RW Personal Best Awards - The Winners

The 2007 Personal Best Awards marked a new venture for Runner’s World but one that was long overdue – an annual celebration of all the best things in running. Our aim when founding the Awards was to recognise and reward the products and services runners find most valuable, and to ensure that the people who cast the votes were those who were actually using the products.

In February’s issue of RW we asked you, the readers of the magazine and the users of www.runnersworld.co.uk, for your favourite brand or product across eight running-related categories: food and drink, shopping, charity, brands and campaigns, shoes, gear, health and events. To avoid influencing the vote in any way there were no shortlists or suggestions – it was a completely open vote in each case. The winner of each individual award was simply the product, event or company that received the highest number of votes.

Thousands of your votes were counted to give us the winners of 28 individual awards and six elite categories. The elite awards were then presented to the winners at a glittering prize-giving ceremony in London a few days before the Flora London Marathon in April, attended by 10 RW readers who had won tickets in the draw for everyone who voted.

So without further ado, as they say at awards ceremonies, here are the Personal Best Awards as chosen by you, the RW community.


ELITE AWARD WINNERS




BEST PRODUCT
Lucozade Sport

For distance runners, two of the key factors affecting endurance are the depletion of the body’s muscle energy stores and fluid loss through sweating. Using a carefully selected balance of carbohydrates and electrolytes, Lucozade Sport is designed to address both problems. In tests it has been shown to improve sporting performance by 33 per cent and, if used regularly, can be a runner’s best insurance policy against dehydration, energy depletion and poor recovery.

Highly Commended Bassett's Jelly Babies




BEST SHOE
Asics GT-2120

Always pushing the boundaries of technology, Asics has a corporate running history that spans almost 60 years. For some time it has been the brand of choice for serious runners and variations of the 2120 have been its flagship shoe from the day it was launched in 1997. The latest edition is lighter than its predecessor but retains that blend of cushioning and stability and the snug, supportive fit that have made it the best and most popular shoe on the market for nearly a decade.

Highly Commended Nike Air Pegasus




BEST RETAILER
Sweatshop

Sweatshop started out as a single retail store in Teddington in 1971 but has grown into the largest chain of specialist running shops with 26 outlets across the country. Sweatshop prides itself on the breadth and quality of its product selection, but its desire to embrace technology and hire staff from sporting backgrounds has made it a must-go destination for all runners. The shops are complemented by successful mail order and web businesses, and the wider company also finds time to organise half-marathons in Reading and Nottingham.

Highly Commended JJB Sports




BEST EVENT
Flora London Marathon

Referring to the Flora London Marathon as just a race is doing it a disservice. It’s a national institution. Since it started in 1981 almost 600,000 people have completed it and every year record numbers apply to join them to run from Greenwich to The Mall. The race has helped to make London the world capital of marathon running as well as creating a charity fund-raising vehicle that is now the nation’s most successful single event. Last year alone runners in the race raised more than £40 million for charity, and it’s estimated that the event has helped to raise £315 million in its 26-year history.

Highly Commended ING New York City Marathon




BEST CHARITY
Cancer Research UK

Cancer Research UK has single-handedly reshaped the landscape of the running market. Its Race for Life 5K series has introduced millions of women to the sport, and has raised the bar of what a fund-raising event can achieve. What started as a single event in Battersea Park in 1994, last year attracted more than 700,000 women to more than 200 events, and raised more than £50 million for research into cancer. Cancer Research UK has also launched a successful 10K programme and continues to work closely with teams of runners and fundraisers at major running events across the country.

Highly Commended Macmillan Cancer Support




BEST RUNNING BRAND
Nike

While Nike has grown into the largest sportswear business in the world, it was originally founded by runners and has stayed loyal to its roots. It has developed pioneering technology in footwear, apparel and gear but still prides itself on being “for runners, by runners, created by people who understand the hearts, minds and bodies of runners”. Whether you want to put your iPod in tune with your pace, choose a personalised running shoe in your favourite colour combination or participate in its Run London 10K, Nike continues to stand out from the crowd.

Highly Commended Asics


INDIVIDUAL WINNERS


SHOE CATEGORY



Performance Shoe
Winner Asics Gel DS trainer
What you said about it "A top-class running shoe – light, comfortable, highly recommended." "PB-breakers for your feet! Asics have come up trumps with the DS trainer."
Highly Commended Nike Air Zoom Elite


Trail Shoe
Winner Inov-8 Mudroc
What you said about it "Serious fell-shoes with excellent grip." "I’ve never worn shoes that were better for feeling the ground."
Highly Commended Salomon XA Pro


Cushioned Shoe
Winner Nike Air Pegasus
What you said about it "The Nike shoe that has said it all for years." "Even the sports shop said once you’ve had the Pegasus you probably wouldn’t want to try another!"
Highly Commended Asics Gel Nimbus


Stability Shoe
Winner Asics GT-2120
What you said about it "The lightest stability shoe around, it gives a fast-feeling, smooth ride." "Good-looking, bouncy, beautiful heel-to-toe transition, a shoe of the highest order."
Highly Commended Asics Gel Kayano


Motion Control Shoe
Winner Brooks Beast
What you said about it "Superb support shoe – does what it says on the tin." "These shoes are, in my experience, number one for severe overpronators."
Highly Commended adidas Supernova Control

MARKETING CATEGORY

Advertising Campaign
Winner Nike
Highly Commended Reebok


GEAR CATEGORY

Running Stroller
Winner Baby Jogger
Highly Commended Mountain Buggy

Apparel
Winner Nike
Highly Commended Ronhill

Training Device
Winner Garmin Forerunner 305
Highly Commended Garmin Forerunner 205

Watch
Winner Timex Ironman 50
Highly Commended Nike Triax

Accessory
Winner Camelbak Flashflo
Highly Commended Runaid Bottle

Sports Bra
Winner Shock Absorber
Highly Commended Marks and Spencer

MP3 player
Winner iPod Nano
Highly Commended iPod Shuffle


SHOPPING CATEGORY

Supermarket
Winner Tesco
Highly Commended Sainsburys

Online Retailer
Winner Sweatshop.co.uk
Highly Commended startfitness.co.uk

High Street Retailer
Winner JJB Sports
Highly Commended John Lewis

Specialist Retailer
Winner Sweatshop
Highly Commended Up & Running


FOOD AND DRINK CATEGORY

Bottled Water
Winner Evian
Highly Commended Vittel

Low-fat Snack
Winner Muller Light Yoghurt
Highly Commended Soreen Malt Loaf

Running Sweet
Winner Bassett’s Jelly Babies
Highly Commended Mars Bar

Sports Drink
Winner Lucozade Sport
Highly Commended SIS PSP 22

Breakfast Cereal
Winner Weetabix
Highly Commended Quaker Oats

Energy Product
Winner SIS GO Gel
Highly Commended Lucozade Sport Carbo Gel


HEALTH CATEGORY

Health Insurance
Winner BUPA
Highly Commended AXA PPP

Pain Relief Product
Winner Nurofen
Highly Commended Deep Heat


EVENTS CATEGORY

International Marathon
Winner ING New York City Marathon
Highly Commended Marathon de Paris

UK Event
Winner Flora London Marathon
Highly Commended BUPA Great North Run

UK Small Event (under 5,000 runners)
Winner Bushy Park 5K Time Trial
Highly Commended Abingdon Marathon