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.