Runners Need

Our business is built around the customer, a shared love of the outdoors and our desire to provide the best service, best experience and the right kit for any adventure. We’re a growing company with great prospects and our people are key in helping us achieve our ambitions. If you join our team you’ll not only be joining one of the largest outdoor retailers in the UK, you’ll become a member of our outdoor family.

We run in depth training courses which cater for all, whether you’re a complete beginner or an experienced outdoor enthusiast, you can add another string to your bow when you take part in courses like:

  • Winter Skills
  • Mountain and Hill Climbing
  • GPS, Footwear and Camping academies

With the help of our qualified instructors our colleagues are able to test out the latest products in the environments they were designed for, giving you the tools needed to provide our customers with excellent advice during their visits.

Our colleagues are always planning their next adventure whether it’s a climb, trek or run. It’s this first-hand experience and knowledge that gets passed on to our customers and helps them make informed decisions on the best product for their needs.

At O&CC we truly value what our colleagues have to say which is why you’ll have the opportunity to put forwards your comments, ideas and thoughts at our Colleague Voice forum. Our colleagues bring a variety of experience to the table and we believe this is a key contribution to organisational success.

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 colleagues to feel valued and rewarded. So here’s a few things we offer as standard, plus a few extras we think our colleagues deserve:

  • Base salary that’s competitive with similar roles in the area
  • Staff discount which provides discounts of about 40-50%
  • Pension scheme
  • Up to 33 days holiday (inclusive of bank holidays)
  • Bonus or incentive scheme which rewards company and personal performance
  • Opportunity to take on an apprenticeship
  • Discounts with our partners such as the National Trust
  • Cycle to Work scheme

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.