The organisers of the award-winning National Running Show have announced that Up & Running, On and Hoka One One are on-board with the 2019 event, which takes place on 19-20 January at Birmingham’s NEC.
Specialist retailer Up & Running will also be showcasing notable running brands – Ronhill, Hilly, Altra, Saucony and Polar – at the show.
The show organisers note that the addition of these high-profile names will come as welcome news to the many thousands of runners set to attend the second staging of the consumer expo in the new year. The organisers have committed to a bigger and better event in 2019 and are bringing together more big names in running.
Specialist running retailer Up & Running will be returning to The National Running Show for the second consecutive year. Up & Running has been supporting runners across the UK for over 25 years, with a network of stores supplying running shoes, clothes and accessories from key running brands. Its extensive running retail experience coupled with expertise in all things running makes Up & Running ‘a perfect inclusion for The National Running Show’.
Swiss running brand On, based in Zurich, is one of the fastest growing running brands globally. It has one simple mission: ‘put the fun into run’. The brand has won international awards for its shoes, with its patented technology combining the benefits of a soft training shoe and a firm racing shoe. The distinct shoe design features On’s ‘Clouds’ – hollow pods that stretch back on impact to cushion the landing, then lock to form the solid foundation required for a push-off.
California-based premium running shoe company Hoka One One also returns to The National Running Show for a second year. Founded in 2009, Hoka One One has gained popularity among runners for producing running shoes with extra-thick midsoles and minimum weight. Created to make running easier, the brand’s original, highest-cushion models are now complemented by a full range of shoes that ‘guarantee stability and encourage an efficient stride’.
Mike Seaman, MD of The National Running Show said “We promised a comprehensive representation of the very best running brands for The National Running Show 2019 and are proud to be well on the way to achieving this. The addition of Up & Running, On and Hoka One One is fantastic news for our visitors who will be able to try on the latest products and chat to expert advisors at the show.
“These highly-respected brands will join a first-class line-up of exhibitors, partners, charities, sponsors and speakers for two days in an inspiring, running-focused environment, and we can’t wait to welcome everyone under one roof.”
Intersport, New Balance and ASICS have already confirmed their presence at The National Running Show 2019, as well as Ronhill, Hilly, Altra, Saucony and Polar (via Up & Running). A line-up of speakers has also been announced, with British long-distance runner Paula Radcliffe MBE speaking on Sunday 20th January and opening day two of the show. Jo Pavey MBE, Roger Black MBE and Iwan Thomas MBE have been confirmed for day one.