Run with Map My Run+
The hub for all your running data analysing, MapMyRun+ features support for 600 different types of workouts and uses GPS to accurately track the important data from your run. Everything from your pace, route, distance, distance and elevation are all monitored, while other devices like Jawbone’s Up and Misfit’s Shine can also feed information to the app. The app is £2.29, though you can plump for a yearly MVP membership which ditches the ads and lets you access extra features, like audio coaching and personal training plans.
Sort of a rewards programme for meeting fitness goals, this app works directly with RunKeeper, MapMyRun and others, giving you discounts off fitness products when you hit your step targets.
While some of us are happy enough to just track steps and gander at our run stats, others prefer a more encouraging approach. Step in, Pear Fitness. Packed full of audio workouts (some even from Olympic athletes and coaches), you also get access to personalised regimes and real time verbal coaching. That’s basically someone shouting in your ear to pick up the pace. It’ll also track your steps, calories burned and tally up your workouts.
Up by Jawbone
Jawbone makes some of the best fitness bands out, but this new app ditches the need for a dedicated wearable, instead using the sensors in your phone (iPhone 5S and up) to track movement. You've got all the regular features too, like calorie counting, a new coaching feature and targets.
Google’s first attempt at a native Android fitness app is a sleak, quick and well animated app that tracks basic things like steps and calories, while giving you handy tips and setting personalised goals. It works across Android devices, including the Wear watches and, thanks to constant updates by Google, is getting better all the time.
Easily one of the top dogs in the massively growing running app space and one of the most fully featured. Track any outdoor sport, from running and cycling, to just plain old walking and keep an eye on duration, distance and speed. The app can also tell you how many calories you’ve worked off – great those watching what they eat.
Endomondo can be expanded, by adding in an external heart-rate monitor. ANT+ monitors work – check our best heart rate monitors to buy feature for some of the top ones.
If you’re still looking for more, you can take out a yearly subscription to Endomondo Premium and for £13.99 a year you’ll get weather updates on your routes, heart rate zones and set personal goals.
Another favourite of the running community, Runkeeper has been going for nearly as long as Apple's App Store itself and throughout the years it has seen a tremendous addition of features. The stats on your activities that it produces are detailed and you’re notified when you reach, or break, a goal.
Again, heart rate monitors are supported, plus it gives you clever audio cues to pace yourself during a run. There are plenty of social features, if you’re keen on sharing your achievements with others.
The interface is clean and simple, taking a lot of cues from Apple’s design overhaul of iOS7.
Positioning itself as a unique fitness app, PUMATREC keeps track of the distance run, speed, calories burned and even weather to produce a score at the end of each run. This score can then be shared and, hopefully, beaten on your next attempt.
The design, inspired clearly iOS7, is toned down, sparse, simple and clean. Navigating through the menu is a breeze and it’s really nippy.
PUMATRAC looks at everything from the weather you run in, music that keeps you going and how much you share your successes on social networks to fine tune your in-app experience.
Price: Free | Download PUMATRAC for iPhone
While some of the apps look to consider cyclists, Runtastic focuses solely on runners and joggers, with excellent GPS route tracking and personal training features. There’s a voice coach – which gives you verbal gee ups, detailed maps so you don’t end up running in the middle of nowhere and everything can even automatically pause when you stop your exercise.
An integrated music player lets you boot up a ‘power song’ when you begin to lag – giving you that extra kick to get over the finish line.
There’s the normal slew of social features, and a nice addition of iCloud syncing – great if you plan on upgrading to the Pro version.
One of the best designed apps on our list, thanks to the orange hue and contrasting colour choices, Strava is really focused on the social aspect of things. Much of the content you’ll be delivered revolves around you competing with others and sharing your stats.
All the usual additions are here, like keeping track of your stats, setting personal goals and joining challenges, plus there’s still support for external heart rate monitors.
Having partnered with the likes of Zavvi, Red5and Vita Coco, Runnit has a sizeable and growing range of discounts and freebies on offer for runners who need a bit of extra motivation. Jump into the app and select a challenge. Manage to complete it and you get a reward. Being healthy: good. Discounted DVDs? Even better…
Price: Free | Download Runnit for iPhone
Famed for its running gear, it’s no surprise really that super-brand Nike has gotten into the app game. Nike+ Running uses GPS and the accelerometer to keep a track of your movements, putting you head-to-head with others. Power Song can give you a boost if your enthusiasm is falling – a feature we always like.
Plus, there’s no subscription and no Pro upgrade – it’s just free, though it’s not as feature rich as some of the apps on this list.
Another sports brand, another app. This time it’s Adidas and MiCoach – its really strong range of fitness equipment. As with the others, it uses GPS and the accelerometer to track your movement, speed and range, while also giving you daily exercise plans.
Quite a neat addition is the pretty substantial library of strength and flexibility exercises, helping you out if running isn’t always your bag.
As with Nike+ Running, this is a free app with so subscription options or the upgrade prices.
A solely iOS app, but one that’s built for use on the iPhone, iPad and iCloud, Runmeter has a really nice, clean and user-friendly interface, strong feature set and works well.
You can turn your race results into a myriad of graphs, charts and colourful diagrams and this really helps to digest the tricky to understand stats.
A ton of audio cues are included, you can compete against your previous workouts and even design your own training plans.
Price: Free (£2.99 Pro Upgrade required for iCloud) | Download Runmeter Pro for iOS
Going in a slightly different direction to other, more in-depth apps, this one is hoping to help charities through the amount you run. While you run, cycle or walk, the app keeps a track of your movements, donating a specified amount to your chosen charity.
Price: Free | Download Charity Miles for iPhone