2015

After a momentous 2014, Chris returned to his Adidas Boston Training Camp under the direction of Terrence Mahon. His main goals for 2015 are to reach the finals of the European Indoor Championships in Prague and the IAAF World Championships in Beijing and to perform to the best of his ability.

He has already achieved two 1500m performances of 3:40.42 and 3:40.66 in world-class mile events at the Armory in NYC. His mile times for both were 3:55.35 in the Millrose Games and 3:57 in the Armory Track Invitational respectively. Oh and out-with running, Chris will marry his fiancé Meredith, in Tulsa, Oklahoma in October.

2014

In a year which saw Chris getting engaged to his girlfriend Meredith, he won the Sainbury’s Grand Prix 1500m in Galsgow, qualified for the IAAF World Indoor Championships in Sopot, finished 6th in the final of the Commonwealth Games 1500m as a native athlete in Glasgow, and won the Bupa Westminster Mile in London.

Chris won a bronze medal at the European Championships in Zurich in a hotly contested final. Chris had the honour of being presented with his Westminster Mile medal by Sir Roger Bannister.

Lord Sebastian Coe presented Chris with his European bronze medal in Zurich, which capped a truly memorable year. Chris was the first GB athlete to medal in this event since 1986 and he also achieved a PB of 3:35.06, a Scottish Native record.

2013

Chris had a breakout year in which he broke four records in one race at the Millrose Games in NYC. He captured the NCAA and Scottish Indoor Records for the Mile (3:52.98) and 1500m (3:37.25). In a very busy year Chris won; double indoor Conference USA titles in 800m and the mile, double outdoor Conference USA titles in 800m and 1500m, the NCAA Midwest Regional Cross Country title, the Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational 1500m, the Folksam Challenge in Sweden and the British 1500m Championship.

He qualified for the IAAF World Championships in Moscow where he performed well in his heat to qualify for the semi-final and then onto the final where he finished 12th.

He set PBs of 1:48.28 for 800m, 3:35.37 for the 1500m and 3:52.98 for the mile. Chris graduated from The University of Tulsa with a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise and Sports Science.

2012

In the NCAA Division 1 Indoor Championship Mile, Chris won the title to become the first Scot to win an NCAA track title. It was made extra special as the race was held on his mother’s birthday.

This momentous win was in addition to; double indoor Conference USA wins over 800m and the mile, double outdoor Conference USA titles in 800m and 1500m, Meyo Invitational 1000m, JD Martin Invitational 800m, John Jacobs Invitational 800m.

Chris also managed to win a couple of notable cross-country events at the Notre Dame Invitational and the NCAA D1 Midwest Regional Championship. Frustratingly a bronze medal finish in the British Championships meant that he just missed out on selection for the London Olympics. Chris was joined by his sister Olivia at the University of Tulsa as a student athlete following in her big brother’s footsteps.

2011

Chris won all four Indoor and Outdoor Conference USA titles over 800m, 1500m and the mile. In this year he just missed out on his first NCAA national title finishing in 2nd place in the indoor mile at College Station, Texas. This was to provide the springboard for gold in 2012 in the same event.

It was at the Tyson Invitational meeting that Chris ran his first sub-four minute mile in an amazing time of 3:56.48. He went on to run 2 further sub-four minute miles in 2011. During this year he won several 800m and 1500m races throughout USA reducing his PBs to 1:49.46 (800m), 3:42.54 (1500m), 3:56.48 (Mile).

2010

Chris won indoor and outdoor Conference USA titles over 1500m and the Scottish U23 National Championship in the same distance.

He also won the following 1500m races: The John Jacobs Invitational, Arkansas Twilight Invitational, and the Wichita State Invitational.

2009

Having won the Scottish 3000m Combined Events Championship and represented Team GB in the Crosse Internacional Juniores in Lisbon, Chris travelled to The University of Tulsa, Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA aged 18 to begin life as a student athlete and compete in the NCAA Division 1.

2008

Chris finished high school in The Scottish Borders town of Peebles going to study a BSc in Sports Studies at Edinburgh’s Napier University. In this year Chris won the Scottish National U20 3000m and 1500m Championship.

He also won the Scottish Schools’ 1500m indoor and outdoor championships. In cross-country he won the Scottish Championship, the Scottish Schools’ Championship the UK:A Home International and the UK Challenge Series in Belfast. Chris was selected to represent Scotland at the Commonwealth Youth Games, Pune, India for the 1500m and 3000m. Chris finished 2nd in his heat for qualify for the final where he finished 8th in a race dominated predominately by Kenyan, Ugandan and South African athletes in extremely hot conditions.

In cross-country Chris won the Scottish National title and the Scottish Schools’ title helping Peebles High School to the team trophy. Chris features on the school’s hall of fame as an outstanding athlete. Chris also values the experiences he has had running at Scottish Games Association, Highland Games meetings throughout Scotland where he won competitions at Pitlochry, Burnham, St. Andrews, Ceres, Peebles, Innerleithen, Hawick, Jedburgh, and many more.

A main feature at Highland Games is the bagpipe and drums music of famous Scottish Pipe Bands. To this day, Chris says that he feels nervous when he hears the bagpipes as it reminds him of competing at all the Highland Games

2007

Chris had a major breakthrough in this year winning the Scottish National Championships U17 800m and 1500m indoors and outdoors and young athletes final.

He also won the 3000m Scottish Young Athletes final and East District Championship. In cross-country he won the East District Championships and the UK Challenge in Gateshead.

2006

Chris won several 1500m races in the Scottish Young Athletes Final and finished second in the Scottish National Age Group Championships. He also competed over 3000m with wins at the National Junior League in Cleckheaton and Carlisle

2005

Chris was 4th in the Scottish Schools Championship over 1500m and won the 3000m Scottish Young Athletes Final

2004

Chris won the 3000m Scottish Young Athletes Final and competed in many cross-country events throughout the UK an Ireland in his first year as an under 15 athlete.

2003

It was in his second year as an under 13 athlete that Chris realised how much he loved competing and just running in general. He loved the buzz of stepping on the track and competing against bigger boys.

Chris was really quite small physically as he was growing up. But what he lacked in physical size, he more than made up for in self-belief, determination and resilience. In 2003 he won several 1500m races amongst them; UKA Scottish Young Athletes Leagues and Finals. Chris won the UK Reebok Challenge Cross Country Series having run in cities such as Belfast, Cardiff, London, Birmingham and Liverpool.

2002

Chris joined the City of Edinburgh running club and began a very long and successful partnership with his new coach Mr David Campbell. David Campbell has coached very many champions during his 40 plus years in coaching at the highest level.

It was a pleasure to run with an excellent group of athletes throughout the following years, which included Kris and Darren Gauson, David Campbell Jnr, Ryan O’Hare (Chris’s older brother and inspiration), Mark Mitchell, Olivia O’Hare and Dominic O’Hare (Chris’s younger sister and brother to whom he has been a huge inspiration and influence).

Chris won the UK Reebok Challenge Cross Country Series having run in cities such as Belfast, Cardiff, London, Birmingham and Nottingham. He started at Peebles High School in the Scottish Borders helping their team to win several Scottish Schools’ Championships in track and field and cross-country.

2001

Chris competed in several Highland Games and Borders game competition. He was renown for being the very tough ‘wee guy’ who was afraid of nobody. Often the crowd would be cheering for Chris just because he was so small and seemed to be always the underdog. It was whilst at West Linton primary school that Chris decided he wanted to channel his energy into running.

He was also a keen footballer. To help support his athletic development, his mum Gillian became a qualified athletics coach and started a running club for the school children in West Linton. The running club is still going today and the primary school has success at Scottish Schools’ National Cross Country Championships.

This is an incredible achievement for the tiny village in the Scottish Borders. During his return visits to his home in West Linton, Chris visits the local schools to provide encouragement and inspiration to the local school children and athletic clubs.

2000

Chris competes in the local 3 Bridges Race in Peebles challenging the older boys. He also competes in several Highland Games throughout Scotland

1999

Chris joins his first athletics coach Mr Charlie Russell in Peebles. Charlie is a renowned athletics coach with very many years experience who still coaches today in spite of having ‘retired’ on several occasions.

Chris first race was at the Blackford Highland Games in which he went over on his ankle. He finished 2nd in the race and then had to go to Stirling Royal Infirmary on the way home for a seriously sprained ankle.