All you will get in response to this is people telling you what they have themselves. Chunky has given great advice- DC rainmaker gives reviews, comparisons and is unbiased. I have a: Garmin 310xt. It is big, chunky, old fashioned. It has great battery life, fast satellite lock and has only had one bad track in 8 months. Cheats as chips in Amazon, circa ??120 with chest strap. Hard to ignore given your budget. Avoid any of the 20 range as they are full of metrics that are worthless as the GPS chip is not very accurate.
Hi Gideon, can you clarify what you mean by the '20 range', which models are they? (Apologies if I sound stupid... )
I have an entry to this year's race, however I will not be taking part due to an ongoing hip issue which has prevented me from doing any training
Please let me know if anyone is interested in taking my place? I cannot remember the entrance fee but I entered as soon as registration was open, so think it would have been discounted. Can anyone remember, i think around £40/50?
I don't have my race number in hand yet but I would imagine they will start sending them out in next few weeks.
I'm glad you started this thread as I am targeting my first full marathon next Spring - which will be Brighton!
I'm currently off running due to a niggle I had in my hip flexor / groin area which turned more severe and forced me to hang up my trainers for a while which leads me to my best advice tip I can offer - strengthen and stretch your glutes, then strengthen and strecth them some more!
I think they are such a neglected muscle group amongst runners despite it being the most powerful muscle group in the body. I really wish someone had told me when I started running the importance of glutes in preventing injury. They help keep everything level and in balance, from your hips down to your feet. In my case they're incredibly weak and lazy - my physio was actually quite impressed with how lazy they were. When they're not active they are quite happy for all other muscles to take up the slack - which leads to niggles which then leads to injury.
So definitely invest in a good overall strength & conditioning programme - you'll be putting your body under so much stress when training, give it a helping hand by getting stronger.