You don't have to break the bank to train smarter. We test six of the best running watches for under £100
Sports timepieces have come a long way since the digital stopwatches of the early 1980s. Top-of-the-range speed and distance models are not within everybody's price range, so what are the features you should look for in a mid-range version?Chronograph and interval timer You should at least be able to time the total length of your run and keep a tab on individual lap times if you're interval training.Log You don't always have time to review your data straight after training so your watch should be able to store multiple run data for future perusal.
Heart-rate monitor Not all entry-level watches come with them, but training within target heart-rate zones is a useful alternative to running at a target speed.Functionality Using your watch should not require a session with the user manual before every run. The fewer buttons the better.Visibility At a very basic level you need to be able to see the info your watch is giving you. The screen should be big with a large font, and the backlight should be strong.
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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