L-R Danny Bent, Dame Kelly Homes, Mike Seaman, Jo Pavey and Nathalie Davies open the show at The National Running Show South
Runners from across the UK flocked to the first ever National Running Show South at Farnborough International (11-12 September) to hear from the biggest names in running and reunite as a community after a 20-month hiatus due to Covid19.
Speakers including Dame Kelly Holmes, Roger Black, Vassos Alexander, Nell McAndrew and Iwan Thomas led an all-star line-up across the Inspiration Stage, Running Skills Theatre and Ultra Stage at the two-day event. Thousands of visitors attended the event, making the most of face-to-face expertise from leading industry professionals and interactive features to finesse their running style and push their limits. The event provided a first class retail experience with brands including Hoka ONE ONE, Runners Need, Salomon, New Balance, On Running, Pulseroll and many more in attendance.
Features included an Ultra Zone with Bad Boy Running, Rough Runner Travellator, Bra Fitting Bar from Runderwear, Events Village powered by Race Nation, Gait Analysis feature from 8th Element, Trail Running Zone from We Run Trail, The Run Clinic from the Movement and Running School, Pace Yourself feature from Xempo and Pace Pockets, All Terrain Running Zone from Run the Wild, Chill Out Zone from Crystal Ski, Pilates Zone from Pilates for Runners, Wellness Zone from Mind Over Mountains, Kid’s Zone from Marathon Kids, Pushchair Running Track from Cybex, Rerun Recycling stand and a Run Café sponsored by Runderwear.
Speaking of the event, Dame Kelly Holmes commented: “Seeing so many runners come together after such a long period of uncertainty and separation was wonderful. The event showcased some of the biggest talents in the running scene and gave unprecedented access to industry experts to help runners of all abilities improve. It was a pleasure to be a part of the event and I would encourage everyone to head to Birmingham in January for the next event.”
Nathalie Davies, Event Director at The National Running Show commented: “It was fantastic to see so many runners coming together in a safe and hugely inspiring environment. From the incredible line-up to the top brand exhibitors our first ever South show a huge success and we can’t wait to reunite at our flagship Run Show in Birmingham in January 22.”
The next instalment in the National Running Show portfolio will take place at the NEC in Birmingham 22-23 January 2022. Headline speakers include Johnny Peacock, Sir Sebastian Coe, Derek Redmond, Jenni Falconer, Susie Chan and Scott Jurek will be joining thousands of runners to start the 2022 running season in the best possible shape. Tickets cost £10 and can be registered at https://nationalrunningshowbirmingham.seetickets.com/tour/national-running-show-birmingham