This popular annual race round the cycle paths of Walton le Dale and Avenham Park took place in sunny but chilly weather and there were a few slippery patches underfoot to catch out the unwary. The race was won by Chris Livesey of Salford Harriers in 33.10. Gary Pennington was second in 33.29, Jason Parker was 5th and first MV40 in 34.51 and Steve Smith was 13th overall and first MV55 in 36.46. These three runners combined to win the first team prize for Preston Harriers. Next Harrier to finish was Dougie Potter in 41.02 and John Russell completed the race in 48.20. Marian Hesketh finished 4th lady and first FV60 in 43.24. Despite struggling through the mud of the Northern Cross Country championships only the day before, Olga Wiggins clocked a new PB of 55.46. Lyndsey French and Kenny Gawne ran together and finished in 63.14 and 63.15 respectively.