The thirty-third Women's Senior National Cross-Country Championships took place at Ford Dwellings School, Quinton, Birmingham. The course consisted of two laps and was made up of grass and plough.
Half a mile into the race the leading group comprised of June Hale (Portsmouth Atalanta AC), Brenda Carr (Highgate Harriers), Joyce Smith (Hampstead Harriers) and Brenda Cook (Bilston Town AC). Following them came Margaret Moir (Wigmore Harriers), Rita Lincoln (Essex Ladies AC), Pam Davies (Selsonia Ladies AC) and Joy Jordan (Guildford & Godalming AC). Going into the second lap Brenda Carr put in a spurt and quickly gained a 60-yard lead from Hale and Smith with Cook 15 yards further back, Lincoln and Davies were a further 5 yards behind Cook.
Carr's lead had stretched to 80 yards with Lincoln and 30-year-old London housewife Pam Davies another 10 yards adrift. Lincoln and Davies began closing on Carr, who appeared to have gone to early, in the last 300 yards Lincoln and Davies flew past Carr, who then stopped and walked being passed by Joyce Smith.
Davies timed her finish perfectly as she sprinted past Lincoln to win by 40 yards in 23:51, winning the individual title for the first time after ten attempts. Joyce Smith was third and Brenda Carr jogged in fourth.