Runners crash website trying to join Mad Dog
SOUTHPORT’S Mad Dog 10K race sold out in less than two hours, with so many keen runners trying to enter that the website crashed.
Entries for next year’s run went on sale at 6pm on Sunday, with many people taking to the event’s Facebook group to voice their frustrations at being unable to book a spot on Mad Dog 8.
Fiona Michelle said: “Bit confused that people further back in the queue have got in and I haven’t”
David Parrington said: “Taking longer to get a place than it will to actually run the thing!”
The event has attracted thousands of people to Southport each year and has been voted The Runners World magazine Best 10k in the UK for the past four years.
It takes place every February with all the race proceeds going to local charities.
But things took a sour turn on Sunday night when the volunteers who organise the race received vile insults over the technical problems.
The comments have since been deleted, but group members said they were full of “horrific language”.
Organiser Adrian Shandley said: “It was a frustrating night, not just for those trying to enter the Mad Dog but also for me.
“Seven thousand entry attempts in 17 minutes! The entry system has really struggled with the demand and I am sorry for anybody that has not got in. We are urgently trying to find extra capacity for an event that is limited in size.
“The struggling system is not my fault, and there is no excuse for insults or disgusting language.”
The organisers hope to increase the race’s capacity for Mad Dog 9 in 2019.
The Mad Dog 8 run will take place on February 4 - with a Harry Potter theme – Hairy Potter And The Half Bred Pup.
Runners take part in the 2017 Southport Mad Dog 10K