We host a range of road and trail races in the North West, including Alderley Edge 5 & 10 Mile, Trafford 10k, Knutsford 10k, Wilmslow Summer 10k, Alderley Edge bypass 10k, Southport Seaside 10k and Wilmslow Festive 10k. Along with our trail races, Alderley Park Winter & Summer Trail Race, Quarry Bank Spring & Summer Trail Races, Lyme Park Midsummer Trail 10K and the Tatton Yule Yomp 10K.


Our Story So Far…
In 2018 our business grew as we became events organisers and running specialist retailers when Run North West re-opened one of the countries most famous retail running stores. Originally opened 40 years ago by Ron Hill MBE, the Hyde store on Market Street has serviced runner’s needs continuously until September 2017 when Sports Direct the holding company for Sweatshop decided to close the store along with many other Sweatshop locations.

With a team of runners it was a natural progression from our existing events business to showcase our love of running and our passion for great products and exceptional customer service. Run North West offer you the full running solution including events, shoes, merchandise, nutrition and sports massage. Soon after opening our first store we extended our offering online with the aim of giving you the same great products and range found in store.

In 2019 we took the decision to move our store to Wilmslow, Cheshire with this being the HQ of our events business. By merging our team to one location we have been able to focus even more on providing a world class experience.

We stock all the major specialist running brands including Adidas, Asics, Brooks, Garmin, Hoka, Inov-8, New Balance, On Running, Saucony and of course Ron Hill, who we owe so much of our heritage to. With an extensive range of road trainers available for neutral and support runners we also play tribute to our beautiful surroundings on the edge of the Peak District with a wide range of trail shoes to help you explore the open countryside.

Our team are able to provide expert advise on every conceivable question from elite club runners to someone making their first purchase having just starting their running journey. Experts in gait analysis as well as training and injury prevention, our high mileage club runner sales team have personal experience of almost every situation and can therefore provide the knowledge you need. Boasting British Champions and Commonwealth Games representatives within our business, we ensure we offer only the best products for sale tried and tested by our passionate team.

In addition to footwear we offer a range of running clothing and accessories to help you get the most out of your training with GPS watches and the very best nutrition products from leading brands OTE Sports and Sport in Science.

Shop in confidence with our trained staff on hand to help you successfully navigate the running shoe purchase process. With so many brands and models to choose from, with sizes sometimes varying on the same make and model based on the latest updates the smallest of changes can make a huge difference.

We want to learn more about how you plan on exploring in your new trainers and hear all about your next challenge. We’re not being nosy we just love running and we want you to pick the perfect pair of running trainers to help you along your way! Through our experience of fitting people for running shoes we’ll often ask you questions about what you will be doing with your brand new pair of shoes. Are you a beginner or a seasoned runner? Do you run 10 miles, 25 or 40+ miles per week? Do you typically run on trails, road, or a treadmill? What is your injury background and if any are you still experiencing pain? We may also ask if you are training for an upcoming race partly because we love to talk running and more importantly to help you with your selection. All of the answers to these questions will help with the fitting process alongside our free gait analysis service. Your trainer selection will also vary significantly on the distance your training for, whether that’s a parkrun or an ultra marathon.

It’s also important to note that your running gait can change over time so it’s worth checking your gait to ensure you’re running in the correct pair of running trainers to reduce your risk of injury. We at Run North West believe a happy runner is a fast runner so call into store today where we’ll be more than happy to help!

Our event offering includes some of the regions leading races ran on fully closed roads with bespoke medals*, technical t-shirts*, chip timing and free photographs.

* vary per event

Our Running Events:

January - Alderley Park Winter Trail Race

March - Trafford 10K

May - Quarry Bank Spring Trail Race

May - Alderley Edge bypass 10K (& Fun Run)

June - Wilmslow Summer 10K

July - Alderley Park Summer Trail Race

August - Quarry Bank Summer Trail Race

September - Southport Seaside 10K (& Fun Run)

October -Knutsford 10K

November - Wilmslow Festive 10K

December - Tatton Yule Yomp (& Fun Run)


How To Find Us:

Wilmslow

Located opposite Everybody Leisure Centre and just two minutes walk from Wilmslow Leisure Centre, our Wilmslow store is perfectly situated just of the A34 bypass and easily accessible from the new Stockport relief road connecting Manchester Airport with the A6.

With free parking outside the store there is also parking available free for two hours at Waitrose and ample public parking available throughout the town.

☎: 01625 528887
📧 run@runnorthwest.co.uk
🏪 2 St Ann's Parade, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 1HG

Click & collect lockdown Opening Hours:
Monday-Saturday: 9:30am - 5:30pm
Sunday: 11:00am - 4:00pm

 

MEET THE TEAM!

Andrew Whittingham - Managing Director

Andrew started running 28 years ago after meeting his future wife Philippa who along with her Dad, Bill had competed from an early age. Bill, an elite level athlete, ran in the same Bolton running team as Ron Hill and ultimately they were reunited at the launch of the Run North West store opening. Philippa achieved many international vests in her teens and together they encouraged Andrew to join them in an era when running had a much lower level of participation.

Competing in his twenty’s for Buxton AC, Andrew tasted events organisation as the Race Director of the Buxton half for several years and grew the entries from 400 to 1000 by gaining editorial national coverage in Runners World magazine. Running in the Peak District cemented Andrews love of running.

After moving to Wilmslow in 2010, Andrew joined Wilmslow RC and having turned 40 decided to increase training under the guidance of coach Tony Hulme and training partner Rob Downs. Andrew broke all of his PBs at the age of 47 on the way into his first marathon. A 16.55 5k, 1.17 half and subsequently a 2.50 marathon and England masters representation followed.

In 2016 Andrew answered the demand for more high quality road races by launching Run North West and hosting both the Alderley Edge 5 mile and the Wilmslow Festive 10K. That first year 2000 runners took part and this has grown to over 20,000 annually.

After a long career in retail sales and multi site management, Andrew could see how often runners, old and new received patchy advise and service when investing in the all important running shoes. The opportunity to take over one of the UKs most famous running stores presented itself in 2016 and Run North West retail was born in Hyde from the store Ron Hill first opened in 1975 and so the loop from Andrews running inspiration, his father in law Bill, back to Ron, was complete.

Andrew continues to compete in local and national races, both road and cross country and is the proud captain of Wilmslow Running Club.

Andrews retail philosophy is that high mileage friendly runners are the best people to work in the business as they know the customers needs far better than anyone else and is proud to have assembled probably the most credible group of running specialists in the UK to look after the needs of all runners from the couch to 5k starter to the elite international.

 

Vicky McKinnon - Events Operations Manager

Vicky started running in primary school and whilst competing in numerous other sports, has always been a runner. She was a competitive member of Wilmslow Running Club before having children and then got more involved with triathlon. Vicky’s love for running is as strong today as it always has been and she enjoys encouraging others to take up the sport, or take their performance to the next level.

After leaving a 17 year long career of PE teaching Vicky continued her passion for helping others to lead healthy and active lifestyle. She is a Level 3 triathlon coach and Event Group Endurance coach with England Athletics as well as a tutor for the LIRF and CIRF courses. Vicky has her own coaching business - Tri & Run and community running club - Run Knutsford and is also completing her masters in Sport and Exercise Nutrition. Although no longer a competitive runner she can often be found in the countryside with friends, colleagues, coached athletes and running club members enjoying a run or setting a challenge.

Vicky joined Run North West in June 2021 and has enjoyed the craziness of 10 races in six months. Working part-time she assists with the behind-the-scenes organisation of the races and coordination on race weekends.

Sarah Doherty - Sales & Marketing Manager

Sarah got back into running after having children and challenged herself to run her first Marathon in 2016 (not the easiest task with a 1 and 3 year old in tow!). She was delighted when she crossed the finish line of Dublin Marathon in 3 hours 52 mins and after a break from marathons focussing on the shorter distances has now challenged herself to run a sub 3:30 at Manchester Marathon in 2022 and is even considering an Ultra!

Sarah is a member of Bramhall Runners and has recently surpassed her own expectations this year running a 19:09 5K at the Sale Sizzlers.  Her goal is to now go sub 40 in a 10K and sub 1:30 in a HM in the near future. 

Before joining the Run North West Team Sarah ran many of the RNW events and has been a pacer.

Sarah is a member of the Brooks Run Happy Team with her favourite shoes being the Brooks Ghost, closely followed by the Hyperion Tempo for speed! As a member of the Run Happy Team, she has expert knowledge on all of the Brooks products in-store and loves chatting to customers, helping them to find the perfect pair of shoes.

Sarah has a degree in Business Studies and has many years of experience working in Sales and Marketing in various Blue-chip businesses.  She is also currently undertaking a Sports Therapy & Rehab qualification.



Holly Newson - Events Co-Ordinator

Holly completed her degree in Events Management at Sheffield Hallam University. She particularly enjoyed learning about Health and Safety in events. During her time at Sheffield Hallam, Holly took part in volunteering for and organising countless events, including leading on a significant fundraising event in 2019. After graduating in 2019, Holly worked as a Bar Manager, helping to establish an events programme, including live music nights and celebration evenings.

Holly joined Run North West in 2021 and is very excited to be immersed in the running world. She particularly enjoys the challenge and excitement of race events and the opportunity to use her love of health & Safety. Holly enjoys an active, healthy lifestyle, taking part in long dog walks and regular trips to the gym.

 

Dave Norman - Store Manager

Dave is probably the most knowledgable running specialist in the North of England.

Having worked in run specialty stores for over 20 years with 10 years as a Store Manager, Dave is a popular well known figure in the local running community.

Two times Manchester Marathon winner, Dave enjoys a successful running career and continues to compete at a high level now he is a vet 40 runner.

A huge running enthusiast, Dave’s love of running was sown by his Dad Jeff who represented GB at the Olympics. Dave can be seen commentating at races and previously co-organised the Trafford 10K taking the event to its position with one of the highest quality fields in the UK.

Andy Lord - Running Specialist

Andy started running in 2012 (after a 25 year break!), a running friend coaxed him to participate in a local parkrun. The rest as they say is history, having thought his running days were over, Andy shed nearly 5 stone over the next year or so and brought his time down significantly. During the past 8 years he has notched up over 300 parkruns at many different venues around the UK.

In the early 1980’s Andy was one of the founder members of Chorley AC and the experience of this led him setting up Marple Runners in 2016 and is now the Honorary President of the club.

During the 80’s he worked for Ron Hill Sports for 8 years, working in many aspects of the business. It was during this time he completed his first marathon, Athens in 1985 (which was Ron Hill’s 100th Marathon) but it was another 30 years before he did his second in Manchester!

Andy regularly competes over distances from 5k to half marathon and has also unexpectedly found a new love in running cross country. He recently improved his PB to 49:14 for his favourite distance, 10k, in one of virtual 10k challenges.

His love of running, wealth of life experience and an enthusiasm for people to get involved in the sport, make Andy a valuable part of the team here at Run North West.

Lydia Merritt - Events Co-Ordinator

Lydia started running in 2019 when she volunteered to raise money for Cancer Research running the Royal Parks Half Marathon with a friend. She fell in love with the training process and long runs and have been hooked ever since! Straight after the race she joined East London Runners where she learnt a great deal about the fundamentals of running and training.

When she moved back to her hometown, Wilmslow and started working at Run North West she joined Wilmslow Running Club and has since become an active member..

Lydia loves meeting like minded people in her role at Run North West and takes pride in organising large running races for the public with her colleagues.

She says "I love the buzz and adrenaline rush of race day, whether I am organising or running – it’s addictive!"

Lydia is now working at Run North West alongside undertaking her Masters at UCL in Painting, her other passion.

 

Laura Reynolds - Events Co-Ordinator

I have always been fit, but my enjoyment in pure running started in 2011. In ten years I’ve competed in 14 10kms, 13 Half’s, 10 official Marathons and 6 official Ultra events. My first Half was Inner Mongolia, my first Marathon was Seoul, the last was New York, the fastest was Chester. I’ve been part of the Wilmslow Running Club, Addidas Runners DUBAI, and currently run with the Macclesfield Harriers. I adore running, both road & trails, but especially events.
                                                            
My background is team sports; University sports included rugby, 4’s rowing & hockey. More recently, due to living overseas, I developed a passion for road biking, open water swimming and triathlons. I’ve competed in many Sprint Distance in the UAE & UK, 2 Ironman (Dubai & Oman) relay teams, 100 mile bike events and swum the Bosphorus Asia to Europe.

I started at RNW as part of the Retail Team in September 2021, and love being in the shop. I am constantly inspired by who I work with, and the people I am lucky enough to meet in our store. I am genuinely super enthusiastic to share how liberating, inclusive, and fun trail & distance running is.  Oh, and how much pleasure a fresh new pair of kicks can be!!

  

Natasha Harrison - Store Assistant 

CLUB: Stockport Harriers & AC/ Loughborough/ Wigan Harriers

I joined Stockport age 10 after competing in the primary schools XC since year 3, where I ran for Tameside and my primary school. I started running with my primary school in year 3 and really enjoyed it. The support from my primary school XC teachers and great sessions also had an influence on my progression into a club. I have been with Stockport ever since, but have now joined Wigan as a higher claim athlete to get a higher level of competition and my University team (Loughborough Students)

RACE PB’s:
400m – 53.6

FAVE DISTANCE: My favourite distance is 400m. Having moved from 800s I found my strength from the event really helped over the distance. As an u17 I competed over 300m before moving to 400m as an u20. I love the 400 as it combines the speed that I needed for my 300 with the strength that I needed for the 800. A great mix of both events!

FAVE RNW RACE: Quarry bank is my favourite RNW race, as it’s only 5 miles. The lovely scenery around Quarry Bank is also great to run in.

FAVE RNW MEDAL: is a tie between Wilmslow 2018 and Trafford 10k 2019. I love the snowflake design of the Wilmslow medal. The Trafford 10k medal is also a favourite of mine. I love the flying trainer and the gold of the medal.

WHAT I LIKE DOING BEST IN-STORE: I enjoy chatting to customers about their running and hearing about how they got into the sport. I also enjoy discussing other aspects of their training such as their strength work and stretching, with both contributing to making a strong runner.

My in-store speciality is getting overly excited over researching race day PPE

Interesting fact: I hold the English Schools Athletics championships 400m SG Record and have represented GBJ at a number of races

 

Finley Proffitt - Store Assistant

CLUB: Macclesfield Harriers

 

I started running at the age of 10. My first race for the club was a North Staffordshire Cross country at Stafford common which I really enjoyed and haven’t stopped running ever since.

RACE PB’s:
10K – 32:24
5K – 15:05
3K – 8:49

FAVE DISTANCE: My favourite distance is probably 5k however I really enjoy 10k as well but have only done one.

FAVE RNW RACE: Wilmslow Festive 10K
FAVE RNW MEDAL: The Red Alderley Edge Bypass 10K 2019 medal

WHAT I LIKE DOING BEST IN-STORE: I enjoy the gate analysis most in store.

I am new to the team but have a strong background in running.

Interesting fact: I am a northern 5K champion and a 12 time Cheshire Champion over various disciplines.

 

LOUISE WHITTINGHAM - STORE ASSISTANT 

CLUB: Macclesfield Harriers

I started running in 2011, doing parkruns with the family. Encouraged by grandad, dad and mum who all were competitive runners

RACE PB’s:
3K – 9.57
5K -17.34
10K – 35.41

FAVE DISTANCE: 10K, as I enjoy trying to hit consistent pacing and I aim to increase race distances as I get older so 10k is the furthest I’ve raced so far.

FAVE RNW RACE: Alderley trail race, it was a lovely scenic course and I came 1st lady last year

FAVE RNW MEDAL: Trafford 10k 2020

WHAT I LIKE DOING BEST IN-STORE: In the store I enjoy speaking to the customers and finding out why they got into running and hearing how much of a positive impact running has on so many people

STORE SPECIALITY: chatting about the shoes and finding the right shoe for each individual customer using my background knowledge in sport and exercise sciences from university.
INTERESTING FACT: currently studying sport management in the USA on a running scholarship for my masters degree from August 2020 (but comes back in the holidays to help in the shop!)