The thirty-ninth Senior Women's National Cross-Country Championships took place at Smestow School, Castlecroft, Wolverhampton. There was a record entry for the event with 242 registered in the senior race.
Rita Ridley (Essex Ladies AC), the winner for the last two years, was favourite for the individual title and Barnet & District AC were fancied for the team event.
Mr W E Turner, Governor of Smestow School started the ladies on their way. 24-year-old Rita Ridley was leading with half a mile to go when she fell. This set back did not affect her as she recovered to win by 10 seconds from Joyce Smith (Barnet & District AC) in 18:43 for her third consecutive victory. Gillian Tivey (Derby & County AC) was third.