Whether your looking for a little extra motivation to fuel your training or you want to track your progress and really challenge yourself, fitness apps can be a great resource to help you take things to the next level. Don’t panic if you don’t consider yourself particularly tech savvy, although a basic understanding of navigating your smartphone can only help, the better apps are so user friendly that you’ll soon be logging your miles and mapping your routes like a pro! Here are our top recommendations for runners…

Nike+ Training Club

Easy to set up: 10

Easy to use/transfer data: 10

Met expectations: 10

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Easy to download and get stuck into two or three times a week: there are workouts for every type of athlete/body part, lots are short and time-friendly, and will hit the spot for runners (weak glutes/major leg groups and so on). I really enjoyed the elite athlete-led workouts, and will be using them when I coach. You can turn down the sound and do these while you watch TV with your kids, and get them involved, too. It’s like having a personal trainer in your living room. – Tester, Tina Chantrey

Strava

Easy to set up: 10

Easy to use/transfer data: 10

Met expectations: 10

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For a free app, this is fabulously easy to set up and use. Connecting to my Garmin Connect account was straightforward and my run information was transferred as soon as it was uploaded from my phone. Connecting with other runners is motivational and the monthly challenges make you push your own boundaries a little further. It’s easy to switch to cycling or add in other workout data if you wish. This is a great way to keep your information together. – tester Susan Bonnar

Nike+ Run Club

Easy to set up: 10

Easy to use/transfer data: 10

Met expectations: 10

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This app had been on my phone for a year before I tried it; I wish I hadn’t left it so long! It’s easy to set up and gives you a host of audio-guided runs that are so motivational. Listening to Coach Bennett and other elite runners is very inspiring! It transformed my runs. The half-marathon plan it created for me was good and interesting to follow, giving me some new runs to try. There are also challenges to sign up for, for extra motivation. I highly recommend downloading this app. – Tester, Tina Chantrey

Editor’s comment: Strava and the Nike+ Run/Training Club apps are both epic platforms, helping you achieve more than you could dream possible. With such a vast community, they are undeniably brilliant – what would we do without them?

Myfitnesspal

Easy to set up: 10

Easy to use/transfer data: 10

Met expectations: 7

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This is a good app for keeping track of exercise and food intake, with a comprehensive database and even a barcode scanner. Adverts that kept filling the screen were annoying, but being connected with friends via the app was very motivating. – Tester, Susan Bonnar

zombies, run!

Easy to set up: 9

Easy to use/transfer data: 8

Met expectations: 8

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The Zombies, Run! app was interesting! The set-up is simple: download the app, put on your headphones and run. It tells a story while tracking your run and is a brilliant app for those looking for entertainment and motivation while running. Great for beginners. – Tester Geraldine Perrier

runkeeper

Easy to set up: 10

Easy to use/transfer data: 8

Met expectations: 8

Sign up for free, runkeeper.com

I tried the free version of this app. It was limited, but it was enough for me. In addition to capturing your run data, it offers customised training sessions to suit your fitness level and lifestyle, and allows you to set bespoke goals, giving you stats on your progress. – Tester, Geraldine Perrier

runtastic Running & fitness

Easy to set up: 8

Easy to use/transfer data: 9

Met expectations: 8

Sign up for free, runtastic.com

The app is easy to use, but quite basic. It provides all the basic stats you’d need to track your progress and many more with a premium upgrade. The homepage is well presented and it allows you to link to friends for support, which can help with motivation. – Tester, Paula Williams

endomondo

Easy to set up: 10

Easy to use/transfer data: 10

Met expectations: 9

Sign up for free, endomondo.com

Activity history from other platforms synced automatically – magic! The newsfeed has all information on one handy page, including best times of the month. This, plus connecting to friends, helps confidence and motivation. You can even create a playlist. – Tester, Paula Williams

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