Consistently windy conditions at Bedford added to the challenge.
There were ninety entrants in the 1500m, so six heats of fifteen were required to whittle the numbers down to three semi-finals. On a sunny Friday James worked through to be second in his heat in 4.01.91, eventually qualifying comfortably.
The semi on Saturday was a different proposition in cooler, windier conditions, and James worked hard in the race, fading a little in the last 100m but still qualified for the final as a fastest loser in a season’s best 3.52.66.
The final on Sunday was another fast run affair won by GB international Jamie Webb in 3.50.50. Although twelfth and last at the bell, James ran a strong last lap to finish in a creditable sixth in 3.54.24.
Also taking part at Bedford was York St John University student and Chiltern stalwart Hannah Shepard who ran a season’s best 64.32 in the heat of the women’s 400m.