Run 4 It led the way for Scotland at the Running Awards at London’s O2 Arena on Friday (22 April). The popular Scottish retail brand was named the UK's Best Independent Running Retailer and Best for Customer Service for the second year in a row.
Headquartered in Aberdeen, Run 4 It was established in 2004 by running enthusiasts and entrepreneurs Duncan Riddoch and Ian White and now boasts eight stores across Scotland plus an active online store.
Duncan said of their success: ”Ian and I are both ecstatic that our customers think so highly of us and that we've won these hotly contested categories for two years running. We have our fantastic customers and suppliers to thank for their nominations and for taking their time to vote for us, as well.”
Falkland Trail Runners also had cause for celebration, winning bronze in the Event Series category for the Frostbite Trail Race Series, and in Best New Event category for the Tufty Trail Race. Tony Martin and Brian Cruickshank from Falkland Trail Runners said that they were delighted that the club's events had been recognised. The Falkland Trail Runners website stated: “This result would encourage them to make events organised by FTR even better in future so that they can challenge for the top positions in these categories.”
Emerging as Highland heroes, Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland’s Glenlivet 10K won bronze in the Best 10K category and Baxters Loch Ness Marathon also collected bronze in the Best Marathon list. Several other Scottish events made the shortlist for their respective categories namely Fort William Marathon (New Event); Ruff Dugger (Obstacle Race); and Tiree Ultra Marathon (Trail Event).
The Running Awards is the only awards programme where runners and consumers nominate and vote for their favourite products, brands, publications, sports retailers and events. For a full list of winners go to the Running Awards website.