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Here you will find a list of the most frequently asked Mad Dog 10k questions...

When do you open and when do you close to entries?



Entries being taken up until midday 15/01/2024

Latest Online Changes 15/01/2024

Latest Transfers 08/01/2023 (via email to Race Director only)

Latest Defers 08/01/2023 (via online dashboard)

T-Shirts 11/12/2023 (via online entry platform)


•When do you open and when do you close to entries?

•What are the race start times?

•When will I get my running number?

•I entered the wrong email address with the payment merchant (Njuko) what do I do?

I have a defer place from 2023 what do I do?

How and where do I collect my t-shirt & goody bag?

Can I run with my dog?

Can I run with a buggy or cart?

Can supporters and pets use the shuttle buses?

Can I change my entry details online?

I cannot now run can I substitute another runner for my place?

How do I defer?

Can I just give my number to another runner?

I have moved house since I entered what do I do?

I am travelling by car where do I park?

I am a wheelchair/ chariot racer or a visually impaired runner. How do I enter?

Can I walk the course?

I think I have requested the wrong tee-shirt size what do I do?

Where can I view the race licence/ course certificate/ Round Table charity registration?

Why is Mad Dog a little more expensive than other runs?

I have children running the Crazy Pups race. Will I have time to run the Mad Dog 10K too?

Is there a minimum age for the Crazy Pups race?

What is the minimum age to enter the Mad Dog 10K?

What surface is the race run on?

What charities will benefit this year?

I am arriving by train. Where is the closest station?

Can I see a map of the course?

How will I know my result?

Can I run with headphones/ listening to music / using an MP3 player?

Is there baggage store facilities?

What is a technical running shirt?

Can I enter on the day?

What time should I arrive at the start line?

Are there showers?



When do you open and when do you close race entries?

Keep an eye peeled on our social media for the opening date.  We close as soon as we are full.


What are the race start times?

RACE DATE: Sunday 4th February 2024

START TIMES: Crazy Pups Fun Run 10:00am Main Mad Dog 10K 10:40am


When will I receive my running number?

Running numbers will be posted out within the two weeks prior to the race, so no matter when you enter, you should receive your running number within two weeks of the race date. If you have not received your running number by 5pm on the Wednesday before the race you need to contact the Race Director -


When will I receive my Crazy Pups running number?

Pups numbers can be collected from Stanley High School on the Saturday before race day (3rd) from 1pm-3pm. Or on race day morning from 7.30am.


How and where do I collect my t-shirt & goody bag?

Attached to your running number there will be 2 tear off slips DO NOT REMOVE THEM.

When you arrive at Stanley High School, go to the sports hall and find the desk with your size of t-shirt. The marshall will tear off your strip (you don’t) and give you your selected tee-shirt and also your goody bag.

NO EXCEPTIONS - If your tear off strip has been removed you will not get your items, no matter what the excuse is.


Can I run with my dog?

Ironically, No! Sorry, but our insurance strictly prohibits it!


Can I run with a buggy/ pram/ wheelbarrow/ cart etc?

Yes, all these are possible so long as:

1) There are no sharp or dangerous parts

2) You need to start near the back to avoid congestion or impeeding other runners.


Are supporters and their dogs allowed on the shuttle buses that bring the runners to the start?

Yes they are, the buses are free too (don't forget to take your running number with you to the start).


Can I change my entry details online?

You can change your details (address, club etc.. NOT T-Shirt Sizes) ONLINE BEFORE 15th January 2024


I have entered online but my email address has been entered wrongly?

You can change your details on your entry by clicking on the link in your confirmation email. We will send an email reminder to all entrants to check their details before we prepare the race packs. The deadline for changes is 15th January 2024



If you find out you cannot run BEFORE 15th January 2024...

If you have discovered this before the online entry system has closed (15th January 2024), and you entered online, you can substitute another runner by logging into the system. ONLINE SUBSTITUTION (£5.00 fee applies before we print the bibs) - To do this YOU NEED TO FIND YOUR ORIGINAL CONFIRMATION EMAIL (the one that you got as soon as you entered), then use that link to log back in and substitute a runner.

All online changes are to be made by 11th January 2024 latest. Fees may apply.

If you find out you cannot run AFTER 15th January.  

We seal the list to print the bibs in January therefore any changes after the 15th January will not be allowed.




If you are happy for the new runner to run in your bib with your name and get your t-shirt/ vest in your size then there is no fee for transfer. However you need to let us know who is replacing you prior to the event. (The result will register in the new runners name so long as we are informed). Be aware that if you do this the new runner will have to get your t-shirt in your size, they can only try to change it after 12:00 on Race Day. All t-shirt sizes are subject to availability on the day.


Please note: After 1st week in January (data is sealed to be printed) therefore any transfers will not receive a bib printed in their name. Fees may apply. If you find out you cannot run FROM 15th January onwards.  In the last few weeks before the race we cannot transfer/ substitute any more online. WE CAN CHANGE NOTHING AFTER 15th January - we will be posting out numbers and the lists are sealed.However, if you find you cannot run on the day, you can defer until next year. (BUT if you have received your number already you must return it, we must have your unused number back… no number back… no defer).You can contact the Race Director by email to arrange this but your number must be posted back NO LATER than 15th January (we go by the postmark). Fees may apply.


Can I just give my number to another runner?

No! it is dangerous and against the rules. We must be informed of all changes, see substitutions & defer process.If you give your number to another runner without permission you will be BANNED from all future Mad Dog races and so will the runner who takes the number from you.We operate a zero tolerance list of banned runners.



You need to tell us as soon as you know you cannot run. You can defer online until 8th January. After this date online changes are not permitted. You must inform us by email (NOT Facebook, or any other method), and BEFORE THE RACE NUMBERS/ BIBS ARE POSTED OUT. We will send you an email back to confirm your defer to the next year. If you have received your race number and need to defer, then you must return your number BEFORE race day. (No defers after 8th January, we go by the date your envelope is franked). Return your race number to: HS Sports, Kinetic House, Varey Road, Congleton, CW12 1UW.



The defer process for The Mad Dog 10K has changed. Due to increased costs we have changed the defer process. Please remember that a defer costs us 2x t-shirts and 2x goody bags. As we only make about £3 per runner we cannot accept that cost. If you DEFER your place from MD13 to MD14 you will pay a re-entry fee of £15 to claim your place at MD14. We will not contact you until October 2024 with instructions and a link to register. If there is no Mad Dog 14 for some reason, your place is lost, as we do not give refunds at all.  



Unfortunately, all entries are non-refundable and so we cannot provide refunds to runners, primarily because we have already committed the money to the purchase of race supplies. Your deferred number is not "transferable" to anybody else, this is against the rules of the race.



If you had deferred from MD12 to MD13 then you will be contaced via email by 14th December 2023 with instructions about claiming your entry.You must register your entry by 31st December 2023 to claim your place at MD 13. After that date your defer place is lost.




I have moved since I entered the race

If you have CHANGED YOUR ADDRESS YOU NEED TO FIND YOUR ORIGINAL CONFIRMATION EMAIL (the one that you got as soon as you entered). Use that link to log back in and make changes such as ‘change of address’ or ‘Change of Club.’ For MAD DOG 13, all changes are to be made before the 15th January 2024 as we have to seal the list to order the running numbers. For changes AFTER 15th January please email the Race Director.  If your race pack has already been despatched to the incorrect address, you will need to collect your chip and bib on race day. If this is the case you will need to pay a fee for the additional chip and bib of £5.NOTE - NO CHANGES AT ALL ARE ALLOWED AFTER 15th January.


I am travelling by car, where can I park?

There are car parking facilities. You will be notified prior to the race by information in your race pack and by email. Please share transport if you possibly can, because it relieves the pressure on our parking facilities. Please read your emails prior to race day and you will be given clear instructions as to where to park.

IMPORTANT: Because of the number of runners we are using an off site park and ride system. Your running number is your permit. PUT IT IN YOUR CAR WINDOW AS YOU ARRIVE. Details of the car park were sent to you with your running number, but CLICK HERE for directions.

DON'T FORGET TO REMOVE YOUR RUNNING NUMBER FROM YOUR CAR WINDOW AND TAKE IT WITH YOU TO THE START ONCE YOU HAVE PARKED YOUR CAR. There is a FREE car park and there are FREE park and ride buses for all spectators and runners. The buses should run every few minutes, and the journey to the start takes about 5 minutes. Please allow enough time to get yourself and your party to the start area and prepare for the race. (click here for directions)


I am a wheelchair athlete/ visually impaired athlete, how can I enter?

Wheelchair athletes and visually impaired athletes enter in exactly the same way as everybody else. But, after you have entered, you need to then email the Race Director to inform them of your status. This helps us to put the necessary arrangements in place. If you are a visually impaired runner, then you need to contact the Race Director to arrange for your Guide to be entered for free. Your Guide will not receive a medal or t-shirt. Disabled parking permits are issued to wheelchair athletes.


Is it just for runners or can I walk?

It is a running event, the vast majority of people run the whole course. In the last few years there have been some people walking to raise money for charity, but even they have run a bit! We suggest that it is OK for people to "run some, walk some" so long as you enjoy yourself, you decide what to do!


What if I think I have ordered the wrong t-shirt size?

To keep costs down and to reduce wastage we have ordered the size/s of shirt/vest that you requested, and it will NOT be possible to change at registration. The deadline for ordering your t-shirt / vest is midday on Monday 11th December. 


Where can I view the race licence, the race measurement certificate?

The race licence can be viewed on the RunBritain website

Why is the Mad Dog 10k a little bit more expensive than other 10k runs?

The Mad Dog isn't really more expensive than similar 10k runs, and it's also a little bit cheaper than quite a lot of others! What is different about the Mad Dog is that so much of the money goes into the quality of the race, if you read our review, you will see that the event puts almost all of the money back into providing a quality, feel good running event and goody bag for our runners.


My children want to run in the Crazy Pups race, can I still run in the Mad Dog 10k race?

The Crazy Pups race is about a 1-2km fun run, it starts at 10:00am. There should be ample time after the fun run for runners to see their children finish the Crazy Pups race and then make their way to the starting line of the Mad Dog 10k race. We would advise you to be changed and ready prior to the Crazy Pups race starting, but there should be sufficient time between the finish of the Crazy Pups race and the start of the Mad Dog 10k race. You can still enter the Pups race on the day £10.00 (£10.00 on the day cash only). Please make sure your child is safe to eat the contents of the goody bag (we cannot be responsible for food allergies). NO ENTRIES TO THE MAD DOG 10K ON THE DAY. Crazy Pups Maximum Field 170.


Is there a minuimum age for Crazy Pups race?

No. The race will be about 1.5 - 2km and if parents want to accompany their children that's fine. It's all up to parental descretion. (Sorry parents you don't get a medal or goody bag!). We don’t always give out goody bags for the children, but if we do, please make sure your child is safe to eat the contents of the goody bag (we cannot be responsible for food allergies).


Is there a minimum age to enter Mad Dog?

NOTE: The minimum age limit for the main Mad Dog 10K is 16 years old.  PUPS ….. Maximum age 16


What surface is it run on?

The race is run on roads (mostly closed) and footpaths. It is NOT run on the beach.


What charities will benefit this year?

A donation will be made to the Round Table for every runner that enters the Mad Dog 10k, it is then up to the team there to decide which charities will benefit.  In addition to the Round Table any other clubs and charities that help on the day will receive a donation.


I am thinking of travelling by train, where is the nearest train station?

There are two train stations within approximately 45-55 minutes walk of the course. We would advise you to get to the train station in ample time to walk to the start line, or alternatively get a taxi from the train station. Details are on the directions page.


Is there a Map of the course?

Click here


How will I know my result?

The Mad Dog 10K has chip timing, so your result will be electronically recorded as you cross the line. We must have your mobile number if you want to receive a text with your result shortly after the race finishes. We do not pass your mobile number to anybody else. The results will then also be online within 24 hours after the race finishes.


Can I run with an iPod/ MP3 player?

No, sorry. It is UKA Rules that you do not do so as there are parts of the course where cars are close to the runners.


Are there baggage store facilities?

Yes in the sports hall (free service). Your baggage label will come with your running number. Please arrive early to help ease the congestion within the sportshall..


What is a "technical" running shirt?

A "technical" shirt is a running shirt made of special material that disperses the sweat and doesn't soak it up. That way the shirt stays light and cool whilst you're running. The Mad Dog 10k shirts are top quality of a kind not often found at running events. You've been to many events, you've been given many cotton or cheap t-shirts, now come to Mad Dog and get a brilliant running shirt. We see them all the time at running events and on people running locally. They are quality shirts that you'll want to wear!


I haven't entered in advance, can I enter on the day?

No sorry, the Mad Dog 10k run does not accept any entries on the day. However, we do accept Crazy Pup Fun Run entries on the day (subject to the maximum number of entries). If you intend to enter the Crazy Pup run on the day, please be early. We suggest you arrive no later than 8.30 am.


What time should I arrive at the start line?

There are lots of facilities at the start line, including toilets, refreshments, limited changing facilities are available (first come, first served). Therefore, we suggest that Crazy Pup runners who are entering on the day should arrive at Stanley by 8.00 am. Crazy Pup runners who have entered in advance, should arrive no later than 8.50 am. Remember! the bus journey from the park and ride is in addition to these suggested arrival times.Mad Dog 10k runners should arrive no later than 8.30 am. This gives you lots of time to get changed, use the facilities and get to the start line. REMEMBER! These are the times to be on site, allow for the parking and short bus journey.


Are there showers?

Unfortunately not.

When wilI get my running number
How and where do I collect my t-shirt & goody bag?
What are the race start times?
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