Sunderland Harrier Kevin Jeffress recorded the same time as the winner but was given second place in the Temple Park 5k at South Shields.
The Seaham man clocked 15.39 with Thames Valley Harrier Michael Cameron declared the winner.
Adrian Bailes (Birtley) was third in 15.57, Houghton Harrier Lee Dover took fourth (16.33) and Sunderland Stroller Mark Anderson finished fifth (16.33).
Other Sunderland times and positions were: 8th Paul Blakey (16.41), 10th Paul Robson (Wearside Triathlon) (17.10), 12th Ian Ritchie (17.28), 14th Jamie Collin (Stroller) (17.31), and 31st Paul MacLachlan (19.16).
The women’s race was won by Danielle Smythe (Heaton Harriers) in 18.01 and she was followed by Mairi Clancy (Tyne Bridge) with 18.57 and Chloe Price (Birtley) was third ( 19.02).