I won't say the response was overwhelming (it's hard to breach my whelm) but there was enough for me to go on about for a bit.
The most popular suggestion was Sweatshop by a long way. Price, range and staff expertise were the main reasons people recommended it.
Decathlon also got a mention – with their gait analysis and staff knowledge. On the downside, they've only got a few stores, and I don't know if it was my browser (FireFox 3.0.5) but there website was a nightmare.
I was the lone voice for JJB, but that's mainly on convenience and price – or at least my perception of price.
To check the price angle a bit more, I thought I'd do a simple little test – look at how much could you get kitted out for with the essentials (trainers, shorts, t-shirt) at each store?
Since I want some, the trainers I've gone for are Asics Nimbus IX's. The shorts and vest are just the cheapest non-cotton types.
Asics Nimbus IX
- JJB: £98.99
- SS: £82.03
- Dec: n/a
They were more expensive overall as the trainers are significantly cheaper in Sweatshop (I know where I'm going next payday!), and the t-shirt was more than twice the price.
Frustratingly, Decathlon were cheaper on the other items, but I can't include them in the totals as their website was, frankly, pants*.
Their frames were all over the place so I couldn't read the product list in search results – I may even have not found the cheapest items, I just got bored looking!
* Yeah, this isn't exactly the best site in the world, but I'm not a shop.