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A popular North West 10K, which is always a sell-out, the MAD DOG 10K is an event created to provide runners of all experiences with an unforgettable experience. Southport’s canine classic! The event was staged a little earlier this year. Throughout its 12 year history, the Mad Dog 10K has been recognised as a key event within the community and has been organised by the Southport Hesketh Round Table on a non-profit basis. While the usual spring-time date generally provides runners with wind and chilly conditions, the course is pancake flat and lots of fast finishes are anticipated once again. In addition to the main event there is also the Crazy Pups race which is dedicated to under 16s – so this is a great day out for everyone along the (sometimes) sunny shores of Southport. Race organiser Adrian Shandley spoke of the race’s genesis: “The event was founded in 2011, but had been planned since 2010, sadly during that period a member of the Round Table died, his nickname was ‘Mad Dog McWade’ because when he was drunk there was nothing he would not do! Since then it is taken on a life of its own and the theme has grown and grown.” 2024’s theme is Barkbie! There are live bands at every kilometre and there are a huge amount of runners who are running in fancy dress for big cash prizes.” Amidst a carnival atmosphere runners set off and finish to the magnificent sounds of the street music band Batala Mersey. An upbeat and energetic drumming group bringing the carnival rhythms of Afro-Brazilian samba reggae to events all over the world! The MAD DOG 10K start and finish location is just outside the Stanley High School, Fleetwood Road, Southport with today’s conditions being very windy on the outward leg although overall mild for the time of year. Sarah Myers and Sarah Rawlings (along with second claimer Ian Storey) embraced the organisers theme full on, dressing in lots of pink and looking absolutely fabulous! Sarah R finished in 58:12 & Sarah M 1:05:11. Well done!