Raccoon Events, the organiser of the award-winning National Running Show in Birmingham, has expanded with the launch of The National Running Show London. The London-based show will take place at the Business Design Centre in Islington on Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th June 2020.
The launch was celebrated with a privately-hosted event at the Business Design Centre – following two years of The National Running Show at Birmingham’s NEC in January 2018 and 2019.
The show team note that the expansion to the UK’s capital city comes as a result of demand in the south-east whilst also providing a fresh summer date to complement the January event in Birmingham.
Just like its sister event, The National Running Show London will enable runners of all levels to discover the latest kit, tech, nutrition and races from over 200 exhibitors, learn from a line-up of speakers and improve their running technique thanks to the many interactive feature areas under one roof.
‘Thousands of runners, sports brands, retailers, nutrition experts, race organisers and communities will be brought together for this weekend-long celebration of running and it promises to be fantastic motivation for those planning autumn races and looking ahead to 2021.’
Brands already secured for the event in London next June include 2XU, Altra, AW, Ealing Half Marathon, FCN, Flapjackery, Gu, Hilly, Intersport, LightupU, London Relay, Mysports & More, Nakedrunner, Rawvelo, Ronhill, Run Mummy Run, Runderwear, Running Forum, Scimitar, Sports Insight, Up & Running, Vibram, White Star Running, Women’s Running and YAMAtune.
The National Running Show London will also welcome a line-up of speakers who will be sharing their anecdotes, wisdom and tips with the audience. Dame Kelly Holmes will be both speaking at and opening the show. Other speakers over the two days include Olympic 400m athlete Roger Black MBE and presenter Nell McAndrew, whilst endurance runner Susie Chan and adventurer Danny Bent will be co-hosting.
The inaugural event in the capital will include special new feature areas. These include:
- The screening of running films plus healthy popcorn in The Running Cinema;
- Fee workshops on mindfulness and yoga in The Retreat;
- The chance to try out the latest kit on the neon track in Run The Dark; and
- A Community Bar dedicated to community meet-ups.
Mike Seaman, Director of Raccoon Events, said “We are incredibly excited to launch The National Running Show London at the Business Design Centre in June 2020. London has a great history of running and we have already received huge support within the industry to host this mid-year event in the capital.
“We are looking forward to welcoming runners of all abilities to the show next summer, to help them achieve their goals wherever they are on their running journey. Visitors to the show can look forward to all that we have offered at the Birmingham event and more, and it will be superb incentive for all those planning their running for the upcoming autumn and following spring.”
The National Running Show London takes place on Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th June 2020. Tickets cost £10 and are valid for both days.
The third edition of The National Running Show in Birmingham takes place on Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th January 2020.
The National Running Show Networking Dinner takes place at 19:00 GMT on Saturday 25th January 2020. This industry event is positioned as a unique opportunity for the B2B running community to meet, network and do business.