The organisers of The National Running Show have confirmed that Susie Chan and Iwan Thomas MBE will co-host the 2020 event, which takes place on Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th January at Birmingham’s NEC in the West Midlands of England.
Popular endurance runner Susie Chan returns for her third consecutive year hosting the award-winning show, while Welsh Olympic silver medallist and former European and Commonwealth 400m champion Iwan Thomas will be chairing the event after attending as a speaker in 2019. Together, they will be hosts for the Main Stage, where they will be presenting a line-up of speakers and panel sessions over the course of the weekend.
Already confirmed as speakers for The National Running Show 2020 are British track star Sally Gunnell, Europe’s greatest ever 100m sprinter Linford Christie, ultramarathoner Dean Karnazes and 3-time Olympic medallist Kriss Akabusi. The show’s organising team add that ‘the stars will be joined by many more Olympians, globe-trotting adventurers and endurance athletes over the two days, all of whom will be sharing their top tips and anecdotes and inspiring the audience on their running journeys.’
A number of new features will be introduced for the 2020 show, including two Obstacle Course Race courses, which will give visitors the chance to get active and involved in this full weekend dedicated to running. There will also be fireside chats with ultra-runners in a brand new Ultra Zone.
The National Running Show 2020 will benefit from a larger floor space in order to welcome the biggest range yet of sports brands, retailers, nutrition experts, race organisers and communities. The first 60 exhibitors have already been confirmed for next year’s show and include Hoka One One, Spartan, 2XU, Runderwear, Aftershokz, 361, GU, Vibram, Pulseroll and Go Faster Food.
Once more there will be a choice of interactive areas where visitors can find out more about specialist areas of interest, chat to those in the know and try out all kinds of kit and equipment. Feature areas already confirmed for 2020 include 3D Gait Analysis, The Treatment Room, Musco-Skeletal Clinic and Nutrition Advice Zone.
Hosting big, well-known brands through to smaller brands not found anywhere else, The National Running Show prides itself on providing a truly unique experience for runners. The aim is for the entire running community to enjoy a great day out and leave feeling better informed to make the right decisions about their running.
Mike Seaman, Director of Raccoon Events, which organises the show, said “It is an absolute pleasure to welcome Susie Chan and Iwan Thomas as co-hosts for The National Running Show 2020. They are both hugely respected figures in the running industry and are guaranteed to be both entertaining and professional while presenting the speaker programme for the weekend.
“We are expecting over 200 exhibitors and more than 60,000 visitor ticket registrations for 2020, and we will be announcing many more exciting speakers, feature areas and brands over the coming months. Tickets are available to purchase now for this must-attend event for runners.”
Anyone wishing to register interest in becoming an exhibitor or partner of The National Running Show 2020 should contact Mike Seaman directly by email, at mike[at]nationalrunningshow.com.
The National Running Show takes place on Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th January 2020. Tickets cost £10 and are valid for both days.