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Peak Run & Ride – Peak’s first step into the world of retail!

New Trentham shop for Running, Cycling and Outdoor Adventure aims to help get the community active.

Peak Run and Ride, Staffordshire’s newest running and cycling shop will officially open on Saturday 19th September. With its aim to help build a community of runners and cyclist to help get the people of Staffordshire and Cheshire active!

The Trentham Shopping Village based shop, will be selling everything from bikes and running apparel to clothing and accessories.  Whether you are a lifelong runner or new cyclist, we accommodate all ages, abilities, and interests.  We’ll also be helping to get riders sitting comfortably on their new bikes with a Bike Fit service, and runners running more efficiently with a Gait Analysis service.

Sitting under the existing Peak brand established by Audley-based Managing Director Paul Ball, Peak: Run & Ride is set to dovetail perfectly with Peak, which is currently operating in ten different locations in the UK – including the southern entrance of The Trentham Estate with Trentham Treetop Adventures.

Peak currently operates in three sectors: outdoor adventures; education at four independent, Ofsted-registered schools where the emphasis is on an ‘adventurous’ curriculum; and as the largest provider of the Expeditions section of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme.

For a company which employs more than 230 full-time staff nationwide, the new shop at Trentham is an exciting opportunity.

Paul continues: “Retail is a great opportunity for Peak. Trentham feels like the perfect fit for us now with 3.5 million visitors a year and will work very well with all other aspects of our existing business, while also focusing on all things to do with cycling and running. Anyone stepping inside can expect to find the highest quality of product for sale here, topped-off with excellent service and advice. We’ll also be selling vouchers for Peak’s huge variety of activities across our outdoor centres”.

My business is all about building a community. We want to help existing runners and cyclists, but also help people run and ride with local cycling or running clubs through our local club finder.”

Store Manager Andy Gray said “We have worked really hard to handpick some great brands for our customers including bikes from Corratec, Focus, Forme, cycle clothing from Endura and LeCol, Kask helmets.  Running shoes from Asics, Sacony, Odlo and Miles Better clothing, along with nutrition products and more”

He continued “We’ll also be stocking a range of great mountain and eBikes that are becoming increasing popular.  My team will be able help customers get set up on the bike with a new Bike Fit service that’s free if you buy a bike from us.  What’s more we’ll give customers the opportunity to test ride our bikes near the shop. We’ll offer a running Gait Analysis service to help find the right running shoes for you so you can improve your fitness and run times.

Expert Store Mechanic Jacob Nicholls said “The shop will be offering bike servicing and repair packages to help you get back on the road if your bikes need some attention.  Along with the government Cycle to Work scheme that helps you make savings on new bikes and accessories as an employee benefit.  This is great as the scheme aims to cut congestion on the roads, improve the health of the nation and have a positive impact on the environment.”

To find out more, visit the Peak Run and Ride shop at the Trentham Shopping Village, visit the website at ridersandstriders.com or follow us on Facebook @peakrunandride

How Outdoor Activities Improve Wellbeing

Some people are born to explore the outdoors, get their feet muddy, and chase the adrenaline high with adventure activities in Derbyshire. However, there are some others who are not naturals when it comes to getting their heart pumping in the fresh air.

It is certainly worth giving it a go though, as there are many benefits to outdoor activities, and they are not only good for your health, but can boost your mental wellbeing too.

An article in Scoop Empire looks at the many ways being outdoors can enrich lives, in particular how it enables people to take a break from technology.

While many of us find it difficult to ‘switch off’ from our electronic devices, this can lead to stress and anxiety, as it does not allow time to relax.

“Getting away from the technology will allow you to move more, run, exercise, and combined, these physical activities will translate to a healthier and more fulfilling life,” it stated.

At the same time, if our heads are no longer buried in our phones or tablets, we can spend better quality time with our families. A simple walk in the woods, having a go den-building or exploring nearby caves will give us precious moments with our loved ones, talking with them, laughing at each other, and taking part in teamwork together.

Many people struggle to get back to nature, because they do not give themselves a reason to do so. However, going outdoors can make you feel liberated, calmer and more mindful.

Finally, it stated that getting physical outside has numerous health benefits, whether you go cycling, play football, enjoy a hike, canoe or mountain climb. These include weight loss, endurance, boosting energy levels, and aiding sleep.

The Education Endowment Trust also recently revealed that outdoor activities could boost academic achievement, with the results of the findings published in Independent Education Today.

One In Five Brits Relieve Stress With Outdoor Activities

Brits are looking for new ways to gain a greater balance in their life and lower their stress levels – by getting involved in outdoor pursuits.

According to a study by Heathrow Airport, one in five adults take part in adventure sports to help them enjoy a “real release” from their daily pressures. Among the most popular activities for stress-relief are mountain biking, skiing, and boxing.

A Heathrow spokesperson said: “We could all do with making sure we deal with our stress – and doing something exciting can help.”

It was added: “An activity or trip that takes you out of your comfort zone can help to focus the mind on the task at hand, rather than dwelling on potentially stressful thoughts or anxieties.”

In addition to this, many of these extreme sports involve exercise, which has a positive effect on mental health.

Taking part in outdoor pursuits could be something that interests many Brits, as the survey of 2,000 adults showed three-quarters thought their lives were stressful. It also found 76 per cent believed they have become more susceptible to stress as they got older, which means adventure sports could be a hobby that is enjoyed by people of all ages.

According to the survey, a third say doing something active makes them feel ‘alive’, one-fifth claim it makes them feel ‘completely free’, and 15 per cent believe it ‘gets them out of their own head’.

Taking part in outdoor activities can benefit everyone, no matter what their age. While adults claim it eases their stress levels, it has also been shown to help children with their studies.

Independent Education Today recently reported that pupils who are regularly involved in outdoor learning make four months of additional academic progress.

For adventure activities in Derbyshire, take a look here.

Outdoor Clothes For Your Toddler

Getting children doing outdoor activities in Staffordshire may be top of your list of New Years resolutions this year.

One of the biggest barriers to getting the family out of the house can be access to appropriate outdoor wear. As we say, there is no such thing as bad weather, just inappropriate footwear!

Make sure you have the following so you can get out of the house whatever the weather:


A warm coat

This is an obvious one, but potentially tricky one with a toddler who won’t wear one. If they are fussy forgo the duffle coat for a waterproof puffer jacket type of coat, hopefully with a warm fleecy or fluffy lining to keep them warm.

Consider one with a hood to keep their head and neck warm, or even to keep that all important hat on.


Waterproof all in one

If you want to go to the park in or after the rain, after all, who doesn’t? You should consider an waterproof all in one. This avoids the faff of having to put on a number of different items of clothing



Essential for splashing in puddles! Wellies are an important piece of footwear for your toddler to have in order to both save their normal footwear, and also so you don’t have to stop them going into the areas they want to play.


Hats and gloves

It’s chilly out so make sure your child is kitted out with gloves and hats, particularly on cold windy days.

Give An Outdoor Experience This Christmas

If you’re not sure what to give your friends or family for Christmas this year, consider buying them an experience rather than another piece of tat to go under the tree.

Stylist Magazine recently pointed out that opting for experience-based gifts is something that more and more of us are doing at this time of year. In fact, the publication shared research from Barclaycard last year, which found that 20 per cent of Brits intended to buy people experiences rather than physical presents last Christmas.

This trend is only growing in popularity as more people look for ways to cut back on waste in their everyday lives, not just during the festive season.

It’s a trend that Pinterest also highlighted in its Holiday Shopping Report, noting that searches for sustainable gifts increased by 118 per cent on the platform this year.

The great thing about this kind of present is that there are so many different outdoor activities you can try. Take a friend rock climbing, book a kayak lesson or get a group of people together for a raft building workshop.

There’s something for everyone and it’s also a wonderful chance to spend quality time with your loved ones later in the year. You’ll make some great memories together no matter what you end up doing.

And if you need some inspiration for outdoor activities in Staffordshire, take a look at everything that we offer.

You can go on a high rope tree-top adventure at Trentham Treetop Adventures, or learn the basics of climbing at the Audley Climbing Centre.

Ways To Get Kids Outdoors This Christmas

The weather is turning colder, making it even more tempting to stay at home and wrap up warm in front of the TV. However, parents should not let the frost and snow become excuses to keep little ones indoors over the Christmas period, as there is plenty to do outdoors.

According to a study by Forza Supplements, Brits consume more than 5,000 calories on Christmas Day alone, which would take a 52-mile run to burn off, the Metro reported.

While you are unlikely to complete the equivalent of two marathons during the festive period, it is still important to get involved in some exercise and activity to reduce the effects of all this indulgence.

This is the same when it comes to your children, who are likely to be tucking into chocolates, cakes and sweets more than usual over the Christmas holidays.

One thing your kids will love is making an elf house – building a small den out of twigs, sticks and leaves for Santa’s little helpers.

Parents could also encourage their youngsters to head outdoors by hiding a present in the garden for them to find, Muddy Days suggested.

Should it snow over the holiday and be a White Christmas, kids will love to head outdoors to build a snowman or go sledging. Something else they can do is look for animal footprints in the snow, or make their own footprint paths by walking as far as possible in the white stuff.

It is also a good idea to take a look at outdoor activities in Staffordshire over the holidays, as this will keep them entertained as well as get them moving.