The National Running Show has been shortlisted in the ‘Show Rising Star’ category of the Exhibition News Awards, taking place in London on 23rd March 2018.

The 12th edition of the ENAs will take place at Battersea Evolution in the grounds of Battersea Park and a total of 22 awards will be presented to the very best people, companies and shows in the industry.

The Show Rising Star category reflects Exhibition News’ efforts to encourage more organisers to develop shows in the UK, rewarding one organiser that has either launched a show, or held the second edition of their consumer or trade exhibition, within the last year.

It is of huge credit to The National Running Show to be through to the shortlist of these prestigious annual awards. The National Running Show launched in January 2018 at Birmingham’s NEC and the inaugural show was an overwhelming success, with thousands of runners gathered under one roof to be thrilled and inspired by a first-class line-up of sports brands, sports retailers, race organisers, nutrition experts, communities and expert speakers.

The event came about as a result of event organisers – and keen runners – Raccoon Events spotting a gap in the market and working to deliver the UK’s first non-race affiliated event solely for runners. Timed to take place pre-race season, and with interactive sponsor areas drawing in the crowds alongside a packed speaker programme, free advice and one-to-one coaching, The National Running Show proved to be a must-attend event for runners of all abilities.

Raccoon Events are already working hard on bringing an even bigger and better second show to the UK’s running community on 19th-20th January 2019.

Eight exhibitions have reached the shortlist of the Show Rising Star category and the winner will be announced at the awards ceremony and black tie gala dinner on the night of 23rd March.

Mike Seaman, Director of Raccoon Events, commented:We are thrilled to be shortlisted in the Show Rising Star category at the Exhibition News Awards. It is an honour to be shortlisted alongside a number of other excellent exhibitions and credit goes to all those who worked so hard to make the very first National Running Show the success it was. A huge thank you also goes to all the runners who attended and to everyone who supported the inaugural show.

“We wanted to bring the running community together under one roof for a fantastic celebration of running and that is exactly what we did. It was a truly inspiring weekend and we are absolutely delighted that this has been recognised at the EN Awards.”

The second National Running Show takes place at Birmingham’s NEC on Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th January, 2019.

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