About Us & Store History

The Runners Shop on the Central Coast and Randwick, NSW prides itself on providing professional expert advice on shoe selection. Our Staff are all runners or sports people who have been trained to check your gait and determine the correct fit and style of running or walking shoes to suit you specifically. Our team knowledge combines to offer you years of insight from the heart of the sport shoe industry. 

Our shops boast over 45 years of experience selling various sports shoes. Shop owners are Margaret Beardslee (nee Ricardo), who owned and operated the original Talays Runners Shop in Randwick with Bob Talay, and Robert Beardslee who owned and operated the Gold Coast Runners Shop.

Our wide range will suit all ages and from elite runners to jolly joggers and wobbly walkers! The shop is a runners candy store with all the essential (and non essential) items you may need.

In stock you will find a great range of products including:

  • Running & Walking Shoes
  • Racing Flat & Tempo Shoes
  • Track and Field Shoes (WafflesSpikes)
  • Football Boots
  • Lawn Bowls Shoes
  • Running Socks & Calf Sleeves
  • Clothing, Caps, Headphones & Sunglasses
  • Hydration Packs, Vests & Accessories
  • Nutrition - Energy & Hydration

We are the only running specialty store on the Central Coast, and NSW's oldest running specialty store (Established in 1978). We offer ongoing sponsorship support to our local communities, including: Individual Athletes, Mingara Regional Athletics Club, Central Coast Cross Country, and are a Major Partner/Sponsor of Bay to Bay Fun Run and Great North Walk 100's Trail Run.

At Randwick we are one of the few remaining Independent Running Shoe stores. We support many local running groups and Athletics Clubs. We are a sponsor of the Bondi Splash and Dash, and Maroubra Fun Run.

Runners Shop History (Since 1978)

The Runners Shop Randwick (formerly Talays), currently located at 201 Clovelly Rd Randwick, was founded in 1978 by Bob Talay and Margaret Beardslee (nee Ricardo) and was sold in 1987 to Fred Howe, Marg Howe and Kerry Anderson. In 1991 Kerry Anderson moved on to start The Coast Runners Shop which Margaret and Robert eventually took over in 2009. Meanwhile the Randwick store was bought by Joe & Angela Sutton in 2000 and they have now sold the business to Margaret and Robert bringing the store back into the family.

Bob had represented Australia in the World Cross Country Championships and also had won the NSW State Marathon Title. Margaret was one of NSW’s leading cross-country runners. Fred had represented Great Britain and Victoria as a marathoner, whilst Andrew went on to become a three-times winner of the City2Surf and 5000m Gold Medalist in the 1990 Auckland Commonwealth Games.