If the autumn-based London Marathon and current raft of seasonal 10km trail runs have got you thinking about running again, great! Runners Need at Cotswold Outdoor has all the advice and gear to get you (back) into your running groove before winter sets in.
This time of year is perfect for runners with the softer ground not having quite given way to mud, the heat of the summer having dissipated but lots of sunshine still around.
However if we get a wet run of days, it can get a bit slippery out there, which can slow you down or lead to slips, falls and setbacks if you’re not careful, so it’s extremely important to make sure you have the right shoes for the conditions and for your feet, and to support the rest of your body.
If you’re getting back into it or starting from scratch with the Couch to 5Km, Runners Need at Newnham Court is the perfect place to go for some advice, inspiration and all the gear you’ll need to make sure you are running in the right shoes for your gait and foot structure.
The experts will be more than happy to give you a free (no obligation) running gait analysis and a chat about your running needs, experience and requirements to determine which shoe is best for you, work out what support you need for your arch and foot shape and any areas you might need to keep the pressure off (for example if you have back or knee problems).
They also have a huge selection of waterproof and hi-vis clothing, accessories and shoes to make sure you stay safe as the evenings and mornings get darker and the friendly and experienced team is more than happy to give you advice on all types of running kit and what you'll need.
Once you've got yourself kitted out, why not break in those shoes with a wander around our shopping centre!
Check out the latest lines in autumn clothing, accessories and shoes; get some tips on autumn planting and gardening Notcutts; or find some early inspiration for Christmas gifts. Then treat yourself to a coffee and slice of cake… You're going to be burning it off later anyway!
With easy access and plenty of free parking, it's always a lovely experience coming to Newnham Court Shopping Centre, whatever the season.