In short: A superb and excellent value race with superb marshalling and exceptional t-shirt, medal & goody bag. In full: This is the fourth year I've run the Southport Mad Dog, and year 4 maintains the races excellent reputation as a truly great race. The course is simple, with an almost straight line run for 7K out of 10K, with great views of the coast, the pier and the park and boating lake. Marshalling was fabulous and friendly and despite savage winds this year which slammed you backward in the first 3 miles and pushed you forward on the last 2 they were helpful and happy. The medal is ace, the technical t-shirt is great, and very tongue-in-cheek and the goody bag is stuffed. Add to this the great organisation, faultless t-shirt collection and baggage drop & collect and you have a race that calls you back every year. I want to sign up for 2015 now to run my 5th Mad Dog 10K! Date of review: February 11, 2014
In full: Great run for all types of runners well organised, great goody bag and probably the best medal and tee-shirt you are going to get. In fact this puts some of the big runs to shame it is also well priced. Would recommend this run to everyone who enjoys doing road runs. Date of review: February 11, 2014
In short: Great race In full: Really enjoyed this race. It is a challenge but worth it. Very friendly atmosphere.
Re: hilliness! Before the run I read a few reviews on here. They differed in opinion and as a result I was prepared for the hill to last a long time! Here's my view: flat for first k, then up hill between 1k-3k. Then after that gets a lot easier with only one more notable hill around 7k.
After the hill is out the way the race is a perfect 10k, although I feel like the hill is part of the race's 'charm'.
Minor moan that the registration area wasn't really big enough for the capacity of runners and spectators.
Will give it another next year, but will be sure to get some hill training in first! Date of review: February 11, 2014
In short: THE BEST half marathon training run In full: 12miles Almost on the button. Very boggy, very hilly, some very steep, some gradual climbs. descents are brilliant if a tad dangerous.....just let yourself go! +95% off road. Decent XC trainers required.
If you have the distance in you, you have to try this race, its brilliant. I've done a lot of similar events but this one is the best I've taken on so far.
Excellent marshals and exceptional cake. Date of review: February 11, 2014
In short: Challenging but satisfying In full: I entered this on the day following the cancellation of the flooded Wokingham Half Marathon 2 days previously. Deal Tri very helpfully updated their website to say they had on-the-day entries for us. Registration was very smooth in the morning, the marshalls were very encouraging and the signage was good. Deal Tri put on a very good race, for which I was especially grateful as my weekend could have been so disappointing after Wokingham was cancelled. The course has a number of hills, but none of them are particularly long. It is also quite exposed to the coastal winds which were in our faces for most of the first half. The roads were open but there was little traffic and it was well controlled by the marshalls. My first half marathon and there will be many more to come. Date of review: February 11, 2014
In short: Utterly bonkers, in a good way, with amazing medal and tech t-shirt. In full: Apart from the brutal first 4k, into a spectacular headwind along the sea front, the race was amazing. Really well organised, both pre-race, during and post-race. I signed up because of the medal but didn't realise you got an equally spectacular technical t-shirt. Lots of entertainment around the course(seeing an Elvis impersonator trying to high five runners in a howling gale along the seafront was a personal highlight)lots of loos plus water stations, post-race snacks and a goody bag make this one of my favourite races ever. Date of review: February 11, 2014
In short: Hope this becomes a regular annual event In full: Well done Royal Wootton Bassett Hounds on the inaugural running of this very pleasant race. Actually one of the more gentle off-road races I've done with a steep hill at about 3 miles. Some lovely scenery and views of the Wiltshire countryside. Not as muddy as I expected despite the atrocious weather. Great value at just a tenner but personally I'd be happy to pay a few quid extra for a t-shirt or memento. Probably the smallest field I've seen at a race and to be honest disappointed at the attitude of some runners. When I pull over to let people run past me I expect at least a thank you or some kind of acknowledgement. At least that's how I was brought up to behave. Very friendly marshals and supporters at the end however and some lovely home-made cakes. Will definitely give this one a go again if it becomes a regular event.
In short: Excellent organisation, and the best race t-shirt I've ever received In full: Initially I thought this was expensive for a 10K (most of my local ones are £10-£12) but the t-shirt itself was worth the entry fee. Add to that the fantastic medal and all the bits in the goody bag and I'd happily sacrifice two or three cheaper races in favour of this one. The organisation and communication was first class and the dog-themed humour was right up my street! Even the horrendous weather conditions (27mph winds) didn't put off the entertainment along the route and we were treated to bands, singers and musicians to distract us from the elements. All in all, a fantastic race which I would highly recommend to anyone hesitating over the entry fee. I'll be back next year - and I don't shell out more than £15 for a 10K lightly! Date of review: February 11, 2014
In short: The most punctual, accommodating (Jelly Babies and Cakes at the water stops), friendly, yet tough, gruelling and somehow fun run I have ever entered/participated in - Cant wait to try again in 2015! Date of review: February 11, 2014
In short: Picturesque, scenic, tough, hilly, muddy, wet, amazing marshalls, fabulous cakes, great camaraderie, tough, very tough is all the words I would use to describe this race. See you in 2015! Date of review: February 11, 2014
In short: Outstanding organisation from start to finish. In full: This was my first Mad Dog 10k and it certainly will not be my last! From entering the race online to being dropped back off at the car park communication and organisation was excellent.
The free shuttle buses to and from the start were a god send. While the relentless winds kept your head down, the up beat marshalls and on route entertainment kept the spirits high.
Despite the weather I still managed a PB and was proud to be 'high fived' by the the Big Dog himself at the finish line!
Medal, t.shirt and goody bag are all awesome and more than worth the race fee. In fact, the best I have received in the two years that I have been running and racing! I ran to work in my Mad Dog t shirt the next day and was greeted with race shirt envy as my friend took photos of me to show her husband as they will definately be joining the fun in 2015!
Big massive thanks to the Mad Dogs for such a fantastic race...see you at the Lord of the Fleas!
In short: Tough race but worth it In full: My 2nd year running this one and the hills were no easier! First tough one at mile 4 and a killer at half way. At least after that you know the hills are going to be smaller and there'll be more downhill! great organisation and marshals were really good. Good opportunity to run with pacers - they catered all the way to 2.30 finishing times. They ask runners to reach 11 miles by 2 hours, to re-open the roads, but there were quite a few who did not managed this, myself included, but we were simply directed to run on the pavements instead after that time, so that was all good. Would have liked food such as a banana or energy bar at the end as a cup of water wasn't much after a race. I loved having a medal this year! Thanks for that touch! Plus a technical tee-shirt (bit big for most ladies, but appreciated al the same). Date of review: February 11, 2014
In short: Really top event In full: Unbelievable bad luck on the day with strong wind against for fist few miles. Must say, I don't do many runs but this one gives me something to aim for after Christmas. Well done Adrian Shandley, Wendy and the team. Date of review: February 11, 2014
In short: Quality fast XC route, but the conditions were waterlogged, boggy and windy as hell! In full: Decent route, mucky and wet - certainly would be quick if the fields were not so waterlogged which was mind-numbing as well leg zapping. The climb between 3-4 miles hurt and this race offers a perfect training springboard to longer more hilly events. Lovely cup of tea at the end to get warm, followed by a pint at the local pub. Will be back next year for another go! Date of review: February 11, 2014
In short: Really good event, nice mixture of terrain In full: After reading earlier reviews I was pleasantly surprised how good this event was, great facilities, top quality marshalling and as usual by Nice Work great organisation. As someone else said this event deserves more participants as it's a great 5 miler that suits beginners and experienced runners. Date of review: February 11, 2014