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The 2018 Running Awards – bigger and bolder than ever

The Running Awards are proud to announce that sports presenter Mike Bushell will be returning to host the 2018 ceremony, following his coverage of the Commonwealth Games.

Bushell has profiled nearly 400 different sports and has always been a keen sportsman with an ongoing passion for running. In fact, at a very motivated fifteen years old, he ran six marathons in six days to raise money for the International Year of Disabled Persons.

The Running Awards take place at indigo at The O2 in London on Thursday, April 19, celebrating the best of running and its culture. This will be the fifth edition of the awards and it promises to be bigger and bolder than ever. Held just before the Virgin Money London Marathon weekend, running fever in the capital, and the country, will be at a high.

Nominations and votes are free, to ensure that true runners’ favourites are awarded, making these the industry standards for which to be recognised. Voting has been the highest ever – so far this year over 120,000 votes have been cast, aided in part by the ever growing 85,000 newsletter subscribers.

Networking Event of the Year

The Running Awards is a fantastic chance for events, businesses and charities to showcase and network with some of the leading names in the industry, make new contacts and build partnerships. In addition to celebrity guests and media, 100 of the most influential fitness and running bloggers will also be in attendance, with a combined social media reach of over one million followers. Further coverage will be provided by Bad Boy Running’s David Hellard, who will be putting out some of his backstage interviews with winners live on Facebook and the podcast.

The Bloggers’ Forum, taking place just before the Ceremony and supported by Altra, has now been expanded to include some great speakers including some of The Running Awards winning authors, Dion Leonard and of course his dog Gobi (Finding Gobi), Paul Hobrough (Running Free of Injuries) and William Pullen (Run for your Life), before they cover the ceremony.

Primo Events

The organisers are excited to confirm Primo Events as their registration partner for The Running Awards.

Primo Events is an online events registration company that drives and innovates technology for events worldwide. They specialise in customised, affordable, individual and user-friendly event registration software. They process over 440,000 registrations per year and work with many different events ranging from 5 to 50,000 participants.

Primo provide custom online event registration for a wide variety of sporting event clients, and have invested quality time and research into strengthening the relationship between participating and fundraising fo r charities and good causes.

Simon Taylor, owner of Primo Events, said: “We believe in the power of sport and charity to positively impact society. We develop innovative solutions to help event organisers achieve this. The Running Awards celebrate all that is good about running and so we are delighted to partner with them.”

VIP dining seats are now on sale through Primo Events. Following a networking Drinks Reception, VIP Diners will again be treated to a dazzling menu from Bubble Food who have carved out a formidable reputation for event catering above and beyond established expectations.

The three course dinner with wine is followed by further networking in the VIP bar after the ceremony, and an after-party on the main floor. Plus, of course, watching and participating in the ceremony itself!.

Sam Corrick, Editor of The Running Awards, said: “As we enter our fifth year it’s fantastic to see competition at the highest it has ever been, by a long way. This is an even bigger platform for brands to showcase themselves and to take advantage of the networking opportunities this event offers, not just at the ceremony but in the build-up and post-event coverage.”

Other Partners are top crewing company, Alpha Crew, new event The National Running Show and, of course, Sports Insight.

Parkrun, now full Partners of The Running Awards and as such a huge and integral part of the whole Running Community, have bowed out of the Series Category having won three years in a row, so that they can pass the baton to new winners in 2018, putting an interesting twist on this popular category.

So, come and join 500 of the top people in the industry, find out the winners and enjoy an evening of the best networking opportunities, buy your VIP dining seats at https:// TheRunningAwardsVIPDining

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