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: 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: 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: 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!