ETHIOPIAN athlete Yared Hagos was the star man in the Sunderland City 10k, which saw more than 1,800 finishers.
The Wallsend runner, the most prominent endurance athlete in the North East with wins over all distances following his arrival from Yorkshire last year, again lived up to his reputation with another victory.
He smashed Ian Hudspith’s course record (31.15) from last year with a devastating run over a testing course, recording 30.46.
But he was challenged for most of the way by Leeds City athlete Derek Hawkins, who finished second, 14 seconds behind.
Morpeth Harrier Hudspith, 41, this time had to settle for third place in 31.33.
Sunderland Harriers had six runners in the first 20 and Kevin Calvert took the plaudits for leading the Wearsiders home.
He finished an isolated fourth in 33.04. However, pride of place went to Brian Rushworth, who at the age of 49 finished in fifth (34.16). Then came Craig Isherwood eighth (35.22), Jon Dobson 10th (36.18), Steve Graham 13th (36.34) and Michael Barker 18th (37.13).
Organiser and former world champion Steve Cram said: “Brian (Rushworth) seems to be going on forever. He is running so well. We had many a battle on the roads and over the country many years ago.’’
Tim Allsop led in Sunderland Strollers in 11th (36.28) and he was followed by James Hubbard 29th (39.10).
Alyson Dixon, just two weeks after her Olympic marathon ambitions were thwarted in the London Marathon, surprised everyone with her place on the start line.
And clearly showing signs of her capital endeavours, she went on to win the women’s race in one of her slowest times ever. The Chester-le-Street club runner finished 18th overall in 37.05.
Wallsend’s Tracey Rogers finished second (36.25) and Sunderland Harrier Michelle Holt equalled her position of last year with another third place (39.53).
Unattached athlete Melissa Laidler was fourth (40.20), Morpeth’s Kate Chapman finished fifth (41.06), Louise Rodgers was sixth (41.11), Louise Hopkins seventh (41.44) and Lucy Winter eighth (41.56).
Sunderland Harrier Ingrid Hope was first over-50 in 69th (42.30).
Sunderland Harriers over-60s filled the first three positions in their age group with Peter Richardson 67th (42.12), Len Christopher 102nd (44.00) and David White 106th (44.11).