Runners Need

Runners Need

All of our staff undergo a comprehensive programme of product training and skills development. With the help of our suppliers and using our own qualified instructors, our staff are able to test the latest products out in the environment they were designed for. To ensure they stay up to date with the latest product developments and that our customers get the best possible advice during their visits to our stores or when reading our guides online.

Our experts are born passionate, but they earn their expertise. All our staff have access to training and skills development to help them thrive in what they do and stay up-to-date with brands, products and technology. That’s why our customers come to us for the best advice around. 

All our staff undergo a comprehensive programme of training and skills development. With the help of our suppliers and using our own qualified instructors, staff can test the latest products out in the environment they were designed for. 

We think O&CC is a great place to work; somewhere you can share your passion for the outdoors with other like minded people. But we want our staff to feel valued and rewarded as well as happier outside. Here are a few things we offer as standard, plus a few extras we think our staff deserve:

  • 25 Days annual leave plus the national Bank Holidays
  • Buy and sell annual leave
  • Childcare vouchers
  • Cycle to Work Scheme
  • Employee assistance programme
  • Company pension scheme
  • Eyecare vouchers
  • Free Parking*
  • Interest-free season ticket loan
  • Long service awards
  • Recruitment Referral Scheme
  • Support for Reserve Forces scheme
  • Sabbatical leave
  • Generous Staff Discount scheme
  • Training Bursaries
  • Amazing volunteering opportunities

*Only applicable in certain jobs and locations.

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.