Victor Openshaw lets in the water.
Michael Openshaw won yesterday's 27th Northumberland Coastal Run from Beadnell to Alnmouth ( despite taking a course of action which saw him knee-deep in water at one stage of the 14-mile event.
Competitors chose their own route after leaving Beadnell Harbour and it was last year's winner Darren Purvis of Chester-le-Street who took an early lead with the rest of the 800-strong field strung out behind.
Openshaw took it for granted the leader's knowledge of the course would be an advantage and followed 50 metres behind.
However, two miles into the race things began to go awry when they followed the waterline and the water appeared above the ankles, then the knees and then nearly up to the waist.
Openshaw, who had competed in the race once before, said: "I knew then this was not the correct course, especially when looking back others were running comfortably further up the beach.
"Three of us had caught up to the leader by this stage ( but it was time to make a quick decision so we made a beeline away from the water and on to higher ground.
"By the time we returned to the main pack there were a number of athletes ahead of us but we managed to get back in contention despite the mishap and the fact we were running into a headwind all the way."
After working his way to the head of affairs approaching the half-way point, the former national cross-country champion still had Alnwick's David Kirkland for company and the pair gradually pulled away from the rest of their rivals.
Kirkland, winner of the Jedburgh Half-Marathon, was making his debut in the event so relied on Openshaw to help guide them to the finish.
Openshaw added: "Despite the strong wind we managed to have a chat. I said I would push on but if he thought I had gone the wrong way he should give me a shout.
"I realised a few miles later that was not such a good idea, for everytime I tried to pull away he reeled me in and after about an hour or so running my legs began to tire rapidly.
"I think he sensed I was in trouble and with about three miles to go he had a go to see if he could break me.
"However, we were still together approaching the final mile, which took us back on to the beach, and it was like a war of attrition with my legs hurting all over.
"I don't know where I got it from but around 100 yards from the finish I just put my head down and ran as hard as I could, which was for about 50 yards!
"By that time I had opened up a significant gap which meant I could practically walk across the line"
Ten seconds separated Openshaw and Kirkland at the line with Durham City's Ian Crampton taking third place a minute and a half further back.
Triathlete Helen Lawrence repeated her victory of 2005, finishing in 13th place overall and more than six minutes clear of second-placed Bev Whitfield of Bingley with Elswick's Judith Nutt claiming third place for the second year running.
RESULTS ( (distance 14m): 1 M Openshaw (Bir) 1:22:29; 2 D Kirkland (Aln) 1:22:49; 3 I Crampton (Dur, M40) 1:24:13; 4 I Handyside (Morp, M40) 1:24:30; 5 L Banton (Clowne) 1:25:17; 6 S Armstrong (unatt) 1:25:28; 7 L Atkinson (Morp, M50) 1:25:44; 8 D Purvis (CleS) 1:26:19; 9 A Tatham (Quak) 1:27:49; 10 G Campbell (Aln) 1:28:31; 11, P Waterson (Morp, M40) 1:29:22; 12 N Orr (Darl, M45) 1:29:36; 13 S Clark (NSP, M40) 1:29:47; 14 H Lawrence (Wirral, L) 1:29:50; 15 M Hegarty (Morp) 1:29:50; 16 N Barnes (Tyne) 1:30:10; 17 P Grey (Aln, M45) 1:30:42; 18 P Whalley (Blyth) 1:31;09; 19 D Steel (Morp, M40) 1:31:21; 20 H Wilkinson (unatt) 1:31:44.
M55: 1 J Bell (Els) 1:32:28; 2 R Hall (Blyth) 1:35:54.
Women: 1 H Lawrence 1:29:50; 2 B Whitfield (Bing) 1:36:13; 3 J Nutt (Els) 1:37:32; 4 A Raw (Darl, W40) 1:39:06; 5, G Barry (Sun) 1:43:34; 6 H Wootton (NSP) 1:43:51.
Chris Tomlinson is set for an intriguing long jump contest at next weekend's Norwich Union European trials in Manchester.
Gateshead-based Tomlinson, with an eight metres and nine centimetres leap in Bad Langensalza, Germany, yesterday, moved to equal top of this year's UK rankings alongside Greg Rutherford.