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Four more speakers announced for National Running Show Birmingham 2020


The organisers of The National Running Show Birmingham have announced four more speakers for the UK consumer show on Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th January 2020 at Birmingham’s NEC.

Chris Nicholson, Alex Cook, Jordan Wylie and Allie Bailey are some of the latest names to join the speaker programme at the award-winning show.

In his first appearance at The National Running Show, adventurer Chris Nicholson will be sharing with the audience how a spinal cord injury that left him in a wheelchair has opened up doors and led him to push the boundaries of what is possible.

Having had a promising rugby career cut short, Nicholson managed to re-discover his motivation by getting outside on the roads and trails. He now organises and participates in events and has achieved the fastest climb up Mount Snowdon with a team assisting him. He also completed the Virgin Money London Marathon in 2019.

Sports dietitian and endurance nutrition expert Alex Cook returns to The National Running Show. Cook is a UKA athletics coach and has been a competitive runner for over 20 years. With over 13 years’ experience in a variety of settings including the NHS and British Army, she now runs her own performance nutrition consultancy.

Former soldier Jordan Wylie is an extreme adventurer and bestselling author who is also one of the stars of Channel 4’s Hunted and Celebrity Hunted. Wylie has run through some of the most dangerous countries of the world, raising hundreds of thousands for charity, and this year he will attempt to be the first person on record to row the most dangerous stretch of water on the planet, the Bab El Mandeb Straits.

Since taking up running seven years ago, Allie Bailey has run almost 100 marathons and ultras all over the world. Bailey is passionate about promoting the benefits of running as therapy in the spheres of mental health and confidence building, and is a champion for female participation in the sport. She has recently founded Ultra Awesome, an online community that aims to inspire and support more people to take the step to ultra distance and adventure running.

These four latest speakers join an impressive line-up at The National Running Show Birmingham 2020. Confirmed speakers include Sally Gunnell, Linford Christie, Dean Karnazes, Kriss Akabusi, Jo Pavey, Steve Cram, Susannah Gill, Nikki Love, Lazarus Lake, Camille Herron, Nicky Spinks, Anna McNuff and Mimi Anderson.

Mike Seaman, CEO of Raccoon Events, said “We are proud to welcome more fantastic speakers to The National Running Show Birmingham 2020. These latest names – Chris, Alex, Jordan and Allie – contribute to a superb speaker line-up over the weekend and we are incredibly excited to hear their stories and take inspiration from their extraordinary feats.

“The speaker programme has always been a huge draw at The National Running Show and this year promises to be the strongest line-up yet. We can’t wait to welcome everyone to the NEC in January.”

The third edition of The National Running Show Birmingham takes place on 25th-26th January 2020. Tickets cost £10 and are valid for both days. The National Running Show B2B Networking Dinner takes place at 19:00 on Saturday 25th January. (The National Running Show London takes place on 13th-14th June 2020.)




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