|Chris Townsend, Carolyn and Ali from Terra Nova and Alisdair from MCS PR and Marketing|
The town of Kendal may have been a bit under the weather for the past few days but it didn’t detract from a cracking evening on Wednesday for the TGO Awards ceremony. I didn’t win for my nomination though. I didn’t expect to of course. Bear Grylls took that honour – even if he wasn’t present.
But I have to say I enjoyed myself immensely at the event. Meeting old friends and new and having a good laugh and chat over drinks that were freely flowing from the bar.
|Alan Hinkes at the TGO Awards 2012.|
What took me by surprise was how many were in attendance. Testament to the respect TGO Magazine affords.
The good company, along with some tasty ales contributed towards a late night for me. And needless to say a bad head the following day. But a full English breakfast and a gentle stroll around Keswick on Thursday morning put that to bed.
So, a big thank you to all those who voted for me and to those of you who made for a top evening out. It was a cracker! I had a really good night out.
|The winners for the categories are announced.|
TGO AWARDS WINNERS 2012
- Independent Retailer of the Year – Rathbones, Keswick
- Chain Retailer of the Year – Cotswold Outdoor
- Online Retailer of the year – http://www.alpkit.com
- Accommodation Provider of the Year – Wasdale Head National Trust campsite
- Pub or Restaurant of the Year – Old Dungeon Ghyll, Langdale
- Environmental or Access Initiative of the Year – Country Guardian anti-windfarm campaign
- Outdoor Book of the Year – The Backpacker’s Handbook by Chris Townsend (Ragged Mountain Press)
- Outdoor Personality of the Year – Bear Grylls, Chief Scout
- Clothing product of the Year – WINNER Rab Stretch Neo Jacket
- HIGHLY COMMENDED Patagonia Ultralight Down Jacket
- HIGHLY COMMENDED Marmot Stretchman Jacket
- Footwear product of the Year WINNER Salomon Fellcross
- HIGHLY COMMENDED Mizuno Wave Harrier
- Camping product of the Year WINNER MLD Trailstar
- HIGHLY COMMENDED Hydro-Photon Steripen
- HIGHLY COMMENDED Rab Infinity 500 Sleeping Bag
- Innovation of the Year WINNER Routebuddy
- HIGHLY COMMENDED Polartec Neoshell
- HIGHLY COMMENDED Augmentra Viewranger app