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Parkrun with son and a trip to Sweatshop (would recommend them!)

My comment at dinner last night asking if anyone was coming to the Parkrun with me was met with surprising enthusiasm from my 2 sons. However the reality in the morning was that No 1 son preferred to sleep but No2 was up for it (literally).

This was his first Parkrun and he hadn't done much running since an operation on his foot this summer. However he completed it in 35 minutes and more importantly enjoyed it.

At one point I could hear his heavy footfall behind me in his leather trainers and he was speaking to someone on the way round who said they weren't the best for running. So we decided to do a trip to Sweatshop this afternoon not least because as well as a sale they give another 10% off for Parkrunners and we had a £5 token. The assistant couldn't have been more patient and helpful. She did a gait analysis then offered a range of shoes which suited his running style and his narrow feet. We came away with a pair and some socks.

While I was there I got a new pair for myself and had a chat with another Parkrunner who was also looking for a bargain. The assistant even was happy to put aside a pair of shoes for her until tomorrow when the special offer came into effect.

So a good experience all round. I even had a decent time at the Parkrun - not a PB but the best time since the clocks went back.

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I went to sweatshop on the back of a recommendation from another blogger on here. Totally agree with you. The level of service you get from the staff there is brilliant.

On my first visit I was there for ages as i just couldn't decide what shoes to buy but the assistant was very helpful and didn't rush me at all. In the end I returned the first pair under the 30 day guarantee and again they couldn't have been more helpful.

Wouldn't hesitate to go back or recommend to others.


Well done on the parkrun Wilma and for getting your son along. What better way to incentivise him than to get new shoes and what better shop to go to! I love Sweatshop and always highly endorse them on here! Sue


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