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About us

We believe that individuals and communities are richer for having sport in their lives. We are a sports communications agency that exists to help give more people access to the transformational power of sport. We’re here to make a difference.

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Together we can create lasting change

We work in partnership with our clients and communities to develop and deliver impactful campaigns that motivate audiences and fans to take action.

We weave creative thinking, community insights, industry knowledge and media connections into every campaign, making a genuine impact on real people. We work to provide a positive change in the world of sport for both our clients and the communities they serve.

Our extended team, Run Represented, allows us to do things differently. Our diverse network of community leaders and content creators help to build the authentic roots of each campaign, on which we can deliver high-impact results.

We also have a dedicated women’s sports practice, Run x, offering strategy, PR & campaign delivery and social to brands & organisations who want to connect in a more meaningful way with women & girls through sport. 

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What we deliver

  • Campaign development – strategic planning, brand positioning and narrative, campaign ideation & delivery.
  • Media - we work with the world’s biggest media brands every single day, helping our clients with impactful media relations, crisis communications, media training, thought leadership & agenda-setting opinion, editorial media partnerships and proactive & reactive press office services.
  • Creative social – content production, social strategy and standout, shareable content that connects & inspires engagement.
  • Influencer engagement - developing strategic campaigns for brands and organisations to better connect with fans & new audiences, identifying the right ambassadors and talent management.
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Our services

We deliver people-first, integrated campaigns that transform your marketing strategy by inspiring measurable change.

Meet the team

Managing Director

Steve Chisholm

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Steve is a strategic communications professional with over 25 years’ experience working for major clients and media organisations. He is one of the best-connected individuals working in sport and the media today. Steve leads Run Communications, an agency of talented practitioners that seeks to present innovative and collaborative solutions to brands, sport and the media. After a 10 year broadcasting career with the BBC, Steve spent the next decade helping to build one of the major sports marketing businesses in the UK. Steve launched Run in September 2012.

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Marketing & Operations Director

Sara Morland

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Sara has 15 years’ experience planning and implementing high profile integrated marketing, sponsorship and public relations campaigns in the sport and consumer sectors. With both brand and agency experience — EDF Energy, Fast Track & the London 2012 Olympic Bid — Sara enjoys planning and executing innovative and differentiated projects that deliver real results.

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Account Director

Sophie Hayward

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Sophie is an experienced communications professional with a genuine passion for the positive impact that sport and activity can have on physical and mental wellbeing. She is a dynamic account lead who creates and delivers activity to drive brand awareness and influence audiences.

Sophie holds strong relationships with leading journalists and media brands and is an excellent communicator who will always go above and beyond to deliver outstanding results.

She recently led Run’s work with The National Lottery on the UEFA Women’s EURO 2022 and spearheaded the team at the World Gymnastics Championships Liverpool 2022. She also has a leading role in a number of Run’s other key accounts.

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Director - Women's Sport

Jess Arnold

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Jess is a senior PR & Communications specialist with over 15 years’ experience working both brand and agency-side for a number of leading consumer & third sector organisations, including Jaguar Land Rover, Help for Heroes & McDonald’s.

Jess has significant consumer brand & community sport experience and is passionate about demonstrating the true power of sport. Her passion for parasport in particular has led her to work at major sporting events, such as the Sochi 2014 Winter Paralympic Games, Rio 2016 Paralympic Games & multiple Invictus Games. Most recently, she led our work delivering a programme of UK-based media activity for The National Lottery, UK Sport, British Olympic Association & British Paralympic Association during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic & Paralympic Games.

Jess enjoys planning, creative strategic thinking and delivering campaigns & projects that get results.

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Consultant - Women's Sport

Kelly Simmons OBE

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Kelly is the former FA Director of the Women’s Game, who over 30 years with the FA has transformed women and girls’ football in this country, including launching the first ever fully professional Women’s Super League in 2018. 

Kelly, who received an OBE in 2021 for her services to women’s football, is passionate about the all-round growth of women’s sport, and will use her experience and expertise to help Run develop more projects in women and girls’ football and in particular look to harness the wider impact of its growth at grassroots and community level.

Head of Digital Content

Ben Moore


With more than five years industry experience, Ben has worked in a variety of different environments to create bespoke content for digital platforms. Specialising in video production and social media management, Ben also has first-hand experience in graphic design, photography, copywriting and account management.

Having previously worked with Southampton Football Club and Sussex Police, Ben has an excellent track record of producing outstanding content in fast-paced and demanding environments.

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Senior Account Manager

Joel Essex

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Joel has nearly 20 years agency and in-house experience in sports marketing and public affairs. He has specific expertise in national & regional media relations and political & stakeholder engagement, with a particular interest in community sport and the sport for development sector.

He has worked for clients including Brighton & Hove Albion FC, The Belfry, Leyton Orient Trust and London United – a collaborative partnership of the community trusts of London’s 15 professional football clubs.

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Account Manager

Charlie Benny

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Charlie is a recent graduate from the University of Manchester, with diverse experience in sports journalism and written content production. Jointly producing a football analytics podcast and blog while at university, and always developing new ideas, he is passionate about the capacity of sport to change lives and inspire positivity.

Charlie loves actively engaging with people through sport, and is able to express PR demands in a creative way to maximise outreach and leave a lasting impact. At Run, Charlie is working to build his career around developing effective and engaging marketing content.

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Account Manager

Anna Heslop

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Anna is a passionate sports communications professional with over seven years experience.

Anna's passion lies in using creative and innovative approaches to bring wider access to sports within our communities.

Having grown up in rural Cornwall, Anna understands the influence of compelling campaigns and community engagement when broadening the reach of sports. In her spare time, you can find Anna jogging along Brighton seafront or tackling the elements to try and grow her own veggies.

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Senior Content Executive

Brad Lewis

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With experience across a wide range of mediums, Brad is a digital creative with a passion for telling stories through content creation. Specialising in video production, photography and graphic design, Brad also has experience in social media management after running various social channels / accounts for clients.

Having previously worked in the music industry, Brad brings a creative and passionate flare to all his work regardless of the environment or project at hand.

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Account Executive

Tom Large

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Tom recently graduated from News Associates’ School of Journalism and has experience across a number of storytelling mediums, including print, online & broadcast. He loves interacting with people through his passion for sports and hopes to inspire more people to lead healthier, active lives. 

He is also a keen football fan and can be found most Saturdays watching his team, AFC Wimbledon, whilst also hosting a live show for the club.

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Account Executive

Amy Hall

Amy Hall

Amy is a recent graduate from the University of St Andrews, where she extended her passion for sport from playing to working in the industry when she interned with the University’s Sports Centre.

Here, Amy worked across a range of activities, including planning and delivering a recurring student sport event with +2,500 attendees, leading the Hockey club’s arm of the University’s record-breaking Movember campaign, and sitting as one of five students representing c.5,000 student-athletes on the Athletic Union Executive Committee.

While at ‘Saints Sport, Amy worked closely with Jonathan Edwards CBE, a standout and inspiring moment in her professional career.

Having moved down from not-so-sunny Scotland, Amy is excited to explore all the South has to offer and dive headfirst into Run.

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Finance Manager

Sue Lacey

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Sue joined the Run team in August 2022 following a career as a buyer with much loved UK brand Laura Ashley, where she was responsible for sourcing many of the decorating lines within the home furnishings department.

After leaving Laura Ashley, Sue set up her own home textile business designing and supplying lambswool throws to hotels and retailers across the UK and the US. She brings a wealth of experience in financial planning to Run and is the company’s resident expert baker!

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Get in touch

We are proud to work with brands and communities that share our passion for sport, health, and societal change. Come and say hello.

We are proud to work with brands and communities that share our passion for sport, health, and societal change. Come and say hello.