named official retail partner of GREAT RUN LOCAL

By Great Run Team

IMAGE (Great Run Local volunteers showing off their new Sportsshoes kit at Great Run Local Gibside's 4th Birthday)

Yorkshire based online sports retail provider have partnered with Great Run Local to be the official retail provider for 2018.

Great Run Local is a not for profit foundation of the Great Run Company and supports volunteers and communities in delivering free 2km and 5km runs around the UK. Having started the events in Manchester in 2013, the series of events has gradually grown to Glasgow, North East England, Birmingham, Suffolk, the South Coast and London, including the only weekly running event at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford. Events are for all abilities of runners and walkers with particular focus on supporting beginner runners and families. is the UK’s leading online specialist retailer for run, gym and hike with a mission to help people live an active healthy life through running and fitness. With award winning customer service, the widest product range in the UK and industry leading expert advice, Sportsshoes’ philosophy is to support their customers in making the right product choices to achieve their goals.

“Following a great 2017, we’re excited to partner with Great Run Local into the year ahead. At Sportsshoes we’re obsessed with helping runners of all abilities achieve their goals…and so are Great Run Local, making for the perfect partnership. We’re looking forward to working with the team in the fantastic work they do in the running community and supporting runners from their first run through to marathon.” Brett Bannister, Managing Director,  

Tom Lavender, General Manager of Great Run Local said, “We’re delighted to extend our partnership with Having partnered with them in 2017 we have worked closely with the team at Sportsshoes to ensure that our runners and volunteers at Great Run Local can really benefit from the fantastic service and advice that Sportsshoes provide, as well as the wide range of sports kit of course. We are delighted to have them on board for 2018 to and help and support our runners on their running journey whatever challenge they are setting.”


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