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About Runners Retreat

Expert advice and personalised service from people passionate about your sport
from our shops in Marlow and Farnham Common (previously Apex Sports)

Runners' Retreat started from a desire to provide everything for runners in Marlow and the surrounding area. We pride ourselves on having a big selection of brands; to offer genuine choice for everybody. Runners' Retreat has links with all the clubs in the area. We are actively involved and support many of the local races. We offer advice to runners of all ability and age. The serious club runner. The long distance ultra runner. Those of us who run for fitness, to lose weight and for our mental well being. We're all runners.

10 years after the Marlow Shop opened, we spread our wings and we now also have Runners' Retreat Farnham Common. Apex Sports was one of the first proper specialist running shops in the country and gained a great reputation over the years. Mike Baldock established a great shop and introduced Matt and Brian into the trade. With his retirement in 2021, we are incredibly pleased to take on a second shop.

We aim to be the hub for all things running between Reading and London.


Farnham Common

Meet the team

Our shops are run by experienced runners, for runners

Matt Whiting Runners Retreat


A lifelong passion for running led to Matt setting up Runners' Retreat in 2011.

Matt ran competitively in middle distance and cross country events for Wycombe Phoenix, Windsor, Slough Eton and Hounslow and Belgrave Harriers. He then focused on coaching and has helped a large number of club, master and international athletes over the last two decades.

Matt now tries his best to run a few times a week for fitness. When not working, Matt loves to travel. Croatia is his favourite place. Look out for a Runners' Retreat there one day!



After running the most successful Woolworths store in the country, Brian teamed up with Matt to start Runners' Retreat. Brian has a vast knowledge of running and triathlon. He competed in the first London marathon in 1981 and has also completed the Lanzarote Ironman.

He still runs most days of the week and has helped lead a number of highly successful couch to 5km programs with Marlow Striders. Brian loves the outdoors, so if not running, loves to be out walking in the countryside.

Scott runners retreat


Scott joined the team in 2019 and is our go to person when it comes to 'shoe tech'. A member of Wycombe Phoenix Harriers, Scott competes in cross country events and has now started taking on some longer mountain events.

His two young daughters keep him busy when not at work!

Emily runners retreat


Emily joined us after recently graduating from Birmingham University. She is also a 'running graduate' from parkrun! Like so many runners now, Emily got into running by doing parkrun on a Saturday morning.

During university, she also started training and competing in triathlons. She runs with Hazlemere Runners and is looking at doing a marathon in the future. When not running, Emily loves to watch her football team, Brentford!

Ryan runners retreat


Ryan joins us with over 15 years worth experience in the running trade, having previously worked for Up and Running and Apex Sports. He is now heading up our Farnham Common Shop. Ryan has competed in a numerous iconic ultra events over the last 25 years. Comrades, The Ridgeway Run, The Thames Path 100 and The Grand Union Canal (145miles) to name a few.

When not working or running, he loves to travel.



Fin joined the team in 2021. He's represented the County on a number of occasions in cross country events and is one the best young distance runners in the area.

Fin is a massive Glasgow Rangers fan and watches them whenever he can!

Miles Run
Ultra Marathons

    We are all experienced runners and love to talk all things running with our customers.


    Free gait analysis and extensive experience in fitting shoes. Whether its advice on starting running or the challenge of the marathon; we can help.


    We stock a wide range of running footwear and clothing and pride ourselves on having lots of options, whatever your requirements.

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