Monday 11th Dec

The Running Conference #TRC23

All The Monday Happenings

Today is the start of two days of exceptional content curated by and for the Running Industry and delivered by an inspiring roster of speakers.

The day is a mix of speakers, panels and round table discussions all designed to educate + inform, create thought-provoking conversations and joined-up action for the benefit and growth of the Running Industry. 

This is a safe business space environment with all attendees being Running Industry Alliance (RIA) Members.

Content is delivered across two rooms this year, STEPHENSON which is a 200 seater auditorium and TURING which is 16 tables of 10 (160). Both rooms have stage, screen and technical support. All confirmed attendees will have a breakdown of times to be able to attend chosen sessions

This is one of the biggest industry (B2B) and member celebration gatherings of the year.

Thank you for being part of RIA and TRC23! 

Monday Content, Activities & Networking

AM Early Activity Sessions, meet between 6am and 6.15am for 6.30am start for both activities - location to meet will be notified to attendees of each session 

Breakfast & Networking in The Restaurant hosted by haku from 7.30am to 9am.

The Running Conference Content (1) The Market Place; (2) Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging (DEIB); (3) Business Health & Wellbeing with a mix of speaker, panel & round table discussions.

Dual content in Turing and Stephenson today - do look at the full agenda below for further info.

Includes Tea and Coffee Networking.

Lunch & Networking in The Restaurant hosted by Endurance Zone from 12.30 to 1.45pm

Afternoon of activities, movement & networking: Multiple options for all abilities & across running, movement & education from 3pm to 5.30pm

Drinks reception and dinner in The Restaurant from 6pm onwards

Running Celebration Evening hosted by SCOTT

An evening of running heritage, fundraising & networking "go back to go forward together" with a focus on off-road running this year at #TRC23

Top Line Agenda for TRC23

Focus Areas For Monday Content

Today the focus areas for content are The Market Place: Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging (DEIB); Health & Wellbeing.

The Market Place

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging (DEIB)

Health & Wellbeing

Monday Early AM Strength & Conditioning Session

The early AM S&C Session takes place with 20 attendees hosted by RUNNA.

Meeting from 06.00am to 06.15am for a prompt 06.30am start. 

All registered attendees for this session will receive details of the meeting point.

Limited places - make sure you book with your ticket through registration.


Monday Early AM Run

The Early AM Run today takes place with 50 runners hosted by RUN ULTRA, Ultra Magazine, The Green Runners and Coopah! 

Meeting from 06.00 to 6.15am for a prompt 06.30am start. All registered runners for this session will receive details of the meeting point.

> Headlamps provided to trial today are by SILVA. 
> Run socks to test and keep are provided by Injini
> Magazine to keep by Ultra Mag.

Limited places - make sure you book with your ticket through registration.
Any products not wanted will be taken away by the providers. 


Breakfast For All Attendees

Breakfast is served from 7.30am to 9am in The Restaurant with a hot and cold rolling buffet offering from cereals and patisserie through to cooked breakfast and more. 

There will two breakfast sittings in The Restaurant, 7.30am to 8.15am and 8.15am to 9.00am - please choose a sitting time. 

Content will start from 08.30am in Turing and from 09.00am in Stephenson (see below).

There will be "grab and go" offering of breakfast baps and fruit in the Babbage area also.

Breakfast and Networking today is hosted by haku.

Content Opening and Key Information

Content will start from 08.30am in Turing and from 09.00am in Stephenson. Please make sure you have attended the correct breakfast sitting and flow above to be ready for content starting in each room! 

> Andy and Sarah will be hosting TURING.

> Matt and Vanessa will be hosting STEPHENSON.

TURING content and timings are first below with a lead on Brand, Retail and more.

Please scroll to view STEPHENSON content and timings below with a lead on Events and more. Something for every RIA Member and Alliance Partner attending TRC23.


HOST TRC23: Matt

HOST TRC23: Vanessa

HOST TRC23: Andy, The Running Channel

HOST TRC23: Sarah, The Running Channel


08.30am to 08.50am in Turing / 20 mins

FIRST-LOOK at The NEW annual "National Running Report"
A collaboration between England Athletics X Running Industry Alliance (RIA)

NOTE: A Round Table discussion will take place PM to gain RIA Member input for TRC24

Mick Lee

England Athletics 

08.55am to 09.10am in Turing / 15 mins

The Health of The Market and Trade

Ward Robertson

MD at STAG | The Buying Group

09.15am to 9.40am in Turing / 25 mins

The Market Place: Brand / Retail / Trade Focus Panel Discussion

Phil Benton, HOST

Jon Wild

Brand Director at Ronhill and Hilly

Neil Venables

International Markets at FootBalance

Chris Conlan

Co-Founder at Outside Of Ordinary

David Castle

Owner of The Running Hub

Gary Roethenbaugh

MD of Endurance Business

09.45am to 10.05am in Turing / 20 mins

The Trail Ahead - The Future of Brand and Marketing 

Daniel Macaulay

Founder of BrandWave

10.10am to 10.30am in Turing / 20 mins

Panel Discussion: DEIB learnings from across and parallel to the Sports Industry 

Pinky Ghadiali / HOST

Founder & CEO of Netwomen 

Jamie Hooper

Co-Founder of Include Summit

Jordan Guard

Founder & MD of the Women's Sports Alliance / MD of the Disability Sports Alliance

10.30am to 11am in Turing / 30 mins

Coffee Break in Turing and Babbage 

11.00am to 11.05am in Turing / 5 mins

Online Speaker: An update from Running Industry Association USA about the current Brand and Retail landscape

Terry Schalow

Executive Director of RIA USA

11.05am to 11.20am in Turing / 15 mins

Industry Update - what we can see from data that relates to changes on the landscape

Will Golder

CEO at RaceNation | SportsGiving

11.25am to 11.55am in Turing / 30 mins

HOST: John Chatwin, Senior Partner at PartnerWise

Panel Discussion: Live launch with brands of the new industry webinar series collaboration with PartnerWise x  RIA

Leading from TRC23 across 2024

HOST: John Chatwin

Senior Partner at PartnerWise

Ben Parker

Co-Founder & Head Coach at Runna

Geoff Hall

Marketplace Leader at Maurten

Pinky Ghadiali

Founder of Netwomen

Toby Hill

UK and North European Sales Manager at Superfeet Worldwide Inc

12.00pm to 12.15pm in Turing / 15 mins

Building and scaling a community-led brand  

The journey from start-up to scale-up; Ambition and execution; Living your values; Raising investment and Future proofing your business

Mike Seaman

CEO Raccoon Media Group

12.20pm to 12.35pm in Turing / 15 mins

Sharing behind the scenes of "CEO Unplugged"

Endurance Zone: Creating a global platform for sports and fitness brands to engage, reward and retain active customers

David Birch

CEO & Founder of Endurance Zone

Lunch For All Attendees

Lunch is served from 12.30pm to 1.45pm in The Restaurant with Chef's choice hot and cold rolling buffet. Starters, mains and a selection of desserts. 

There will be two lunch sittings (one at 12.30pm and one at 1.10pm) to finish by 1.45pm - please choose a sitting. 

Content will start from 1.15pm in Turing and from 1.45pm in Stephenson (see below).

There will be a "grab and go" offering of lunch bowls and fruit in the Babbage area also. 

Lunch and Networking today is hosted by Endurance Zone.

1.15pm to 3pm in Turing

Timings to be confirmed with a mix of Speaker and Round Table discussions

Craig Winter, Co-Speaker

Co-Founder of Runr

Campaign: What Food Bank Run is and how you can get involved


Sarah Donaghy, Co-Speaker

Founder of Food Bank Run

Campaign: What Food Bank Run is and how you can get involved


Tony Piedade, Speaker

Founder & Activator of JogOn

Campaign: Removing 1 million pairs of running shoes from landfill. The Journey so far and what is next / announcement at TRC23!


Ivo Gormley, Founder and CEO of GoodGym

Speaker: Loneliness, connection and the GoodGym story


8.30am to 8.50am in Stephenson / 20 mins

How to build, survive and sell a multi-million £ business
The tools required for success and what I look for when investing

Lara Morgan

 Co-Owner, Founder, Author and Investor

8.55am to 9.15am in Stephenson / 20 mins

The Health of The Events Industry

Nick Tuppen

 CEO Threshold Sports #MoreIsInYou

9.20am to 09.50am in Stephenson / 30 mins

Panel: The Market Place, Event and Mass Participation Focus

James Shipley

MD of ActiveTrainingWorld (ATW)

Jaclyn Levi

Co-Founder & CSO at haku

Sam Heward

Co-Founder at Ultra X

Jon Rew

MD of Scimitar

09.55am to 10.25am in Stephenson / 30 mins

SECOND SHOWING OF "FIRST-LOOK" at The NEW annual "National Running Report" A collaboration between England Athletics X Running Industry Alliance (RIA)

NOTE: A Round Table discussion will take place PM to gain RIA Member input for TRC24

Road race licensing update presented by England Athletics

Mick Lee

England Athletics

Barry Hopkins

Road Race Services Manager at England Athletics

10.30am to 11am in Stephenson / 30 mins

Coffee Break in Babbage 

11am to 11.05am in Stephenson / 5 mins

MPW | A global events update from Mass Participating World

11.05am to 11.20am in Stephenson / 20 mins

Emerging trends identifying across Running and MultiSport events 

Andrew Smith, CEO of Human Race

11.25am to 11.45am in Stephenson / 20 mins

The true value of international runner participation, discussion points for the awareness of the industry

Charlotte (Berndt) Melchert, CEO of World's Sport Group

11.50am to 12.15pm in Stephenson / 25mins

Panel Discussion: Is Artificial Intelligence (AI) the Future of Fundraising?

HOST: Tom Langdown

HOST | Panel Discussion: Is Artificial Intelligence (AI) the Future of Fundraising?

Julia Sobik, Head of Sporting Events & Volunteering at Alzheimer's Research UK

Hank Jandrell, Sales Director, International at ACTIVE Network, LLC

Sean Taylor, Senior Partnerships Manager at JustGiving

12.15pm to 12.30pm in Stephenson / 15 mins

Managing the fastest growing sport in the UK

Eddie Dier, Co-Speaker

General Manager of HYROX UK

Frank Valencia, Co-Speaker

Head of Affiliates HYROX UK

Lunch For All Attendees

Lunch is served from 12.30pm to 1.45pm in The Restaurant with Chef's choice hot and cold rolling buffet. Starters, mains and a selection of desserts. 

There will be "grab and go" offerings of lunch bowls and fruit in the BABBAGE area also. 

Lunch and Networking today is hosted by Endurance Zone.

David Birch

Founder and CEO Endurance Zone

Chris Timms

Global Sales Director at Endurance Zone

1.30pm to 2.10pm in Stephenson / 40mins

Panel Discussion: Inclusivity at running events and on the start line

HOST: Tom Kerry

Events Industry Expert

Sophie Power

Founder SheRaces and Ultrarunner

Simona Berry

Founder of Beta Outdoor Sports

Tasha Thompson

Founder Black Girls Do Run UK

Peter Cooper

CCO & Co-Founder of Coopah

2.15pm to 2.35pm in Stephenson / 20 mins

Unlocking Success: The Vital Role of Employee Engagement

Dan Trapp

Founder of Trapp Executive Search

2.40pm to 3pm in Stephenson / 20 mins

Building an innovative VIP membership program serving over 2 million loyal members

Daniel Klarkowski

VP Brand Partnerships Europe Fabletics

3pm to 5.30pm / Group PM Activities For All

Outdoor and Indoor Activity and Networking Options for all


Trail Running Experience hosted by Threshold Sports and friends, a local wood trail location 60 places

Threshold Sports

adidas TERREX


Red Bull

Tom Evans


Test and Track Running Experience with Sarah McDonald hosted by On
50 places

On Running

Sarah McDonald


Mindfulness workshop with expert Celina Hanson hosted by ASICS
50 places


Celina Hanson


Running with Poles Workshop with Charlie Sproson hosted by Mountain Run
15 places


Charlie Sproson


Evening Celebration For All

From 5.30pm to 11pm - full details to be unveiled for this exciting evening! 

Jo Meek


Ellis Bland

Platform Partner

The annual Fundrasing this year with GivenGain hosting and supporting the raised funds being equally split between the two charity partners with a focus on the future of our industry.  

Charity Partner

Personal Best Foundation supports children and young people from disadvantaged and underserved communities to achieve their personal best on the track, at school and in life. Tearing down barriers and levelling the playing field to make athletics more accessible to everyone, helping to bring young people together, to make them feel happier and healthier and to build their confidence and resilience. Because athletics has the power to change lives.

Ali Smith

Tokyo 2020 was Ali Smith’s first Paralympic Games. The T38 sprinter was part of ParalympicGB’s silver medal-winning quartet in the Universal relay. Together with Jonnie Peacock, Nathan Maguire, Libby Clegg and her guide Chris Clarke, the team clocked a new European record of 47.50. Ali also has European Championship medals to her name - she won T38 400m silver at Berlin 2018 and bronze at Bydgoszcz 2021.

Charity Partner

Dame Kelly Holmes Trust puts world class athletes shoulder to shoulder with young people. Equipping them with a winning mindset and shaping their futures - it's a teammate like no other. Whether that’s building relationship skills, improving self-esteem or learning to stay focused, our sporting champions help the next generation move forward with confidence.

Adam Whitehead

Olympian and Commonwealth Champion swimmer and experienced DKHT athlete mentor. Adam swam for Great Britain for over 10 years and went to all the major championships - European, Commonwealth Games, World and Olympic Games - winning seven international medals. Two career highlights would be winning the European Championships and Commonwealth Games.


Timetable for Round Table and PUDS will be issued to attending RIA Members

Healthy High Street

Active Travel

The Loneliness Epidemic

Dr Garry Palmer

PUDS | Live Session: VO2 Master, measuring VO2 max uses, applications and data / findings for the running industry.