The Sodbury Slog is quite simply not for the faint-hearted. Forget roads – they’re for wimps – this is a lung-busting, trainer-ruining, hill-climbing, multi-terrain challenge held over and through some of South Gloucestershire’s most stunning countryside. Mud is not optional!
Attracting around 1300 runners from all around the globe, the race is run each year on Remembrance Sunday. To commemorate the fallen, the event is preceded by an exhortation, two minutes silence, and the playing of the Last Post, all of which sets the scene for a very memorable day.
The race is run under ARC/UKA rules (ARC permit no 20/288), with the minimum age for entry being 17 years old. The event has a strict cut-off of 2 hours and 50 minutes which will be enforced. Full terms and conditions can be found here.
Starting at Chipping Sodbury School the course heads out through the centre of the small market town and into the surrounding countryside. Thanks to the support of local farmers the route is mostly run over private land, and takes in a number of water features and strategically-placed obstacles, before ending up back at the school after covering approximately ten country miles. The race distance is not certified.
The course is varied, and due to the nature of it being working farmland and with livestock grazing on the common it can change slightly, but you can guarantee it will be wet, muddy, scenic, and as hard as you want it to be. Just make sure you get out fast, tie your laces tight, and don’t swallow the water. It’s not all water.
The route is fully signposted (no need for GPS navigation) and manned with over 100 marshals. There are two water stations on the course with compostable cups. There will also be water, bananas, and flapjack at the finish.
Registration for the 2020 event will be offered in the form of a ballot. The ballot system will open for registrations on a date yet to be decided. There will be no entries on the day. Full details on the ballot entry system can be found on this ballot announcement page.
Prizes will be awarded as follows:
- 1st / 2nd / 3rd Senior Male (17 – 39)
- 1st / 2nd / 3rd Senior Lady (17 – 39)
- 1st Male Vet 40 (40 – 49)
- 1st Lady Vet 40 (40 – 49)
- 1st Men Vet 50 (50 – 59)
- 1st Lady Vet 50 (50 – 59)
- 1st Men Vet 60 (60 – 69)
- 1st Lady Vet 60 (60 – 69)
- 1st Men Vet 70 (70+)
- 1st Lady Vet 70 (70+)
Three Team Prizes will also be awarded. Each team must consist of 4 runners as follows:
- Senior Male 4 males runners aged 17 – 39
- Senior Ladies 4 lady runners aged 17 – 39
- Vet Mixed 2 males runners aged 40+ and 2 female runners aged 40+