The organisers of The National Running Show have confirmed Jo Pavey and Susannah Gill as speakers for the event on Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th January 2020 at Birmingham’s NEC.
British long-distance runner Jo Pavey will be returning to The National Running Show for her third consecutive year, having proved an immensely popular and inspiring speaker at the two previous events. She will be taking to the Main Stage and sharing her wisdom and tips with what promises to be a packed audience.
Jo has represented Great Britain at every Olympic Games since Sydney in 2000 and is now targeting a record sixth Olympic Games in Tokyo 2020, at age 46. She was the oldest woman to win a European Championships gold when she claimed the 10,000m title in 2014 aged 40, and she is relishing the challenge of working towards a place in Team GB next year. Passionate about her sport, Jo is an active public speaker and her appearance at The National Running Show will see her share her love of running and affirm how it has the power to change people’s lives.
British runner Susannah Gill will be making her first appearance at The National Running Show 2020 as the female World Record Holder for running 7 marathons in 7 days on 7 continents. She completed the feat at the World Marathon Challenge in February 2019, taking the title in a time of 24 hours, 19 minutes and 9 seconds. She finished six of the seven marathons in first place and raised over £19,000 for SportsAid, a charity that supports Great Britain’s next generation of athletes.
At The National Running Show, Susannah will be sharing her story of how she first started running ten years ago to get fit enough to run the Virgin Money London Marathon, to having now completed over 50 marathons in a decade. Susannah’s mission is to inspire others to realise that we can all be amazing and she is expected to attract a full house for her talk next January.
Other speakers already confirmed for The National Running Show 2020 include British track star Sally Gunnell, Europe’s greatest ever 100m sprinter Linford Christie, ultramarathoner Dean Karnazes and 3-time Olympic medalist Kriss Akabusi. Endurance runner Susie Chan and Welsh Olympic silver medallist and former European and Commonwealth 400m champion Iwan Thomas will be co-hosting the event.
The National Running Show expects more than 60,000 visitor ticket registrations for 2020, once more bringing together runners, sports brands, retailers, nutrition experts, race organisers, communities and expert speakers for a weekend-long celebration of running.
Mike Seaman, Director of Raccoon Events, commented: “We are thrilled to see Jo Pavey return to speak at The National Running Show 2020 and we are immensely excited to welcome Susannah Gill for the first time. It is an honour to have two such incredible female athletes speaking at the event and sharing their anecdotes and tips with the audience. We have a superb speaker programme in store, which will be complemented by our biggest number yet of brands and feature areas. We look forward to seeing everyone again in January 2020!”
The National Running Show takes place on Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th January 2020. Tickets cost £10 and are valid for both days. Go to nationalrunningshow.reg.buzz to secure your ticket.