Raccoon Events, the creators of The National Running Show and National Outdoor Expo portfolio, has today announced it is postponing its London show on June 13-14, 2020, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The rescheduled show will take place at a new, larger venue - the Farnborough International Conference and Events Centre on June 5-6, 2021, in time for the beginning of the Autumn 21 running calendar.
A number of key brands have already confirmed that they will be joining the event including Runners Need, Aftershokz, Vibram, Hoka, 2XU, Yamatune, Runderwear, Pulseroll, Endure Stronger GU Energy, NOTCH, The Movement and Running School and BPS Underwear. The show is backed by a plethora of key partners who help make the show such a success and will include a stellar speaker line-up that features names such as Kelly Holmes, Rogers Black, Nell McAndrew and many more. Moving the show to Farnborough International has allowed the organisers to increase the size of the show by 30 per cent, add a range of new features for visitors whilst also providing 3,500 free car parking spaces for visitors.
The National Running Show South will have new features including a dedicated Nutrition Zone with live cooking demonstrations, a Wellness Retreat, a Race Village, a Mini Runners (kids zone) and a Strength Training Zone. Popular features including the Inspiration stage, Running Skills Theatre and the Run Café will return as well as an exciting fun running feature using the picturesque outside space.
Mike Seaman, CEO at Raccoon Events, said: “It has been a really difficult time for the events industry, but I like to think that every problem presents an opportunity. We saw really quickly that the interest in our London show was surpassing our expectations and we had over 12,000 visitors registered to attend. This meant there was a possibility that we were going to have to close ticket registrations and that not everyone would be able to join the event. The decision to move the London show to Farnborough has allowed us to massively increase our capacity and to ensure that everyone who wants to join us will be able to do so.
“We have spoken with our sponsors, partners and visitors and have been overwhelmed by the level of support that we have received. Everyone has been so understanding and not one single person has complained. This is a difficult time for everyone, and it is heart-warming to see how supportive and understanding that people have been.”
The new venue is easily accessible just 35 minutes from London by train, 15 minutes from the M3 and the organisers will be providing a bus to transports visitors back and forth from the local train station and 3,500 free on-site parking spaces.
For more information about National Running Show South visit https://nationalrunningshow.com/south