Canary Wharf Store

Canary Wharf is one of our top stores with all you need to get out running or to replace that worn out kit. We are committed to ensuring you receive the best service and expert advice, whether you are just starting out or have a few marathons under your belt. Being runners ourselves we can provide you with a high level of technical product knowledge and expertise in all areas. We can also provide advice and tips on training, nutrition and injury prevention to help you run and achieve your goals. A shoe fitting with full gait analysis assessment will usually take between 10 and 20 minutes and there is no need to book an appointment.

In addition, if you spend £10 or more at the shop on a Saturday or Sunday, you can get your car parking ticket validated which allows up to 3hrs free parking in the Canary Wharf car parks. We also accept the Canary Wharf gift vouchers on all purchases.

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Meet the Team

Michael Cates - Manager

How long have you worked at Runners Need?
4 years
Tell us about yourself:
Interested in running (fairly obvious that one), travel, bringing up children.
What are your favourite shoes to run in and why?
Brooks Ghost3 - lightweight, responsive, good for all types of running - long steady runs down to interval sessions.
How often do you go running?
About 5 times a week.
Have you taken part in any marathons, challenges or races?
Numerous marathons (14 to date including London 9 times and won the Essex - Halstead - in 2003), although its now been 5 years since my last marathon! Have also done a few ultras - (55 miles - London to Brighton, and did the Comrades in South Africa - 89k).
Are you taking part in any events this year?
Going to spend the spring/summer doing a league of Road Races - 5k to 5 miles to get some speed back into my legs , and maybe a couple of 10 mile open races.

Sharon Bolister - Assistant Manager

How long have you worked at Runners Need?
3 years and counting.
What are your favourite shoes to run in and why?
I have too many running shoes! Favourites for trail/ultra running are Brooks Cascadias - good balance of grip and cushioning for longer distances, Saucony Triumphs for putting in the miles on the road, Adidas Adizero XT4s for cross country and Saucony Fastwitch for when I'm trying to go a bit quicker on the road.
How often do you go running?
4-5 times a week. Or sometimes I'll spend a weekend out somewhere scenic.
Tell me about any challenges/marathons/races or similar you've taken part in
I regularly take part in cross country and road races with my club, Eton Manor. I've done a few marathons and have recently ventured into the world of ultra - running.
Are you taking part in any challenges/marathons/races this year?
I've got a few ultras lined up, and I'm hoping to crack 100 miles at one of the Centurion Running events this summer.

Mary Armitage - Sales Assistant

How long have you worked at Runners Need?
2 years
Tell us about yourself:
I love all sports including running and climbing and would like to try many more. Aside from sports, I love London and the arts and regularly go to watch plays and love relaxing at home and cooking.
What are your favourite shoes to run in and why?
My favourite road shoes are the Mizuno Wave Riders, trail shoes are the Saucony Peregrine and my spikes are the Brooks Mach.
How often do you go running?
3 times a week
Tell me about any challenges/marathons/races or similar you've taken part in
So far, I have completed the Beachy Head Marathon as well as Frankfurt Marathon last year. As well as theses marathons, I regularly take part in 5 and 10k races.
Are you taking part in any challenges/marathons/races this year?
London Marathon 2014 is the goal, so this year will be training and shorter distance races with my club Orion Harriers.
Do you have any relevant certificates or qualifications?
I hold a UK Athletics Level 1 coaching qualification and also Leadership in Run Fitness.

Customer Testimonials

I have received the most amazing customer service at your canary wharf store. Sharon and Matthew have been totally exceptional. The first time I came in the store to get a pair of trail trainers for my forthcoming Atacama Challenge, I knew nothing about trainers and Matthew took time to explain and advise in a way beyond my expectations; then Sharon gave me the most useful advice I have received about ultramarathons, her knowledge and passion for the sport shone through and she was utterly helpful providing information and advice that I didn't know I needed. I came in today again for more equipment and this time, cheekily, for some advice. The level of quality of service I got was again exceptional.

In Matthew and Sharon you have two fantastic employees, helpful, friendly, approachable. They are just great. Customers usually write to customer services to complain but I feel compelled to write to praise!! Thank you Sharon and Matthew. My experience of getting equipment for this challenge would not have been the same without you.

Blanca F, 9th February 2013

Nike+ Run Club

Nike run club

Run club takes place every Wednesday lunchtime, meeting at 12.15 for a 12.30 start.

No need to book, just turn up!

Physiotherapy London (Canary Wharf)

Physiotherapy London Clinic

Physiotherapy London are in-store from 6pm – 7pm on the last Thursday of each month for FREE injury assessment and advice. No appointment necessary. Ask in-store for your free voucher for £10 off your first appointment.

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Opening Hours

9am - 7pm
9am - 7pm
9am - 7pm
9am - 7pm
9am - 7pm
10am - 6pm
12pm - 5pm

Christmas Hours

21st - 23rd Dec
9am - 8pm
Christmas Eve
9am - 5pm
Christmas Day
Boxing Day
11am - 5pm
27th - 28th Dec
11am - 5pm
29th - 30th Dec
9am - 7pm
New Years Eve
9am - 5pm
New Years Day
11am - 5pm

Easter Hours

Good Friday 25th
11am - 5pm
Saturday 26th
Easter Sunday 27th
Easter Monday 28th
11am - 5pm


Runners Need
2 Churchill Place,
Canary Wharf,
E14 5RB

Contact Details


Tel: 0207 512 9107

Management Team

  • Store Manager: Michael Cates
  • Assistant Manager: Sharon Bolister


  • Free Gait Analysis and shoe fitting
  • Training advice
  • Technical product support
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