JJB Sports "Serious About Running" - they must be joking!

JJB Sports

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11/08/2004 at 20:30
Has anyone spotted the advert in the London Marathon Magazine from JJB Sports "Serious about running". Well I thought I'd test this out at my local branch and fair enough I found a pair of Adidas Supernovas. However it appears that JJB dont stock half sizes!

So I contacted their customer services and the response was "Unfortunately we are unable to stock half sizes in a majority of our range as we simply do not have the capacity to carry the stock.

You should also be aware that the actual fit of a trainer varies between manufacturers and as we carry a vast range there should always be enough choice for a customer to make a decision from."

Serious about running - they must be having a laugh!
11/08/2004 at 20:55
bling bling chav scum shop, innit?
11/08/2004 at 21:41
their serious about running until they come up against a serious runner, ask for a well cushioned stabil shoe and you`ll be told they dont look good with jeans..
11/08/2004 at 21:44
Behave.

Not JJB but JD. I was in JD years ago looking at the running section (when I used to do the odd 10K), and was told that Nike Tuned Air was "excellent for runnin' because it had air bubble, innit". Classy!
11/08/2004 at 22:49
anyone fancy taking watchdog in a few stores with a hidden camera?

cringeworthy.
11/08/2004 at 23:00
One chap in Allsports told me Nike Shox were great for running. Do they mean running to the chip shop?
11/08/2004 at 23:55
I had a great experience in Lillywhites when I went in with a pair of Asics looking for a replacement. I said I knew that model wasn't made any more but I was very happy with it so could I have a pair in whatever the replacement model was. The salesman said they didn't have that model but did have another pair in another make that was the same colour! They may well have, I didn't stick around long enough to check.
12/08/2004 at 08:18
I went to JJB a while ago looking for some serious running shoes and none of the staff Ispoke to had any knowledge of pronation, neutral cushioning or stability but these ones look good sir, very popular model.
Instead I went to Northern Runner in Newcastle and the staff there took the time to fit me out correctly,
How a proper "serious about running" shop should be.
12/08/2004 at 08:21
I got a nice running top from JJB.

One thing I can't work out about the shox and the like is what happens in the mud? I guess it all clogs up nastily.
12/08/2004 at 12:40
can your local JJB pronounce the word 'manufacturers'?

blimey - that's five whole syllables

most chavs now believe that they subsist on 'greggs pies' and they wear 'nike shoos' because polysylllabic words like 'pasties' ans 'trainers' are getting a bit difficult for them

hence JD and JJB, and Sunny D

presumably lillywhites will change to LLW soon to avoid alienating its key demographic
12/08/2004 at 14:22
U obvisiously not JD innit. R U DJ?

BTW, I got stopped by one of the staff in JD as I was walking out with 3 copies of Marathon News. Twas OK once I explained to the tw@t that the magazine was achtually free.
12/08/2004 at 15:16
Me too, trinity! I'm glad it's not just me.

But then, I used to get embarrassed when I saw Dufour bumper stickers on cars and wondered how people could be so blatant.
12/08/2004 at 18:50
To my mind Dufour sounds just too much like Durex. I keep having to remind myself which is which.
12/08/2004 at 22:15
hey maybe they'll sponsor that rubbish chap.
Moe
13/08/2004 at 11:27
Bought my first pair of shoes for running (wouldn't call them running shoes) from JJB, when I told the guy I was running the Marathon he asked "how fars that then?"............. I know, I should have twigged then!

I ran a 10k in them....... well I say ran, more like hobbled! Then I joined the local running club and was guided to what I really needed............. a pub........ no! a proper running retailer.

I've e-mailed JJB (and just for interest CC'ed it to Trading Standards)telling them my story and what I think of their claim.

I often pop in to see if they've got any better and sometimes test them a little......... its cruel really, but fun!
Moe
13/08/2004 at 11:29
Just for reference heres my mail:

Dear JJB

Having been a runner for over eight years now my first supposedly 'proper' pair of running shoes were bought, on the advice of staff from your store. In hindsight this was a mistake which was highlighted by the staff meber asking "how far is a marathon?"

Your store in Yeovil rarely stocks anymore than one or two 'proper running shoes' and over the last seven years I have gone into the store to have a look and see if any of the staff have any knowledge of running at all (other than knowing thats what Beckham does in between scoring or taking a dive!). To date I have never yet found any of your staff to have any specialist knowledge of running whatsoever.

So your claim in the London Marathon magazine of being 'Serious about running' is at best misleading and at worse dangerous as a novice marathon runner could buy a shoe totally unsuitable and not up to the job leading to injury. I am also suprised that the FLM would allow you to make such a claim in their publication.

I was lucky when I started running that the only distance I did in the Nikes I originally bought was a 10k before I was guided to a specialist running shop where I bought a pair of Asics that were suited to my style of running.

I'm not sure that your claim would not be of interest to Trading Standards!
13/08/2004 at 11:44
Can't wait to see the reply !!!

( I have managed to get some decent bargins, last years model etc at JJB. But all without the assistance of the staff)

My ex-wife once managed to stun a member of JJB staff. ( I had gone in for wander ) When she ( the staff girl) asked if she could help. The ex replied.... No we are both proper runners !!! classic
Moe
13/08/2004 at 11:49
Like it! I'll remember that one.
13/08/2004 at 11:52
Moe, that's excellent! I suspect you won't get a reply but would be intrigued to see what they could say in their defence.

DTS, good one - I'd like to say I'll be using it but I suspect I'd just look a prat using it in Runner's Need ;-)
13/08/2004 at 12:53
Dear Moe

IZ U SERUIOS.... SEERIUS.... SERORUS... IZ U AVIN A LAFF. JJB IZ DA PROPPA BLING BLING INNIT AND CHAVID BECKHAM N DJ OXIDE N NEUTRINO N ALL DA STARZ SHOPZ ERE N EVRYTHING SO U IZ TALKIN PLUMZ. N WE IZ DA TOP GANGSTA, INNIT, SO IF UZ DISS US N E MORE WE WILL POP DA CAP IN UR ASS, INNIT.

thank you, please call again

JJB Sports
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