Double Olympic champion Mo Farah was the star attraction at the British Athletics Grand Prix on Saturday, and he didn't disappoint as he stormed to victory in the 3000m.
Farah, who produced some of the golden moments of the London Games, won in a time of 7:42.00 - in what is his only indoor race of the season - in front of a sell-out Birmingham crowd.
The 29-year-old, who announced on Saturday that he will run the first half of this year's London Marathon before running the full distance in 2014, has spent the last six weeks in Kenya training and was happy after making a winning start to his 2013 campaign.
"The reception was great, the support from the crowd was brilliant," said Farah. "It was a great start to the year and it was important for me to come out and win.
"I am doing the New Orleans half-marathon and from there I will run half the London Marathon in April, those are the next races planned.
"It means a lot to run the marathon in London and it is good practice. It is not just about the running but about everything that comes with it and if you can go and practice then why not."
Along with Farah's display, the Birmingham event showcased a host of impressive domestic performances.
World bronze medallist Jenny Meadows made a solid comeback in the 800m after injury heartbreak caused her to miss the whole of the 2012 season.
Meadows, who last ran competitively in September 2011, came second at the Birmingham event in a time of 2:02.86.
The men's equivalent proved to be the most thrilling of the day when Abubaker Kaki of Sudan and Brits Mukhtar Mohammed and Mike Rimmer tumbled across the line.
Rimmer was named winner in 1:46.55, from Kaki, while Mohammed was third with 1:46.58 ahead of Britain's Andrew Osagie, Guy Learmonth and Joe Thomas.
Helen Clitheroe also produced an impressive run; the 39-year-old, who is currently training for her marathon debut in London in April, could not be caught in the final stages of the women's 3000m and finished in a time of 8:50.16.
World indoor pole vault bronze medallist Holly Bleasdale produced a jump of 4.70 to win the event, a positive response following her first defeat of the year earlier this week in Bydgoszcz.
Perri Shakes-Drayton and Eilidh Child clocked personal bests of 51.37 and 51.50 respectively in the women's 400m won by Natasha Hastings - ranking the them third and fourth on the British all-time list.
Meanwhile Olympic high jump bronze medallist Robbie Grabarz, who made an impressive breakthrough last year with a rapid rise up the world rankings, finished runner-up after clearing 2.29m, unable to match Aleksey Dmitrik of Russia who jumped 2.33m.
Dwain Chambers disappointingly failed to make the 60m final - won by American Michael Rodgers - after placing fifth in his semi-final.