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10 of the best running watches in the UK

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Newsflash: Running is hard. Unless you're one of those rare and confusing individuals who just gets up and runs for miles, the act of hauling yourself up from the sofa and pounding the pavement for more than a few minutes is tough.

This is why those who commit to this torturous hobby do everything they can to make it more bearable. Runners will often spend big on the comfiest trainers and snazziest leggings, all in the pursuit of a less painful experience.

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We're not going to pretend that splashing out on all the best gear is going to instantly transform you into an elite athlete, but it could make a real difference. Take running watches for example: These clever little devices are designed to optimise and personalise your training to improve your performance. Sounds helpful, right? Read more...

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BEST FOR MULTIPLE SPORTS

Garmin Forerunner 735XT

The multisport feature provides a seamless transition as you move between activities.

  • Battery life: 5 days
  • Weight: 45.4 grams
  • GPS: Yes
  • Water resistant: Yes
£299.99 from Amazon

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BEST FOR SLEEP TRACKING

Polar Ignite

Follow your sleep stages and get detailed insights into your bedtime behaviour.

  • Battery life: 5 days
  • Weight: 35 grams
  • GPS: Yes
  • Water-resistant: Yes
£199.50 from Amazon

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BEST FOR APPS

Apple Watch Series 5

The Apple Watch offers a wide range of dedicated running apps.

  • Battery life: 18 hours
  • Weight: 36.7 grams
  • GPS: Yes
  • Water-resistant: Yes
£399 from Amazon

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BEST FOR PERFORMANCE DATA

Garmin Fenix 6

Performance data includes training load balance, training status, and running and cycling dynamics.

  • Battery life: 120 days
  • Weight: 81.6 grams
  • GPS: Yes
  • Water-resistant: Yes
£475 from Amazon

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BEST FOR SERIOUS ATHLETES

Suunto 9 Baro

Offers support for over 80 sports, including swimming, cycling, and running.

  • Battery life: 120 hours
  • Weight: 81 grams
  • GPS: Yes
  • Water-resistant: Yes
£519 from Amazon

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BEST FOR BEGINNERS

Garmin Forerunner 35

Lightweight and easy-to-use running watch is perfect for beginners.

  • Battery life: 9 days
  • Weight: 36.3 grams
  • GPS: Yes
  • Water-resistant: Yes
£129.99 from Amazon

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BEST FOR MUSIC

Fitbit Ionic

Store and play over 300 songs without your phone.

  • Battery life: 4 days
  • Weight: 49.9 grams
  • GPS: Yes
  • Water-resistant: Yes
£249.99 from Amazon

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BEST FOR COACHING

Garmin Forerunner 245

Adaptive training plans feature guidance from expert coaches and free training plans.

  • Battery life: 7 days
  • Weight: 38.5 grams
  • GPS: Yes
  • Water-resistant: Yes
£260.95 from Amazon

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BEST FOR WEIGHT

Huawei Band 3 Pro

Reliable and lightweight fitness tracker for daily use.

  • Battery life: 12 days
  • Weight: 27.2 grams
  • GPS: Yes
  • Water-resistant: Yes
£79.99 from Amazon

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BEST FOR VALUE

Amazfit Bip

Packing a powerful battery that's capable of lasting up to 45 days on a single charge.

  • Battery life: 45 days
  • Weight: 32 grams
  • GPS: No
  • Water-resistant: Yes
£51 from Amazon

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