The English Cross-Country Championships moved to a more central venue that was more popular with the runners as entries were up on the previous year. The venue chosen to host the sixty-first running of the junior men's race was Alton Towers Theme Park in Staffordshire. The route was on parkland adjacent to the park and the length of the course was 10 km and included one big hill.
Lee Carey (Nuneaton Harriers) broke from the lead group at the beginning of the last of the three laps and went on to win by half a minute to take the Arbiter Trophy for the individual winner. The runner-up was triathlete Alistair Brownlee (Bingley Harriers) with third place going to defending champion David Forrester (St Helens AC Sutton).
Carey told Athletics Weekly: "I avoided the hill during my warmup, but on the first lap it was okay as I was fresh, the second lap I switched off and tried to relax, and then on the third it takes care of itself."