Going running for the first time? Or just fancy new gear? Leeds has you covered with everything you need to keep going thanks to the city’s expert running shops.
It doesn’t matter if you’ve just taken up running as your new hobby or you’re an experienced runner, you still need all the right kit to keep you on the road or on the treadmill. You’re in luck because Leeds has an array of shops ready and waiting with all the top gear. From specialist running shoes to base layers, waterproof gear and all the latest gadgets, let the city’s running shops kit you out.
Up & Running
There are two Up & Running shops in Leeds – and they’ll both go the extra mile to make sure you get the right gear. You’ll be served by a running expert and if you’re buying your first pair of trainers, they offer gait analysis, so you’ll know whether to get neutral or support running shoes. They specialise in trainers and clothes for both men and women, with gear from respected brands like Garmin, Saucony, Asics and Mizuno. Alongside the essentials, they also stock all the accessories you need, from sunglasses to training aids, watches and running headphones.
Up & Running, 38 Boar Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5DA & 261 Otley Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS16 5LQ.
You’ll find Runners Need within the tri-branded shop at the corner of Lands Lane, which is also home to Snow and Rock and Cycle Surgery. The Runners Need section is a treasure trove of top-notch gear. If you’re after new trainers, you can choose from a range of specialist road, race or trail running shoes. Not sure where to start? Take advantage of their free training advice, gait analysis and shoe fitting services. They’ve got loads of clothes and accessories too, from tops and jackets to insoles and sports bras. Don’t forget to stock up on energy supplements while you’re here either.
Runners Need, 11 Albion Place, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6LD.
A trip to Otley is in order if you want to visit the Yorkshire Runner. This is a small independent running shop that’s run by three friends who are all experienced runners. It doesn’t matter if you’re a newcomer, a casual runner or a marathon competitor, their four-step fitting process will help you find the perfect shoes. They’ll find out how much you run and any aches or pains you have before checking your foot shape and completing a gait analysis to give you their recommendations. They stock brands like Camelbak, Walsh and Inov-8, so you can choose from the best of the best – and they also stock all the essential kit and accessories to go with your new shoes.
Yorkshire Runner, 38 Bondgate, Otley, West Yorkshire, LS21 1AD.
The Complete Runner
The Complete Runner is a respected independent store that’s owned by Terry and Pat Lonergan – together, they have over 30 years experience of running. Inside, you can make the most of the comprehensive range of running gear, with the best brands on the market. They stock seven different types of running shoe, including trail, cross country and track & field from brands like Saucony, Karhu and Mizuno. If you’re buying your first pair of shoes, you can make the most of the gait analysis to find out if you need neutral or support shoes. They also have plenty of clothing gear and an unrivalled selection of accessories, from books to bags, heart rate monitors and drinks bottles.
The Complete Runner, Leeds Road, Ilkley, West Yorkshire, LS29 8EQ.
This one probably isn’t the first place you’d think of, but Cotswold Outdoor is surprisingly good for running gear, especially if you’re heading out into the great outdoors. They’ve got a great range of trail shoes, which are perfect for fell running, and you can choose from top brands like Scott, The North Face and Salomon. It’s not just trail shoes though, they also have a small but excellent selection of road shoes, many of which are from endurance specialists Hoka One One. Need running gear and accessories? No problem, they stock everything from running tops to GPS devices.
Cotswold Outdoors, The Core, Lands Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6AW.
Real Buzz is a one-stop shop for runners in need of new gear. Running shoes for men, women and children are their forte, whether you need road, trail, off-road, track, field or gym trainers. Don’t know where to start? Their expert team of exercise-loving staff will provide a fitting and help you find the right shoes. They also stock a wide array of running clothes, from compression gear to jackets, and if you need the latest fitness tech or running accessories, they have that covered too.
Real Buzz, 55 Albion Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5AA.
You probably don’t think of Sports Direct as a running shop, but it might surprise you. The Leeds store has a dedicated section for running and fitness, with entire walls covered in the latest running shoes from the likes of Under Armour, Karrimor and Adidas. They have specialist pairs for different arch types or if you’re running on road, trail or track – but they don’t offer gait analysis, so you’ll need to know what you’re looking for when you shop here. Need running clothes? You can get everything from socks to base layers, jogging bottoms and jackets, as well as a section for hi-vis running, so you can run safely at night.
Sports Direct, 20 The Headrow, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6PT, Crown Point Retail Park, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS10 1ET and 361 Roundhay Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS8 4BU.