Chris started running around the Pentland Hills aged 9 years old whilst at West Linton Primary School in the Scottish Borders. A regular at Highland Games track competitions, he travelled around towns and villages all over Scotland in his early years winning many races along the way. At the Crieff Highland Games, the famous actor Ewan McGregor, the Chieftan of the games, presented him with his trophy.
Such was Chris’s enthusiasm for running that his mum, Gillian, started a running club in his hometown of West Linton. The club is still going strong today and has already produced many talented young athletes amongst them Olivia and Dominic, Chris’s younger sister and brother, both of whom are also Scottish National Age Group Champions over 800m and 1500m.
It was very clear from an early age that this little boy had lots of energy to burn. Everything he did, he did quickly.
Chris spent 6 years at Peebles High School during which time he became their most successful runner in School history with many Scottish and Scottish Schools’ Championship titles. He features on the school’s Hall of Fame along with his sister, Olivia.
After his first year of a BSc in Sports Science at Edinburgh’s Napier University, he left to go to USA to become a student athlete at the University of Tulsa in Oklahoma. He spent a very happy and successful 4 years in Tulsa under the sporting guidance of Coach Steve Gulley. This was a very successful partnership, which yielded; NCAA D1 National Championship, NCAA D1 records for the indoor 1500m and mile, a Regional NCAA D1 Championship, multiple Conference USA Championship titles and academic honours. Whilst at university in Tulsa, Chris also made time to volunteer to help at a children’s hospital where he worked with children with cancer. Olivia has followed in Chris’s footsteps and is currently a student athlete at the University of Tulsa. Chris graduated with an honours degree in sports science in the summer of 2013.
Chris met his fiancé, Meredith, whilst studying in Tulsa. They are due to be married in Tulsa in the autumn of 2015.
The last couple of years have seen Chris achieve success at World, European, GB, NCAA and Conference USA Championships. He is currently an Adidas sponsored professional athlete based in Boston USA under the guidance of Coach Terrence Mahon. He and his squad regularly train at Harvard University’s sports facilities.
He also supports SSAFA, a charity providing lifelong support for UK Forces and their families.
Chris was awarded with a special trophy for being the 100th athlete to run a sub 4 minute Wannamaker Mile at the Millrose Games in NYC, USA. He is aiming for selection to represent Team GB & NI at the upcoming IAAF World Championships in Beijing. He is also aiming for the Olympic Games in Rio, 2016