The Running Shop

Established in 1992 and staffed by a team experienced in athletics, competing and coaching we're here to help you with all your running needs. Call us on 01604 701961

Meet The Team

Staff

We are always happy to help however we can, from advice about footwear to injuries and training. All of our staff are very experienced in helping our customers choose the correct running shoe and getting the right fit.

Connor Ratcliffe (Owner)

Connor first started at the shop in 2008 as a ‘Saturday boy’. In 2012 he completed his degree in Podiatry. He has a particular interest in biomechanics and has since been involved with the University of Northampton’s school of Podiatry, both treating patients in clinic and with research projects.  He now splits his time between working in the shop and practising podiatry.

He has been running since the age of 10 and has competed for Northamptonshire at The English Schools cross country championships and won the county championships on the track.

Neil Glover

    

Neil joined us in 2005.

He has been involved in Athletics for more than 20 years, from coaching for Rugby and Northampton Athletics Club, to competing himself and supporting others.

In 2011 Neil began to compete in triathlons and in 2013 was selected to compete for Great Britain in the European Sprint Triathlon in Turkey.

 

 

 

 

Amanda Foster

to be completed)

Our Sponsored Athletes

Tom Flavin

D.O.B: 6/3/1996

 

When did you start running?
I started running 5 Years ago when I started triathlon. 3 years ago I joined Rugby and Northampton athletics club, and have competed at cross country since age 11.

What inspired you to run competitively?

What made me start was that I already enjoyed running casually and the competition was also appealing so joined the club to run more seriously but also to be able to compete against others and test myself.

What is your greatest achievement?

Greatest Achievements: Youngest Person in Europe to complete a Half Ironman (1.9km Swim, 92km Bike and 21km Run). 18th At triathlon World Championships in the under 20 category for Olympic Distance. 2nd at national triathlon championships.

What are your aims in the future?

Complete Ironman UK in 10 hours or less and qualify for Kona Ironman World championship.

What is your favourite race distance ?

Favourite race distance is Half Ironman.

What is the best event you have done ?

World Championships in London 2013, The race itself was at an incredible venue with massive amounts of supporters all around the course. The Atmosphere was incredible, the night before and the whole way through race day, but also racing with the best triathletes in the World was inspiring and motivating to drive further.

 

Michael Aldridge

D.O.B. 14/09/73

 

2014 race times best times:

10k: 31min17

5k: 15min 32

Parkrun: 15min33

 

When did you start running?

I have enjoyed running for as long as I can remember. I loved being fit and healthy and I was always at the front of the queue for PE lessons and the school cross country even if I didn't always do well. I represented my school at rugby, cricket, cross country and athletics so I have been playing sport since I was 7 or 8 years of age. However, winning races was just a great feeling and so running became my choice of sport. 

 What inspired you to run competitively?

 I was fortunate enough to go to a great school (both primary and secondary) and was surrounded by friends and colleagues who went on to become top class sports people. Iwan Thomas (400m British record holder and Olympian), Alan Nielsen (Newcastle and Welsh football international), Paul Rawden (scored a double century on tour with county cricket at 18 years of age), Darren Ketteringham (under 18 England rugby player) and Steve Body (England cross country, British Universities 3000m champion and sub 30min 10k athlete). I was way behind these guys at schoolboy level and although none of them will know, they all inspired me in their own way.

 I didn't really run much in my 20s though and only really focused on training hard in my 30s. It was only by surrounding myself with athletes at a club that I began to realise what sort of training was involved to be better. Even in my early days with Wootton road runners I was inspired by those who simply were putting more effort in than I was. I used to think 10miles was a weekly mileage rather than a daily one! 

 Since then I have gradually increased my training year on year into my late 30s and now 40s and now train 7 days per week under the guidance of Ian Wilson. He's completely transformed my training and I trust his every judgment. It's a great working partnership and the results are now beginning to show. Pbs year on year for every distance! It's hard work but I love it.

What is your greatest achievement?

It was a great honour to be selected for the England masters cross country team in my first year of working with Ian. But since then, I would have to say 2 events share that. Firstly winning the British masters 5000m championships last year. I ran a pb of 15.27 and earned my first win over Gordon Lee. It was an exciting race to be involved with and must have swapped first and second place each lap for 12laps and about 3 times on the final lap. It came down to a final 100m head to head and I had to dig in hard to win by only 0.2 seconds! 

 The other was winning the British masters 10k in Norwich. I felt so good during the race and ran a pb of 31.17. The crowd was unbelievable and the course was flat and fast. I forgot to start my watch so crossing the line in a great time was just the icing on the cake. I was on such a high that day and it will be something that will stay with me for a long time. 

What are your aims in the future?

I would love to be selected for the British masters cross country team again. I would also like to win the 10,000m on the track in September. As for pbs, I am aiming for sub 31 mins 10k, sub 15mins 5k and sub 69mins for half marathon. 

What is your favourite race distance?

It has to be the half marathon. I seem to favour the long distances and like the more tactical element of the race. I enjoy the fact you may go through good and bad patches during the race. 10k and 5k races are too short for that. Marathons are great but they render me useless for the next 3 months so I miss out on most other races! 

What is the best event you have done?

I loved doing the Edinburgh marathon in 2013 and running a new pb there. I was first over 40year old and 8th overall. The East Midlands Grand Prix series this year was brilliant too and I really enjoy running when you have most of your club there too. The support makes it more worthwhile. But I think overall the GEAR 10k in Norwich this year was the best race I've competed in for a long time. The crowds were really supportive and I just enjoyed the event so much. Running the time I did just made all the hard work seem worthwhile.
 

Jack Bond

DOB 03/07/1997

I started running and swimming when I was 8 years old. Some friends had started and they said that we were given sweets if we went to races, so that was the incentive that started my competitive career in sport!

 I always enjoyed doing sport from a young age and have always done a lot, whether trying out tennis or playing football I have tried a lot of sports! However it was a friend from swimming who first got me in to triathlon. This was just two and a half years ago and my climb through the sport has been fast and steep! I was hooked right away, I found the East Midlands regional academy two seasons ago and they have helped guide me in my training and racing. From being on the affiliate academy to getting on the proper squad this year I have been helped massively by the coaches there. I have always enjoyed cycling, I started doing proper training for it when I joined the academy and that has developed into my favourite discipline of the triathlon!

 My greatest achievements in the sport are attending the national talent camp in the Easter holidays of this year and that helped me to see how close I am to the top of the sport. A key race to reinforce this was the qualifier to represent Britain at the European youth relays where the top 3 qualify and I finished 7th! A massive improvement from 35th last year!! Also a great achievement was cycling from lands’ end to john o groats last summer with 8 other members of my family.

My aims for the rest of the season are to finish in the top 15 in the two remaining races, the British champs and under 20’s festival and to hopefully get a place in the European cup race at the festival. Also to defend my title at the Daventry triathlon and hopefully get the course record! For next year I hope to have another solid winter of training so I can compete within the top 10 in the super series (national series) and long term I hope to get myself a GB trisuit!

 My favourite race in the super series is the Blenheim palace triathlon as it is such a stunning venue, the bike course is nice and fast and I always seem to have a good race there!! Also the atmosphere is great as the race is on tv, there are many age groupers and first timers in the open race that it makes for a great weekend out!