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Simon James from Run the Wild is one of our supported athletes


Simon started running in 2006 after having put on 36lbs of weight in a job in the City. Following a late night bet with a client he signed up to a 54 mile race across the West Highland Way in Scotland. The longest he’d run before that was 5 miles. He hasn’t stopped running since.

A year later, he ran his first London marathon in 2hrs 57 minutes. Distance he says is all about perspective. Since then he has completed many ultras in the UK including the 87 miles Ridgeway Challenge, finishing 5th in 16.5hrs, as well as abroad including the Ultra Trail Mont Blanc, 104 miles around Mt Blanc with 9,000m cumulative ascent, and the Marathon Des Sables, a 155 mile multi day event in 55 Deg C heat. Only 10 months earlier he spent climbing Mt Denali in Alaska in freezing temperatures, as low as -50 Deg C.

Simultaneously he’s pushed his marathon PB to 2hrs 37mins. Simon is a keen mountaineer having climbed some of the highest mountains in the Americas, Africa, Europe and the Himalayas.

He is passionate about running outside of the race arena too, running Hadrian’s Wall in the UK, the GR20 in Corisca, Haute Route and Trail Du Mt Blanc in France, all in self sufficient style.

In 2013 he took a year out to pursue both running and climbing whilst travelling. Having set off on many self-sufficient multi-day trail runs over the European Alps, where mountain passes are normally only reserved for trekkers and mountaineers, the idea of Run the Wild was born.