Villagers in Sherston are gearing up for one of the biggest Mangold Hurling Championships to date after a bumper crop of both competitors and vegetables.

The famous October 4 event has attracted a record number of entries including a team from Cardiff.

“Numbers are definitely up but we have plenty of room on the village hall field for more” said Keeper of the Challenges, Paul Ormiston.

Such is the size of this seasons mangold crop Keeper of the Crop, Sid Young, is relying on help from the Sherston Scout Group to transport the oddly shaped veg to the village hall field in advance of the competition.

Mr Young said: “Thankfully there certainly won’t be any problems on the day in supplying enough plants for hurling.”

To make the most of what looks like being a glut of mangolds, villagers are producing ingenious recipes to take advantage of the crop.

A mangold soup has already been produced by Bill Tulberg, the founder of Tracklements, and Rob Strong of the Rattlebone Inn has made mangold crisps.

The hurling takes place on Sunday from 2pm at Sherston Village Hall.

Entry for teams of three is £5 and individuals £1 with a free entry competition for children.

To register an entry contact Paul Ormiston on (01666) 840694 or email Entries will also be accepted on the day.