When it comes to improving the speed of the exercise, it becomes more and more important. Nowadays every runner can track their exact distance, pace, cadence, heart rate and much more.
A good running watch is far more than an everyday fitness tracker. To be worthy of the name a device should contain built-in GPS, enable you to analyze run-specific metrics and include or assess to assess training programs.
GPS-ready options under that mark. However, you'll probably still need to spend a lot of time on this one. "
Here are our favorite running watches to consider.
Best Black Friday Running Watch Deals
Garmin Forerunner 935 Tri Bundle – 19% Off
 The Forerunner 935 is our favorite top-end running watch so we're always on the lookout for any deals that bring down its considerable price. This Black Friday Wiggle slashed the price of the 935 Tri Bundle, which includes the watch itself plus two chest strap heart-rate monitors, by 29%.
The Forerunner 935 boasts an excellent 24 hours of GPS battery life and a huge array of features to improve your training. For runners (it covers all the bases for triathletes) it is a detailed look at the effect of your training on your aerobics and anaerobic fitness, as well as on how long your recovery should be
The 935 thus estimates your best times for 5K, 10K, helped marathon and marathon distances (although in our experience these estimates feel incredibly optimistic). This is just a snapshot of the 935's capabilities, though, and even if you're looking for it, you'll probably find it.
Buy from Wiggle | £ 399.99
The Best Running Watches Of 2018
Best Running Tracker Band: Huawei Band Pro 2
It's not a fully-fledged running watch because it has a built-in GPS chip and heart rate tracking.
The Band Pro 2 also offers training plans through the Huawei Wear app for standard distances like 10Ks or a marathon, which aims to personalize your levels of fitness and target time for the event.  If you're looking for a tape later than that, check it out later.
Buy from Amazon | £ 49.99
RECOMMENDED: Huawei Band Pro 2 Review
Best Running Watch Under £ 100: Amazfit Bip
Anyone looking for a bargain that has a massive battery life, has built-in GPS and heart rate monitor, and even looks pretty good with a design that "borrows" a fair bit from the Apple Watch. £ 45 occasionally – but it's always well under £ 100
The battery will last for a month with regular activity tracking, and it looks at both GPS (the American satellite system) and GLONASS (the Russian counterpart) tracking for your outdoor exercise. The catches are that accuracy can be a little hit and miss, especially with respect to heart rate tracking, and a lack of frequency mode for running; so you can easily keep an eye on your stats mid-run.
Buy from Amazon | £ 67.99
RECEIVED: Amazfit Bip Review
Best Budget Running Watch: TomTom Runner 3
The waterproof Runner 3 has built-in GPS and route exploration, so you can avoid getting lost. It also has a range of useful training modes, which includes interval sessions and the option of setting a target zone so the runner 3 buzzes at you every time you're running too fast or slow.
TomTom offers pricier options on the Runner 3 with either a heart rate monitor or space for music, or both, but the standard tracker's incredibly well priced given the wealth of features it offers.
Buy from TomTom | £ 189.99
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Best For Inexperienced Runners: Polar M430
The trouble with choosing a running watch is that all their bells and whistles are useless if you do not know how to use them. The Polar M430 does an excellent job on how to do it. This schedules your sessions, guides you through your workouts in real time and gives feedback afterwards. For those who are not able to improve but do not have the knowledge required or access to coaching, this is an excellent alternative.
Buy from Polar | £ 174.50
RECOMMENDED: Polar M430 Fitness Tracker Review
Best Mid-Range Running Watch: Garmin Forerunner 235
The Garmin Forerunner range is running the royalty and the 235 hits the best all-round option for amateur runners. As well as displaying all the essential metrics (pace, distance, time, calories and cadence) Aerobic fitness after the session finishes.
The 235 does not match the battery life or has many features as Garmin's top-end options (such as the Forerunner 935, below) but it does more than the average runner really needs. Forerunner 230 (£ 219.99) is a worthy alternative. Apart from an integrated heart rate monitor, more or less matches the 235's feature set.
Buy from Garmin | £ 249.99
Coros has entered the GPS watch market with a bang by introducing the pace, which packs a monster battery along with enough heavy-hitting features to keep the competition glaring nervously over their shoulders. The Pace wants to last 25 hours in GPS mode – the kind of battery normally reserved for top-end watches that cost over £ 400 rather than £ 250 – and its big screen shows off all the live stats you could want during your runs.  So the Coros companion app is doing a great job in a clear manner. There are some downsides, like the lack of an interval mode, but there are many issues in the near future. And if you're a budding triathlete, you'll be pleased to learn the Pace has open water and multisport swimming modes.
Buy from Amazon | £ 249.98
RECORMENDED: Coro's Pace Review
Best Running Watch With Music: Garmin 645 Music
There are several options available for runners who want music on their wrist, but the Garmin 645 Music is just the cherry on top of a supremely good all-round running watch. Garmin's top-end Forerunner 935 and Fenix watches, including customizable workouts, a race pacer mode, lactate threshold measurements and analysis of your running form (although an extra sensor is required for that last one ). It's the most stylish watch Garmin has made. Deezer is expected to be released in the near future.
Buy from Garmin | £ 399.99
RECOMMENDED: Garmin 645 Music Review
Best Watch For Watch: Apple Watch Series 4
The Apple Watch's great strength when it comes to running is the unrivaled variety of apps it offers. Strava, Runkeeper and Nike + Run Club, so if you're already locked in with an app you can use it seamlessly on the Apple Watch. ISmoothRun
If you opt for the 4G version of the Apple Watch 4 you can also receive calls, send texts and emails and stream music through the watch while you run without your phone. Even if you never intend to answer the call, the ability to stream the extensive catalog of songs on Apple Music feels almost magical.
Buy from Apple | From £ 399
RECOMMENDED: Apple Watch Series 4 Review
Best Android Smartwatch For Running: Fitbit Ionic
The Apple Watch 4 is mighty impressive, but completely useless for Android users. Nevertheless, there are several great options to consider, including the Samsung Gear Sport and Garmin Vivoactive 3. However, we fancy the Fitbit Ionic as the best running smartwatch on Android for three main reasons. The first is its sensational screen, which is incredibly clear and can always be used on during runs (please take note of that apple). Finally, there's Fitbit's nifty Run Detect feature, which allows you to start simply running without pressing a button, safe in the knowledge that the Ionic will fire up the GPS and start recording automatically.
Buy From Fitbit | £ 279.99