Anyone interested in entering the Ledbury’s annual hunt race are urged to register now — before the card is full.

The Hayes Golden Button Challenge will be run on New Year’s eve. This year it includes a minimum weight — of 11st 7lb — and a human cross-country race.

The Golden Button is run by the Ledbury Hunt and is now entering its third year. Last year 28 riders took part in the race, which is run over 3 miles of “substantial” hedges and hunt jumps.

Held on the banks of the River Severn, the race on New Year’s Eve will be run in reverse this year.

Entries are on a first-come, first-served basis, and are filling up quickly.

Race organiser David Redvers said: “We may have to limit numbers, so we urge competitors to get their entries in soon.”

The human cross-country race involved athletes from the Ledbury Harriers Club, and will take place between the Hayes Golden Button Challenge and an inter-hunt challenge for teams of four

Entries cost £70 per horse, £200 for inter-hunt challenge teams. All entrants are offered hunting with the Ledbury on New Year’s day.

For more details and to enter, visit www.goldenbutton.co.uk