It was a case of “come on in, the water’s lovely” for 1,000 runners at a squelchy Sodbury Slog (Sunday 10 November). They enjoyed a mucky good 10 mile run.
The Sodbury Slog is one of two multi-terrain races from Bitton Road Runners the other is the Hanham Horror and both live up to their reputations as tough events. Be prepared to get down and dirty at this annual event that always sells out, such is its popularity and the appeal of the ‘pig trough’ and ‘sheep dip’.
This year was no exception. There was an overwhelming demand for places causing the race to sell out within 90 minutes; however, for those who missed out there were a few charity places on behalf of RUH Bath Forever Friends Appeal.
Yesterday's (Sunday 10 November) race on Remembrance Sunday was marked with an exhortation followed by a two minute silence then the playing of the Last Post. Runners set off at 11.10am on a cold yet bright sunny morning in Chipping Sodbury along a multi-terrain route featuring the famous ‘sheep dip’, water logged fields, ‘pig trough’, cows and hills....and mud of which there was plenty. The ditch at four miles claimed more than a few running shoes.
Ben Rawlins slogged his way to victory in 1:02:24. Edward Chuck of Dulwich Runners AC was second in 1:03:15 and Dan Cunnington of Winchester & District AC third in 1:04:35.
Alice Sowden (UBACCC) was the first female in 1:12:09 followed by Sophie Birtles (UBACCC) in 1:12:43 and Emily Strathdee (UBACCC) in 1:18:57.
There were environmentally friendly T-shirts for the finishers, made from recycled plastic bottles and cake from Hobbs House Bakery in a paper bag instead of plastic.
Image courtesy of Tracey Benton.