Sunderland Harrier Oliver James won the Siglion Sunderland City 10km by a street after setting off the way he intended to finish - leading the 2,000 runners from the off in first place.
The 25-year-old, on a week’s holiday from his studies in the States where he has just finished his first year of his degree course in dentistry at Louisville State University, won the race by nearly two minutes.
He clocked 31.32 which was just outside his best of 31.19, set in the Rhodes City Run in March.
He said: “I intended to go off hard as it was a decent field with some of my clubmates involved.
“I didn’t want to leave it until late before I made my move.
“It is quite a tough course so I’m very happy with my time. It was a great atmosphere at the finish with the crowds and I thoroughly enjoyed the occasion.”
Behind him came clubmate Liam Taylor (33.14), who also finished second last year in 33.28 and Craig Gunn finished fourth (33.46), to make it a good day for Sunderland Harriers.
Mark Anderson flew the Sunderland Strollers’ flag in fifth (34.01), just ahead of Harrier Nathan Reed in sixth (34.01)...