Run­ners crash web­site try­ing to join Mad Dog

Southport Visiter - - Visiter Active - BY KATE LALLY kate.lally@trin­i­tymir­ @kate­lal­lyx liv­er­pool­ +1 604 278 4604

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.

Visit www.mad­

GRA­HAM MORE­TON of Tar­leton Photography

Run­ners take part in the 2017 South­port Mad Dog 10K

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