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Running apps to help you find your way…

With so many people – our employees included – hitting the road during lockdown and finding a love (or re-finding, in many cases) of running, we thought we’d see what runners are using to create routes and track their progress.

Our head of PR, Anton Nebbe – a keen runner and cyclist – lists what he considers 4 of the top running apps him and his friends use. This list is by no means exhaustive – there are many apps for all sorts of runners, from beginners to experts and road to trail, so if you have a favourite, let us know in the comments of our Linkedin post!

Strava

Originally a cycling app, Strava is fast becoming a firm favourite with runners, particularly now that they’re steadily improve their route plotting function. This particular element of Strava still lags well behind others on this list, but it’s definitely getting there.

As an all-rounder, the app provides something for everyone – from the data obsessed to those who are only interested in the basic stats. The app records your running speed, distance travelled, time and course taken, combining all that with leader boards, achievements and challenges as you race against your friends. 

Everyone wants to be at the top of the every segment – competition can get very, very fierce!

Komoot

Komoot is, at its core, a route planning app for the more adventurous runner who wants to venture well off the beaten track to explore local trails, roads, byways, and so on. 

It uses surface type, elevation, and other factors to create a run that is the envy of its competitors – it even offers ‘turn-by-turn’ voice navigation.

Komoot users can create their own routes, or ‘tours’ and are able to add highlights – for example a good view, cake shop, or trail segment - to their tours. This is a handy feature because it gives points of interest for people to aim for if they’re unfamiliar with a route or area.

Runkeeper

A long-time favourite with runners, this app uses a phone's GPS to track running, cycling, hiking and other activities. Runkeeper app records your pace, distance, total exercise time, calories burned and other useful metrics, while delivering a variety of training plans, and even reminders and challenges. 

Runkeeper also allows users to create their own routes or download and follow running routes. You can measure your progress and workout history as well as sync with a variety of other apps and services. 

MapMyRun

MapMyRun also uses your phone's GPS and other sensors to track and map your running course, time, speed and total distance travelled. The app displays both your real-time stats and your end-of-run totals.

If you decide to go premium you get voice coaching, location sharing and no ads along with route mapping via their website. An interesting feature is ‘Route Genius’, which maps out a loop in your area after you provide a specific mileage.