Competitors headed to Aldersley Stadium, Wolverhampton for the thirtieth Women's National Cross-Country Championships. The course was 3¾ miles.
Dr. Roma Ashby (Coventry Godiva Harriers) was defending her title with main opposition expected from Southern champion Joan Briggs (Selsonia Ladies AC) and Northern title winner Madeleine Ibbotson (Longwood Harriers).
Ashby went to the front after three quarters of a mile was never pressed by any of her rivals and drew away smoothly to win by no fewer 300 yards in 20:07. 25-year-old Ashby ended her athletics career by running magnificently to win the individual title for the third time. She showed her rivals a clean pair of heels and never looked like being beaten. The only runner to offer even token resistance was Ibbotson but she found the pace set by Coventry runner too hot and gradually was overhauled by London Olympiade, Susan Jarville, who, although not offering a serious challenge to the winner, showed excellent pace judgement for the distance.