Sparrow Morley enjoyed the company of Tadele Geremew before the Elswick Harrier pulled away to win his own club’s Norman Woodcock Memorial Road Race at Gosforth Park on Saturday.
The Sunderland Harrier ran with the Ethiopian for two laps of the ambulance track around the racecourse before Geremew showed his class to go on to win the five-mile race in 26min 43sec.
Morley took second place in 27.22.
Sunderland Stroller Michael Henderson was 18th (30.55) and Durham City Harrier Chloe Price won the women’s race in 30.27.
Birtley, with a series of consistent performances, won the silver medals behind winners Birmingham University in the National Cross Country Relays Championships at Mansfield on Saturday.
Kate Waugh finished a superb second on the opening leg (8.36) before Lydia Turner (9.00) and Sophie Burnett (8.52) maintained that spot to ensure the silver medals.
Sunderland Harrier Michael Wilson, competing for Birmingham University in the senior men’s race, clocked 16.40 on the anchor leg to finish 15th.
Aldershot won the race, with last year’s champions, Morpeth Harriers, finishing 13th this time, with Jonny Taylor, on the shorter opening leg recording 14.53, and Carl Avery (15.40) their fastest runners.
Houghton Harriers, making their debut in the National Championship, finished 100th, with 166 teams closing in. The team was Rory Graham (18.29), Steve Johnson (19.13), Dave Gribben (20.32) and Sean McGrath (19.12) .
Houghton Harriers under-15 boys’ team finished 31st, courtesy of Henry Johnson (6.42), Will Bellamy (6.58) and Matthew Cleugh (7.52). The junior men finished 44th, thanks to Alex Brown (9.02), T Whelan (11.19) and R Clark (10.03).
In yesterday’s Abbey Dash 10k Road Race through the centre of Leeds, Sunderland Harrier Steve McMahon clocked a personal best of 33.06 to finish 102nd.
Sunderland Stroller Ritchie Gerry also clocked a PB of 38.20 and Andy Duke recorded 38.23.
Former Sunderland Harrier Patrick Martin finished 10th in the race (29.41) won by Liverpool’s Johnny Mellor in 29.12.
The women’s winner was Elish McColgan in 32.52.