A Night of Celebration at The 2016 Running Awards in association with JustGiving
The organisers of The Running Awards 2016 in association with JustGiving are thrilled with the fantastic turnout at the third and most successful event yet. The awards ceremony, which took place on Friday 22nd April at indigo at The O2 in London, was the exciting culmination of months of voting by the running community and was deemed an overwhelming success by all present.
The prestigious event welcomed 450 A-list industry figures as well as running enthusiasts from the running community, running press and fitness bloggers, who came to witness the best in the industry, as independently voted for by runners, receive the sought-after Running Awards trophies.
There is no doubt after this year’s event that The Running Awards in association with JustGiving is ‘the event to be seen at’, and the winners of the prestigious Gold awards can be proud of the esteem their accolade brings.
The evening started at the Intersport Sport to the People Drinks Reception in the main bar, a popular networking reception for VIP and B2B guests. Running and fitness bloggers took the opportunity to squeeze in a 6K Run with STRAVA accompanied by Mike Bushell before reaching the Reception. A sumptuous three-course dinner was then served by Gaucho before the awards ceremony got under way.
This was the bit everyone had been waiting for. With voting opening last September, and the shortlists announced in December, it was time to reveal the nation’s favourite products, brands, publications, sports retailers, charities and events, as voted by runners themselves. Every essential running category had its place, from marathons to fun runs, online communities to apps and clothing to nutrition brands, and there were gold, silver and bronze medals to be awarded in each.
Two special awards were presented this year, with the first ‘Innovation in Running’ Award presented by Tom Williams, Chief Operating Officer at parkrun to Ivo Gormley at Goodgym. Sam Mollaghan accepted the first ‘Inspiration in Running’ Award on behalf of Sport England and England Athletics from CEO of England Athletics, Chris Jones, and Relationship Manager at Sport England, Sacha Zarb, for her contribution to the This Girl Can Run campaign.
Mike Bushell was presenting the awards for the third consecutive year, and was joined on stage by special guests and celebrity presenters including Martin Yelling, Paul Evans, Susie Chan and Nell McAndrew.
Results: The 2016 Running Awards in association with JustGiving
Favourite Charity: Cancer Research UK
Best Blog: The Fat Girl’s Guide To Running
Best Community: Virtual Runner UK
Best Magazine: Runner’s World
Best Book: parkrun – More Than Just A Run In The Park
Best App: Strava
Best Headphones: Yurbuds Inspire Pro Earphones
Best Nutrition Brand: SiS
Best Sports Drink: Lucozade Sport
Best Well-Being Brand: Clif Bar
Best Wearable Technology: Garmin Forerunner 220
Best Wearable Tech Brand: Garmin
Shoes and Clothing:
Best Men’s Clothing: adidas
Best Women’s Clothing: Nike
Best Men’s Shoe: Brooks Adrenaline GTS
Best Women’s Shoe: Brooks Adrenaline GTS
Best Trail Shoe: Salomon Speedcross
Best Shoe Brand: ASICS
Best Women’s Sports Bra: Shock Absorber – Ultimate Run Bra
Best Accessory: Event Clip
Best Underwear and Socks: Hilly
Best Independent Retailer: Run4It
Best National Retailer: Sweatshop
Best Online Retailer: Wiggle
Best Customer Service: Run4It
Best Marathon: Virgin Money London Marathon
Best Half Marathon: Ealing Half Marathon
Best 10K: Southport Mad Dog Seaside 10K
Best Charity Event: Race for Life
Best Endurance Race: Dixons Carphone Race to the Stones
Best Event Series: parkrun
Best Fun Run: Rock ‘n’ Roll Liverpool 5K
Best International Event: Uganda Marathon
Best New Event: Hope24
Best Obstacle Race: Wolf Run – Winter Wolf
Best Trail Event: Hope24
Best Triathlon: IRONMAN UK
The full results are available on the website http://therunningawards.com.
Official partners of The Running Awards 2016 were JustGiving, INTERSPORT, England Athletics, Strava, Eventbrite, Pic2Go and Sports Insight.
Paul Corrick, co-founder of The Running Awards, commented: “The 2016 Running Awards 2016 in association with JustGiving have been absolutely fantastic and we are delighted to have hosted such a successful, high profile event for the third year running. It is inspirational to see so many big names from the running industry come together under one roof to celebrate the achievements of industry favourites. We would like to thank the many thousands of runners who voted and everyone else who has supported the awards. It was a truly memorable night and many congratulations to our deserving winners and finalists.”
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