Runner’s World Personal Best Awards: the winners

The winners, as voted for by you

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This year the RW Personal Best Awards teamed up with the Running Awards to celebrate British running. The awards were presented at a gala evening at the the O2 in London on April 24.

Our awards are based on votes cast by RW readers, with the Most Improved Race and Best New Race Awards calculated from race ratings data. The only exception is the Outstanding Achievement Award, which is chosen by the editorial staff at RW.

From best women's apparel to best app, check out who you voted for...

Best women's apparel: Nike

The designers at Swoosh HQ seem to have a perfect grasp of what female runners are looking for in their kit. Having scooped this gong last year, the women's range continues to deliver a combination of high performance technology and chic aesthetics, making it the kit to beat. Good to see that despite being a behemoth of a brand, Nike's renewed commitment to running continues to pay dividends.

Best app: Strava

For years, Strava has been better known as a cycling app, but recent efforts to attract more runners have paid dividends. Strava's runners have gone from 15 per cent of users (compared with 85 per cent of cyclists) to close to 50 per cent this year. It seems we love the intuitive interface, the beautifully presented data and social-competitive sharing of run stats that lies at the heart of the Strava universe.

Best men's apparel: Adidas

Setting the standard for you men out there for the past year was the iconic brand's blend of understated style and high level performance. You appreciate the cut and detailing of the truly running-specific kit. And beyond getting all the basics spot on, Adidas has continued to innovate, not least with its Climachill technology, which rapidly transfers heat and moisture via aluminium spheres in the fabric. Pretty cool stuff.

Best nutrition: SiS Go Energy + Caffeine Double Espresso Gel

This new offering from the sports nutrition company plays on runners' love of coffee, the importance of gels and the performance-enhancing benefits of caffeine. Loaded with 150g of the stuff, (double the amount in SiS's Berry and Cola gels), this kicks like a mule in racing flats.

Best shoe: ASICS Gel Hyperspeed 6

A slight curve ball this one... not that perennial brand-of-choice Asics has taken top honours (again), but that the lightest model in our Spring/Summer 2015 Shoe Guide has garnered such mass appeal. It's a tribute to just how well this stripped-back speedster is put together. Great value, too - it scooped our Best Buy Award in the Shoe Guide.

Best trail shoe: New Balance 810V3

The big hit with the more adventurous among you, the off-road shoe gong goes to New Balance's 'trail racer'. Testers raved about the traction, which performs well on any surface you care to test it on; and they loved the surprisingly light feel of what is a sturdy and well-cushioned shoe. This won the Best Buy award in our last Trail Shoe Guide.

Best gadget: Garmin Forerunner 220

This isn't Garmin's top model, but it ticks the boxes in terms of tech. It's light, slim and comfortable to wear, with super-quick GPS lock, simple navigation and almost zero set up for the basics of speed distance and heart rate. You can also set personalised heart-rate zones for precision training and there's bluetooth capability for data transfers to your phone.

Most improved race: Giant's Head Marathon

That the folks at White Star Running managed to improve on this Dorset race at all is quite an achievement. They responded to quite a few minor gripes on things such as route marking and course measurement, and pushed the organisation ratings from 88 per cent to 97 per cent. 'The best-organised race I've ever run,' said one runner. It's a view that was pretty much universally shared.

Best new race: Severn Bridge Marathon

With a course taking in two countries (Wales and England), a stunning bridge crossing as a centerpiece and picturesque country roads on either side, this always had the potential to be special. Luckily, the organisers got everything else right at the debut event, with your ratings praising not just the scenery, but also the atmosphere, marshalling and all-round organisation.

Best retailer: Sweatshop

Sweatshop has long dominated this category and it's down to more than just one product range. Staffed by runners who offer knowledge and passion, Sweatshop goes beyond what you'd expect of a retailer, as evidenced by the company's Running Community, which offers free, beginner-friendly 5k runs with qualified run leaders and even hands out gifts for attendance.

Oustanding contribution: Parkrun

At the heart of the Parkrun phenomenon lies the simple concept of free, 5K timed runs through parkland. You simply log on to, register, find your event, print your barcode, turn up and run. To say it's caught runners' imagination is an understatement - there have now been over 42,000 Parkrun events run at over 300 locations by more than 665,000 people, and they've clocked up nearly seven million runs. and that's just in the UK - there are now parkruns in Denmark and Poland and as far afield as South Africa and Australia. Throughout the explosive growth, founder Paul Sinton-Hewitt's organisation has remained not-for-profit, with any income generated ploughed back into supporting existing events or supporting news ones. And a recent development has brought in the next generation, with Junior Parkrun - 2K events for children aged four to 14 - already at 43 locations around the UK. Simple? Perhaps. Genius? Absolutely.