SUNDERLAND Harriers had to be satisfied with third team place in the big Darlington 10k which had over 1500 finishers.
After two of their original squad did not show, they found that winners Tyne Bridge Harriers and second club New Marske were just too good for them.
But the Wearsiders’ saw Kevin Jeffress lead the club home in fourth in a personal best of 32.52 - slicing 64 seconds off his previous fastest.
This is the second time in a month that he has clocked a PB, coming after his 15.51 clocking in the Sunderland 5k.
Second counter for Sunderland was Steven Duffy, making a welcome return to team competition.
He finished 16th (34.32) in his first serious race since recording 2.51.11 in the Edinburgh Marathon to achieve London Marathon qualification. Over-50 Paul Redman was the club’s final scorer in 43rd (36.22).
Durham City Harriers had Ian Campton in 15th and second over-50 (34.25) and Rob Hand 19th and third over-50 (34.41).
The race winner was Ethiopian Wondiye Fikre Indelbu, winning by a street in 30.46 from New Marske Harrier over-40 James Bulman (32.34). Tom Bean was third (32.51).
Sunderland Strollers had a big turnout and Michael Edwards led them home in 65th (37.34) followed by Kel Scott 100th (39.01), Kevin Blyth, was second over-55 (39.10), Carl Smith 128th (39.52), Gareth Wills 141st (40.13), Andy Duke 153rd (40.39) and Kevin O’Neil 156th (40.44) was their last runner to break 41 minutes. Houghton Harrier Shaun McGrath was 152nd (40.39).
Kate Avery, fourth in the Commonwealth Games 10,000m (32.33.35), had a storming run to beat Sunderland Stroller Alyson Dixon’s record (33.39 - 2008) in the women’s race. The Shildon athlete finished a superb sixth overall (33.05) to win the £150 on offer for breaking the record. Second was Drew Inglish (34.05) and Durham’s Rosie Smith was third (34.48).
Sunderland Harrier Michelle Avery, seven months pregnant, finished 28th (43.29). Houghton Harrier Kelly Bentley was second over-45 in 44.37.
H Sunderland Harrier Albert James took in a race while on holiday in Austria and won the 8k trail race, along alpine paths, against international competition.
H Former Sunderland Harrier Weynay Ghebresalasie, having his first race after two months training at altitude in Ethiopia, was back competing for Birchfield in the British Premier League match at Manchester. He won the steeplechase (8.55.44) and was third in the 3000m (8.16.20).