Within Sheffield’s city limits, you're spoilt for choice when it comes to road, trail, and even fell running. And now thanks to designated Run Routes across the city, it's even easier to grab your shoes and go.
Whether you’re choosing your first pair of running shoes, you’d like advice about the right kit for off road running, or you want gear for winter runs in the hills, there are some great specialist running shops in Sheffield.
A local independent running store that has everything a runner could need. Staffed by an expert team who run, race and coach, they cater for road, trail, fell running and adventure racing. The Accelerate Performance Centre offers biomechanic assessment, soft tissue therapy treatment and podiatry, including a sports injury prevention and assessment clinic. Accelerate are also the sponsors of the Gritstone Series - ten fell races in the Peak District, held throughout the year.
Best for: the full package - running kit, expert advice, coaching, and treatment.
Accelerate UK, 629 Attercliffe Road, Sheffield, S9 3RD Tel: 0114 2422569. http://www.accelerateuk.com/
Another specialist independent shop, owned by Sheffield runners experienced in road, fell and trail running from sprint to ultra distance, as well as triathlon. Stocking a range of shoes to suit any runner, they offer an expert shoe fitting service, plus treatment rooms with sports therapy and exercise testing. As well as a range of running clothing and accessories like watches and headtorches, they are the only running shop in the city to stock wetsuits and tri clothing. Join the team and their shop dog Skip on their regular free 5k (road) and 10k (trail) shop runs.
Best for: Shoe advice and fitting, triathlon, expert knowledge of local trails.
296 - 298 Sharrowvale Road, Sheffield S11 8ZL Tel: 0114 2669591. http://www.frontrunnersheffield.co.uk/
Outside is a specialist outdoors shop rather than a specialist running shop, but it has a specific section for trail and fell running that includes a good range of shoes, backpacks and accessories. The shop stocks everything needed for trail running in all weathers including maps, compass, and headtorches. A family run business, the staff are climbers, walkers, and runners, and have excellent local knowledge. The shop has a cafe upstairs, worth a visit to refuel after a run.
Best for: High performance outdoor gear.
Outside, Main Road, Hathersage, Derbyshire, S32 1BB Tel: 01433 651936. http://www.outside.co.uk/
If you don’t want to splash out on the big brands, Decathlon has a wide range of running products that will do the job, including clothes, backpacks, and waterproofs.
Best for: Good value all-round kit.
199 Eyre Street S1 3HU Tel: 0114 229 8190 http://www.decathlon.co.uk/en/store?store_id=PS_UK_340&store_name=decathlon-sheffield
Up and Running
If you’re looking for a running shop in the city centre, head to Up and Running. A national chain, they offer all the standard gear, and will advise on the right kit for you.
Best for: Road runners.
37-39 Church St, Sheffield, S1 2GL Tel: 0114 2780000 http://www.upandrunning.co.uk/sheffield