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Sign our petition: Running shops are as ‘essential’ as cycling shops

Running, of all sports, is one of the cheapest and most accessible activities that people can do, even more so over the recent periods of lockdown. You can run from your front door on pavements, paths, parks, trails, literally anywhere within a permitted time limit.

We have seen a huge increase in new runners who require specialist advise, only available from knowledgable, 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 heath.

Buying the wrong running shoes online can be a costly mistake, not only financially but it can potentially cause serious injury.

Specialist running shops, by their nature, have the ability and skills to operate an appointment only system, ensuring Covid-secure measures can be adhered too.

To that end, we would like to invite you to sign out petition to keep our running shops open, alongside our cycling brothers and sister during any periods of lockdown.