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    We're are all still high as kites from our recent fun and games in London, coming away with not one, not two but three highly prestigious awards from the annual Running Awards.

    We are so happy to be recognised as THE BEST National Retailer, the Silver award in Customer Service and the Bronze award in Online Retailer.

    When Up & Running started 25 years ago this year, it was so important to our founders to be an ethical company with integrity, that supports runners, the running communities around us and to be there for our customers with advice, support and the products that they need. This fundamental is equally as important to us today and remains the lifeblood of our business. Every member of our staff team embraces this ethos and that is why we are so proud to be recognised as the best in the business.

    Gillian (MD) plus 5 members of staff headed to London for the ceremony – we knew we'd been shortlisted – but we had no idea if we had won. We all visited the Marathon Expo in the afternoon, caught up with various colleagues from the trade then made our way to the O2 arena for the evening's entertainment. Swanky and glitzy, the awards dinner was a seriously showbiz affair. Mike Bushell (from BBC Breakfast) was presenting the awards and Dame Kelly Holmes also presented. We were really in running paradise.

    We have strived to be the best and we are now as committed as ever to remain the best.

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  • Font Romeu - training camp!

    With a 3.30am start and lack of caffeine I somehow made my way to the airport and caught a flight to Toulouse where I met the rest of the training group, made up of athletes in the St Mary’s University Endurance Performance And Coaching Centre.

    The first few days in Font Romeu were just easy running, 6-7 miles’ steady allowing the body to acclimatise to the lack of oxygen at 1800m above sea level. For those not familiar with the benefits of altitude here is a very simple summary of the science behind it. The low level of oxygen helps stimulate Haemoglobin (red blood cell) production so upon return to sea level there will be an abundance of oxygen and a greater number of red blood cells, meaning that delivery of oxygen to the working muscles is more efficient and racing and training should feel that bit easier, studies say that it can give a 3% boost in performance.

    As I become at ease with the altitude, the duration and intensity of training is ramped up. The week is split into three sessions; intervals, tempo and a track session with the standard long run of 16-18 miles on a Sunday to round out the week. The rest of the days are made up of steady running making up the weekly mileage of 90-100 miles. The views whilst racking up the miles make it that bit easier, don’t think looking out to the snow capped mountains will ever become tiring!

    In between the runs and gym is where the training adaptations take place, being able to nap/recover between runs and sessions whilst not having to jump on my bike straight to work after my morning run is a luxury which I’m making full use of whilst I can!

    I will be reviewing a range of the nutritional products that we have in store while I am here over the coming weeks and try to give you an understanding on when to use the products and which products to use for the varying training runs.

    Feel free to follow my training on Strava where you can see what running I’m up to whilst up in the mountains!


  • Annual Blossom Fashion Show raises a record £21,000 for local Breast Cancer Haven

    Over 400 guests came and celebrated an afternoon of style, bravery and confidence at the 6th Breast Cancer Haven Blossom Fashion Show. This emotionally charged event took place on Sunday 5 March at The Queens Hotel Leeds, to raise vital funds for Breast Cancer Haven, whilst empowering the inspirational models who are taking part.

    The 34 models involved in this year’s Blossom Fashion Show have all had experience of breast cancer and accessed the charity’s free support service in Leeds. Breast Cancer Haven provides a free programme of care to anyone affected by breast cancer. The programme includes counselling, complementary therapies, emotional support and information to meet the physical and emotional needs of people affected by breast cancer.

    This year’s event was hosted once again by BBC Radio Leeds’ Liz Green, who has supported the Blossom Fashion Show since its inception in 2012. This year, Liz was also joined by Yorkshire treasure, Billy Pearce, who entertained guests as compère of the afternoon’s auction. Breast Cancer Haven Manager, Debra Horsman, commented “We were so delighted to be joined by two such wonderful supporters who made the event extra special for all the guests and of course, our incredible models and we are thrilled to have raised more than ever at this truly special event”.

    Blossom 2017 featured ranges from a mixture of local and national brands including Up & Running, M&S, Swanky Pants, Womanzone, Hobbs, Headwear by Claire, Jigsaw, Russell & Bromley, Diva Classic Ladieswear and John Lewis. Whilst strutting down the catwalk, models were cheered on by family, friends, colleagues and some famous faces too, including screen writer Kay Mellor, OBE, Calendar News’ Christine Talbott and Emmerdale’s Gaynor Faye and Sally Dexter.

    The money raised at this year’s Blossom Fashion Show will go towards funding Breast Cancer Haven’s services in Yorkshire, enabling them to support the women, men and their families trying to cope with the devastating impact of breast cancer. If you or anyone you know has been effected by breast cancer, please call Breast Cancer Haven Yorkshire on 0113 284 7829 or visit

  • We are proud to be the offical retail partner for Jane Tomlinson’s Run For All

    Jane Tomlinson’s Run For All has teamed up with specialist running retailer Up & Running for the 2017 event season.

    Up&Running Mike Tomlinson 2Up & Running will be the official sports retail partner of the Run For All series, including the Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon, Leeds Half Marathon, Yorkshire Half Marathon-Sheffield, Yorkshire 10 Mile and Asda Foundation 10Ks in Lincoln, Nottingham, Burnley, Hull, Leeds, York, Leicester, Bury and Sheffield.

    Under the partnership, Up & Running will provide prize vouchers for all of the events. Runners will also have the chance to take part in competitions and browse pop-up shops in the runners’ event villages.

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    Up & Running will also kit out Run For All staff with sportswear and trainers. Jonathan Midwood, General Manager of Up & Running, said: “We are delighted to be involved with such a popular series of events.

    “Run For All events are highly regarded and we look forward to working with the team in 2017.

    Siobhan Curtis, Run For All’s Corporate and Sponsorship Manager, said: “We very much appreciate Up & Running’s support for our events.

    “The involvement of partners such as Up & Running serves to add value to the events we organise and offer some great opportunities for our runners.”

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    More about Run For All events can be found at

    For more information contact the Run For All press office on 0113 826 7764 or email

    Run For All is part of Jane Tomlinson’s lasting legacy. Jane Tomlinson CBE raised £1.85m for children’s and cancer charities before her untimely death from cancer aged just 43 in 2007. She made headlines across the world by competing in a series of epic endurance challenges from the London Marathon, ironman and triathlon competitions, to a 4,200 mile cycle ride across the width of the USA – despite being diagnosed with incurable cancer.

    The charity which bears her name has now raised in excess of £7.6m for good causes.

  • Jon Zigmond - Erdinger Athlete of the Year 2016.

    Up & Running were very proud of loyal U&R customer Jon Zigmond when he was appointed Erdinger Athlete of the Month in July 2016 (see


    Then earlier this year all ten of the Erdinger Athletes of Month in 2016 were put forward in a public vote to choose Erdinger Athlete of the Year 2016. And Jon won the vote overwhelmingly with 36% of the total votes cast (see



    Jon has commented:

    "In late 1999 at the age of 48 with no background in any of swimming, cycling or triathlon I heard of Ironman triathlon and decided to attempt one. I had to go to swimming classes, ride a bike for the first time since I was 15, and buy running shoes for the first time in my life. I visited the Harrogate store, close to where I then lived, and explained - truthfully - I had never run before. I was naturally asked what my objectives were. I was reluctant to answer because I feared being laughed at. But I did answer and received nothing but support.

    I entered my first running races in 2000, and my first half-marathons and then marathon in early 2001. I raced two triathlons in 2002 and my first Ironman triathlon (my third triathlon) in June 2003. Despite some serious setbacks and illnesses - I "lost" the whole of 2004 and 2005 due to illness - I have now completed ten ironman distance triathlons and around two dozen triathlons of half that distance.

    Ever since I started this journey I have bought all my running shoes and gear from U&R. Not only for the high quality of the goods but for the support I have received since my first nervous visit to the Harrogate store in 1999.”

    Jonathan Midwood, General manager of Up & Running says:

    “I was that staff member who served Jon all those years ago and I have to be honest when he stated what his intention was there was indeed some doubt.” He goes on to say; “however, like many other times in our life we can be proved wrong in our initial judgements. Jon is an inspiration to us all to not set ourselves limits. To chase our dreams and aspirations and to believe that hard work will pay in the long run. Jon has been a long serving customer of Up & Running, but more importantly he has become a lifelong friend. All of us at Up & Running we would like to thank Jon for his kind words and look forward to supporting his endeavours in the years to come.”



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