You don't have to break the bank to train smarter. We test six of the best running watches for under £100
Price £79.99 Contact polar.fi
This is Polar's entry-level device, and the company has made it as hassle-free as possible for beginners. It includes a coded heart-rate monitor for an accurate signal, measures current and average heart rate, has a minimum and maximum heart-rate-zone setting, and a 99-lap counter and chronograph. The strap and dial are made of lightweight, durable rubber, the functionality is extremely easy to get to grips with and the buttons are easy to access but not overly sensitive. The only downside is that the screen is tricky to view in low light and the backlight isn't the strongest.
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This may sound like a plug for Timex but I feel credit where it is due. In the early 90s I purchased a Timex Ironman 50 lap model which has been my watch for everyday wear as well as for sport since. It kept perfect time as checked by the BBC pips and was not particularly looked after by your truly (I always wore it, for example, when swimming in pool or sea). Last March I found I could not use the reset button and contacted Timex about the possibility of their repairing it. I sent the watch and was advised the cost of repair would be, I think, £14 (the watch had cost me some £25 originally). I decided to proceed and some days later they sent me a new watch (same model) so either they were unable to repair my old one or it was more cost effective to just send a new one but whatever they honoured their commitment to me. So here's to another 15 years of happy timekeeping by a very satisfied customer.
I agree. My 1987 original is still running although the case fell to pieces and can't hold the strap.
The only criticism is the resin strap which is expensive and difficult to replace, I prefer the steel bracelet version instead
I cannot believe that there is an article about running watches under £100.00. I do not need to keep data stored on my watch I write it down after every run. I have a lap counter that I use occasionally for running intervals and a countdown timer. Gosh all these tools.
My watch - a lorus quartz from Elizabeth Duke at Argos. My first one was a fiver in 1989 and my current (third) one was £7.00 from the same place. It is fantastic value.
Prefer to spend the remainder of the £100.00 on a pair of shoes myself.
I'm looking to buy a watch for running that will measure my distance (I have a pedometer at the moment and this omits about a mile off my run!).
I don't want to spend a fortune, but do want something good. Any ideas?
I'm a regular runner doing a 10k soon,
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