Well, we made the national press with our petition. Thank you for your support.
They ask: if cycling shops are essential, why aren’t running shops?
The owners of running shops in England have begun a campaign to keep their places of business open during the new lockdown. The government has yet to announce which shops will be considered ‘essential’ from this Thursday, but during the first lockdown, cycling shops were allowed to stay open, while running shops had to close.
The petition, which has already received over 1,600 signatures, says ‘running shops are just as “essential” as cycling shops’.
It goes on to say, ‘We have seen a huge increase in new runners who require specialist advice, only available from knowledgeable, experienced, dedicated independent running stores who provide a vital community service.
‘Specialist cycle shops provide a similar service and under previous rules were classed as “essential” according to government guidelines.
‘If this is the case, why are running shops not treated as their equal?
‘In these difficult times, exercise and, in particular, running provides an obvious physical benefit but, perhaps even more so is its ability to maintain and improve our mental health.
‘Buying the wrong running shoes online can be a costly mistake, not only financially but potentially can cause serious injury.
‘Specialist running shops, by their nature, have the ability and skills to operate an appointment only system, ensuring Covid Secure guidelines can be adhered to.
‘To that end we would like to invite you to sign our petition to keep our running shops open, alongside our cycling brothers during any periods of lockdown.’
Colin Kirk-Potter, one of the shop owners behind the campaign, posted an update today: 'I am trying to get this out to Mr Chris Heston-Harris who is the Minister of State for transport, and keen to keep cycle shops open as essential, something which I support.'