A top night out – TGO Awards 2012

TGO Awards 2012
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, TGO Awards 2012
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.
Kendal, TGO Awards 2012
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
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