England's first ever joint National Cross-Country Championships took place at Wigmore Valley Park in Luton. Over 9,000 runners had entered across all categories and this was the forty-eighth running of the Junior Men's race. This was the first time the park had hosted the National and to ensure enough car parking was available one of the runways at Luton Airport was used.
At the halfway point Danny McCormack (Vauxhall AC) had a 10-metre lead over Will Levett (Bridgnorth AC), 20 metres further back were Neil Caddy (Newquay & Par AC) and Bruno Witchalls (Dorking & Mole Valley AC. Levett fought bravely and pressed McCormack throughout the second lap, however, McCormack pulled away in the closing stages to take the win with Levett second and Witchalls third.
McCormack told Athletics Weekly: "That was hard. I'm knackered but delighted. I had a bad patch during the race, but when Neil Caddy dropped back I sat in behind Will [Levett], because I knew he'd raced last week. I knew I had the speed for the finish, I've always had that, but he kept putting bursts in and I just tried to track him. I was tired and I had a bit of a stitch, but Billy Dee shouted to me to relax. My coach, Des Haughney, believed I could win and it's great for Vauxhall because we're only a small club, we haven't been going very long."