With the continuously varying pressures of work, training was far from perfect. However it was enough to produce some decent races and James won the Health Club Games in October 2006 in a time of 6:28.9. The following month James raced at the BIRC 2006 and came 11th with a new personal best of 6:28.5
2007 was a difficult year for training (a 6:40.1 at BIRC 2007) but 2008 showed a return to form, and for short period before the birth of his first child, a return to the water. In preparation for BIRC 2008 James set a series of personal bests: 8143m for 30r20, a 1:36.6 average for 4x750[3:00] and a 1:35.3 average for 6x500[1:30].
Optimistic about a further personal best over 2000m at the British Championships, illness struck resulting in a predictable collapse of performance and withdrawal from the race. That was rapidly followed by fatherhood which had a similar effect.
James’s second child arrived in 2010 and slowly but surely efforts are being made to find a return to form.