The National Running Show

Discussion in 'The Clubhouse' started by WiltshireWonder, Jan 21, 2018.

  1. WiltshireWonder

    WiltshireWonder Active Member Staff Member

    Yesterday, we drove 2 hrs up to Birmingham to go to the National Running Show. This was the first one that's been held and I think it takes a lot of courage to try something new and the organisers should be applauded. There was a lot they got right and a lot they can improve for 2019. Here are some thoughts.

    What they got right
    * Excellent speakers. Jo Pavey, Kelly Holmes plus a number of well-known speakers from social media.
    * Lots of people came. Probably the majority were hobby joggers (of which I am definitely one), there were fewer speedy looking people, but it was a decent mix.
    * Sign language interpreters for the presentations. Excellent move.
    * Free tickets via UKRunChat
    * Some strength training/yoga type things in the middle with sessions held throughout the day.

    What they can improve
    * The room was too small. It was crowded. They could have doubled the space (although clearly they had no idea for this first year). Some stands were so cramped I just didn't bother looking. Stands needed to be bigger and less densely packed in.
    * Not many opportunties to buy stuff. Big expos I've been to in the US had loads of big stands selling discounted clothing, there were very very few of these yesterday. I was surprised at how little opportunity there was to spend money.
    * Gait analysis booked up in a heartbeat. You needed to be there at opening to get a slot.
    * The Run Cafe was tiny
    * Surprising lack of brands there. Only Hoka and Saucony. No fitbit/garmin/suunto. Only Up and Running, no other running stores.
    * Kelly Holmes was on at 9am until 10am. Lots of people travelled to the show and most people arrived at 10-ish (including us) meaning we missed their big star. That was a shame.

    On the whole, I'm not sure it was worth driving 4 hours in the driving rain and then the snow but it was a good day out on a day when otherwise I would have sat indoors being fed up! Next year they have Paula Radcliffe and I know I'll be going to see her speak.
     
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  2. TriTom

    TriTom Active Member

    That's good feedback, is there a facility to be able to pass that in to the organisers directly.
    I've wanted to go the Tri expos but I feel like they might just be like one big sales pitch as triathletes 'need' a lot of expensive, state of the art gear, so it's interesting to hear that you struggled to spend money.
     
  3. OP
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    WiltshireWonder

    WiltshireWonder Active Member Staff Member

    My husband was delighted!
     
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