5 must visit shops for runners
by Chloe McLaughlin
Nobody wants to be uncomfortable while running. Whether you’re a seasoned pro or just starting out ensuring you have the right attire and well fitting trainers is essential. So for all you keen runners out there, we’ve rounded up five running shops you must visit in the north so that you can enjoy what you love doing even more! All five running shops will ensure you’re well looked after with quality products and are an absolute must for the sporty ones among you!
Established in 2006, Triactive is the only independent specialist triathlon and running store serving the North West and North Wales. Triactive focuses on gear and equipment for triathlon, running and adventure with a variety of quality brands available. They also organise their own running and adventure events perfect for meeting other runners and keen adventurers as well as getting some quality training in. They also offer wetsuit fitting and gait analysis in store which can be booked online via their website. Their website is bursting with a variety of information and advice on a wealth of different topics as well as a superb blog full of interesting content written by Triactive’s experts! So whether you’re a runner looking to move into triathlons, a triathlete or simply want some top quality attire and equipment, Triactive is an absolute must!
3 Rufus Court, Northgate Street, Chester, CH1 2JW
THE COMPLETE RUNNER
Established in 1982, Complete Runner has been successfully catering for the needs of the region’s runners for over 36 years. Situated on the A65, one mile east of Ilkley in West Yorkshire, this runners’ Mecca is easy to find and there is ample parking right outside the front door! Inside is a treasure trove where you’ll discover three rooms bursting with a great selection of shoes, clothing and accessories including a room totally dedicated to the female runner. They stock running shoes for the road, the trails, the fell and the track by the all the top running brands including Nike, Asics, Saucony, Mizuno, New Balance, Hoka ,Salomon, Inov8 and Walsh. They also stock top brand clothing including socks and sports bras as well as a range of mobility tools and supports. So, next time you’re near Ilkley make a pit stop at The Complete Runner… oh, and don’t forget to enquire about their generous loyalty scheme!
Leeds Road, Ilkley, West Yorkshire, LS29 8EQ
THE RUNNERS HUB
Established in July 2016, The Runner’s Hub is a specialist running store selling top quality brands such as: Asics, Inov8, Mizuno, Saucony, Hoka, New Balance and Ron Hill. They supply a variety of running shoes, clothing and equipment as well as incorporating a superb coffee and juice bar – the perfect place for local runners to relax, chat and meet up for runs.
The Runners Hub provides a quality service, with sound, knowledgeable advice to ensure that you receive the best product for you. Not sure which shoes to buy? Worry not! They offer a full gait analysis meaning you can try the very best shoes for your running style and ensure a comfortable fit. Whether you’re looking for road, trail or fell shoes, a new running outfit or some quality nutrition supplements and advice, The Runners Hub will undoubtedly have you up and running in no time!
58 Pensby Road, Heswall, Wirral, CH60 7RE
Founded in 1969, GO Outdoors is an outdoor store offering waterproof clothing, outdoor clothing, tents and camping equipment. They are the UK’s largest retailer of outdoor equipment and have been established for over 49 years. With stores throughout the UK, GO Outdoors is bursting with equipment for every sport – whether you’re a keen runner, cyclist, horse rider or love camping and caravanning, GO Outdoors have everything you need. With sales around the year, high quality products at low prices and long opening hours, GO Outdoors is a one stop shop for everything outdoors and sports.
Established in 1999, Wiggle has come a long way from its humble beginnings as a bike shop. Now, this online store caters for almost every sport including running! Wiggle stocks products from over 300 brands including household names such as Asics, Nike, Adidas, The North Face and Castelli! Wiggle’s catchphrase is ‘Keep Cool When The Race Hots Up’ and specialise in ensuring that runners are kept cool and well equipped – perfect in this sunny weather! With regular sales, discount codes for new customers and a variety of stock, Wiggle is a one stop shop for all your running needs!