The organisers of the award-winning National Running Show have confirmed a range of feature areas and a ‘What’s On schedule’ for the event, which takes place on 19-20 January 2019 at Birmingham’s NEC.
The feature areas were reportedly popular at the inaugural UK consumer show in 2018. The organisers add that ‘Visitors to the 2019 event will be treated to an even greater range of interactive sponsor areas, where they will be able to speak to the experts, get advice and try out products first-hand.’
Aiming to make the show a fun, participatory experience, runners can use the areas to find out more about specialist interests, helping to make informed choices for the year ahead.
A number of familiar faces and industry experts will be returning to the 2019 event. Run3D will again be sponsoring 3D Gait Analysis, where the team is able to assess an individual’s running style, determine root causes of any injury and advise on key areas to improve efficiency and performance. Run3D will also be offering free muscoskeletal (MSK) strength and flexibility testing at its MSK Clinic, new for 2019.
Go Run Right return with The Run Clinic, in which it teaches simple and effective drills to become a better runner. The team will be running two different sessions throughout the show, the ‘Strong Runner Workout’ designed to get participants working hard and ‘Agile Runner’, a fun movement and agility session.
Foundation Training complement the focus on running technique with its Foundation Training Method, a system of exercises led by certified instructors to master safe, efficient movement patterns.
Sports Injury Fix is again hosting The Treatment Room and providing a range of experts offering physiotherapy, osteopathy, podiatry, sports therapy, sports rehabilitation and more.
Cardiff School of Sports and Health Sciences is also bringing a new Podiatry Clinic to The National Running Show in its second year.
The Nutrition Advice Zone sponsored by Go Faster Food is for any runner wanting to learn about optimal fuelling for training and competition. With hydration also key, The Sweat Test Zone powered by Precision Hydration will be offering a free online sweat test and talking to runners about their hydration strategy. An Advanced Sweat Test at a discounted rate is also available to book in advance for those wanting to create a fully personalised hydration plan.
Also worth exploring are The Treadmill Try-Outs sponsored by Noble-Pro, The Test Track and The Running Skills Theatre. And at the heart of the show is The Run Café, a meeting point and central hub where visitors can relax, unwind and refuel.
Complementing the feature areas is a What’s On programme, which kicks off with a Grand Opening and ribbon cutting on day one with athletes Roger Black, Iwan Thomas and Jo Pavey. This is matched by a Grand Opening on day two with Paula Radcliffe. Show hosts Susie Chan and Ben Smith will go on to present a series of talks and panel discussions with the Grand Opening stars ‘plus many more globetrotting adventurers and endurance runners.’
Not only will visitors to the show have the chance to hear from some of the biggest names in running on the show’s main stage, they will also have the chance to meet with them one-to-one at the Ask the Experts zone. Six experts will be available throughout the show for 15-minute 1-2-1 coaching sessions, for which bookings should be made on the morning of each day.
Over 28,500 tickets have reportedly been sold for The National Running Show 2019. The organisers add that it is on course to be a sell-out in its second year.
Mike Seaman, Director of Raccoon Events, said “We are proud to have an incredible selection of feature areas at The National Running Show in 2019. The feature areas were a real highlight of the last show and prove just how much the running community wants to get involved and chat to those in the know, coming away confident and inspired.
“We’d like to thank all our sponsors, partners and speakers for their involvement in what is a thrilling programme from start to finish. We can’t wait to open our doors in January and welcome everyone to this superb celebration of running.”