First speakers announced for The National Running Conference

The organisers of The National Running Conference, in partnership with Running Imp, have confirmed two well-respected names in the running industry as speakers for the event on Friday January 18, 2019, at Birmingham’s NEC.

Nick Pearson, CEO of parkrun Global Ltd, and Neil Venables, General Manager of Intersport UK & Ireland, are the first two speakers to be confirmed for this industry-leading B2B conference in the new year.
Nick Pearson became CEO of parkrun Global in May 2015. With 20 years’ experience in the sports industry and as the former Managing Director of Sweatshop, Nick is responsible for developing the global parkrun growth strategy.

Neil Venables became General Manager of Intersport UK & Ireland in August 2017, following 21 years of working within the adidas group. He is responsible for driving strategic development for the Intersport UK and Ireland group.

Taking place the day before The National Running Show, and organised by the same team behind this award-winning expo, The National Running Conference in partnership with Running Imp will host a gathering of key leaders and business influencers in the running world, namely brands, retailers, race directors, official bodies and community sectors. The conference, the first of its kind, will see them all come together for one day to network, share and impart knowledge to keep driving the UK’s running market forward.

Pearson and Venables will be joined by industry leaders from both the UK and overseas, more of whom will be announced over the coming weeks. The agenda for the day will include in-depth running market analysis, mutually beneficial partnerships, building a global brand and future trends and technologies that will shape the development of the UK running market. For any business related to running, it is a must-attend event and a stimulating start to 2019.

The National Running Conference, in partnership with Running Imp, is a joint venture between three partner companies: The National Running Show, Breathe Unity and UKRunChat.

Rebecca Richardson, Director of The National Running Conference, said: “We are delighted to confirm Nick Pearson and Neil Venables as speakers for The National Running Conference. With their extensive experience and knowledge, they are highly respected within the running industry and will be bringing valuable wisdom and vision to this revolutionary B2B conference. We are looking forward to hosting everyone under one roof to maximise opportunities within the UK running market and keep driving this huge market forward together.”

Anyone wishing to register for The National Running Conference 2019, or become a speaker, partner or sponsor, should contact

The National Running Conference, in partnership with Running Imp, takes place at Birmingham’s NEC on Friday, January 18, 2019. The National Running Show takes place at the same venue on January 19-20, 2019.

Go to nationalrunningconference.comfor further event details. Like the Facebook page and follow @nationalrunconf on Twitter and LinkedIn.

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