Personal Best awards 2013

Drumroll please! After another 12 months of great running products, services and races, the readers of Runner’s World and runnersworld.co.uk have cast their votes. Here’s your choice of the running industry’s top performers.



BEST GPS WATCH

GARMIN FORERUNNER 10

This stripped-down speed and distance monitor has won your hearts. And that’s not surprising: despite the modest price tag of £99.99, it still contains the Garmin DNA of out-of-the-box functionality, quick and reliable satellite locking, accurate distance measurement, good battery life and uploadability to the Garmin Connect site. It’s also super lightweight, compact and offers features you don’t normally get at this price point, such as a virtual pacer and auto-pause.

BEST SHOE

ASICS GEL-DS TRAINER 18

The beauty of this performance shoe is that it is appreciated by new speedsters on the block and club veterans alike, such is its longevity and reputation. Even more impressive is the fact that in 18 versions of this model, Asics has achieved a level of consistency that other brands can only dream of. You loved this latest update: it’s lighter, has greater cushioning, is more plush and has more grip, especially in wet weather – all of which made it a worthy winner of the Best Update award in our Spring/Summer 2013 Shoe Guide.

BEST NUTRITION PRODUCT

SiS GO+ NITRATES GELS

Innovation at SiS is fuelled by a technical pedigree born from close relationships between leading researchers and elite athletes. This is the first sports gel with naturally occurring nitrates. Taken for three days before an event, the gels up the efficiency of your oxygen-delivery systems, boosting your endurance. So much so, you had plenty of energy left to cast your votes for this

BEST WOMEN’S APPAREL

NIKE

The Swoosh scoops the award, with your votes paying tribute to the brand’s attention to detail and focus on the runner. The apparel delivers on the performance side, with female-specific cuts, high-function  fabrics and detailing combined with bold and vibrant styling. It’s a magic formula that ensures you can perform at your best – and feel great as you do.  

BEST MEN’S APPAREL

ADIDAS

This category has been part of the Personal Best Awards for two years – and on both occasions it has been won by the Three Stripes. It’s testament to an unerring commitment to runner-specific functionality that guarantees performance and comfort. Dependable and good value, from the budget-friendly Response range up to the top-performing adiZero kit, your votes show you see this as the benchmark in men’s apparel. 

BEST APP

NIKE+

It may not be the newest, or even the most detailed training tool out there, but it’s the most popular judging by the hordes of both new and experienced runners who love this simple-to-use training monitor – Nike says it has over 10 million users worldwide. It’s beautifully designed, ultra user-friendly and can be paired with an iPod or iPhone to give you audio feedback on your speed, distance, calories burned and more. Oh, and it’s free – you can’t say fairer than that.

BEST RETAILER

SWEATSHOP

Seven – not just the name of a gory Brad Pitt movie but also the number of years running that Sweatshop have bagged this gong. Which is all the more impressive given the sheer choice offered to consumers by the raft of specialist stores, both on the high streeet and online. And why have they won again? According to you, it’s because they offer the most running-savvy staff and honest advice to help you choose from the biggest range of stock. 

MOST IMPROVED RACE

BRIGHTON HALF MARATHON

The wide promenade that runs along the Brighton seafront is made for running – so it’s no surprise that it plays host
to several races of varying distances throughout the year, including this much-loved but sometimes hit-and-miss 13.1-miler. Despite the natural allure of the beautiful East Sussex coastline, previous years have been affected by some organisational issues that hindered some runners’ experiences. This year’s event in February ran without a hitch – demonstrating the race organisers’ willingness to listen to runners’ feedback and their desire to improve – making this a well-deserved award.

BEST NEW RACE

ROSELAND AUGUST TRAIL

In keeping with the rise in popularity of races that offer something different from traditional road-based tear-’em-ups, it seems fitting that the RAT, as this event has quickly become known, has been recognised. It’s a multiterrain jaunt that comes in four distance options: 64, 32, 20 or 11 miles. All the routes share the same piece of gorgeous Cornish coastline (St Anthony’s Head to Porthpean) and intermingle with each other along the way. It’s hilly, the terrain is wildly varied – not to mention  challenging – and it’s retina-searingly beautiful.


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