Raccoon Events, the organiser of The National Running Show, has announced that the 2019 event will take place on 19-20 January at the NEC, Birmingham, UK, and that ticket sales are now open.
This will be the second staging of the expo that ‘enjoyed huge success at its inaugural event in January this year.’ The inaugural show saw thousands of runners gather under one roof to be inspired by a line-up of sports brands, retailers, nutrition experts, race organisers, communities and expert speakers.
The organisers will be building on the success of the inaugural show to deliver an ‘even bigger and better event for the UK’s running community next year’.
Having listened to feedback requesting even more brands, The National Running Show has announced that many big names in running will be present at the 2019 show. Up & Running has been confirmed as an Official Retail Partner of the show and will be continuing its support, showcasing Ron Hill, Hilly, Altra, Saucony and Polar. Five new feature areas have also been confirmed for the 2019 show, as well as a second theatre.
Visitors to the 2019 show can look forward to a larger floor space and more interactive elements such as free gait analysis and trainer fitting, free nutrition and injury advice, product launches, on-site competitions and more. Returning sponsors from the inaugural show include Go Run Right, Run3D and Sports Injury Fix.
Of particular excitement for the 2019 event is the attendance of British long-distance runner Paula Radcliffe, who will be speaking on Sunday 20 January and closing the show on the day.
Endurance runner Susie Chan and Ben Smith, who is known for The 401 Challenge, will be co-hosting the packed two-day speaker programme, chatting with fellow runners and leading discussion panels. New to the speaker programme for 2019 will be BBC Radio 2 host and marathon runner Vassos Alexander, alongside another inspiring line-up of key figures within the running industry. Jo Pavey will be back to captivate the audience with her wisdom cultivated over years of hard competition. More details about the speakers will be announced soon.
For runners of all ages and abilities, The National Running Show 2019 has deliberately been timed to take place pre-race season, so that runners can plan their race calendar and nutrition whilst adopting their kit and technology brand preferences.
Mike Seaman, Director of Raccoon Events, said “We are thrilled to announce the launch of The National Running Show 2019. It is very exciting to be building on the success of the inaugural show by bringing in more big brands, increasing the interactive sponsor areas and welcoming both returning and new faces to the speaker programme. It is an honour to have running icon Paula Radcliffe lined up for the 2019 event as she brings such a wealth of experience and knowledge.
“The wheels are very much in motion to make this a must-attend event for runners of all levels and we can’t wait to host another fantastic weekend celebration of running in 2019. There are lots more exciting additions to the 2019 show and we will be unveiling further details in the months to come.”
Tickets are on sale on the website and cost £10 per person for the weekend.