London-based running coaching app Runna has raised £1.9 million in a new funding round. The fresh capital is earmarked to help the startup further establish its UK market presence as well as fuel a planned US market entry in 2023. Following a crowdfunded pre-seed round of £650,000 in late 2021/early 2022, Runna has now raised a total of £2.55 million.
Runna’s £1.9 million round was led by Jon Coker, founding partner at Eka Ventures, and saw the participation of Fortitude, Marc Cohen (sole partner at unbundled vc). Additionally, more than a few notable angel investors include double world-record holder, ex-Made in Chelsea star and ultra-athlete Joshua Patterson, British Olympic marathon runner Stephanie Davis and Irish rugby union player Gregory O’Shea.
Driven by their love of running, Runna founders Dom Maskell and Ben Parker are assembling an all-in-one app for runners that uses advanced coaching technology that’s combined with real-world conditioning, running, and strengthening plans and workouts from top running coaches to personalise every user’s experience based on their ability, goals, and schedule.
“We’re determined to spread the benefits of running with as many people as possible by making it as accessible as we can to people of all backgrounds, body types, and fitness levels,” commented Maskell. “The backing of Joshua Patterson, Gregory O’Shea, and Stephanie Davis, among many others, is a huge endorsement and proof that athletes at peak physical condition are also supportive of our approach and attitude towards running.”