Personal Best Awards 2010: The Winners

The best products, races and services in our sport - as voted for by you


Posted: 23 April 2010

Personal Best Awards

Thousands of you voted for your favourite running services and products in our Personal Best Awards 2010, so we're delighted to reveal our winners across all six categories.

Garmin Forerunner 310XT

Best Gadget: Garmin Forerunner 310XT

Many runners swear by the convenience of wearing a Garmin GPS watch. A single glance reveals how far they’ve run and whether they’re off pace – and it does it a lot faster than we can calculate mile splits in our heads. We especially like the 20-hour battery life and waterproof body of this stylish, up-to-the-minute model.

ASICS Gel-1150

Best Shoe: ASICS GEL-1150

The Editor's Choice and Best Update from our spring/summer shoe guide, this is a well-cushioned and flexible shoe. Innovations over its predecessor include a new decoupled structure in the fore- and rear foot, with deeper flex grooves for better flexibility and dissipation of landing force - and a whopping 34g weight-saving.

Lucozade Lite

Best Nutritional Product: Lucozade Sport Lite

Created with everyday exercisers in mind, Lucozade Sport Lite has 70 per cent less sugars than regular sports drinks. It contains electrolytes to help you stay hydrated and B vitamins for energy. But with only 50 calories per 500ml bottle, you can drink it knowing you won't consume more calories than you've burned.

Sweatshop

Best Retailer: Sweatshop

The largest specialist running shop in the country picks up its fourth straight win in this category - and for very good reason. The company's slogan, "We Know Running", is backed up by solid and clear advice from the clued-up staff that work at its 29 branches and website. For the latest and best running shoes and kit, this is your first port of call.

Trionium Greensand Marathon

Best New Event: Trionium Greensand Marathon

A triumphant debut for this muddy, lumpy and challenging 26.2-miler in Surrey. The participants seemed to love almost everything about it - the off-road route, the views from the top of Leith Hill, South-East England's highest point, and a mass rendition of William Blake's rousing Jerusalem at the start line. Now, that's a nice touch.

Eridge Park 10

Most Improved Event: Eridge Park 10 Trail Challenge

It has long been a favourite of off-road veterans, but a few tweaks to the route last year saw this Sussex fixture rocket to the number one spot in RW’s 50 Best Races of 2009 feature. The route is traffic-free, the views are varied but captivating, and runners seem to love the steep, narrow climbs and copious mud.


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That's Caroline Court in the photo of the Greensand Marathon at around 15 miles, literally flying - she was eventually the first lady home in 4:04:36, giving you some idea of the toughness of the course.

The award ceremony for the Personal Best Awards was brilliant (I got to meet Paul Evans, winner of the 1996 Chicago marathon in 2:08) - worth getting nominated for just to be there (well done Runner's World!). Also very good to meet the Eridge Park organisers there - a nice bunch of people. Also very humbling to see the 'Heroes of Running' - what an inspiring group.


Posted: 27/04/2010 at 17:50

my local running shop has got the most improved event award on display
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