It can be very hard to say goodbye to a pair of running shoes. After covering hundreds of miles in a pair, setting PBs and tackling races all over the country, or even the world, there will be so many happy memories attached to them that throwing them in the bin can feel like cruelly discarding your trusted wingmen.

You can ease the pain of saying farewell, however, by recycling your shoes. Trade them in as part of the Runner’s Need Recycle My Run campaign and your well-loved kicks will either be sent to one of 90 countries as re-wearable footwear or, if you’ve really run them into the ground, broken down into raw materials to be re-used in the manufacturing process. You’ll also get a £20 voucher towards new shoes to go along with the warm glow of knowing you haven’t been wasteful.

This year’s Recycle My Run campaign will launch on Sunday 10th October at the Royal Parks Half Marathon and continue until Sunday 21st November. During this period you can recycle your shoes at any of the close to 50 Runners Need stores or any of Soex’s 11,000 national recycling stations. These are a common sight in car parks and at recycling centres, and you’ll also find them at Waitrose, Tesco and Booths supermarkets.

If you opt to use a Soex station, take a photo of you and your old shoes when recycling them and email it to You’ll then be sent your £20 voucher.

To find out more, peruse this Recycle My Run webpage on the Runners Need website or pop into any store and ask.

If you’re on the look-out for a new pair of shoes, we would point you in the direction of our round-up of the best road running shoes of 2021, where you’ll find the perfect pair for you no matter what type of runner you are – be it marathon-loving speedster or parkrun plodder.


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