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GPS Watches for the London Marathon

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With the 2020 London Marathon now less than two months away, it’s time for training to get serious. Whether it’s your motivation that’s slacking or you’re struggling to keep on top of your fitness, we highly recommend investing in your very own marathon training smartwatch to keep you on track. Having a personal trainer strapped to your wrist is one of the most effective ways to get in optimal shape and smartwatches with GPS in particular are must-haves for anyone serious about their stats. 

Training for the London Marathon is tough, we have no arguments about that, but one thing we know all past marathon runners will agree on is the benefit of a GPS running watch. These fantastic wearables possess enough features that they effectively become your own training partner, feeding you back all the information you need to tailor your training. Whether it’s suggesting a route for that quick 5km on your lunch break or a full breakdown of stats on that long weekend run, by the time you reach that finish line you’ll be pleased you made the most out of today’s modern smartwatch technology. 

There are a huge range of GPS watches for the London Marathon available, each with their own selection of sports apps, functions, daily features and designs. Finding the right GPS smartwatch for you can be a feat in itself, so to make things easier we have listed five of our best-selling and most highly recommended models. If at any point you’d like further assistance finding the right marathon running watch for you, get in touch with the C W Sellors team on 01335 453453 or at sales@cwsellors.com. You can also ask about the fantastic interest free finance and free next day delivery options available on our GPS marathon smartwatch collections.                    

Garmin MARQ Athlete GPS Smartwatch 

Possibly the most high-end and high-tech GPS running smartwatch out there, the Garmin MARQ Athlete is part of Garmin’s remarkable MARQ collection which focuses on providing every kind of athlete and adventurer with their ideal set of features. As you can expect, the Garmin MARQ Athlete smartwatch is tailored especially towards runners with a fantastic range of sports functons useful for marathon training all within a sporty, comfortable and luxurious design. 

Its high-performance rubber strap is designed to give the most accurate sensor indications including a wrist based heart rate monitor, respiration tracking, Pulse Ox sensor for monitoring your body’s oxygen levels and stress score. The Trendline popularity routing app gives you recommendations on routes to run while the full colour TopoActive Europe maps make following the route easy and clear. The innovative PacePro feature is a must-have for runners and allows you to enter custom start and finish points and a target competition times. This means that the watch will tell you exactly how fast you should be aiming to run to complete each mile, even accounting for hills and slopes. 


Garmin Instinct Solar Sunburst 

If you’re someone who likes to push themselves, whether that be running a marathon down rocky tracks or hiking a mountain as part of your training, then the rugged Garmin Instinct Solar watch collection is a must-have for you. We love the bright yellow Sunburst edition which features a durable case constructed to U.S. military standards 810 for thermal, shock and water resistance up to 100 metres. To top the design off, hidden beneath the digital display is a remarkable solar powered lens which provides a battery life of up to 54 days. 

Its wrist based heart rate monitor, Pulse Ox monitor, stress, sleep and respiration trackers give you a better understanding of your health and wellness while the multiple global navigation satellite systems including GPS, GLONASS and Galileo allow you to track in more challenging environments than GPS alone. For days when you feel like exploring off track, you can feel assured you’ll always find a way back home with a built-in 3-axis compass, barometric altimeter and TracBack routing app. 


Garmin Fenix 6 Pro Solar 

For those tempted by the Instinct Solar but in need of a design a little more sophisticated, then check out the Garmin Fenix 6 Pro Solar. Still boasting the brand’s incredible Power Lens which provides a total battery life of up to 14 days, this wearable comes equipped with even more sports apps perfect for training for the London marathon. For starters, it’s preloaded sports apps include activity profiles for all kinds of running included trail running, treadmill running and track running while Body Battery Energy monitor uses heart rate variability, stress, sleep and other data to gauge when you’re ready to be active or when you may need to rest. 

Similarly to the Garmin MARQ Athlete, the Garmin Fenix 6 Pro Solar watch comes equipped with the innovative Pace Pro technology to help you keep pace with grade-adjusted guidance, a wrist based heart rate monitor, Pulse Ox sensor, advanced sleep monitoring, hydration tracking and advanced training metrics that include running dynamics and a recovery advisor. The Round Trip Routing feature allows you to enter a distance you want to travel and get suggested routes that will bring you back to your starting point, perfect for those marathon runners that like to vary their adventures. 


Montblanc Summit 2 Smartwatch 

If you’re looking for a luxury smartwatch that can take you training one minute and to a dressy dinner the next, then the Montblanc Summit 2 smartwatch collection is where you should be. These stunning unisex wearables are designed to be your connected companion for a life of travel, health and exploration, all housed within a high-end design of stainless steel, titanium or elegant rose gold. 

A must-have feature for any avid runner is the Montblanc Running Coach app which analyses your fitness and health goals. The integrated live coach encourages you to reach the right pace and put in the right amount of effort to reach your target while the Running Coach watch face helps by giving you a visualization of your current fitness levels and your heart rate. Altimeter, accelerometer, and gyroscope sensors also assist during workouts while for rest days make use out of the handy microphone sensor and contactless NFC payment system. 


Suunto 5 GPS Smartwatch 

Last but certainly not least is the Suunto 5 GPS smartwatch, a fantastic choice for those working with a budget but still in need of essential fitness training tools. Renowned for its long battery life, this sports watch has intelligent battery modes that will remind you to charge before training while its sleek, lightweight design makes it comfortable for everyday use. It’s 24/7 tracking also includes your heart rate, stress and sleep so, like your watch, you can make sure you are fully recharged and recovered before starting your next activity. 

The Suunto 5 GPS watch continues to impress with over 80 sports modes, GPS navigation, an adaptive 7-day training plan for reaching your fitness goal and fitness level tracking with VO2, all viewable on the Suunto app. Whether you prefer to train on the road, in the gym or on an indoor track, this GPS running watch will give you relevant statistics regardless of your sport. You can also connect to your favourite sports apps and services from the Suunto app to get more out of your experience. Share your activities with your sports communities and tap into specific training analysis and guidance.