A late developer in the sport, Straw blossomed in the distance events after graduating from Loughborough University in 2015. James began to achieve notable success in 2016 when he recorded a time of 14:57 en route to the BUCS 5000m final. Early signs of a promising season sprouted in February 2017 when the Lincoln-born man secured a fine performance of 14:50 at the International Armagh 5k. However, vast improvements in 2017 have seen James lower his 5000m PB to 14:28; a time which he recorded at the Loughborough BMC 5000m in July. An undoubtedly vital member of LTC, James adds steel and determination to LTC.