Our Story So Far…

Born in 2016 to meet the growing demand for quality road races, we now host six 10K events across the North West of England including the Trafford 10K, Knutsford 10K, Alderley Edge bypass 10K, Wilmslow Summer 10K, Southport Seaside 10K and Wilmslow Festive 10K. Along with our three trail races; Alderley Park Summer Trail Race, Quarry Bank Trail Race and Alderley Park Winter Trail Race.

In 2018 our business grew as we became events organisers and running specialist retailers when Run North West re-opened one of the countries most famous retail running stores. Originally opened 40 years ago by Ron Hill MBE, the Hyde store on Market Street has serviced runner’s needs continuously until September 2017 when Sports Direct the holding company for Sweatshop decided to close the store along with many other Sweatshop locations.

With a team of runners it was a natural progression from our existing events business to showcase our love of running and our passion for great products and exceptional customer service. Run North West offer you the full running solution including events, shoes, merchandise, nutrition and sports massage. Soon after opening our first store we extended our offering online with the aim of giving you the same great products and range found in store.

In 2019 we took the decision to move our store to Wilmslow, Cheshire as this is also the HQ of our events business. By merging our team to one location we are able to focus even more of providing a world class experience.

We stock all the major specialist running brands including Adidas, Asics, Brooks, Garmin, Hoka, Inov-8, New Balance, On Running, Saucony and of course Ron Hill, who we owe so much of our heritage to. With an extensive range of road trainers available for neutral and support runners we also play tribute to our beautiful surroundings on the edge of the Peak District with a wide range of trail shoes to help you explore the open countryside.

Our team are able to provide expert advise on every conceivable question from elite club runners to someone making their first purchase having just starting their running journey. Experts in gait analysis as well as training and injury prevention, our high mileage club runner sales team have personal experience of almost every situation and can therefore provide the knowledge you need. Boasting British Champions and Commonwealth Games representatives within our business, we ensure we offer only the best products for sale tried and tested by our passionate team.

In addition to footwear we offer a range of running clothing and accessories to help you get the most out of your training with GPS watches and the very best nutrition products from leading brands OTE Sports and Sport in Science.

Shop in confidence with our trained staff on hand to help you successfully navigate the running shoe purchase process. With so many brands and models to choose from, with sizes sometimes varying on the same make and model based on the latest updates the smallest of changes can make a huge difference.

We want to learn more about how you plan on exploring in your new trainers and hear all about your next challenge. We’re not being nosy we just love running and we want you to pick the perfect pair of running trainers to help you along your way! Through our experience of fitting people for running shoes we’ll often ask you questions about what you will be doing with your brand new pair of shoes. Are you a beginner or a seasoned runner? Do you run 10 miles, 25 or 40+ miles per week? Do you typically run on trails, road, or a treadmill? What is your injury background and if any are you still experiencing pain? We may also ask if you are training for an upcoming race partly because we love to talk running and more importantly to help you with your selection. All of the answers to these questions will help with the fitting process alongside our free gait analysis service. Your trainer selection will also vary significantly on the distance your training for, whether that’s a parkrun or an ultra marathon.

It’s also important to note that your running gait can change over time so it’s worth checking your gait to ensure you’re running in the correct pair of running trainers to reduce your risk of injury. We at Run North West believe a happy runner is a fast runner so call into store today where we’ll be more than happy to help!

Our event offering includes some of the regions leading races ran on fully closed roads with bespoke medals*, tech t-shirts*, chip timing and free photographs.

* vary per event

Our Running Events

January - Alderley Park Winter Trail Race
March – Trafford 10k 
May - Alderley Edge bypass 10k
June - Wimslow Summer 10k
July - Alderley Park Summer Trail Race
August - Quarry Bank Trail Race
September - Southport Seaside 10K
November - Wilmslow Festive 10K

How To Find Us


Located opposite Everybody Leisure Centre and just two minutes walk from Wilmslow Lesuire Centre, our Wilmslow store is perfectly situated just of the A34 bypass and easily accessible from the new Stockport relief road connecting Manchester Airport with the A6.

With free parking outside the store there is also parking available free for two hours at Waitrose and ample public parking available throughout the town.

Phone - 01625 528887

Email - run@runnorthwest.co.uk

Address - 2 St Ann's Parade, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 1HT

Opening Hours

Monday - 9.30am - 5.30pm
Tuesday - 9.30am - 5.30pm
Wednesday - 9.30am - 5.30pm
Thursday - 9.30am - 5.30pm
Friday - 9.30am - 5.30pm
Saturday - 9.30am - 5.30pm
Sunday - 11.30am - 4.30pm

Andrew Whittingham - Founder @runobsessedwhitty

Andrew started running 28 years ago after meeting his future wife Philippa who along with her Dad, Bill had competed from an early age. Bill, an elite level athlete, ran in the same Bolton running team as Ron Hill and ultimately they were reunited at the launch of the Run North West store opening. Philippa achieved many international vests in her teens and together they encouraged Andrew to join them in an era when running had a much lower level of participation.

Competing in his twenty’s for Buxton AC, Andrew tasted events organisation as the Race Director of the Buxton half for several years and grew the entries from 400 to 1000 by gaining editorial national coverage in Runners World magazine. Running in the Peak District cemented Andrews love of running.

After moving to Wilmslow in 2010, Andrew joined Wilmslow RC and having turned 40 decided to increase training under the guidance of coach Tony Hulme and training partner Rob Downs. Andrew broke all of his PBs at the age of 47 on the way into his first marathon. A 16.55 5k, 1.17 half and subsequently a 2.50 marathon and England masters representation followed.

In 2016 Andrew answered the demand for more high quality road races by launching Run North West and hosting both the Alderley Edge 5 mile and the Wilmslow Festive 10K. That first year 2000 runners took part and this has grown to over 10,000 in 2019.

After a long career in retail sales and multi site management, Andrew could see how often runners, old and new received patchy advise and service when investing in the all important running shoes. The opportunity to take over one of the UKs most famous running stores presented itself in 2016 and Run North West retail was born in Hyde from the store Ron Hill first opened in 1975 and so the loop from Andrews running inspiration, his father in law Bill, back to Ron, was complete.

Andrew continues to compete in local and national races, both road and cross country and is the proud captain of Wilmslow Running Club.

Andrews retail philosophy is that high mileage friendly runners are the best people to work in the business as they know the customers needs far better than anyone else and is proud to have assembled probably the most credible group of running specialists in the UK to look after the needs of all runners from the couch to 5k starter to the elite international.

Sam Blacow - Operations Manager @samblacow

Sam joined the team in August 2018 overseeing events and operations within Run North West, since then she has managed each event and is our qualified Race Director.

Sam started running in 2013 by doing a race for life event in support of a friend who had cancer, soon after she started parkrunning every week and joined Bramhall Runners. During that time she has knocked over 10 minutes off of her 5k time and 35 minutes off her marathon time. Sam takes part in a mixture of road, trail and fell races, her favourite distance is the marathon. Sam is one of the beginner run leaders at Bramhall Runners and enjoys helping people get from the couch to running 30 minutes.

In her spare time she is the Regional Ambassador (volunteer) for parkrun UK in the North West, looking after all of the parkrun events, their teams and the Ambassadors within the Greater Manchester area. During her time as Event Support Ambassador she has looked after 20+ different parkrun and junior parkrun events, as well as starting Sale Water, Alexandra Park (Moss Side) juniors, Hyde juniors and our local event – Hyde parkrun! Sam is still involved with Cheadle Hulme parkrun as co-Event Director and has been with the event since it started, she is there most weeks volunteering.

Running qualifications:

Race Director
CiRF (undertaking 2019-20)

When Sam is retail based her favourite role is helping customers find new trainers. “it’s absolutely amazing to be able to help someone find new running shoes, as you can completely relate to them. Being a team full of runners we totally understand the decision they are trying to make, and can also have a good chat about runs, races, injuries, parkruns, clubs, nutrition and much more – all over a coffee!”

Sarah Doherty - Marketing & Social Media 

Come back soon for more info on Sarah! 

Jonny Mellor - Marketing @j77nyy

Jonny joined Run North West in 2016 with a wealth of experience competing at the highest level alongisde consultancy work at Great Run. A British International, Jonny has also represented England at the Commonwealth Games and races competitively for Team New Balance Manchester. Jonny also heads up our coaching services via JM Coaching helping you prepare and make the most out of your day with Run North West. During university Jonny balanced studies, training and racing commitments along side part time work in specialist running retail for four years.

Eli Kirk - Team New Balance Manchester Runner & Sales Assistant @elinorkirk
Club: Swansea Harriers
Distance: 5k to Marathon
Biggest Achievement: Representing Wales in two Commonwealth Games.
Favorite Shoes: New Balance 880
Favorite Training Venue: Lyme Park
Favorite Session: Long run or hill intervals

Alex Sutton - Sales Assistant

Club: Reading AC – My home club is Reading AC. However, while studying at The University of Manchester I train with Paul Roden’s group at Manchester Sale Harriers.
Distance: Middle/Long Distance events on the track and Cross Country in the winter.
Achievements: Finishing 9th in the U20s at The 2018 British Inter Counties and 5th in the overall British Cross Challenge series.
Favourite Shoe: Brooks Mach XC Spikes 17, as they helped me through my most successful XC season yet!
Favourite Training Avenue: Churchill, Canada in the Arctic. Although, I only did a few swim and gym sessions here at the local school, as the threat of Polar Bears prevented me from getting any outdoor miles in…
Favourite Session: Saturday session on grass, for example 4 by 9 minutes. This is the kind of session we would do in the depths of winter and I enjoy it because you can find a rhythm and then just dig in for a while.

Advice: If there is food on offer take it because you never know when you’re going to eat next.