A RECORD-breaking Largs grandad who once ran for Scotland is under starter's orders on a new charity quest.

James Burns, who lives in Chapelton Way, has been running since his teens and won international recognition in the sport as a young man.

Now the 65-year-old has set himself a goal of setting 10 Parkrun records all across the country in his age category before he turns 66.

James is taking on the challenge to raise money for Pancreatic Cancer UK after a close family friend lost their life to the disease.

He is well on his way to the perfect ten after recently notching his seventh record at his home event in Largs after already obtaining fastest times in the 65-69 age category at runs in Girvan, Ayr, Kilmarnock, Irvine, Rothesay and Troon

A delighted James, who is being sponsored by Potters Bar manager Gary Ferris, completed the Largs 5k Parkrun in 20 minutes and 26 seconds.

James said: "Having competed for Scotland, that competitive instinct has never really left me.

"I have kept my fitness ticking over and have always tried to keep up my training.

"I am running as a tribute to my friend Glenn McGilvray.

"Our daughters were at school together and always in and out of each other's houses - and I thought it would be fitting to raise funds in his memory.

"I have set a bit of a rod for my own back with the challenge but I am confident I can reach ten before the end of this month."

James has now set his sights on the Lanark Parkrun before moving on to Coatbridge and Linwood.

James lives locally with his wife Jennifer and works for the NHS in its payroll department. His daughter lives in Bishopton and also has a son and three grandchildren.

He said: "The Largs Parkrun is a really nice one, it is so scenic.

"The generosity of people has been fantastic and I recently received a donation of £100 from a member of Largs Golf Club, which is where I play."

To donate, go to justgiving.com/fundraising/james-burns29

Largs ParkRun photo: Ian Murdoch. James is pictured with Largs ParkRun co-ordinator Joy Bruce.