Best running apps for iPhone and Android.

Last updated: 7 January 2016

Best running apps

Whether you’re a wannabe Mo Farah or a fair-weather runner, there are loads of useful apps to make clocking the miles a little easier and much more enjoyable.

Maybe you want to set yourself challenges and work towards an ultimate race goal? Or perhaps you just want to compete with your best mate as you conquer the local park?

Check out our favourite running apps to improve your performance and increase the mileage, whether you've got an older smartphone or a brand new iPhone 7.And if running isn’t your thing, don’t forget that there are plenty of other exercise apps to enjoy.

  • Charity Miles

    Charity Miles - iPhone, Android (free)

    If you’re struggling with motivation, this is the app for you. With Charity Miles, every mile you run (or walk or cycle) makes a small amount of money for charity. You get to choose from a list of charities, and it’s the best incentive for getting your trainers on.

    There are no details like steps, calories burned or speed, but distance is everything. You can basically take part in a fun run whenever you fancy it.

  • Bugmiles

    Bugmiles - iPhone,Android (free)

    This is one of the most fun and sociable running apps around. With Bugmiles you can belong to a virtual running club: log your miles and track your progress, and get instant feedback, support, and motivation from thousands of other runners. The app gives you info on loads of organised runs from fun runs and 5ks to marathons - and there’s a lifestyle section with articles and interviews.

    On top of all this there’s nutrition advice, tips and tricks for getting the best out of your running, helpful guides to the best running gear, recipes and more. This is a really great app with everything you could possibly need for your running adventures.

  • Runkeeper

    Runkeeper - iPhone, Android (free)

    This app is one of the most popular amongst runners, with over 45 million members. It records your pace, distance, exercise time, calories burned and much more.

    Crucially for those who have a long-term goal, you can track your workout history and measure your progress. There’s a ‘goal coach’ feature to help you reach your long-term aims and the Runkeeper DJ will bring you your perfect playlist. You can be sure to stay on track with personalised routines that take into account life’s demands and adapts to your busy schedule.

  • Map my run

    Map My Run - iPhone, Android (free)

    As well as covering the usual metrics, this innovative app will use your phone’s GPS to track the course you run. This is great for reviewing and plotting your next route, adding variety to your workout.

    Plus, sync the app to your social media platforms and let the world know which terrain you’ve tackled. With a number of useful additional features, such as a heart rate sensor, it’s an option that’s well worth a look.

  • Tempo run

    TempoRun - iPhone (79p)

    Want music on the move? In a nutshell, this is a music app for runners. It will analyse your music and automatically sort your songs by tempo (using a rating between 1 and 10) so that you can listen to the right tunes for your run.

    Why’s this useful? Experienced fitness fanatics will know that you don’t tend to run at a steady pace. And with the growing popularity of high intensity workouts, you can listen to an appropriately-paced track at different points of your run. Get a high-octane, inspiring tune when you’re sprinting and a slow-paced sound when you’re jogging.

    The app doesn’t distinguish between genres of music, but it is able to assess the number of beats in a song. And of course, like the other apps, you can also use this one to track the finer details of your running history, like your pace, time and distance.

  • Runtastic

    Runtastic -iPhone, Android (free)

    This app does all the things you’d expect from a running app, but also includes the option to fill out an exercise diary, adding a welcome touch of personalisation. Running apps are sometimes guilty of information overload, so the ability to configure your dashboard so that it only shows the bits and pieces you’re interested in is an added bonus.

  • Nike+

    Nike+ Running - iPhone, Android (free)

    There are a couple of great aspects to this app. Firstly, it works on a treadmill. So when you don’t fancy bracing the chilly January winds, you can head to the gym and still accurately record your pace, time and distance. Secondly, you can load up a ‘power song’ of your choice to kick in when you’re flagging mid-run.

Did you know that YouGov has rated us the UK’s most reliable network? So we’re the perfect partner for all your running apps - you can stay connected when you’re tracking the details of a run or relying on GPS for the route and the mileage. Just ‘keep on running’.

Pop over to our 3Likes store for more running and exercise apps. Or if you have any others you’d like to suggest, tweet @ThreeUK with your recommendations.