James grew up in Penzance, only a few miles away from Land's End and the beautiful Cornish coastal path. He started running for his school at the age of twelve and joined Cornwall Athletic Club soon after. In 2005 James gained his first Cornish vest and consistently represented Cornwall on track and x-country for the next six years, coming 3rd in the u-20 South West X-country Championships in 2012.
It was only after reading Richard Asquith's Feet in the Clouds that James took up hill running, coming almost last in his first attempt at racing. Despite this and the lack of Cornish hills, James determined to succeed and over the next couple of years gradually improved his National Championship positions, coming 2nd in both the English and Scottish Championships in 2008. In the same year James was fortunate enough to be asked to run for both England and Scotland, choosing the latter and joining the same squad as Robbie Simpson at the Marco Germanatto Championships.
In 2010 James moved to Edinburgh to study History and get closer to the hill running scene, joining Carnethy Hill Running Club. He has since run for Scotland five times as a junior and twice as a senior, winning the Scottish u-23 Hill Running Championships four out of five years he competed. In 2014 he was part of Carnethy's British Hill Running Championship winning team, the first Scottish team to ever win the Championship.
Since June 2014 James has worked at Run 4 It as a shoe fitting specialist. This involves assessing peoples gait, posture as well as running goals to provide the best suitable running shoes. Through this, James has gained an expert background in the functions of the lower half of the bodies kinetic chain.
Despite the above accolades, James' running career has had its setbacks. He is a firm believer in the importance of continual self-evaluation and learning from experience and believes that this is the best way to improve. His current focus is upon completing Scottish Hill Running Champions and Bog and Burn series as well as trying to improve his uphill running.