Three Sunderland Harriers came back from the British and Irish Masters’ Cross Country Championships with three team medals and an individual bronze at Swansea on Saturday.
Over-60 Paul Merrison led the charge with third place in his category and a team gold for England.
Kevin Jeffress also won team gold in the Over-35 age group, while Jacqueline Etherington was in the Scotland team that took team bronze in the Over-40 category
For Merrison this was his seventh selection for England and his best performance, beating his fourth place in the Over-45 age group in 2004.
The Over-60 age group was won by Scotland’s Alastair Walker (29.30) with Irishman Lawrence Johnston second (30.02) and Merrison third (30.08).
England just beat Scotland by two points to win the team competition.
Jeffress was the fourth and final team scorer in the winning Over-35 England team that contained three North East athletes.
The Seaham man finished tenth Over-35 (26.41), while Gateshead Harrier Conrad Franks was fourth (26.15) and Quaker Michael Joyeux was eighth (26.36).