In the early stages of the race, Burke and James Downey were in a clear lead, but Downey faded.
Later in the race, Bob Brimage was catching Burke, in an attempt to repeat his 1984 success, but Brimage's threat made Burke accelerate for the last few laps.
By the end of the race, Burke extended his lead to 100 metres, finishing in 34 minutes 47 seconds, from Brimage, who clocked 35:06. Ian Cannings had a very good run to finish third in 35:10.
The previous week saw Downey lead the senior men in at the final cross-country fixture of the season, at Kelsterton College. Downey was 33rd, with Brimage 39th, Alan Johnson and Mark Pembroke completed the scorers.
On the same day, Burke had a good race, in the Wirral Seaside Run, with a personal best time of 16 minutes 14 seconds, to finish 7th. Other good runs came from Mal Hardcastle, Paul McCoy, Joe Barrow and Ian Price.