Running is a great way to get fit, but if you’re not sure where to start or want to monitor your progress, then a running watch is a great piece of tech that can help you monitor your progress.
To help, we’ve put together a list of the best running watches on the market, as apart from a pair of trainers they’re one of the most handy tools to available for modern runners, perfect for new and experienced runners.
We’ve found watches for every budget and every type of runner, so read through and find your perfect running watch.
1. Fitbit Blaze Large Smartwatch
Many people recognise Fitbit from their popular step counters, but they make excellent running watches too. The Blaze is a smart fitness watch full of handy features such as Pure Pulse heart rate tracker, multi sport tracking, and GPS.
It also takes calls, texts and calender notifications. You can even customize straps and faces to make it yours.
Price: £128, Amazon – buy here now
2. Garmin Legacy Saga Series – Darth Vader
Its pretty pricey, but if you know a Star Wars fan who is as keen on working their Jedi powers as working out, this is the perfect gift for them.
This smart watch looks like a gimmick but is actually packed full of amazing fitness features to help make your workout easier and more tailored to your needs.
Enjoy special features like 24/7 health monitoring which includes abnormal heart rate alerts, menstrual cycle tracking, stress tracking with relax reminders, new hydration tracking and many more.
It’s compatible with most smartphones and you’ll have safety and tracking technology for full peace of mind when you’re out and about.
Price: £349.99, Garmin – buy here now
3. Samsung Gear Sport
This stylish Samsung watch encourages wearers to lead an all round healthier lifestyle.
As well as fitness and running tracking, the Gear Sport also helps you to keep track of your calorie consumption, and even suggests stretches.
It’s also waterproof, making it the perfect watch for those who like to swim too.
Price: £149.97, Appliances direct – buy here now
4. Polar Unisex Adults’ M430 GPS Running Watch
The Polar Running watch is perfect for those who like exploring, it’s integrated GPS, has ‘A-GPS data predicting position of the GPS’ for greater accuracy, and a built-in accelerometer for indoor activity.
It’s advanced training features also include a Polar Fitness Test, personalised running programmes, and running index via bluetooth. It’s also water resistant and tracks activity 24/7.
Price: £130.99, Amazon – buy here now
5. Apple Watch Nike+ GPS
Apple has partnered up with Nike to the delight of many runners. The Apple Watch Nike+ now lets you train with in-ear coaching, stream your music and receive notifications whilst you run.
It’s sleek and minimalist design also means you look good whilst you run.
Price: From: £399, Apple – buy here now
6. Garmin Forerunner 235 GPS Running Watch
The Garmin Forerunner tracks heart rate, provides GPS, audio prompts, live tracking, smart notifications, social media sharing and music control amongst many more. In short, it’s packed full of features.
There’s also customised training plans from Garmin Connect, and the activity tracking not only counts heart rate but steps, distance, pace and calories burned indoors and out. If you’re looking for a watch that does everything, this is it.
Price: £173, Amazon – buy here now
7. Fitbit Charge 2 HR + Fitness
The Fitbit Charge 2 HR + has a sleek design which is packed full of features. There’s PurePulse heart rate, multi-sport modes, and Connected GPS.
It tracks and monitors all day every day, even when you sleeping, and is packed full of healthy features such as smart phone notifications, reminders to move, and guided breathing sessions. It’s here to make you healthier!
Price: £99.99, Amazon – buy here now
8. Suunto Spartan Sport HR
The Suunto Spartan uses a number of clever tech features to help you improve your running, with 80 sport modes already pre-installed, it’s ready to go from the start. There’s even built in altimeter, barometer, compass, and GPS with 100 meter water resistence.
The large colour screen has a wide viewing angle and bright colours, which means you can see it whatever you’re doing and wherever you go.
Price: £230.26, Amazon – buy here now
9. Withings Pulse HR Fitness Tracker
This fitness tracker watch from Withings has a sleek and stylish design with an impressive battery life of up to 20 days on a single charge.
In a helpful ‘training mode’ you can track over 30 different fitness activities and get started on your journey to a more active lifestyle. As well as being water resistant up to 50 metres, the clever watch will also monitor your sleep patterns to help you get the most out of your night’s sleep.
Price: £119.95, John Lewis – buy here now
10. POLAR Unisex Adults’ M200 GPS Running Watch
Perfect for those who don’t want to break the bank, the Polar M200 is the cheapest on our list.
But it’s still packed full of great features, include GPS, step tracking, and calorie counting 24/7. You can connect to the Polar app too, so after your run you can check out your route and performance.
Price: £129.99 Amazon – buy here now
11. Garmin Vivoactive HR GPS Smart Watch
Garmin’s Vivoactive watch will help you run, bike, swim, golf, ski and more. Made for more than running, it uses all its technology available to help you no matter how your exercising.
It uses GPS, heart rate technology, and smart notifications to keep you up to date. You can add more than 1,300 apps, and the battery lasts up to 8 days in watch and activity mode, or up to 13 hours with GPS. The bright touch screen works whatever the weather, and it’s packed with motion detectors, so even if you forget to press start it’s ready to go.
Price: £244.99, Amazon – buy here now