Race promoters Run Nation achieved new ground yesterday to become the first North East promoter to start their 10k race in a shopping centre.
The Dalton Park arcade saw 200 athletes make their way through the mall before the centre opened to the public.
And it was Sunderland unattached runner Liam Taylor who led the charge into the open to take on the testing 10k course
With a strong wind blowing and a climb to negotiate before completing two laps of a closed road, the conditions were proving difficult.
The Springwell athlete led from start to finish to defeat Durham City athlete Matt Hornsby by14 seconds.