The forty-third Senior Women's National Cross-Country Championships were held at Parliament Hill Fields, Hampstead Heath, London. The 6000m course consisted of a single loop making it difficult for spectators to see the runners.
Rita Ridley (Essex Ladies AC) the individual title winner every year since 1969 except for 1973 was struggling for form and 1973 winner Joyce Smith (Barnet & District AC) was a non-starter due to an injured ankle aggravated during the Southern championships. The way lay open for a new name to appear on the trophy. The main contenders were expected to be Southern champion Joan Allison (Cambridge Harriers), Cherry Hanson (Derby Ladies AC), the Northern champion, Penny Yule (Portsmouth Atalanta) and Ann Yeoman (Feltham AC).
On the day the sun shone and there was very little wind. As the race began to unfold Joan Allison (Cambridge Harriers), Deidre Nagle (Guinness AC), Christine Tranter (Stretford AC) and Penny Yule (Portsmouth Atalanta AC) were established in the leading group, but Allison fell back after a muddy patch.
Deirdre Nagle nee Foreman, the Irish champion, was one of three Irish girls guesting in the race, Nagle drove for home over the last mile beating Christine Tranter by 10 seconds with Penny Yule third three seconds further back and Joan Allison was fourth. 19-year-old Birmingham University student Tranter, being first English girl home, was therefore the champion. Nagle told Athletics Weekly "I don't think I've trained harder this year than before, it just seems that I'm running with more sense of purpose."