National running show awards
We were thrilled to receive over a thousand entries for our first National Running Show Awards. The panel of judges were impressed by the high standard of entries and delighted to read about the incredible work being done in the running world. Thank you to everyone who took the time to nominate and best of luck to all our finalists.
Award entries have been shortlisted for the National Running Show and the finalists in each category are listed below. To find out more about the finalists simply click on their name and cast your vote at the bottom of the page. Please note you can only vote once in each category..
You have until the 3rd of January to cast your vote. Voting is now CLOSED
Inspirational Runner of the year
Sponsored by Erdinger
Allie started running in an attempt to beat depression and alcoholism and when that didn’t work she wrote a book about it. She has run over 200 marathons and ultras and dedicates her time to coaching and making Ultra-running accessible to all. She is especially passionate about issues around addiction, the environment and female representation in the sport.
Deo is running from Cape Town to London to tell the story of Human Migration from Africa to the rest of the World. He began on 24th July 2023, and aims to arrive back in London in August 2024. Deo will be the first person to ever run this journey.
Blind and partially sighted people are twice as likely to be inactive than people without sight loss, making Eros achievements even more remarkable. He succeeds in completing trail events run over technical terrain and shows that the outdoors is for everyone and is working to increase inclusivity for disabled people.
The 7 in 7 in 7 Challenge has seen Kevin Sinfield run an ultra-marathon every day for seven days in seven cities. He has raised millions for charity since his former teammate Rob Burrow was diagnosed with MND in 2019.
At age 56, Nikki Love took on her biggest running challenge yet, completing 2,512 miles in 76 days, 3 hours and 42 mins to become the fastest woman to run across Australia – an ultra marathon everyday. I run my adventures not only to challenge myself but to inspire others to chase their extraordinary as well.
Russ Cook aka Hardest Geezer
I’m Russ Cook, and I’m taking on my hardest challenge yet – running the entire length of Africa from south to north. That’s over 360 marathons. It’s never been done before and there’s a reason for that – it’s not going to be easy.
Vernon Kay has raised more than £5m for Children in Need after completing his ultra-marathon. The DJ ran from Leicester to Bolton – a distance of 116 miles – over four days.
Coach of the year
Allie specialises in taking the ultra lost and ultra curious and getting them to where they want to be. “Everything we do we create with our minds – Ultrarunning is no different so it’s super important to train your brain as well as your body. You’re as individual as your fingerprint – your coach should reflect that.”
Challenge is personal; From a 5k to an ultramarathon. My passion is supporting the individual to be the runner they want to be. I take “the person” and craft a programme to support their needs. Running is accessible to all. In our fast-paced world, the trails can be everyone’s escape.
Arj, who’s based in Solihull, works as a UK Athletics Sprint & Jumps Coach and lectures at Postgraduate level in Sports Science, having co-designed Degree programmes. He supports novices up to Team GB Olympians to help them continuously improve their personal bests and has also worked with Holland & Barrett and Mac-Nutrition.
After two decades competing as an elite runner, John Beattie backed himself to turn passion into profession and formed coaching business ‘Move Better Run Better.’ 5-years on, he and his team have coached over 300 marathon runners to smash personal bests and achieve big goals, in both running and life
I can’t run particularly fast. I’ve never won a race. But I’ve worked with many clients, both in person and online, as a PT, a Nutritionist and a Coach. I know what it takes to help my clients get fitter, faster, and most importantly, happier. My first priority as a coach is we never lose the joy.
running event of the year
Sponsored by findarace.com
Ealing Half Marathon
From humble origins, organised by local runners who put their all into bringing a professionally run, fully road closed half marathon to West London. With just two staff and a host of amazing volunteers, the Ealing Half Marathon is renowned as a community favourite, with a personal feel for the runners. Attention to detail is a must, be it happy birthday signs for those celebrating on the day, or country flags for those taking part from across the world.
Great North Run
The 42nd staging of the iconic Great North Run, the world’s biggest half marathon, was a truly memorable one! We marked Sir Mo Farah’s final ever race with huge celebrations & special MO-ments, whilst also celebrating the 59,999 others taking part & their reason to run – including incredible 102 year-old Bill Cooksey.
MBNA Chester Marathon
The award-winning MBNA Chester Marathon welcomes 7,000 runners annually of all abilities, into the UK’s only international marathon. The event is the culmination of a year of running and the 3rd race in the Chester Triple Medal series and hosts the England Athletics Age Group Masters Championships. The event would not be possible without our massive contingent of 700 dedicated volunteers.
Race Across Scotland
Race Across Scotland is the title event of the GB Ultras race calendar. This 215 mile epic mountain and trail race takes runners coast to coast across Scotland following Scotland’s Great Trail – the Southern Upland Way. It brings together communities along the route whilst attracting runners from around the world. #RAS215
Warrington Running Festival
The Warrington Running Festival 2023 was the world’s first free, major closed road running event. It included a half marathon, 10k, 5k and kids race. 6,000 entrants, many of whom had never run a race before, took part in a fantastic day. All completely free of charge.
product innovation of the year
COROS Heart Rate Monitor
Offering a new unique solution for runners and fitness enthusiasts. For a long time, comfort was compromised with accuracy when it comes to tracking HR. The HRM provides a high level of accuracy in complete comfort! Combined with the lengthy run time, wear detection start-up and ability to change the band or easily clean the unit makes an invigorating innovation to the running tech market.
Garmin Forerunner 965
Train brilliantly with Forerunner® 965, the premium GPS running and triathlon smartwatch with a bright AMOLED touchscreen display and lightweight titanium bezel. The training readiness feature tells you when you’re primed for a productive session — while multi-band GPS and full-colour, built-in maps keep you on track when you’re en route.
NIXI Body underwear
NIXI Body are leak-free, VPL-free knickers perfect for periods and bladder leaks.
Our award winning knickers are washable and absorbent, and our unique scalloped edging makes them super discreet, invisible under leggings and running shorts.
Loved by everyone from park runners to athletes, they give you leak-free confidence for every run!
Petzl Nao® RL Headlamp
The new NAO RL continues to lead the way in high performance headlamps and is an iconic choice for trail and ultra running! USB C rechargeable with 1500 lumens of light at just 145 grams. Exceptionally well balanced, the headband is easily adjustable and maintains excellent support. With REACTIVE LIGHTING® technology, the brightness automatically adapts to the ambient light and your activity, manual operations are reduced and burn time is optimised. Additionally, red lighting at the rear of the headlamp allows you to remain visible at night.
INOV-8 TRAILFLY G 270 V2
The trail running shoe that dares to be different. Revolutionary Graphene-Grip rubber using the world’s strongest material, a natural zero-drop feel and an explosive underfoot ride combine to make a shoe that’s sped to multiple awards in 2023. Loved and trusted by runners of all abilities, it’s perfect for everything from 5ks to ultras.
bEST rUNNING BLOG / PODCAST / SOCIAL CHANNEL
Sponsored by Outside & Active
FORDY RUNS – The Long Run
A twice weekly show recorded LIVE with viewer and listener interaction! Bitesize is our Monday show with a bias towards running shoes and gear plus viewer Q&A! Hosted by running influencer FORDY, this livestream is recorded and then put out as a Podcast! The Long Run on a Friday is with our panel of Running Coaches discussing the latest topics and interests for the everyday runner! All recorded live each episode is very light hearted with plenty of laughs but backed up with knowledge.
Gary is a trail runner and running coach from North Wales with many epic race finishes to his name including the Dragon’s Back and two first place wins at Equinox 24. Gary has spent more than 10 years working as a coach and getting results for others. He trains hard but also loves the fun side of trail running creating engaging skits for social media.
Tea and Trails Podcast
Tea & Trails is a weekly trail running podcast that loves to talk about running, tea and trails. Hosts Edwina & Gary talk about recent ultra races, what’s been going on in their lives, coaching and interviewing a variety of runners and race organisers.
The Running Channel
The Running Channel’s YouTube, Podcast and socials are running. They represent all runners whatever pace they run and whatever distance. Through motivational videos of their presenters taking on crazy challenges to educational posts about how to improve your running. They create a safe space for runners to be supported, encouraged, motivated regardless of age, demographic, pace or goals.
The Women’s Running Podcast
We would be utterly thrilled if you could vote for the WR Podcast – we fully understand that next to these luminaries we are firmly the underdogs, but we love being *your* underdogs. Lob us a little vote if you’re happy to listen to us vaguely skirt around the subject of running in 2024 and beyond.
retailer of the year
Sponsored by goodr
We want women to feel confident and comfortable whilst they exercise, with their secret weapon – a properly fitting and supportive sports bra! Offering the UK’s largest range of sports bra styles, we are making it our mission to help every woman find the perfect fit – no matter her size or activity.
Harrier Trail Running
Harrier are proud to be #TrailRunningForEveryBody. Community is at the heart of everything they do from thoughtful kit design, helpful running resources to inclusive community challenges, they are passionate about enabling more people to enjoy the trails. Founded by trail runner and mum Kate Parker, Harrier is a family-run business based near the Peak District.
Running Bear is all about people. We’re young at heart with grounded values. Everyone is welcome in our shops and deals directly with our team even if they shop on-line. We create running communities that bring both fun and knowledge into running. We simply have a passion to make a difference to people’s lives through the joy of running.
At SportsShoes.com, our mantra ‘it’s no fun standing still’ helps us provide the best retail experience. We offer more than 17,000 products from 150 global running brands to our growing customer base. Being the best retailer lies beyond just products. It also means providing the best expert advice. Our Running, Trail and Training Hubs offer guidance on training, nutrition, kit and gear and our Foot Lab provides online gait analysis to help make the right choice.
Up & Running
In June 1992, husband and wife team, Gill & Dennis Macfarlane set up their first little shop in Harrogate. Opening the doors on that very first day exuded an overwhelming mix of anticipation, excitement, and sheer delight of realising this dream. The community became customers and customers became friends, this is still true today, now with 28 stores, Up & Running became a great hub for runners and all things running across the country and beyond.
local running club of the year
Sponsored by England Athletics
Black Girls Do Run
A community to inspire, encourage and motivate black women to run!
Our mottos are:
Live, Love, Laugh and Run!
No One is Left Behind!
Happy Feet Fitness
At Happy Feet Fitness our focus is on enjoyment and participation. Runners of all paces are welcome in all our groups, we start together, and we finish together. We run, run/walk and walk, and we have fun! There’s something for everyone and everyone is welcome! We love to fundraise too!
Spider Runners was set up 2 years ago as a local but 1000% inclusive Run Club. The mission is to completely ignore what we’ve been told by a number of run clubs … that people have to run certain paces to join or be a certain age or even social standing. And 2 years later we have 3,000 members of every sexual orientation, age, multiple physical and mental challenges!! Taking 50 runners of all abilities out running on 10 mile runs across the country , on running weekend holidays….ALL FOR FREE.
Sunday Running Club
Sunday Running Club (SRC) is an open-to-all, mixed ability, friendly local community running group from Birmingham. We started on a Sunday, in January 2022. We have helped so many people on their running journey so far, but we’d love to help more.
Could you help us achieve that by trusting us with your vote please? Thank you.
Up & Running – The Social Run Group
The Social Run Group (SRG) is a national community of runners, promoting inclusivity in a weekly, and free event at Up & Running stores. Regardless of pace, age, goals, or club affiliation, we unite to champion physical and mental well-being. No one is left behind. SRG actively contributes to local community from fundraising, toy appeals to food bank support.
Sustainability in running award
Sponsored by Aspire PR
We supercharge your daily runs, walks and events by turning miles into trees. From virtual challenges that plant trees to the 1% Club, which plants a tree every day you’re active, we’ve planted over 160,000 trees. Our biodegradable seeded medals have replaced over 18,000 non-recyclable medals, making 110 events greener.
JogOn was set up in 2022 with a vision to remove 1m pairs of unwanted running shoes from landfill. In the first year it did 10,000 pairs. In 2023 it has done 33,000 pairs and over 12 tonnes removed from landfill. It is not a charity, it’s a campaign and deliberately set up to allow brands and partners to take ownership of the initiative in a way that is not prescribed, but suits them as a brand.
Kendal Mint – Refillable and Reusable Energy Gels
The Simpler, Faster & Cleaner way to consume Energy Gels.
Unlimited Reuse with the Refillable 150ml Flask (dishwasher friendly) and 60% Packing with our Bulk Refill Pouches.
Pressio are the creators of the most sustainable sportswear on the planet. Our products are all made from fully recycled, recyclable or biodegradable materials, using cutting edge sustainable manufacturing techniques that protect our waterways, use less energy, water and fewer chemicals, but produce clothing that is exceptionally comfortable and durable.
Suunto HQ and factory, where Suunto Vertical is made, are located in Vantaa, Finland. Here we use 100% renewable carbon neutral energy in all our operations. Using carbon neutral energy at the factory is an important enabler of Suunto Vertical Titanium Solar’s small carbon footprint of 6.59 kg CO2 emissions produced during its full lifespan.
best charity initiative of the year
Sponsored by findar
Birmingham Children’s Hospital
One in eight children from the Midlands is treated at Birmingham Children’s Hospital every year. Its world-leading care inspires thousands of patient families to turn to fundraising to say thank you, such as the incredible team Carter the Brave who pushed themselves to complete the London Marathon in April 2023.
Food Bank Run
The Food Bank Run Movement ask runners to change one of their training runs to run with donations to their local Food Bank during the winter months the main push being February. Last winter we saw over 500 runs happen, 77,000kg of donations. This winter runners are stepping up again with amazing photos of Food Bank Runs happening across the UK.
The running community helping the local community ❤️
Create your fundraising page on givestar and take contactless donations on your smartphone with Boost Donate. Collect donations from colleagues at work, from mates down the pub, or even at the startline of a race with a simple tap of their debit card or smartphone against your phone.
Monkey Sox CIC donate 50% of profits to Multiple Sclerosis (MS) charities, £25,500 in just 4 years. Their odd socks open conversations, representing how MS often affects the body differently left to right. One sock at a time they are contributing to MS research, building supportive communities and keeping everyone active.
Preloved Sports stops sportswear going to landfill by collecting, rebranding and reselling it via our online platform. We also redistribute clothing to homeless people, refugees and people living in poverty. Our work makes running and fitness more accessible and affordable. Any profit is reinvested to grow our impact.
making a difference – community running impact award
Sponsored by Get Up Coffee
Black Trail Runners
Black Trail Runners have one mission. To increase the inclusion, participation and representation of Black people in trail running. The impact of the community and campaigning charities’ tireless work was evidenced in May 2023 when their ‘Black to the Trails’ trail running event became the most diverse event that the U.K – in fact the world – has ever seen.
We run to help older people with practical tasks to help them remain independent and reduce social isolation and loneliness. Tasks include helping someone get home from hospital, collecting prescriptions or changing smoke alarm batteries. We run to help community projects and charities. These are called group sessions and tasks include sorting foodbank donations, improving green spaces and helping at community events. We channel the passion and energy from runiung into sections of the community that really need it. So far in 2023 we have completed 33,000 good deeds including almost 2,000 visits to isolated older people. GoodGym is free to participate in, and free for older people and community groups to request support.
Muslim Runners is a trailblazing movement, committed to promoting diversity, inclusivity, and accessibility in running. We have grown into vibrant community, fostering a sense of belonging, safety, and confidence among our members. Join us in our mission to break down barriers, challenge stereotypes, and make running accessible and enjoyable for all.
parkrun is a free, community event where you can walk, jog, run, volunteer or spectate. parkrun is 5k and takes place every Saturday morning.
Running at 40 plus
Our motto is to “Be Inspired and Inspire” through an inclusive online community. We are strong advocates of raising mental health awareness and reducing stigma through the power of a shared love of running. A support network of runners 40+ from beginner to seasoned marathoners, there’s always a warm welcome.