I live in India, where I haven’t yet been able to track down the gels that I am told are vital for running a marathon.
So on a recent trip to London I was thrilled to find a specialised running shop in East Sheen, just a few minutes drive away from Barnes, where I was based.
Aptly called ‘Up & running”, the shop has a quiet, unpushy air of professionalism about it.
When I explained that not only was I new to running, but was also thinking about transiting from half to full marathon, the young woman in the shop could not have been more helpful. A marathoner herself, she answered all my questions in great detail, explained about gels, gave me several (free) to take home and try, and was totally charming. No hard sell, nothing but relaxed friendly service.
Just wished I’d needed more stuff…would happily have spent hours in Up & Running.
I paid my bill (a very snazzy belt to hold said gels) and did not tell them that I blog and write reviews.
Recommended, from one very pleasant interaction.