The new venue of Hedley Farm West on the road to Stanley was very popular with record fields of 324 for the senior men and 184 for the senior women.
Nick Swinburn of Morpeth, whose father owned the land used for the course, had been on hand since the early hours to help host club Gateshead Harriers – then secured an emphatic victory in the final senior men event.
Newcastle-based Ethiopian Tadele Geremew headed the field until the start of the final lap, when Swinburn passed. Karl Taylor of Morpeth took third ensuring Morpeth’s team victory.
Morpeth, who held a narrow lead over Gateshead throughout the meeting, easily took the Sherman Cup from Sunderland for the strongest overall team in all age-groups.
Gateshead gained consolation by taking the Davison Shield, for the women’s competition, which they last won 10 years ago.