About Run North West

About Run North West 2018-04-24T12:08:52+00:00

About Run North West

Run North West was established in 2016 to offer the very best in race experiences, helping to meet the increasing demand for quality running events and provide opportunities for runners of all abilities to become active and live a healthier lifestyle. Since then we have progressed into retail and will re-open one of the UK’s most famous running stores in February 2018.

Meet the Team

Andrew Whittingham – Founder 

Andrew has ran 2:45 for the marathon and has qualified to represent England Vets at the Chester Marathon. He has represented his county on many occasions and will gain his first masters vest this year.

Dave Norman – Store Manager

Dave joined the Run North West team in January 2018 ahead of the opening of the new retail store in Hyde.  Dave brings a wealth of knowledge and experience, having managed the Sweatshop at the site of the new store in Hyde for 13 years.  Dave has been a member of Altrincham & District Athletic Club since 1992, and won the Greater Manchester Marathon in 2012 and 2013.

Jonny Mellor – Events

Jonny joins Run North West with a wealth of experience competing at the highest level. A British International, Jonny has also represented England at the Commonwealth Games and races competitively for Team New Balance Manchester. Jonny also heads up our coaching services helping you prepare and make the most out of your day with Run North West.

Sophie Whiteside – Event Co-ordinator & Store Assistant Manager 

Sophie joins from a strong background in the fitness industry having worked as a personal trainer in the North West area for over 7-years. Sophie also boasts a successful running pedigree competing for Liverpool Harriers in regional and national events across the UK.

Andy Nixon – Ecommerce Manager

Andy Nixon

Andy joined Run North West in January 2018. He has been a member of Stockport Harriers from the age of 11 and has competed for England twice over Cross Country and Trail events. He was also part of the 2011 National XC relay winning team.

Store Assistants

Matthew Crehan Running Expert
Club: St Helens Sutton A.C.
Distance: 5k
Biggest Achievement: 14:21 at the Podium 5k and coming back after 8 years out from the sport, having not run under 18 minutes since 2012 and now 18 months after starting back running consistently below 14:30.
Favourite Shoe: Hoka One One Vanquish
Favourite Session: Winter – 40x400m with 100m jog recovery, and 30 mile Sunday runs, Summer – 4x1mile 1min recovery.
Top Piece of Advice: Fear is the only obstacle, run hard, run fast, and as Steve Prefontaine once said “there may be somebody that can beat you but they are going to have to bleed to do it!”

⭐Bonus Round⭐

Sporting Hero: You may have guessed it, Steve Prefontaine, oh and Alf Tupper: Tough of the Track (I’ve written comic books about both!)
Favourite Film: Without Limits and Captain America: Winter Soldier
Favourite Holiday Location: Eugene Oregon, A.K.A TrackTown USA, even though I’ve never been, though I hope to change that soon. Favourite so far, Font Romeu, the trails are fantastic, just get back to the basics of running and nature, completely freeing.

Bradley FreemanAsics Front Runner
Club: Stockport Harriers AC
Distance: Still unknown – I love long distances but focusing on track for the meantime to build up my basic speed.
Biggest Achievement: Completing the Conwy Half Marathon is currently my biggest achievement because the Orme was a very tough challenge and I managed to finish the hilly half 5 minutes faster than my target. Also the achievement away from racing of being selected to be an Asics frontrunner.
Favorite Shoes: Easy mileage – Gel Nimbus. Speed shoe – Tartherzeal
Favorite Training Venue: Woodbank Park athletics track.
Favorite Session: At the moment I’d say long reps such as miles with some 400s between.
Advice: keep your training specific to what you’re training for. Also the intensity on easy runs: making sure that the pace is easy. It’s important that if the next day you’re going to be doing a session at a tougher pace that you’re not tired beforehand so you can get more out of the session and prevent getting injured.
Alex SuttonRunning Expert
Club: Reading AC – My home club is Reading AC. However, while studying at The University of Manchester I train with Paul Roden’s group at Manchester Sale Harriers.
Distance: Middle/Long Distance events on the track and Cross Country in the winter.
Achievements: Finishing 9th in the U20s at The 2018 British Inter Counties and 5th in the overall British Cross Challenge series.
Favourite Shoe: Brooks Mach XC Spikes 17, as they helped me through my most successful XC season yet!
Favourite Training Avenue: Churchill, Canada in the Arctic. Although, I only did a few swim and gym sessions here at the local school, as the threat of Polar Bears prevented me from getting any outdoor miles in…
Favourite Session: Saturday session on grass, for example 4 by 9 minutes. This is the kind of session we would do in the depths of winter and I enjoy it because you can find a rhythm and then just dig in for a while.
Advice: If there is food on offer take it because you never know when you’re going to eat next.

⭐Bonus Round⭐

Sporting Hero: Rickie Fowler, an exciting young talent who continues to work his way up to the top of professional golf. His bold, bright orange outfits sum up his personality perfectly and this is something that I admire.
Favourite Box Set or TV Series – Silent Witness, blows my mind every time.
Favourite Holiday Location: Algarve, Portugal. Lots of good weather, golf courses and places to run. Everyone is so chilled and a glass of freshly squeezed orange juice is just the icing on the cake!

Akkeal ChambersRunning Expert
Club: Altrincham AC
Distance: 5k
Biggest Achievement: My overall improvement in running having just started a year ago.
Favourite shoe: New Balance racing flats – M1400v5
Favourite Training Venue: Leeds Beckett Track
Favourite Session: So far it would be short tempo with 300’s after – may change very soon with my first track season incoming!
Advice: Look after your body. Internally and externally – running is hard on the body and if you don’t look after yourself you’ll just do more harm to it than good!

Local Community

Run North West is also calling upon the kind help of other runners, local business and recreational clubs to the mutual benefit of all in helping the community to a more active lifestyle. Run North West will also commit to raise funds for charity at every race. As part of our commitment to the local running community Run North West is proud to support grass roots sport by sponsoring the Manchester Area Cross Country League helping the league to grow and develop offering highly competitive races across all age groups.


  • Sunday 25th November 2018
  • £19.50/£17.50
  • Fully Closed Roads
  • PB Potential & Medal
  • Supporting The Christie charity


  • Sunday 1st July 2018
  • £19.50/£17.50
  • Fully Closed Roads
  • Medal & T-Shirt Combo
  • Supporting Roy Castle Foundation


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