Running shops are as ‘essential’ as cycling shops

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Running of all sports, is one of the cheapest and most accessible activities that people can do, even more so over the recent periods of lockdown. You can run from your front door on pavements, paths, parks, trails, literally anywhere within the hours exercise permitted. 

We have seen a huge increase in new runners who require specialist advise, only available from knowledgable experienced dedicated independent running stores who provide a vital community service.

Specialist cycle shops provide a similar service and under previous rules were classed as “essential” according to government guidelines.

If this is the case, why are running shops not treated as their equal?

In these difficult times, exercise and in particular; running provides an obvious physical benefit but perhaps even more so is its ability to maintain and improve our mental heath.

Buying the wrong running shoes online can be a costly mistake, not only financially but potentially can cause serious injury. 

Specialist  running shops, by their nature have the ability and skills to operate an appointment only system, ensuring Covid Secure guidelines can be adhered too.

To that end we would like to invite you to sign out petition to keep our running shops open, alongside our cycling brothers during any periods of lockdown.