Birtley athlete Adrian Bailes won the Jimmy Hedley 800m trophy for winning the race dedicated to his memory in the North East Grand Prix at Monkton.
Hedley was the man who coached Steve Cram during his illustrious middle distance career which included winning World and Olympic 1,500m medals.
Bailes recorded a modest 1.54.03 in defeating Christopher Thornley (1.55.42) a member of Bedford and County Harriers, who has been training with Sunderland Harriers while staying in Sunderland.
There was a first class performance from the third finisher in Under-17 athlete Henry Johnson of Houghton Harriers, who clocked a grade one standard and a personal best of 1.55.65.
In the other graded 800m races, Will Bellamy, another promising Under-17 athlete from Houghton, won the B race in a PB of 1.59.05.