A "proud dad" moment. My eldest son James has been a committed swimmer since he was four years old. He now swims competitively for Richmondale, and has taken part in the Scottish National Championships for the last three years.
James trains at least seven times a week, which often involves getting up at 5.30am for early morning sessions. I am constantly in awe of his staying power.
The premier race for juniors in Darlington is the Corporation Cup. First awarded in 1935 after being presented by "the Corporation of Darlington" (hence the name), it takes place annually over 100 metres. In last night's race, James beat the cream of talent in the town and came home with the cup.
Over the years, James has accumulated hundreds of medals from umpteen galas, but this was something special. Fantastic!