I have a couple of apps on my smartphone which are free. They do a fairly OK job although I secretly hanker after a Garmin (not so secret...). Still the free apps record time, pace, route, splits, elevations and you can do nerdy stuff with your data on the websites. I use mapmyrun mostly, it's never let me down so far even cross-country. Have also tried endomondo which auto-pauses (useful for club runs) but I've lost GPS with it so have given up.
another vote for a garmin 110, which via amazon sometimes cost 99 quid (other times, its slightly more for some reason)
I used an Android app to track my runs for a while. I found a really nice one (Run GPS Trainer Pro, I think) that would stop your music for a few moments to tell you your pace, along with other potentially useful features.
That was until it crashed during running 13.1. I was pretty sure I had done it in my best time at that point, too. It integrated somewhat erratically with the phone's GPS before this, but had never let me down so badly.
It was then that I decided I needed dedicated running GPS.
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