The forty-seventh English Junior Men's National Cross-Country Championships took place at Temple Park, South Shields. The course was 10km in length and covered two laps of the park.
Early in the race the leading group consisted of Kaesa Tadesse (Belgrave Harriers), Ben Sutton (City of Stoke-on-Trent AC), Bruno Witchalls (Mole Valley Runners), Rob Scanlon (Coventry Godiva Harriers), J Guest (Thurrock Harriers) and Ciaran McGuire (Coventry Godiva Harriers).
At the start of the second lap the leading trio consisted of Tadesse, Witchalls and Sutton. Sutton was dropped as the second lap unfolded and then further into the lap Tadesse opened up a five second gap on Witchalls. Tadesse increased his lead and won in 29:54, 13 seconds clear of runner-up Witchalls with Sutton third.
Kaesa Tadesse told Athletics Weekly: "I didn't expect to win because I've been injured for three weeks. I love the National, and I'm very pleased. It was my last chance to win as a junior - I can't run next year, so I'm happy now."