A look ahead to the innovative expo at Birmingham’s NEC

Runners are getting ready for the very first National Running Show, which takes place on January 20-21 at Birmingham’s NEC.

This innovative expo will bring together a first-class line-up of race organisers, sports retailers, sports brands, nutrition experts, official sporting bodies, communities and expert speakers like never before, all gathered under one roof to inspire the UK’s running community and kick-start the new year in style.

Over 21,000 runners have registered for tickets in advance and are set to experience the programme of talks, panel sessions, one-to-one coaching and more over the course of the weekend.

At the heart of The National Running show will be the Main Stage, where a superb line-up of speakers will be entertaining the audience with personal anecdotes and giving top tips on how to achieve running goals.

Headed up by Dame Kelly Holmes, the speakers include some of the biggest names in running such as Jo Pavey, Jenny Meadows, Susie Chan, Russell Smith and Sean Conway, as well as expert nutritionists such as Anita Bean. The full programme of speaker and panel sessions can be found on the event website.

Visitors to the show will have the opportunity to meet one-to-one with some of the keynote speakers. With six experts available continuously throughout the show for 15-minute coaching sessions, the free Ask the Experts sessions can be booked at the start of each day and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis, with demand expected to be high.

No show about running would be complete without a gait analysis zone, and Run3D will be offering free 3D Gait Analysis to all visitors. Designed to accurately determine a runner’s running style, gait analysis can help individuals to choose the right shoes and exercises for them.

The Run Clinic, sponsored by Go Run Right, is also on offer for runners wanting to learn how to become better, more efficient runners. Through analysis and simple, effective drills, Go Run Right provides feedback to help runners build good running habits and technique. The team will be holding two active sessions at The National Running Show – ‘The Stronger Runner Workout’ and ‘Agile Runner’.

Another running activity available is The Treadmill Challenge, sponsored by Saucony. Visitors will be invited to take part in a one-minute ‘treadmill challenge’ for their chance to win prizes every hour of the show, view the latest Saucony kit, assess their technique at the Stride Lab and meet the legendary Hurricanes.

After all that activity, runners can visit The Treatment Room, sponsored by Sports Injury Fix, where a first-class team of experts will be advising on how to prevent as well as repair injury.

As important as injury prevention – and a key factor in maximising performance – is nutrition, so the Nutrition Advice Zone, sponsored by Diet 360, will be offering valuable advice on what you should be eating and drinking as a runner.

Meanwhile, The Run Café, sponsored by Get Event Fit, offers visitors the chance to relax, unwind and refuel with a selection of healthy snacks and drinks. A meeting point and central hub for the show, The Run Café will be hosting many social media tweet-ups – great for spotting a celebrity runner or two – as well as introducing Get Event Fit’s integrated training programmes for runners and new Virtuathon challenge.

Confirmed as partners and sponsors for The National Running Show are some of the UK’s most trusted running brands and communities, including The Great Run Company, UKRunChat, Run Mummy Run, Running Heroes, Race Solutions, Xtra Mile Events, Impact Marathon Series, White Star Running, Ealing Half Marathon, The Running Awards, ERDINGER Alkoholfrei, Oofos, Up & Running, Scimitar, Sports Injury Fix, Racecheck, Vibram, Hoka One One and Saucony, plus Cancer Research UK as Official Charity Partner. View all sponsors and exhibitors here.

“January is finally here and we are extremely excited that it is just days until we open the doors to The National Running Show,” said Mike Seaman, director of Raccoon Events.

“We have over 21,000 runners registered and an incredible line-up of exhibitors, partners, sponsors and speakers to inspire and inform over the course of the weekend. We are very much looking forward to hosting everyone under one roof, and last-minute tickets are still available for anyone wishing to join us for this fantastic celebration of running.”

Tickets are on sale here and cost £10 per person for the weekend.

Further event details can be found at nationalrunningshow.com.