On Sunday, November 11 over 1200 people will be taking to the fields and rivers in Chipping Sodbury for the 28th Sodbury Slog event.

The 9.75 mile course takes in the area around the small market town as people compete to race through the mud and water.

Steve Herring, one of the lead organisers of the event that was started by Bitton Road Runners in 1990 admitted it is always a fun event for participants.

"The Slog is a Race organised by runners for runners," he said.

"We keep the costs low and the enjoyment as high as we possible can.

"It’s a tough but enjoyable challenge for the runners. It’s one of the country’s top cross country race’s, with no shocks for the contestants, but it still has a friendly small race feel."

This year the event falls on Remembrance Sunday, with Steve revealing there will be plans to involve the minutes silence.

"The Race starts at 11:05 from Chipping Sodbury School following Terry the Tornado’s legendary warm-up, the Remembrance Day exhortation and observance of 2mins silence," he continued.

"As a Race Director seeing 1250 runners observing the two minutes silence before the Race gets me every time.

"Unfortunately the Slog is not a spectator friendly event as the route takes it to the far corners of Sodbury Common.

"1200 runners running down Chipping Sodbury High St is always very impressive to watch though."

Out of every entry in the event £2 is taken out and given to the Chipping Sodbury Rotary Club who are raising money for Dementia UK.

"We broke all records this year, all 1200 on-line places went in 95mins," Steve revealed.

"We are proud to be part of a social calendar in a community we have very close ties with."

"The whole community are involved, from the farmers whose land we run across, businesses who provide support, Hobbs House Bakery who provide the flapjacks and Yate self storage and Waitrose who provide the water at the finish."

And finally a few do it just for the Slog tee-shirt which has become the must wear fashion shirt when running around Chipping Sodbury. I think the 2018 shirt is our best yet."