how far will you go?....can you help me

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30/08/2005 at 09:17
Open & up front......I'm after your information, this thread is open to anybody so none is a secret

Those of you who may know me, know i work in a running store. I have a question to ask...

How far would you be willing travel, to get to a specialist running store, rather than just make do with a sports shop that stocks a few shoes, or the high street chain store or shopping online/mail order.

thnaks JB
30/08/2005 at 09:27
I have to travel from Inverness to Edinburgh or Glasgow (155 and 170 miles respectively) to get to a specialist running shop. We have a small "good" shop locally, but they only stock Asics, which I can't get on with. Only alternative is JJB or mail order.

I don't make a special trip to go to the running shop - but will factor a visit in if I'm going to be in the central belt for any other reason.

Difficult to say how far I'd travel "just" to get to a shop, as there aren't any closer, but possibly up to 50 miles.
30/08/2005 at 09:31
There's a perfectly good shop here in Portsmouth, but I always go to one in Worcester when I'm 'up north' visiting my folks, because it's much better. So not a specific journey as such, but I will make an excuse to visit them when I need new shoes! It's about 150 miles away...

The Evil Pixie    pirate
30/08/2005 at 09:47
there is a shop in Loughborough where I work (16m from home) but I will buy from the Sweatshop when visiting mum's (130m away!) or from my club chairman (but only if it is something I don't need to try or see)
30/08/2005 at 09:53
thanks, so far.......
30/08/2005 at 10:00
How lazy am I - there are two shops I like - one 30 miles one about 40.
30/08/2005 at 10:08
I have been know to travel about 60 miles but if someone recommended a very good shop I would probably try it

went 120 miles to go to a triathlon shop
cougie    pirate
30/08/2005 at 10:08
Erm, the nearest one to me is about 0.7 of a mile and I can walk there at lunchtimes.

But I have travelled about 50 miles to get to a decent tri shop ?
30/08/2005 at 10:44
I am lucky my local sports shop (non chain store) family run has a few runners in it and they are happy to order bits in for me.

I tend to travel 30 miles to another running shop as they have stuff avaliable and it means I am not hanging around for 10 days waiting for something to come in but like others have said if it was 60-100 miles away to a great store, I may well go as sometimes the larger chain stores make me feel silly for asking a question, so that in its self is worth the travelling hope that helps you?

But I must be honest with the use of the internet I am getting lazy and buying things of the net !
30/08/2005 at 12:17
There is nothing on the Isle of Man so I have to fly to get to a decent specialist running shop. I only ever go when I'm over though, I think I'd need a lottery win before I made a trip specifically to go shopping.
30/08/2005 at 12:26
I go into london or dartford 50-60 miles for trainers but for the odd top a local sports shop is okay as long as it's the right material......they are getting better at stocking this sort of thing now -I even found a nice top in Millets recently!
30/08/2005 at 12:35
thanks again, by the way you are all helping with a big business decision that the store i work at is making. you're shaping the future.!!!
30/08/2005 at 13:22
I going to vote for the other side.... I wouldn't bother to go to a running specific store unless it was very close ( 15-20 minutes drive max) - I'd use the internet instead. This is for two reasons - I've been running a while and generally know what sizes etc I want, plus I'm very small (shoe size 3) and many running shops don't stock much in my size anyway so a waste of time for me.

30/08/2005 at 13:31
I'll travel around the 50 miles distance because I have to. I have used the internet before because of no other choice, (I knew the size and shoe type from previous experience), but if a shop was available, I would use that instead.

Interesting question as I've been doing similar research myself!

What you up to then, Jethro?
The Evil Pixie    pirate
30/08/2005 at 13:33
yeah what you planning and where are you anyway!
30/08/2005 at 13:37
greeny ol chap long time no speaky....
probs caus i'm so busy, and not getting to play on here much. wot you thinking about greeny?
30/08/2005 at 13:46
Yes, very long time!

I asked first!!
30/08/2005 at 14:56
EP you're about to get mail
Greeny you maybe too
30/08/2005 at 14:57
I'll email you too, Jethro!
30/08/2005 at 15:40
I live in Liverpool, and have travelled to Chorley and Bolton specifically to go to running shops, I've also been to one in Solihull, but I was there anyway so it probably doesn't count. I'd probably go back to the Bolton one quite happily, I wasn't really impressed enough with the Chorley one to go there again. I travel around a lot with work as well and usually try to pop into anywhere in the area if I have time.

I'd probably buy my next pair of shoes off the internet now, but I've found I need to try shorts on so I may be going back to Bolton soon.
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