Running Club

Female Captain - post currently vacant

If you are interested in being female captain of the RR Harriers please let Gillian Whiteside or another member of the Committee know.

​​James in action in the 2020 National XC Championships.


James taking an early bath in the River Dove whilst in the lead in the 1992 Dovedale Dash. He didn't win that year but he did win the Dash twice in 1990 and 1997.


I ran for Derby and County AC first claim for many years competing in all varieties of running; cross-country, road, track, fell. I held the position of club captain for a number of years in the 1990’s. I was second claim for the Harriers at the time but switched to first claim in 2017.

I’ve always run. My first race was the ‘round the playground race at Lawn school’. I came third. I enjoyed the competition and the feel-good factor from the exertion. I was also better at running than school work! I joined Derby AC in 1977 and competed in all the various leagues and relays that Derby entered. I did start picking up injuries as I approached 40 and dabbled with triathlon. I am also a fully accredited track cyclist.

I have done a number of longer events such as the 4 Inns, Masters Hike, KIMM (mountain marathon) and have completed the Bob Graham Round.

I do still enjoy all forms of competition and I’ve still got a few years left in my old legs 😊


The buzz from competition. Team events such as relays when we all support each other.

Doesn't Like

Getting old and becoming injury prone.

Greatest Achievements

The race I live off is the 1993 National XC at Parliament Hill when I beat Steve Cram by 1 place. Also winning the Dovedale Dash twice (not the year I tried to swim the Dove, see photo).

​Favourite Shoe

Salomon Speedcross

Favourite food

Curries, Kebabs, Pizza.

Favourite running route

So many….I love runs from Edale. My ‘go to’ Sunday morning run goes out through Kings Newton, Melbourne, Staunton Harald, Calke Abbey and back through Ingleby.

Favourite thing about being in the Harriers

The chance to mix with like minded people and to get involved with various running experiences (Cross country, road, Epics). Banter before and after races. 

​People should contact me

  • To talk about anything running related.
  • Ideas for RR Harriers to have a go at.
  • To buy me a pint 😊

James Ward - Male Captain

Meet the Rolls-Royce Harriers Club Captains