Wallsend Harriers opened a one-point lead over title-holders Sunderland when winning the men's Division One team event at the fourth fixture in the Start Fitness North Eastern Harrier League at Edmond Campion School, Wrekenton.
Chester-le-Street won the women's event as defending champions Elvet Striders extended their lead at the top of the table.
Teenager Robert Balmbra of Morpeth easily won the men's Individual race from Durham's Rob Walker. Medium pack runners James Buis of Heaton and Gosforth's Kurt Heron finished third and fourth while Sunderland's Brian Rushworth was the quickest runner overall, finishing sixth from the fast pack.
Mark Hall led the Wallsend challenge in seventh. Sunderland Strollers extended their lead in Division Two while Claremont won in Division Three.
It was a good day for fast-pack runners with Alyson Dixon outclassing the opposition as she won by over a minute in the senior women's race from Chester-le-Street clubmate Heather Robinson. Elvet's Donna James, in third, was second fastest overall.
Birtley's Monique Howell (junior women) and Zoe Armstrong, of Morpeth (under-15 girls) also won from the fast pack who occupied the first three places in the latter event.
Though running from the slow pack, Morpeth's Karl Taylor clocked the fastest time in the under-17 men's race.
Marcus Cram of Morpeth - on half-term holiday from boarding school in Scotland - comfortably won the under-15 boys' race. Tynedale's Tristan Venus, in fifth, recorded the fastest time for the fourth successive meeting.
Newcomers Charmaine Porter of Sunderland and Morpeth's Adam Harrington won the two under-13 races.
Gateshead Harrier Sam Hall had a treble victory at the penultimate Gateshead Indoor Standards Meeting, winning the under-13 60m, high jump and shot putt.