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At the Running Show 2013

by kirsty
Tuesday 26th November 2013

Event feature: Run247 columnist Kirsty Reade reports back from a day in runners paradise - The Running Show, Sandown Park, November 23 & 24, 2013

Whether you were going there to run, to do some Christmas shopping for running households or just to geek out at the array of running kit on display, the Running Show was the place to be last weekend.

Set in the brilliant venue of Sandown Park in Surrey, a huge number of exhibitors, some well-known brands, others much newer to the market, came together to create a runners’ paradise. Obviously Run247 was my favourite stand (free Run247 tattoos!) but here is a selection of my other favourites.

Human Race Events had a prime spot just behind the registration desk and I had a nice chat to Flo. I hadn’t realised how many great events they do. Firstly there’s the Garmin Pace Series, which strikes me as a fantastic idea for those looking for PBs (and you get training information from Martin Yelling). Then there’s the Iceman, Mudman, Trailman, the Whole Foods Market Breakfast Run (an ideal warmup for London) and their great Women’s Only series. I’m going to do some of these next year. You can find details here: humanrace.co.uk/events/running.

At the Running Show, Sandown Park, November 23 & 24, 2013

Photos © Pete Aylward

I met the nice people at Xempo, who do personalised running tops for your race PB (and you can personalise them further with the details of the race where you got it). They walk the walk too, with some impressive ultra performances (and marathon in the case of Simon Freeman) between Dan and Penny, the staff on the stand. There was a lot of that about at the Running Show.

I’d read about the new Mizuno Breath Thermo fabric (HERE) recently and I got to test out the technology first with a handy little science experiment contained in my Run247 goody bag and then by trying some on! The idea is that as you sweat, instead of getting all cold in the winter weather, the fabric reacts to the moisture and heats up. The promise of being warm on my winter runs was too much and I had to buy some.

I had a really nice chat to the lovely people at Run Breeze - Jamie and Richard. I hadn’t realised how they’d started, just the two of them developing tried and tested products they were really passionate about. I am very fussy about socks but I absolutely love theirs. I think their products are not just fantastic quality but also great value and they’re clearly made by people who know what runners want. And I hadn’t realised how many fantastic products they have now, such as clothing, gloves, hats, and, possibly the best named running garment ever - Runderwear! We’re going to be testing some out at Run247 and running a competition to win some soon! www.runbreeze.com

I also had a lovely chat to the people at Fit Brands (www.fitbrands.co.uk) who were selling lots of runners’ favourite products which can be harder to find, such as Balega socks, Greeper Laces, a whole array of injury prevention and physio supplies and a brilliant product I’d never seen before but I can’t mention as I’m going to get my best friend one for Christmas. They were also selling Soleus GPS watches which would make a brilliant and reasonably priced present for the runner in your life! Or you can win one at Run247 until December 3, 2013 (HERE).

I was amazed at the Aftershokz headphones, which I’d never seen before. These headphones sit just in front of your ears so you can listen to music (or the Marathon Talk podcast) but without compromising your ability to hear sounds around you, such as traffic, people shouting instructions, maybe even your running buddy. These struck me as a safer option to normal ‘in the ear’ headphones for those training runs.

As well as all the opportunities for retail therapy there were seminars running throughout the weekend, on nutrition, training, injury, barefoot running and pacing (Martin Yelling again). It was an invaluable opportunity to get some really fantastic advice from some top experts. And a chance for a bit of a sit-down before you hit the stands again.

At the Running Show, Sandown Park, November 23 & 24, 2013

Photos © Pete Aylward

If you didn’t make it to the Running Show this year then I highly recommend that you give it a try next year. It was a bit like a smaller version of the London Marathon expo but much less crowded and much easier to get to (unless you live in Docklands). It’s a great venue and it’s a really friendly show. The only thing you won’t love is how much money you can spend there but you can never have too many trainers.

Find out more about the show on www.runningshow.co.uk, Twitter: @Running_Showor Facebook


About The Author

Kirsty Reade

I’d describe myself as borderline obsessed with running, racing, reading about running, and watching others run so hopefully I’m fairly typical of Run247’s visitors. I tend to do longer races, particularly off-road marathons and ultras, but am pretty much a fan of any distance. I'm passionate about helping runners of all levels to improve through running communities I'm involved in, such as Underground Ultra and Free Range Runners. 


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