Runners Need: Our Heritage  

Discover a Lifelong Passion 


At Runners Need, we have always believed that it’s never too late to start running. Just ask our founder Chris Bould, who didn’t set out on his first run until the age of 26, when he joined the Highgate Harriers in 1979.

Inspired by his experience in the USA, where he raced in the New York City Marathon and visited their specialist running retailers, Chris and his wife Judy founded the first Runners Need in Camden in 1982.

Chris went on to break a 30-minute 10K and achieve a PB of 2 hours 22 minutes in the fifth ever London Marathon by 1985. He even started a 10K road race in nearby Regent’s Park. Not bad for a late starter.

Over 30 years later, Runners Need has 34 nationwide stores and Britain has more than 2 million people training and racing on the road, track and trails. We want you to join us.



Helping You Achieve Your Goals


Adhering to the passions and principles of our founders, Runners Need help you achieve your personal fitness goals with the latest products from world-leading brands, friendly, expert advice and a personal service that you can trust.


We genuinely love running and we want to share that enthusiasm and knowledge with our customers, which is why you can visit us in-store and online for expert guidance on anything from training, racing and nutrition to footwear, clothing and electronics.


We believe that a great running experience begins with the right shoe, so our staff are trained to offer free video gait analysis and professional fitting services in every store.


But we care about more than just kitting you out with a pair of shoes – we source the latest innovations in performance fabrics and footwear, high-tech gadgets and training and nutrition science, so that you get the most out of every run. If running is part of your holistic lifestyle, our range is versatile enough for the gym, yoga, Pilates and spin classes as well.

We also lead weekly run clubs and host exclusive events from our nationwide stores to support, inspire and motivate the local running community.

Whatever your personal fitness goals are, we’re here to help you every step of the way.