RECORD-BREAKING numbers of people have already signed up for the annual JCB Mud Run - nearly three months before the event takes place.
Bosses at the Rocester-based digger giant have announced 1,600 participants have put pen to paper to commit to taking part in the charity run.
This has already smashed last year’s record of 1,000 people signing up for the run, which will take place on Saturday, July 5 at the JCB World Headquarters.
And organisers are also hoping to eclipse the £40,276 raised for the NSPCC last year.
The Mud Run, which started in 2012, sees fund-raisers gain sponsorship for negotiating a muddy five-mile course littered with obstacles.
Course designers are still thinking up a range of tricky tasks for runners to face.
But they have confirmed the course will include monkey bars, swings, a huge mud slide and a 100ft underground tunnel.
JCB worldwide marketing director Matt McClurg said: “This year’s Mud Run is set to be even muddier, trickier and enjoyable than the previous two.
“The NSPCC is a fantastic cause, and we’re hoping to raise a record-breaking total for them.”
Those taking part in the run will be taken to the course on buses and provided with storage and washing facilities.
Spectators are encouraged to comes along and cheer on their participating friends and family members and there will be a mini-mud run for children.
JCB marketing manager Andy Henderson, who has taken part in the previous two mud run events, said: “It’s harder than you expect, muddier than you expect, but much more fun than you expect, too.”
Entry fees are £45 for individuals or £40 per team member for teams of four.
From June 1, those prices will rise to £55 for an individual or £50 per team member.
Registration must be completed in advance at www.thejcbmudrun.co.uk by Friday, July 4.