The National Running Show Birmingham, in partnership with Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity, took place on Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 January 2022, attracting almost 20,000 runners who were able to prepare themselves for a successful year of running alongside running greats from around the world.
The weekend-long event was opened in style with Lord Sebastian Coe CH, KBE and Scott Jurek officially opening day one and Jonnie Peacock MBE opening day two. The halls quickly filled as visitors rushed to hear their running heroes including Kadeena Cox, Derek Redmond, Jenni Falconer, Carla Molinaro, Damian Hall and Sean Conway speaking on the three stages at the show.
The event provided a first class retail experience with Recommended Retail Partner Up & Running bringing key brands to the show such as Saucony, Adidas, New Balance, Ronhill, Hilly, Altra, Camelbak and Oofos.
Features included the Inspiration Stage sponsored by Sports Tours International, an Ultra Zone with Bad Boy Running and the Running Skills Theatre from the Running Channel. In addition there was The Sports Tours International Travel Centre, a Bra Fitting Bar from Runderwear, Events Village powered by Race Nation, Gait Analysis feature from Chiltern Physiotherapy, Trail Running Zone from Ordnance Survey, The Run Clinic from the Movement and Running School, The Saucony Running Track, Chill Out Zone from Crystal Ski, Kid’s Zone from Marathon Kids, Steve Cram’s Training Camp, Nutrition Zone from INDE-Fit with Ben Turner, Sweat Zone from JDK Fitness, The Treadmill Training Zone, The Strength Zone from Renovate Wellness, Rerun Recycling stand and a Run Café sponsored by Runderwear.
Speaking of the event, Jonnie Peacock MBE commented: “Seeing so many runners come together was amazing. The event showcased some of the biggest talents in the running world and gave unprecedented access to industry experts to help runners of all abilities improve. It was a pleasure to be a part of the show and I would encourage everyone to head to Farnborough in May for the next event.”
Nathalie Davies, Event Director at The National Running Show commented: “It was fantastic to see so many runners coming together to enjoy such an incredible line-up of speakers, top brand exhibitors and a brilliant variety of features. Thank you to every single person who came to the show and wherever you are on your running journey we hope that you went home informed and inspired. We can’t wait to see you again at the Run Show South at Farnborough International in May 2022.”
The next instalment in the National Running Show portfolio will take place at Farnborough International 7-8 May 2022. Headline speakers include Paula Radcliffe, Steve Cram, Shakira Akabusi and Lazarus Lake. Tickets cost £10 and can be registered at https://nationalrunningshowsouth.seetickets.com/tour/the-national-running-show-south