Before I write this post I just want to say that I was an ambassador for the 2019 show however I was under no obligation to write this post and this is simply my opinion / experience of the show.
I had a great time at the first National Running Show in 2018, you can read my review here. I was really excited to visit this year – aware that it was going to be bigger and better than the previous.
I’d planned to attend on the Saturday with the idea to also attend the Sunday if I wanted to – Paula Radcliffe was there! I headed over to Birmingham, taking part in Brueton parkrun on the way, with some friends from running club.
On entering the show it was clear that it was much bigger than last year, with two stages (plenty more speakers) and different / bigger brands. Upon arrival we had a quick walk around before heading straight to The Running Skills theatre to listen to Sam Mollaghan talk about her journey as the face of the This Girl Can campaign. I am a big fan of the campaign so I was keen to hear from Sam. Sam’s talk was motivating, empowering and inspiring. Gone from inactive to running and inspiring her daughter to follow in her footsteps, Sam’s story moved us all. We spotted Sam in the Ask The Experts area after so popped over to say well done and thank you!
Following Sam we continued our walk around stopping by some stands and spending SO much time at the Pulse Roll stand testing out their foam rollers.
I was keen to see Claire Maxted (Wild Ginger Runner), who I didn’t know much about, do her talk on Don’t be afraid of a DNF. As a average runner this thought regularly crosses my mind so I really enjoyed her take on Did Not Finish becoming a Did Not Fail. I’ve started following Claire on Instagram / YouTube and love hearing about her adventures and interviews.
By the time I’d had a catch up with Secret London Runs and Racecheck and bought some Xentex laces, it was about time we headed home.
I would have liked to have seen more of the talks (I was gutted to miss Mara Yamauchi as I’m following one of her training plans!) – that’s the part I enjoyed so much last year, especially the mixture of adventure runners rather than runners like me. It would have been great to see bigger brands like Brooks and New Balance (unless I missed them!) though Asics did have a presence. As per last year I really enjoyed the show and having already announced the likes of Sally Gunnell, Kriss Akabusi and Linford Cristie attending next year, the event is already in my calendar.
National Running Show, see you in 2020!