SODBURY’S infamous, autumnal cross-country run has been cancelled.

Organisers of the annual Sodbury Slog have confirmed the run will not go ahead this year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Race director for the slog, Ira Rainey said, “After closely monitoring the ongoing situation surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak and the guidance issued by the Government, we have taken the difficult decision to cancel this year’s Sodbury Slog.

“Despite the easing of the national lockdown, it is still not clear when restrictions on mass gatherings of people for sporting events will be lifted, enabling running events such as ours take place. Because of this uncertainty we have decided, with only four months until the event, it is simply not possible for us to confidently push forward with the race this year.

“Without the clarity of being able to host an event safely we will not put anyone at risk. “

Organised by Bitton Road Runners, the Sodbury Slog is an extremely popular event in the South West running calendar.

The Sodbury Slog, a great muddy trawl through the South Gloucestershire countryside has always supported local community and charities and has raised tens of thousands of pounds for good causes over the years.