James Appleton – Trail / Fell Runner | Obstacle Course Racer

James Appleton Trail Runner

James has been running literally all his life – from cross-country through school and university, and then onto obstacle course racing, and now having moved to Keswick in the Lake District, fell running and longer ultras.

James Appleton Fell Runner

Competitive achievements include four wins at the legendary Tough Guy race, several top-10 finishes in OCR world-championships in individual events, and two world-champion titles as one of the three-man GBR team in the relay event. James is now hoping to focus more on pure trail and fell running events, and try and convert some of the success from OCR into these.

Alongside his running, James is also an award-winning travel, landscape and adventure photographer, who is best known for his dramatic close-up photographs of the 2010 Eyjafjalljokull eruption in Iceland. It certainly helps his strength and endurance when long runs in the fells are accompanied by a pack full of camera gear, and the Lakes provide an amazing backdrop in many of James’ recent images.