A RUNNING shop is celebrating after being named the best of its size in the country.
Nick Carter and his son Harry, who run Absolute Running in Gosport, won Best Small Running Retailer 2014 at a ceremony in London.
The pair have been running the shop for just under two years and also won bronze in the fun run category for their Gosport Golden Mile, held last June for the first time.
Harry, 22, said: ‘It’s awesome, it makes all the hard work worthwhile.
‘We came out on top which is a credit to our customers.
‘It’s a really good feeling considering who we were up against.’
The awards were based on a public vote and Absolute Running was nominated by one of its customers.
Around 42,000 people voted in the national competition.
Harry added: ‘We are not 100 per cent profit-oriented.
‘Me and my dad are both runners, we do it for the love of the sport.’
Nick, 53, added: ‘We saw the company we were in so I said to Harry, “mate just enjoy your lamb”.
‘But who knows where we will be in 10 years?’
As reported, the first Gosport Golden Mile was held on June 1 at Stokes Bay.
The one-mile race was hugely popular with professional athletes and fun-runners taking part.
The pair were given the award by the BBC sports presenter Mike Bushell at The Running Awards, at Grange St Paul’s hotel London on Friday night.
Paul Corrick is the director of The Running Awards.
He said: ‘We were delighted to present this award to Absolute Running, who were consistently in the top three Small Retailers from when the nominations started back in October 2013.’