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Front Runner

With the Peak District on its doorsteps and roads you can barely drive on, Sheffield is unmistakably one of the best places in the country for road, fell and trail running.

So when the question “Do you want to go for a run?” gets asked, it evokes a variety of emotions dependant on the recipient and the weather. To myself the initial momentary thought of the pain that will ensue is never enough to overcome the thought that running may actually do me some good! But to brothers Steve and John Franklin running is much more. The Franklin brothers opened Front Runner at the end of 2013, becoming the first independent running store on the west side of Sheffield since 1982.


From the outside, Front Runner may appear to be like any ordinary running shop but once you step inside and chat to the friendly staff you will soon come to realise there is a lot more on offer. With weekly road runs on a Monday night, and organised trail runs throughout the summer; the Front Runner team have been engaging with the local community, encouraging runners from all walks of life, with all ability levels, to get stuck in and give running a go.

With the combination of expert local knowledge, years of running experience, and multiple sport science degrees, the Front Runner team is able and equipped to offer a service that is second to none. Coupling this knowledge with the most up to date technology they are able to offer an exclusive shoe fitting experience matching your running style and technique to the shoe for you.


If finding the perfect shoe wasn’t enough, the Franklin brothers also work alongside other local professionals and are able to provide physiotherapy, massages, osteopathy, nutritional advice and sports psychology in the therapy rooms behind the shop. So after those gruelling nights on the moors or those long weekend mountain marathons, you feel like you need a bit of TLC, then Front Runner is the place for you.

We feel that Front Runners approach to the local community and providing an all round great customer service puts them way ahead of the field. So if like us you get the feeling that Front Runner is much more than your average running shop, why not join them for their weekly run and a beer or pop into their shop to get some friendly advice, along with a barista style coffee.

We hope you enjoyed the profile,
Independent Sheffield.


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