Sunderland Harrier Liam Taylor’s homework paid off with first victory in the Sunderland Strollers Pier-Pier Race from South Shields to Roker.
The 33-year-old had, during the week, gone on a reconnaissance mission to look over the course and plan his route.
Athletes are free to choose any route they liked, but they must keep off the highway.
Taylor and South Shields Harrier Luke Adams were locked in combat from the start until they reached Whitburn Academy.
It was here that Taylor’s well-laid out plans came into effect.
He said: “I went one way and Luke went the other - onto the path.
“And, when I saw him again, I was 15 metres ahead. I had to work hard from there to the finish to keep my lead.”
Adams sportingly said: “It is well done to Liam for picking the shorter route. That is what the race allows you to do. He beat me by about the same distance that he gained on me at the ...