The organisers of The National Running Show have launched The National Running Conference which will take place on Friday 18th January 2019 at Birmingham’s NEC.

This industry-leading B2B conference will host a gathering of key leaders and business influencers in the running world, namely brands, retailers, race directors, official bodies and community sectors. The conference, the first of its kind, will see them all come together for one day to network, share and impart knowledge to keep driving the UK’s running market forward.

The conference is a joint venture between three partner companies: The National Running Show, Breathe Unity and UKRunChat.

Rebecca Richardson, Director of Breathe Unity commented: The National Running Conference is a unique collaboration to bring everyone in the industry together to meet face to face, network, share and create further long lasting relationships whilst embracing new technologies and keeping up with the pace our industry moves at. We cannot wait for the 18th January and we really appreciate the industry getting behind us on this and embracing the gathering of like minded people.”

Some top names in the running industry have already been confirmed as speakers for The National Running Conference, and the first names are due to be unveiled next week.

Running Imp has been confirmed as the Platinum Sponsor for The National Running Conference, and the 2019 conference is going to be known as The National Running Conference in partnership with Running Imp.

Running Imp is the UK’s established market leader in running and mass participation event supplies, and it continues to build on its history and reputation whilst further expanding its event offerings. The partnership with The National Running Conference comes in the company’s 30th anniversary year and is a testament to its commitment to the mass participation market.

With the extraordinary growth of the running market and running now one of the country’s leading mass participation sports, the demand for running-related goods and services represents a significant opportunity for the many brands, retailers, race directors, sports bodies and communities within the industry. However, with competition greater than ever, it can be difficult for businesses to capitalise on this and communicate a valuable proposition that stands out from the crowd. The National Running Conference in partnership with Running Imp aims to resolve this by creating an environment in which key players in the running industry can network, learn and do business with their peers.

With this in mind, the agenda for the day includes a range of topics such as UK running market analysis, mutually beneficial partnerships, building a global brand and running trends for 2019. Sessions will be delivered by industry leaders from both the UK and overseas who will share their expertise on how businesses can capitalise on the emerging opportunities in the UK market. It promises to be an unmissable start to 2019 and an excellent precursor to the second staging of The National Running Show.

Mike Seaman, Director of The National Running Conference, commented:We are thrilled to launch The National Running Conference 2019, which will be a first-of-its-kind B2B conference for key figures in the running industry. It is a privilege to host such an event for the industry and we look forward to gathering everyone under one roof to maximise opportunities within the UK running market. We are delighted to confirm Running Imp as our Platinum Sponsor, and the collaboration with Breathe Unity and UKRunChat will be vital in taking the Conference forwards.”

George Horner, Sales Manager at Running Imp, added: “We are proud to be associated with this prestigious and innovative event, and for it to be known as The National Running Conference in partnership with Running Imp. Being the market leader in running and mass participation event supplies, this is a perfect celebratory partnership for Running Imp’s 30th anniversary year.”

The National Running Conference in partnership with Running Imp will take place on Friday 18th January 2019, the day before The National Running Show. Anyone wishing to register, become a speaker, partner or sponsor, should contact [email protected] .

The National Running Show takes place on Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th January 2019.