyond the UK, James went to America in 2017 to run the American 100 mile trail championships - a race featuring world record holders and a strong field of domestic runners looking to win their national title. James surprised both local and international onlookers by winning the race in 13 hours and 39 minutes, beating America's top 100 mile runners in the process.
In 2018 James will represent Great Britain once again at the 24 hour European Championships in Romania.
As well as running, James is race director for the highly regarded Antonine Trail Race series over Croy Hill where he trains almost daily. The races are a community concern, aimed at promoting the local area, building an active trail running community and return all profit to local charities each year.