STEVE GALLIENNE stormed away from a record field to win the Bideford Ten Miler for the second consecutive year.
By the time the pack of 250 runners had left the quay and crossed the long bridge, the Bideford Blues athlete had opened up a significant lead.
And he returned to the town from Yelland, via the Tarka Trail, with an advantage of two and a half minutes.
Gallienne's winning time of 55mins 17secs was five seconds faster than his effort over the same distance at the Great South Run in Portsmouth last week.
But it was some way short of the personal best of 53-51 set in winning last year's Bideford race.
After an inconsistent year of training, the 23-year-old is starting to show signs of his previous form.
He said: "I got so nervous for the run at Portsmouth. This week I turned up not as nervous and I just went flying off.
"The conditions were perfect and I went off way too quickly.
"I ran the whole race on my own so I was pleased with how it went. It was five seconds quicker than last week, so it's progress."
Although his pace dropped in the second half, Gallienne's lead never looked under threat.
"I want to run much quicker than that really, but I'm just happy to get a race under my belt," he said.
Gallienne is now targeting the Devon Cross Country Championships and the Telford 10k before Christmas.
Ronnie Richmond had a clear advantage in second place, clocking 57-52 and finishing nearly 90 seconds ahead of Sidmouth's Milan Goc in third.
Richmond, of North Devon Road Runners, has enjoyed a successful month with victory in the Bratton 7 Challenge and third place at last week's South Molton Struggle.
He was just 14 seconds short of the personal best set finishing third at Bideford two years ago.
The women's race was won by Jaine Swift in 1-02-02. She was 11th overall and part of a strong club representation from Erme Valley Harriers.
Alison Thorn, also from Erme Vale, was second in 1-05-12, while the local challenge was led by Lucy Goodman, of South Molton Strugglers, in third.
Bideford AAC secured two victories on Sunday as Mark Jenkin won the senior men's race in the Brooks Westward League cross country.
Jenkin followed up his opening-day victory at Redruth by winning the Newquay meeting, which incorporated the Cornwall Championships.
John Ward, on his return to cross country after success in ultra marathons, was eighth overall and first M40.
Anthony Lambert, of Torrington AAC, finished seventh at the Sourton Scramble on Dartmoor.
His Torrington club-mates Martin Warren and Dave Eadie were 49th and 73rd respectively over the 10k multi-terrain course.
Three athletes coached by Andy Glover, of Bideford, set personal bests in the Dublin Marathon.
Angela Walter, of North Devon Road Runners, finished her tenth marathon in 3hrs 47mins 22secs.
Kathryn Guard, of Bideford AAC, clocked 3-48-10 and Michael Davey, of North Devon Road Runners, finished in 3-55-36.
Glover himself, despite missing several weeks of training with a knee injury, completed the course in 3-50-19.
There was a strong turnout of runners from North Devon in Ireland.
Bideford AAC's Rebecca Hill and Mechelle Williams finished in 3-54-32 and 3-57-30, and Ben Cox, of North Devon AC, returned in 3-26-27.
Entries are being taken for the 2013 Bideford Half Marathon on March 3.
For more information, visit www.bidefordaac.co.uk