Best Radios for Running/Jogging (UK 2018)

Lots of people find that listening to music while running makes their run easier, and there is growing scientific evidence that music can help athletic performance. By taking a radio with you on your run, you can listen to music to keep you feeling energised, or catch up on the news and follow sports.

There is a large choice of pocket radios available in the UK, all of which could be used for running/jogging. Some offer AM and FM radio bands, while others offer FM and DAB digital radio. You can also get MP3 players with FM radio so you can take your whole music collection with you.

Some pocket radios also have a built-in speaker, which would be good if you’re worried that earphones might make you less aware of your surroundings.

Here are a few things to consider when choosing a radio for running:

  • AM/FM or FM/DAB – DAB radio is gradually taking over analogue radio in the UK, but AM/FM radios are still popular. DAB offers you a bigger choice of stations to listen to, but it eats through batteries quicker, so you would be able to use an AM/FM pocket radio for longer without needing to recharge the battery.
  • Keylock feature – This is one of the most important features to look for when choosing a running radio. A keylock feature will lock the keys on the radio so that you can’t accidentally change the station or volume when you knock it.
  • Size – Obviously, when it comes to radios for running, the smaller the better. You want something light that can easily fit in your pocket or clip to your shorts or t-shirt. Radios branded as “pocket radios” will normally be small enough, though you should check the dimensions before buying.
  • Clip – Some radios have a clip which lets you attach the radio to your clothing. This can be useful as it will prevent the radio banging about in your pocket and stop the headphone cable getting in the way while you’re running.
  • Brand – You might want to choose something from a well-known brand such as Pure or Roberts, but if you want to save money you might get a better deal by buying something from a budget brand such as AZATOM or Majority.
  • Earphones – When buying a running radio, you should consider which earphones you will use. Lots of pocket radios come with earphones included, though they’re typically not very high quality. Unfortunately, there aren’t any pocket radios on the market with a Bluetooth transmitter, so you won’t be able to use Bluetooth earphones/headphones unless you get creative and attach an external Bluetooth transmitter to your pocket radio.

Now that you know what to look for, here are some of the best radios for running currently available in the UK.

Best Radios for Running/Jogging (UK 2018)

1. Majority Petersfield-Go

The Petersfield-Go is a very affordable pocket radio from British budget brand Majority. It offers lots of features for the price, including a few that will be of particular appeal to runners: a button lock function so you won’t accidentally change the station when it’s in your pocket and a pocket clasp so you can attach the radio to your clothes.

Features

  • FM/DAB/DAB+ radio
  • Pocket clasp for attaching it to clothing
  • Built-in rechargeable battery
  • Earphones included
  • Saves 20 presets
  • Key lock function

Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.4 x 2.2 cm
Weight: 59 g

Pros

  • Good value for money
  • Useful features for running—key lock and pocket clasp
  • Decent battery life
  • Useful instructions manual

Cons

  • Can have DAB reception issues
  • Earphones included are mediocre, but it works fine with other earphones/headphones

Summary

This radio is great value for money and would be an ideal choice for running due to the pocket clasp and key lock function. You might want to use your own earphones rather than the ones provided, but this isn’t a big complaint given the Petersfield-Go’s low price. Read our full review of the Majority Petersfield-Go here.

2. AZATOM Pro Sports S1

The AZATOM Pro Sports S1 is one of the most popular pocket DAB radios in the UK, and it’s particularly popular among runners. It has almost all the features you could want in a running radio including FM/DAB/DAB+ radio, the ability to save preset stations and a key lock function. However, it doesn’t have a clip to attach it to your clothing.

Features

  • FM/DAB/DAB+ radio
  • Built-in rechargeable radio
  • Extendable aerial
  • Built-in speaker
  • Headphone jack
  • Saves 60 presets
  • Earphones included
  • Key lock function

Dimensions: 9 x 5 x 2 cm
Weight: 104 g

Pros

  • Good value for money
  • Clear display
  • Comes with earphones
  • Features a built-in speaker

Cons

  • No clip to attach it to clothing
  • Saving and accessing presets is time-consuming and fiddly

Summary

The Pro Sports S1 is more versatile than most pocket radios since it has a small built-in speaker so you don’t need to use headphones all the time.

Given its performance and value for money, it’s a good choice, though the lack of a clip/clasp could be inconvenient if you’re listening to it while running. This radio is also larger than some other pocket radios out there, which could be a pro or a con depending on whether you want something ultra-small or something more substantial. Read our full review of the AZATOM Pro Sports S1 here.

3. OXX Clip Pocket Radio

The OXX Clip is the smallest DAB radio in the world, according to its manufacturer at least. It weighs just 40.8 grams and, as the name implies, you can clip it to your clothing. This means you’ll hardly notice it when you’re jogging.

This radio comes with a free pair of earphones, though they’re not great quality so you might want to buy something better.

Features

  • FM/DAB/DAB+ radio
  • Headphone jack
  • Rechargeable built-in battery
  • Earphones included
  • Key lock function

Dimensions: 5.2 x 3.7 x 1.9 cm
Weight: 40.8 g

Pros

  • Very small and light
  • Decent battery life
  • Clips to clothing

Cons

  • Reception can be poor
  • Relatively expensive
  • Fiddly due to the small size

Summary

The main reason to buy the OXX Clip Pocket Radio is for its incredibly small size. While it has a small and convenient design, it’s relatively expensive and doesn’t seem to have as good reception as some other pocket DAB radios. Read our full review of the OXX Clip here.

4. Retekess V-112 Pocket AM/FM Radio

If you want an AM/FM running radio rather than an FM/DAB one, the Retekess V-112 could be a good choice. It’s cheaper than any of the DAB radios reviewed here (at the time of writing) and might offer better reception depending on where you use it.

Features

  • AM/FM radio
  • Saves 58 presets
  • Built-in rechargeable battery
  • Band included for hanging it round your neck
  • Earphones included

Dimensions: 8.5 x 14.8 x 1.3 cm
Weight: 40.8 g

Pros

  • Small and light
  • Cheap
  • Good battery life
  • Built-in battery unlike some pocket AM/FM radios where you have to replace the batteries

Cons

  • Earphones included are poor quality
  • Smaller choice of stations due to lack of DAB

Summary

The Retekess V-112 offers great value for money and has a better battery life than any of the pocket DAB radios reviewed here. It also includes a strap which lets you hang the radio round your neck. You could use this to hang the radio under your t-shirt while running to prevent the earphone cables getting in your way. Remember that this radio doesn’t have DAB though, so your choice of stations will be limited. Read our full review of the Retekess V-112 here.

5. Roberts Sports DAB5

As the name suggests, the Roberts Sports DAB5 is designed with active people in mind. It’s a pocket FM/DAB radio from respected British brand Roberts that you can listen to using the earphones included or your own.

The Roberts Sports DAB5 is a good choice for running because it’s very easy to use and has a key lock function. You can quickly change between your preset stations so you don’t need to scroll through stations while jogging.

Features

  • FM/DAB/DAB+ radio
  • Key lock function
  • Earphones included
  • Saves 10 preset stations

Dimensions: 10.5 x 6.2 x 2 cm
Weight: 70 g

Pros

  • Presets are easy to access using the dedicated buttons on the top of the radio
  • Easy to use
  • Clear and easy-to-read display

Cons

  • Relatively expensive
  • No built-in rechargeable battery
  • Larger than most pocket radios

Summary

The Roberts Sports DAB5 is the most expensive radio on this list and may seem a bit overpriced given what it does, but it’s well made and is a joy to use.

This radio takes AA batteries rather than having a built-in rechargeable battery. This could be a pro or a con depending on your perspective: If you don’t have an AA battery charger replacing the batteries will be expensive, but it could be more convenient than leaving the radio to charge for a long time. Read our full review of the Roberts Sports DAB5 here.

Conclusion

If we had to pick just one of these radios to recommend it would be the Majority Petersfield-Go due to its low price, decent performance and combination of useful features for runners.

For some more options to consider, see our roundups of the best pocket DAB radios and the best pocket AM/FM radios.

3 thoughts on “Best Radios for Running/Jogging (UK 2018)

  1. I’m looking for a Bluetooth Dab pocket radio I can use whilst walking the dogs, headphone wires get in the way

    1. Hi Sunnie,
      I don’t think there are any pocket DAB radios with Bluetooth available at the moment, though there is definitely a gap in the market there. One solution could be attaching a small Bluetooth transmitter to a pocket radio.

  2. Definitely a market for someone to produce a Bluetooth personal radio.
    Weakest link is the headphone jack. My radio last about 2 years, and it is always the jack/socket that goes.
    Plugging a personal radio into a Bluetooth transmitter may not work as headphones are the aerials.

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