RUNNING EVENTS

All events must be active and trading during the previous year (from 2018 launch date of 14th September 2018) with an event occurring the following year.

 

Map above demonstrates regions used for voting in 5K and 10K categories.

 

1) 5K by Region

Any UK running event open to the public where the distance is 3.1 miles (5 km) or very close. Parkrun. Any 5K that is part of a series are not eligible for this category and should be nominated and voted for in Event Series.

The 5K event has been divided by region. Therefore, each nomination will need to go into its relevant region. The UK has been divided into 12 regions as follows:

1. East Midlands (Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire, Nottinghamshire, Rutland)

2. East of England (Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk, Suffolk)

3. Greater London

4. North East England (Northumberland, County Durham, Tyne and Wear)

5. North West (Cheshire, Cumbria, Greater Manchester, Lancashire, Merseyside, Isle of Man)

6. Northern Ireland

7. Scotland

8. South East England (Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, East Sussex, Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Kent, Oxfordshire, Surrey, West Sussex)

9. South West (Bristol, Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Gloucestershire, Isles of Scilly, Somerset, Wiltshire, Channel Islands)

10. Wales

11. West Midlands (Herefordshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire, West Midlands, Worcestershire)

12. Yorkshire (East Riding of Yorkshire, North Yorkshire, South Yorkshire, West Yorkshire)

 

The 5K in each region, which has accumulated the most votes, will go through to our shortlist of national 5K events, so we will have one from each region. Voting will then reopen to find a national winner.

 

2) 10K by Region

Any UK running event open to the public where the distance is 6.21 miles (10 km). The 10K event has been divided by region. Therefore, each nomination will need to go into its relevant region. The UK has been divided into 12 regions as follows:

1. East Midlands (Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire, Nottinghamshire, Rutland)

2. East of England (Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk, Suffolk)

3. Greater London

4. North East England (Northumberland, County Durham, Tyne and Wear)

5. North West (Cheshire, Cumbria, Greater Manchester, Lancashire, Merseyside, Isle of Man)

6. Northern Ireland

7. Scotland

8. South East England (Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, East Sussex, Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Kent, Oxfordshire, Surrey, West Sussex)

9. South West (Bristol, Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Gloucestershire, Isles of Scilly, Somerset, Wiltshire, Channel Islands)

10. Wales

11. West Midlands (Herefordshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire, West Midlands, Worcestershire)

12. Yorkshire (East Riding of Yorkshire, North Yorkshire, South Yorkshire, West Yorkshire)

 

The 10K in each region, which has accumulated the most votes, will go through to our shortlist of national 10K events, so we will have one from each region. Voting will then reopen to find a national winner.

 

3) Endurance

Any UK running event open to the public, which involves an endurance element. The event can be any distance and endurance elements include: distance, stairs, terrain, time, altitude, weather etc.

4) Event Series

A series comprises three or more related running events in the UK. Events must occur over one year and participants do not have to run in all events.

5) Fun Run

Any UK running event open to the public with an added “fun” element. These often hinder the runner causing the event to be more focused on amusement than ranking. Examples are fancy dress, challenges during the run e.g. carrying someone, food/drink elements involved etc.

6) Half Marathon 5000 or more registered participants

Any UK running event open to the public where the distance is 13.1 miles (21.09 km). The event must have had 5000 or more runners at the last event.

7)  Half Marathon fewer than 5000 registered participants

Any UK running event open to the public where the distance is 13.1 miles (21.09 km). The event must have had less than 5000 runners at the last event.

8) International Event

Any running event open to the public that occurs outside of the UK.

9) Marathon 5000 or more registered participants

Any UK running event open to the public where the distance is 26.2 miles (42.19 km). The event must have had 5000 or more runners at the last event.

10) Marathon fewer than 5000 registered participants

Any UK running event open to the public where the distance is 26.2 miles (42.19 km). The event must have had less than 5000 runners at the last event.

11) New Event

Any running event in the UK taking place for the first time in the last two years (ie on or before 14th September 2017).

12) Obstacle Race/Series

Any UK running event or series open to the public, which includes multiple obstacles and defines itself as an Obstacle Race. Obstacles can include: fences, pits, climbing nets, bars, water and many more. If an event has multiple races it will always be classed as the series rather than one of their individual races/events.

13) Triathlon

Any UK athletic event consisting of three different events, typically swimming, cycling, and running. The distances and events can vary.

 

ACCESSORIES

14) Accessory

A product that aids runners. This can be medicinal (e.g. Kinesiology tape), an item that’s worn (e.g headband), for convenience, safety, protection or entertainment purposes.  The product must be available to purchase at the time of nomination.

15) Headphones

Any portable headphones designed for running. Nominees must be the model not the brand. The product must be available to purchase at the time of nomination.

 

CHARITY

These awards recognise the registered charities that runners most want to run for, due to a mixture of the cause, their work and support given to runners.

16) Runners’ Favourite Charity (Large)

A large charity is defined as a registered charity with a turnover of more than £5 million per annum, as regulated by the Charity Commission for England and Scotland, the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland or the OSCR (Scotland).

17) Runners’ Favourite Charity (Small)

A small charity is defined as a registered charity with a turnover of less than £5 million per annum, as regulated by the Charity Commission for England and Scotland, the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland or the OSCR (Scotland).

 

CLOTHING

18) Men’s Clothing

Any brand that produces clothes designed for men to wear when running. They do not have to exclusively produce running wear. 

19) Underwear and Socks

Any brand that produces underwear and/or socks designed specifically, but not only, for running.

20) Women’s Clothing

Any brand that produces clothes designed for women to wear when running. They do not have to exclusively produce running wear.

21) Women's Sports Bra

Any specific model of Women’s Sports Bra.  The product must be available to purchase at the time of nomination.

 

NUTRITION & HYDRATION

22) Nutrition Brand

Any food/drink brand with a focus on sports nutrition.

23) Hydration Brand

Any food/drink brand with a focus on sports hydration.

 

PUBLICATIONS & ONLINE

24) Blog

Any running related blog. This can be online or in print, for profit or not for profit. The blog must be active and have had a new post within the last 6 months.

25) Online Community

Any online running community. This can be a club’s online group, a social network club, a website, a forum or a community of races.

 

SHOES

All nominated shoes are placed into the relevant category or categories as The Running Awards sees fit. As always we are happy to receive emails debating these category placements (contact details above).

All shoe type nominations are done by the series of shoe rather than the exact model. For example, the Brooks Adrenaline is a valid entry; the Brooks Adrenaline 14 is not and its vote falls into the Brooks Adrenaline category. (Example used as it was a 2015 winner.)

26) Shoe Brand

A brand that produces running shoes. They do not have to exclusively produce running shoes.

27) Shoe – Cushion

Shoes designed with extra cushioning to help avoid impact injuries, particularly for runners who underpronate.

28 )Shoe – Lightweight

Shoes designed to have little to no cushioning or support, this category can include those shoes which mimic the barefoot running ethos.

29) Shoe – Neutral

Shoes designed for runners with a neutral gait.

30) Shoe – Support/Stability

Shoes which are supportive and are designed for runners who overpronate.

 

SPORTS RETAILERS

All nominated retailers have to have a base in the UK and at least part of their product range has to be focused on running. They do not have to retail only running related goods.

31) Customer Service

A retailer recognised for their high-quality customer service.

32) Independent Retailer

A retailer with 1 – 10 stores throughout the UK.

33) National Retailer

A retailer with 11 or more stores throughout the UK.

34) On-line Retailer

A retailer recognised for their high quality on-line service. They do not have to exclusively retail online.

 

TECHNOLOGY

35) App

An application downloaded by a user to a mobile device that they use before, during or after running.

36) Wearable Technology Product

Any wearable computerised running technology. Examples include heart rate monitors, running apps, pedometers, GPS devices etc.

 

Several categories full names will not appear in the voting menus, an abbreviation will be used where needed. For any questions, requests or to get in contact please email us at [email protected]