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Garmin Fenix 5 £499.99,

The Fenix is Garmin’s flagship premium GPS sportswatch and has set the benchmark for the serious athlete’s wearable tech. This new iteration does not disappoint as it has a battleship-load of features to help your running and navigation, plus monitor activity and track sleep, all while pinging you annoying smart notifications. There’s so much in the device, you’ll likely not use half of it. And then there’s the question of that rather large price tag.

When wearing, it feels a bit big and chunky (especially if you’ve got a slim wrist), but it looks reassuringly expensive, equally sporty and fashionable, and the quick-release straps let you play around with the look further.

As to be expected, the features are all excellent. Wrist-based heart-rate monitoring, though still not as accurate as a chest strap, offers a really useful guide to fatigue or overtraining. As well as lactate threshold test, audio updates for pace and HR, a virtual racer feature, and sport analytics – including Training Effect, which tells you the benefits of your last session. Training Status, meanwhile, indicates if you’re getting fitter or losing your edge.

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About Men's Running

While the calendar may be full of organised races and events, not everyone’s running life is dictated by competition. Goals come in many different shapes and sizes and so does the impetus to achieve them. If this issue has a theme it’s that reasons to run go way beyond simply wanting to be involved in a sport. Take for example the five blokes who used their unwanted weight-gain as a spur to getting out and reclaiming their lives (p55). Not only did they turn their health around they also found out things about themselves they never would have without running. You can also find #runspiration from your environment, whether that be the mountainous trails of Austria (p60) or the streets outside your own front door (p34). Hitting the books (and tablets, phones and laptops) is also a good way to find running inspiration. So we’ve curated our own Men’s Running library of essential reading and watching (p42), meaning you can gen up on training tips and courageous stories, while also keeping tabs on the amazing feats being performed by the professionals. Speaking of which, with athletic titans such as Mo Farah and Scott Overall entering the twilight of their careers, we look at the next generation of UK runners (p66) who’ll be inspiring people to lace up their trainers and find themselves through running. All this plus our usual mix of races, kit, recipes and training tips.