Southport’s Mad Dog is officially the country’s best 10k race


Photo: Event organiser – Adrian Shandley

Our very own mad dog 10k run received another prestigious award last Friday in London, once again being named as the best 10k run in the whole United Kingdom. The mad dog 10k is an event that takes place every February in the town starting from our side road and following a course along the seafront.

At the glamorous gala event last Friday night the run beat off all competition to once again be named as the best 10k run for the third year running.

The running awards are the climax of the year for the running community, held in the O2 arena and hosted by the BBC’s Mike Bushell. Many running organisations and events are acknowledged for their outstanding achievements through the year, the mad dog 10k was named as the best run in its category beating off major competition from much larger organisations.

The mad dog 10k is a charity event that is organised by Southport Hesketh round table, with all proceeds being donated to local charities and good causes, the event also brings a significant amount of commerce into the town with most of the 2500 runners and their spectators choosing to dine and shop in Southport afterwards. Now in its sixth year, the event has gone from strength to strength having originally been intended as a “one-off” run in memory of a member of round table who died tragically.

Adrian Shandley, the race director, was in London at the ceremony to receive the award, before running the London Marathon himself on the Sunday.

“This is just amazing,  not only that we have been named as the best 10k in the UK but also the fact that we have now won the award for the last three years on the run, we have to remember that the mad dog 10k has only been going for six years and most of the years it has been held it has won major awards, but this one really is the pinnacle of all running achievements”

“it reflects the hard work and dedication of all involved, not only on my part but mostly on the part of the members of Southport Hesketh round table, my fantastic staff at Premier wealth management, and all the volunteers from local organisations such as the rotary clubs and 41 club who give their time to make this event what it is. This is such an amazing award not only for the mad dog 10k but also the Southport as a town, which needs these sorts of events.

“The mad dog 10k this year raised over £10,000 for local charities and good causes, and the feedback from runners was simply amazing, we got 2500 people registered, to the car parks, to the race HQ via fleet of free buses, they ran the event, and at the finish we got them all back home safely with what not one negative comment or complaint, this reflects the total attention to detail of all those involved in organising the run.”

“We also have to say very big thank you to the police and the council who do everything they can to make this run happen, they go out of their way to assist us, I should also mention the residents of Marshside road on Fleetwood road who are extremely understanding and supportive” the positive feedback we get from all those who take part is simply amazing in the mad dog community is becoming a very strong factor.

The mad dog 10k will take place again on 12 February 2017, with entries opening on 1 October 2016, organisers expect the race to be full within three weeks of opening to entries. All those who taken part previously will receive an email once entries are open, anybody wanted to take part for the first time is encouraged to join the Facebook page of the mad dog 10k to be notified when entries go live.


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