The thirty-third Juniors Men's English National Cross-Country Race took place at Western Park, Leicester. This was the third time the race had been run at Western Park, previously it was held here in 1964 and 1976. The course totaling 6 miles consisted of two laps of 5000 yards plus 800 yards for the start and was mainly park land. Provincial Insurance Company continued to sponsor the event. Prior to the race a record number of runners were expected. On the day the weather was warm for the time of year and the course was running fast due to the firm nature of the ground.
Halfway around the first lap the leading group consisted of Mick Morton (Blackburn Harriers), John Doherty (Leeds City AC), Dave Lewis (Rossendale AC), Simon Cahill (Leeds City AC) and Colin Reitz (Essex Beagles AC). At the end of the lap Lewis tried to break up the group but faded half way around the circuit. The joint lead was shared by Doherty and Morton and the duo were together until the finishing straight. Morton surged on the last uphill section and pulled away to win by two seconds. Reitz was third, Cahill fourth and Lewis fifth.