Roundhay Park in Leeds hosted the seventy-eighth Senior Women's National Cross-Country Championships. The park covers over 700 acres of rolling parkland with lakes and woodlands. The race was sponsored by Saucony.
Contenders for the race were thought to come from Steph Twell (Aldershot, Farnham & District AC) the BUCS champion, the previous year's winner Hatti Dean (Hallamshire Harriers) who also held the Northern title, Jessica Sparke (Woodford Green with Essex Ladies) Southern champion, Midland winner Gemma Steel (Charnwood AC), Stevie Stockton (Vale Royal AC) and Faye Fullerton (Havering AC).
Defending champion Hatti Dean went straight to the front with Justina Heslop (Clapham Chasers), Faye Fullerton, Victoria Wilkinson (Bingley Harriers) and Jessica Sparke in close order. On the second lap Steph Twell worked her way through the leading group to hit the front and was never headed winning by 15 seconds in 27:52. Runner-up was Stevie Stockton with Hatti Dean picking up bronze.
20-year-old Twell who is coached by Mick Woods spoke to Athletics Weekly: "He is such a great coach and I could hear his voice booming to get me up Hill 60 and telling me to push on away from the field. This was a perfect event for me, and fitted nicely into my schedule. I'm much more of a 1500/3/5 runner, than an 8/1500 so I like the endurance and strength that cross country gives me."