RUNNING sensation Daniel Joyce finished ahead of competitors from across the region to succeed at the North East Grand Prix.

The Slaley teenager won the U17 1,500m at the event, at Monkton Stadium in Jarrow, with a sub-four minute time of 3:59.58.

The Tynedale Harrier defeated Teesside pair Daniel Payne and Archie Lowe, both of Middlesbrough Athletic Club, who finished second and third with times of 4:00.62 and 4:01.87 respectively.

Fellow Tynedale Harriers Cameron Grey and Aidan Pinklin were also in the 16-strong field, finishing 13th and 14th with respective times of 4:15.96 and 4:16.21.

Tynedale were well represented at the event, with Darren Towart (M40) and Calum McGowan (U17) running the 150m and 300m in their respective age categories, and performing admirably.

Local runners also excelled at the annual Terry O’Gara 5k road race, which is hosted by Wallsend Harriers in memory of their popular former chairman, who died in 2012.

Tynedale Harrier Jeannie Brady won the V45 category, and her Tynedale teammate John O’Reilly was second in the V55 contest.

O’Reilly was 40th overall in a 201-strong field, with a time of 18:22, while Brady was 70th (19:32).

Their achievements have followed on from the recent success of young Tynedale Harriers at the Border Harriers Open in Cumbria.

The event, at the Sheepmount Stadium in Carlisle saw medal winning performances from Leon Hall, Calum McGowan, Kate Smith, and Louise Smith, in various track and field events.

It also follows a successful winter season, which saw Tynedale’s women finish third in the North East Harriers Cross Country League.