Runna, a London-based provider of a personalised running coaching app, has secured £5M in funding. The round was led by JamJar and saw participation from Eka Ventures, Venrex, and Creator Ventures. Existing investors Joshua Patterson and Olympic athletes Steph Davis, Beth Potter, Greg O’Shea, and Alex Yee also contributed. The funding brings the total amount raised by the company to £8M. The funds will be utilized to further develop and train sophisticated coaching algorithms using AI.
Co-founded by CEO Dom Maskell and Ben Parker, Runna offers a coaching app that combines advanced technology, real-world running, and strength and conditioning plans and workouts from top running coaches.
The app personalizes the user's experience based on their ability, goals, and schedule. It caters to the needs of everyday runners, providing everything from free 'couch to 5k' training plans to personalized plans for marathons and ultra-marathons. Additionally, the app includes various features such as smart treadmill control, live Apple Watch coaching, and integrations with Garmin, Fitbit, and COROS.
Currently, Runna is used by users in over 180 countries and has amassed hundreds of thousands of users. This user base will be instrumental in developing and training advanced coaching algorithms with the integration of AI. Moreover, the company has established partnerships with various races, including the AJ Bell Great North Run and the Los Angeles Marathon presented by ASICS.