Dust off your running shoes, it’s time to enter the Ridge Off Roader race.

The third annual running race is set to be held on Sunday, April 26 next year and entries opened on December 1.

Starting from Bledlow Ridge School, participants can run a 10km or 6.5km race across the Chiltern Hills on footpaths, bridleways and small stretches of road.

A new introduction to the 2015 event is a 2km road race for 11 to 15 year-olds and a 1km race for younger children, which involves racing around Bledlow Ridge School grounds.

More than 500 runners are expected to don their running trainers and enjoy breathtaking views of the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, whilst challenging themselves on some killer hills.

Ben Lawrence, from The Ridge Off Roader Committee said: “The continued support from our enthusiastic and engaged community is essential to the success of this event, and The Ridge Off Roader team would like to thank our headline sponsors, The Boot Pub and Bonners and Babington Estate Agents. Both businesses are heavily invested in the area, with Andy and Emma Goddard making a huge success of The Boot in Bledlow Ridge, a village owned pub; and Simon Bonner having a number of busy offices in local towns.”

Competitors will be rewarded at the finish line with a medal, goody bag, bacon sandwiches, coffee and a recovery massage.

All proceeds from the event will be donated to Bledlow Ridge School.

Earlier this year, winner Eddie O’Gorman, from Princes Risborough, completed the 10k race in 38 minutes and 57 seconds.

Keen runners can enter the 2015 race online or by post.

Visit www.ridgeoffroader.co.uk to enter online, download entry forms, find out more information and watch video footage of the 2014 race.