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23 Mar 2017

Hoodies and Londons

9:32am | 350 views | 17 Comments
Two things :-)

1) We need more people to join us at London Marathon Fetchpoint. We are getting a new enormous banner, and we'd love to put together a tribe of supporters to make some noise for our Fetch runners. Katie and I will be there from the very start to the very end - so you won't get asked to do anything too onerous - just come and be epic for as long as you can spare. If you can join us for some or all of the day, PLEASE join this group for updates: Link (roll over me to see where I go)

2) I'm tempted to get in another batch of hoodies - but it only makes sense if there are enough people who want them. There are two colours - fire red, and storm grey (see the pics below). They'd be between £30-35, and I'd be looking at doing a pre-order, with a delivery time of about 2 weeks. I need to get a minimum of 20 orders to make it financially plausible. If you're interested, leave me a comment.


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  • I do like the pictures :-) Do the red version bestow superpowers?
    Autumnleaves
    9:39am, 23rd Mar 2017
  • I'm definitely interested in buying s hoody. Would love to join you at Fetchpoint, but will be there with some running club buddies )who aren't fetchies - heathens!), so depends whether I can persuade them.
    jennyh
    9:46am, 23rd Mar 2017
  • I could probably go for a grey hoodie, sign me up.
    As a VLM runner, can I add that running past Fetchpoint is brilliant, and we love it. So we appreciate anyone who can that joins in and makes the noise noisier.
    paul the builder
    10:21am, 23rd Mar 2017
  • I already have a red one but I'd go for a grey one to stay fully Fetched up. I'd also like to say that Fetchpoint is the only good thing about VLM and the sole reason I would ever consider running the race again.
    RichHL
    11:10am, 23rd Mar 2017
  • I'm interested in a hoodie too
    postieboy
    11:17am, 23rd Mar 2017
  • Put me down for a red one please
    snogard
    12:52pm, 23rd Mar 2017
  • I can't do fetchpoint as my eldest Granddaughter is doing her 1st 10k on the same day :-)
    snogard
    12:53pm, 23rd Mar 2017
  • Grey one please
    shyfire
    1:00pm, 23rd Mar 2017
  • Red for me and silvershadow please (only one each in case she orders too). Large and Medium. Can collect :-) Ta.
    Nightjar
    1:25pm, 23rd Mar 2017
  • I'm helping on baggage at Red start but plan to come to.Fetvhpoint after that.
    Jovi Runner
    2:04pm, 23rd Mar 2017
  • I'm helping on baggage at Red start but plan to come to.Fetvhpoint after that.
    Jovi Runner
    2:04pm, 23rd Mar 2017
  • grey hoodie please - am negotiating with family whether i can get to fetchpoint
    HellsBells
    2:29pm, 23rd Mar 2017
  • Should have added mine in red please. I could get away wearing that at work in that colour
    :-)
    postieboy
    5:33pm, 23rd Mar 2017
  • I would like a red one please :-)
    SarahWoo
    8:33pm, 23rd Mar 2017
  • I'd like a red medium please but I can't make fetchpoint this year ... and next year I hope to be running it :-)
    Serendippily
    9:26pm, 23rd Mar 2017
  • Red pls. Not sure what size. Can I get back to you?
    LindsD
    10:39pm, 23rd Mar 2017
  • I would like a new hoody please in red. Pay day next week.
    Corrah
    10:58pm, 23rd Mar 2017

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20 Mar 2017

Hands up, hands UP! Draycote Water 10

2:51pm | 519 views | Draycote Water 10 Mile | 24 Comments
Well that was ace :-)

I bundled The Boy into the car at about 8.20 yesterday morning, and we made our way to Draycote Water, listening to some Skrillex and eating Tangfastics. We were armed with a gazebo (which never made it out of the car - way too windy), a giant bag of jelly babies, some emergency custard creams, and two fetch flag backpacks :-)

After an argument with the parking machine, we hotfooted it up to the runners village, but not quite in time to catch the Fetch photoshoot:



We found eL Bee! and Sarahwoo, and The Boy had a conversation with a lady who looked like the mayor of somewhere - although we never quite cleared that up :-)

The race starts about a quarter of a mile away, so you get to see a cloud of runners moving towards you, until eventually they are swarming all around you. I gave the camera to The Boy, and to his credit, he managed to get pics of most Fetchies, although we had it on sport mode, so I had about 380 to choose from! I've not published the fabulous pic of the ambulance man smoking a rollup :-) I picked out 30-or-so good 'uns, and have put them in an album on faceplant:

Link (roll over me to see where I go)

Once the runners had gone through, The Boy and I went and leafleted some cars (home made leaflets), then returned just in time to see the second lappers whizzing past. Our mini-Fetchpoint (Bee, Woo, Boy, Me) discussed the relative difficulty of using custard creams as race fuel, and experimented on the runners to see who would try them. I'm pleased to report that we did eventually get some customers, and not before we'd eaten them all ourselves.

After seeing the majority of first lappers come through, we walked back through the finish, just in time to see Jigs pull off a fantastic 4th place in 1:04, and then The Boy and I walked back along the course, and cheered the rest of the runners in, led by first lady Mrs Jigs :-) We felt really sorry for everyone battling the wind - it really was doing its best to spoil the fun - but there were still lots of smiles, as the photos show. There was a man with a megaphone at the finish line, yelling at everyone: "Hands up, hands UP!" to ensure the best photo opportunities. Every time two runners approached the line at the same time, he would demand that they "make a race of it"; and my favourite bit of all was when he was yelling: "Smile! SMILE!! SMILE!!!!!" at people. Lol. Some people didn't need prompting to act up:



After some sterling work with the camera and the jelly babies, The Boy was wilting a bit, so after cheering Lady Sol home (and V'rap donating her Haribo), we made an early break for the Dun Cow, and sat in the relative warmth of the car, doing a bit of maths homework :-)

When we tired of fractions, we went into the pub for a coffee and a J2O, and soon we were surrounded once again by Fetchies :-) It was nice to meet some new faces, and to see some familiar ones too. Looking forward to the next get-together already. Hands up, hands UP!

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Comments

  • That's some jump. I wish I could have been there.
    mad4purple
    2:56pm, 20th Mar 2017
  • Lovely Fetch get together. Enjoyed the pics on FB too. :-) G
    HappyG(rrr)
    2:56pm, 20th Mar 2017
  • *puts up hands* great supporting. Love the photo of the Boy :-)
    .B.
    2:58pm, 20th Mar 2017
  • Looks like a great time was had by all! Hope to make it to one of the next meet-ups.
    SimonClarke
    3:09pm, 20th Mar 2017
  • Sounds really lovely. Hope the next one is on a date and in a place I can get to! (Though I'll be honest, I had no idea where Draycote Water was... I just thought 'oh, it's over 'there' somewhere :-))
    LazyDaisy
    3:11pm, 20th Mar 2017
  • It *is* over there somewhere :-)
    fetcheveryone
    3:13pm, 20th Mar 2017
  • That is such a fab photo of the Boy :-)
    minardi
    3:17pm, 20th Mar 2017
  • Great Fetchfest - and great photos too!
    Alice the Camel
    3:23pm, 20th Mar 2017
  • Hands up, baby hands up
    give me your heart
    give me, give me your heart

    http://www.youtube.com/v/XWsvzko1fkY
    McGoohan
    3:37pm, 20th Mar 2017
  • :-)
    HellsBells
    3:37pm, 20th Mar 2017
  • Great pictures, sorry I missed the event itself
    BaronessBL
    3:47pm, 20th Mar 2017
  • I may have been tempted to slow down for a custard cream, had I'd known they were available. Although, I didn't realise you were there until after I'd finished. I thought it was strange I couldn't see you and the boy with the gazebo.
    Jigs
    4:14pm, 20th Mar 2017
  • so jealous! :-)
    D2
    4:26pm, 20th Mar 2017
  • Me too!
    LindsD
    4:39pm, 20th Mar 2017
  • What a fabulous day :-)
    And a truly wonderful picture of the boy!
    Bintmcskint
    5:41pm, 20th Mar 2017
  • Fab bloggage. :-)
    Ness
    7:22pm, 20th Mar 2017
  • I'm not sure if that's a jump or if you've thrown him off a cliff.
    Winded
    7:51pm, 20th Mar 2017
  • Not only is The Boy clearly a shrinking violet ;-) but he appears to be able to fly?! Superhero confirmed?
    JK *chameleon*
    7:56pm, 20th Mar 2017
  • Looks like you all had a great time. :-)
    Seratonin
    8:07pm, 20th Mar 2017
  • I also have no idea where it is, but I'll try and come to the next one if its not a gazillion miles away. Nice fetchpointing!
    FleeCircus
    9:03pm, 20th Mar 2017
  • It was such a good day - made all the better by the superb support team - and it's great to have so many photos. Thank you :-)
    GimmeMedals
    9:07pm, 20th Mar 2017
  • Awwwwwwwwww! all of this
    TeeBee
    8:01am, 21st Mar 2017
  • It was a fun morning, looking forward to doing it again sometime soon.
    Jogging Jon
    9:56am, 21st Mar 2017
  • Great to meet your boy - he made a great Fetchpointer but I guess it's in his genes ;-)
    SarahWoo
    12:14pm, 21st Mar 2017

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17 Mar 2017

Bluffer's Competition

3:00pm | 313 views | 1 Comments
Is now live...

Link (roll over me to see where I go)

Get your pens / pencils / quills / crayons / sticks with ash on the end / soggy ends of detached limbs / morse code / typewriters / the medium of dance / semaphore / bonfire / charades / violence out and start working on communicating your earliest memories. Or just do a blog titled 'My First Memories of Running'.
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  • Excellent & good rules for the competition too.....
    BaronessBL
    4:29pm, 17th Mar 2017

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08 Mar 2017

Project Joker

2:33pm | 420 views | 21 Comments
When Katie and I have got Bath Half out of the way (this weekend), we're planning on doing a bit of speed work, to improve our 5k times. The idea is to benchmark our current times, and then spend 10 weeks following a plan, and see where we can get to. Here's roughly what I have in mind:

1) our plan is based on limited time for training, so we have three sessions per week: a long run, an interval session, and a threshold / tempo run. The paces for all these will be calculated off our current 5k times.

2) In the ten weeks, we have six jokers (two for each type of run), to allow for life to get in the way, and to allow some easier weeks in the programme.

Now I had it in mind to invite anyone and everyone to get involved in the experiment, but obviously there have to be some caveats:

1) obviously, anyone with any medical conditions or injuries, or an itchy litigation finger should avoid this, or should seek the advice of a qualified coach (which I am not). Caveat emptor.
2) if you haven't been running at least three times a week for some time, you should also avoid.
3) if you haven't reached a plateau with your 5k time, then you don't need to be doing this.
4) if you're in any way not used to doing speedwork, you should not try introducing two sessions a week.

Anything else? Any suggestions?
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Comments

  • Are you basing this on Furman? That's what worked for me when I was working on my shorter distance times a few years ago.
    Bintmcskint
    2:40pm, 8th Mar 2017
  • I mostly do 1 above the 2nd 1 as in those 3 runs a week. I've been trying to improve my 5k time but seem unable to get near my 22 minute record of 2 years ago. I'll sign up n give it a go. :-)
    Fenland Flier
    2:41pm, 8th Mar 2017
  • The correct Latin is caveat rumptor, btw. Good plan. Good luck. Good speed. :-) G
    HappyG(rrr)
    2:43pm, 8th Mar 2017
  • I'd be happy to play, though I reached a plateau in my 5k time about eight years ago and am on the slide. I'll go to parkrun to establish my current 5km time this week :-)
    Velociraptor
    2:59pm, 8th Mar 2017
  • Bint - it's not based on anything specific - I'll be using the interval calculator on here, and pitching the tempo half way between 10k and Half pace. Long runs for us will be about 8 miles, just for convenience.
    fetcheveryone
    3:04pm, 8th Mar 2017
  • I'm in the middle of marathon build up so can't join in. Will be interested in the results though as my 5K times are currently pants ;-)
    westmoors
    3:12pm, 8th Mar 2017
  • What about cross-training? We're getting towards the time of year when I live on a bicycle when I'm not at my desk. Which isn't necessarily a problem, as I can do most of my runs on work days.
    Velociraptor
    3:34pm, 8th Mar 2017
  • The idea is not to introduce too many variables. So we'll be sticking to the running sessions.
    fetcheveryone
    4:03pm, 8th Mar 2017
  • Ah, right. If it's "three running sessions and no other training" I'm eminently unsuitable.
    Velociraptor
    4:26pm, 8th Mar 2017
  • I suppose it's ok if it's other stuff that you're already doing. I expect we'll keep our Wednesday swim :-)
    fetcheveryone
    4:28pm, 8th Mar 2017
  • I have a HM Sunday week and a 5k series coming up July/Aug which almost fits. I coukd run a hard local parkrun as a base. Then take it from there.
    Wriggling Snake
    4:35pm, 8th Mar 2017
  • Ooooh this looks right up my street for me at the moment. *watches with interest*
    TeeBee
    4:43pm, 8th Mar 2017
  • Sounds good, how do we sign up?
    Heinzster
    5:03pm, 8th Mar 2017
  • Marathon training at the moment too, but will also be watching with interest. If it works, could you write some lovely code to make it something that could autofill a training plan, perchance?
    Nessie
    5:23pm, 8th Mar 2017
  • I'd be quite interested but the timing's a bit out for me - not parkrunned yet this year and going away again next week.
    alpenrose
    5:59pm, 8th Mar 2017
  • I shall watch with interest. *popcorn*
    RichHL
    9:20pm, 8th Mar 2017
  • What Nessie says *helps self to RichHL's popcorn*
    minardi
    10:32pm, 8th Mar 2017
  • my marathon training is going pants, so might join in :-)
    flanker
    12:07am, 9th Mar 2017
  • Um. I'm not doing tempo and interval session in the same week, either or for me.
    KatieB
    12:57pm, 9th Mar 2017
  • And I'll be doing my yoga. Namaste.
    KatieB
    12:58pm, 9th Mar 2017
  • Will there be a league table and points and things (eg cake)? Been working on my 5k times but mostly through diet and CrossFit so a bit of extra effort in the runs would be good just about now. Sign me up. Probably have to play jokers next week though.
    Nightjar
    12:30pm, 10th Mar 2017

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28 Feb 2017

Draggable?

5:12pm | 503 views | 19 Comments
More route plotting updates...

Link (roll over me to see where I go)

When you plot a route now, you'll see brand new little yellow plus symbols along the line. You can drag these in case you want to adjust part of the route midway through building it :-)

Oh, and I'm really not suggesting anyone is a minion (except perhaps me), but I saw this the other day, and it felt incredibly familiar :-)

http://www.youtube.com/v/4rRZYM0fMP4
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  • Can I just say how much I love this new innovation. Thank you xxxx
    Nessie
    5:16pm, 28th Feb 2017
  • Genious :-) thank you!
    Rosehip
    5:18pm, 28th Feb 2017
  • Who needs corporate support? Not us. Aw Fetch, ya big softie, ya :-)
    LindsD
    5:26pm, 28th Feb 2017
  • Awww that video made me sad then happy!! *something in my eye
    Maz Heeps
    5:46pm, 28th Feb 2017
  • That's brilliant, thank you.
    Diogenes
    6:02pm, 28th Feb 2017
  • Very cool. Couple points (there's always one, right?!) - if you drag, then the dragged point doesn't "follow roads". And Undo doesn't undo the dragged point, only the last added point. Or there could be a "delete point" option to delete the dragged point? Basically, like Google maps! Only better, cos it's Fetch?! :-) G
    HappyG(rrr)
    6:30pm, 28th Feb 2017
  • Love that clip❤️
    minardi
    6:49pm, 28th Feb 2017
  • :-)
    alpenrose
    6:54pm, 28th Feb 2017
  • Route editing improvements - love it.
    Nightjar
    7:56pm, 28th Feb 2017
  • Liking the yellow plus symbols and the ability to wiggle things around, great touch. Can it be added to the edit option once a route has been saved?
    Pompey Paul
    8:48pm, 28th Feb 2017
  • I love the plotting route thingymajig, its the best, most intuitive one I have used yet. One useful addition would be able to toggle between miles and km (when you save the route it defaults to whatever you have on your profile?)
    iaincr
    9:56pm, 28th Feb 2017
  • You can toggle in-play by clicking the distance button.
    fetcheveryone
    10:02pm, 28th Feb 2017
  • I *love* the idea of being able to adjust a route. Brilliant.
    Helegant
    11:08pm, 28th Feb 2017
  • It would be really good to add extra points between existing ones and to delete points.
    shanksi
    7:49am, 1st Mar 2017
  • Ehhh-xcellent!
    ishep
    8:31am, 1st Mar 2017
  • Best use i#ve found is to drag the current position (end) cross to where i want to go, avoiding having to toggle on and off the follow roads option.
    Chrisity
    10:06am, 1st Mar 2017
  • Best use i#ve found is to drag the current position (end) cross to where i want to go, avoiding having to toggle on and off the follow roads option.
    Chrisity
    10:06am, 1st Mar 2017
  • Love this clip :-)
    hurricanehamlyn
    11:23am, 1st Mar 2017
  • Really cool - but I've noticed what I'd count as a bug on the route editing. It seems that there are real time road closures information on route editing (which is cool for cars, but not so cool for runners) I plot a route, along a local road that is closed for roadworks for months - the A387 at Looe south of Sandplace (but open for runners as most roadworks are), and I have to plot the whole road manually... this is a real pain. Could this be changed please?
    Chrisull
    9:20am, 5th Mar 2017

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28 Feb 2017

Running Awards shortlisted

8:52am | 276 views | 37 Comments
I thought this was all over a while back, but apparently we've been shortlisted by The 2017 Running Awards for best online community.

If you can spare a minute, please vote and pester your friends to do likewise, you lovely people. It would be both lovely and funny to win it this year :-)

Link (roll over me to see where I go)

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  • Done (it was running ninjas you wanted us to vote for? ;-) )
    minardi
    9:03am, 28th Feb 2017
  • Done (sure I've done this before?!) Good luck! :-) G
    HappyG(rrr)
    9:03am, 28th Feb 2017
  • done!
    Gus
    9:08am, 28th Feb 2017
  • Done :-)
    RunningInCircles
    9:08am, 28th Feb 2017
  • Done
    runnerbean
    9:12am, 28th Feb 2017
  • Done, good luck!! :-)
    Mrs Jigs (Luverlylegs)
    9:16am, 28th Feb 2017
  • It tells me I've already voted.
    Velociraptor
    9:18am, 28th Feb 2017
  • Already voted, twice ;-)
    Gooner
    9:23am, 28th Feb 2017
  • Done :-)
    Nessie
    9:31am, 28th Feb 2017
  • Done :-)
    Red Ant
    9:32am, 28th Feb 2017
  • Done
    Grid
    9:33am, 28th Feb 2017
  • Jeepers, how many times do we have to vote for the same thing?? Done. Again.
    Wine Legs
    9:43am, 28th Feb 2017
  • Done again
    D2
    9:45am, 28th Feb 2017
  • done :-)
    Doc Moye
    9:49am, 28th Feb 2017
  • Bosh!
    Watford Wobble
    9:51am, 28th Feb 2017
  • Done.
    RichHL
    9:58am, 28th Feb 2017
  • done
    Big Al Widepants
    10:02am, 28th Feb 2017
  • Hmmm... shows me as already having voted. G'luck!
    Alice the Camel
    10:19am, 28th Feb 2017
  • I thought I'd already done it and I had! Can I vote again? (vote early, vote often)
    jennywren
    10:58am, 28th Feb 2017
  • Done - again. Vote early and often.
    Helegant
    11:18am, 28th Feb 2017
  • Done. Voted for some other things as well, sometimes at semi-random (eg, well friends really enjoyed the Disney Half :-)).

    I said "vote early, vote often" to someone around, I think, referendum time and they lost the head at me and accused "my side" of trying to fix the result against "ordinary" people.
    Dvorak
    11:42am, 28th Feb 2017
  • I got an email a few weeks ago and voted back then #Iamagoodboy :-)
    decorum
    11:43am, 28th Feb 2017
  • Done :-)
    ElDuderino
    12:50pm, 28th Feb 2017
  • I thought I voted already...but it let me to vote again :-)
    AdrianaB
    2:21pm, 28th Feb 2017
  • I voted again 😄
    Jambomo
    2:37pm, 28th Feb 2017
  • Me too - has this been going on for ages or did Fetch win it for 2016 and this is the 2017 vote?
    Carpathius
    2:52pm, 28th Feb 2017
  • I'm not entirely sure :-)
    fetcheveryone
    2:53pm, 28th Feb 2017
  • All done :-) I think maybe you have to vote again for the shortlist as I have voted before too.
    .B.
    2:54pm, 28th Feb 2017
  • I'd love to vote - but Work's internet security has decided that's not a safe site!
    Later (if I haven't already?).
    Markymarkmark
    3:12pm, 28th Feb 2017
  • Done
    GimmeMedals
    3:51pm, 28th Feb 2017
  • Done :-)
    Ness
    4:46pm, 28th Feb 2017
  • Done
    Elsie Too
    8:19pm, 28th Feb 2017
  • Done too
    colettedeann
    9:12pm, 28th Feb 2017
  • Done.
    GlennR
    9:36pm, 28th Feb 2017
  • Apparently there 85660 registered users of this site of which 276 viewed this blog about voting for the awards.

    We love you for your modesty and breathless optimism Fetch but you have mouths to feed. So (SS) how about a temporary banner on every page giving information about the awards so that those lovely Fetchies who only log on to record training or look for a nearby race or want to talk about gardening/snow/groundhogs/counting/ can vote too? I want us to win. :-)

    D2
    3:34pm, 1st Mar 2017
  • Great idea D2!
    Nessie
    5:18pm, 1st Mar 2017
  • I put it in the update, which got emailed out yesterday: Link (roll over me to see where I go)
    fetcheveryone
    5:53pm, 1st Mar 2017

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27 Feb 2017

Route Plotter now with OpenStreetMap

1:22pm | 326 views | 28 Comments
If you take a look here:

Link (roll over me to see where I go)

you'll see a new button top-left, that says "Gmaps" (Google Maps). If you click that, it changes to OSM, which stands for Open Street Map - a fantastic community-driven mapping project that in many cases offers a richer experience that's not always available via Google Maps. Like Wikipedia, but for maps.



If you leave 'Follow Roads' switched on, then the lookup service is still Google - so it might not spot paths that are on Open Street Map. But if you switch Follow Roads off, then you can click your way along those undocumented paths. And you can flip back and fore as much as you like.

The other new feature to point you at is controlled by the distance button (to the left of 'Undo'). The units *should* default to whatever you've selected as your favourite units (miles or km), but if you click the distance button, it will switch to the opposite unit, and the distance markers will also update too.
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  • Oh, brilliant! :-) Any possibility that the lookup for Follow roads might be OSM in the future??
    StuHolmes
    1:35pm, 27th Feb 2017
  • I thought that was going to be OS Maps (Ordnance Survey) - so hard to plan / show routes in the hills with Google maps. Presume Ordnance Survey are licensed? :-) G
    HappyG(rrr)
    1:48pm, 27th Feb 2017
  • Not having used OSM before and without me having to go off and try to find the answer, can I ask here? OSM around me is showing a purple dashed line which generally follows the river but which happens to cross over my front garden as well - any ideas what this purple dashed line is and why it is in my garden? or should I ask this on OSM? P.S. apart from this (which I know is sod all to do with you Mr Fetch), it looks awesome!
    minardi
    1:49pm, 27th Feb 2017
  • Minardi - here's the key: Link (roll over me to see where I go)
    fetcheveryone
    1:52pm, 27th Feb 2017
  • HG(rrr) - I think there'd definitely be fees involved.
    fetcheveryone
    1:53pm, 27th Feb 2017
  • Thank you fetch - it looks like my garden is divided between two different administrative depts!
    minardi
    1:58pm, 27th Feb 2017
  • Is there a noticeable difference in the quality of the grass?
    fetcheveryone
    2:00pm, 27th Feb 2017
  • Niiiiice. Not come across OSM before but already I can see plotting my local offroad routes will be better.
    poppyH
    3:06pm, 27th Feb 2017
  • Excellent work :-) We now have all the route mapping we need all in one place. The OSM mapping option is a fantastic tool that shows you so many trails and path's.
    Pompey Paul
    3:09pm, 27th Feb 2017
  • Could you put a link to the OSM key on the route map?
    Pompey Paul
    3:10pm, 27th Feb 2017
  • If you click the OSM logo in the bottom left of the map, I've added it into that popup.
    fetcheveryone
    3:15pm, 27th Feb 2017
  • Nice one, thanks :-)
    Pompey Paul
    3:26pm, 27th Feb 2017
  • Wow! You have been busy. :-)
    Helegant
    3:56pm, 27th Feb 2017
  • Thank you Fetch, I like it!
    LazyDaisy
    3:57pm, 27th Feb 2017
  • That's great, I'll be able to be more accurate with a lot of my runs now, where before when I ran through the local park I guessed where the paths were now they show up. Cheers.
    pedroscalls
    4:18pm, 27th Feb 2017
  • I'm going to have to look up how to add paths to the open streetmap as several nearby ones are missing.
    Fragile Do Not Bend
    5:18pm, 27th Feb 2017
  • Oohh, I like it :-)
    Elsie Too
    6:49pm, 27th Feb 2017
  • Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you!
    I plot all my runs and walks via the map (no fancy GPS watch, so this will make a huge difference to me :-)
    You are the best :-)
    Jenelopy
    8:08pm, 27th Feb 2017
  • That's superb :-) thank you! and what FDNB said, I need to add some paths too.
    Rosehip
    8:23pm, 27th Feb 2017
  • Fantastic. A brilliant addition to the map functionality :-)
    Seratonin
    10:02pm, 27th Feb 2017
  • That OSM is amazing! All those off road paths that you might never know where there..... Awwwwwwwwww! Whoever suggested it is a genius :-)
    Duchess
    10:50pm, 27th Feb 2017
  • Thanks for this.
    Grid
    8:50am, 28th Feb 2017
  • Actually, I've just looked and OpenStreetMap version of hills round us is really useful! It even has the names of the cleuchs (a Scots word that is underlined as misspelled by the wonderful version of Internet Explorer / Windows that I am running - so it must be good!) Great work Fetch, thanks. :-) G
    HappyG(rrr)
    9:10am, 28th Feb 2017
  • it's nice Ian, good improvement there, thanks....
    Windsor Wool
    10:25am, 28th Feb 2017
  • :-)
    FurryHamster
    10:50am, 28th Feb 2017
  • Now if it could export a plotted route so I follow it on my garmin then I could consign Garmin Connect/gp mapometer to the bin.....
    FurryHamster
    10:51am, 28th Feb 2017
  • FurryHamster, if you save the route, you can then export it? Doesn't that do what you need?
    Duchess
    12:51pm, 28th Feb 2017
  • brilliant....love the OSM
    Doc Moye
    1:46pm, 28th Feb 2017

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24 Feb 2017

Plan for Bluffer's comp

11:30am | 354 views | 15 Comments
Quick blog, as I am waiting for my accountant:-O

I had an idea for the Bluffer's blog theme. How about: "my first memories of running"?
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  • Sounds good!
    FleeCircus
    11:33am, 24th Feb 2017
  • Yes, that's a good theme and something everyone will be able to engage with :-)
    [I'll not be entering for obvious reasons, but I'd like to race as a bandit, as it were.]
    Velociraptor
    11:43am, 24th Feb 2017
  • Oh yes.
    Markymarkmark
    12:00pm, 24th Feb 2017
  • :-)
    BaronessBL
    12:36pm, 24th Feb 2017
  • Good one!
    Alice the Camel
    1:02pm, 24th Feb 2017
  • That does sound good
    Autumnleaves
    1:27pm, 24th Feb 2017
  • How about limiting the number of words too?
    alpenrose
    1:34pm, 24th Feb 2017
  • Five words. Six, tops.
    McGoohan
    1:41pm, 24th Feb 2017
  • Planning on an upper and lower limit for word count.
    fetcheveryone
    1:53pm, 24th Feb 2017
  • Six and Five?
    paul the builder
    2:21pm, 24th Feb 2017
  • To make it more awkward, how about an upper limit of 5, and a lower limit of 6.
    fetcheveryone
    2:24pm, 24th Feb 2017
  • How about a compromise to 5 in the title, and 6 in the blog? ;-)
    Jenelopy
    5:10pm, 24th Feb 2017
  • I like it :-)
    LindsD
    6:30pm, 24th Feb 2017
  • That would be the 80 yard race at primary school, wherein I lacked the stamina to jog more than half way. Or possibly an egg-and-spoon, three-legged, or sack race.
    ChrisHB
    10:10pm, 24th Feb 2017
  • Mine is going back a bit. Like to the 70s :-O
    Night-owl
    10:21am, 25th Feb 2017

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23 Feb 2017

Update to Route Plotter

11:09am | 288 views | 14 Comments
Here's the old route plotter:

Link (roll over me to see where I go)

and here's the new one I've been working on:

Link (roll over me to see where I go)

I'll replace the old one when I'm pretty confident that I've ironed out any wrinkles.

Here's the side-by-side of the desktop view:



(Because both images were pretty wide to begin with, you might have to squint a bit)

The changes:

1) Big red box at the top has been squished down
2) All the buttons have been tidied up, and laid over the top of the map
3) The map is way bigger
4) Use the 'Save' button to pop up the save form.

This is just a tidy, rather than creating a great deal of new functionality - but I do have stuff in mind - particularly to do with using this as a route editing, rather than just a route creating tool. There's nothing worse than plotting 26.1 miles, and spotting a 0.1 that you could add in somewhere near the start. Unless you count running it :-)

Give the new version a try, and see if it's working well for you. If you're mobile, you should find the experience to be an improvement too.
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Comments

  • A route editor would be great; love the new size and a button for follow roads rather than the tiddly tick box. Any chance of a toggle switch to put your fetchpoint map on and off when you are plotting a route?
    Chrisity
    11:30am, 23rd Feb 2017
  • fetchpoint map overlay would be awesome :-)
    HellsBells
    12:12pm, 23rd Feb 2017
  • if you use Streetview, you cannot return to the map. The Grid/Follow Roads buttons are sitting over the Google maps buttons.
    StuHolmes
    12:16pm, 23rd Feb 2017
  • +1 for fetchpoint overlay please :-)
    Hallucyn8
    12:38pm, 23rd Feb 2017
  • and another +1 for being able to plot over Fecthpoint map
    mulbs
    12:43pm, 23rd Feb 2017
  • Oh yes another vote for fetchpoint map overlay
    Doc Moye
    12:48pm, 23rd Feb 2017
  • Oh, if you're taking requests... OpenStreetMap! ;-)
    StuHolmes
    1:32pm, 23rd Feb 2017
  • Much better, with the undo button and the mileage displayed over the map on my phone. Fetchpoint overlay would be great.

    I take it we will still be able to upload training in tcx files (per the previous blogs). It's the only format the Fitbit app has.
    Nessie
    1:35pm, 23rd Feb 2017
  • I like it - will try it out on my phone as that was really frustrating last week.
    Autumnleaves
    1:43pm, 23rd Feb 2017
  • Nice work :-)
    Seratonin
    2:58pm, 23rd Feb 2017
  • Looks nice. If you press the out and back button before plotting any points, it goes wrong (albeit very undramatically)
    Grid
    6:27pm, 23rd Feb 2017
  • Looks nice, in a similar to before, but better kind of a way, thank you!
    I'd second StuHolmes' OpenStreetMap request, I would really love that too.
    Jenelopy
    8:39pm, 23rd Feb 2017
  • I've fixed the bug with Streetview. If you switch to streetview, the buttons at the top fade out, and then fade back in when you revert. Thanks for all the suggestions folks.
    fetcheveryone
    9:03pm, 23rd Feb 2017
  • It is definitely better than the old version on my phone. One issue that still causes problems is that if your 'click' is near a point on the map that pops up - like a tourist attraction or just a pub - the map assumes that is where you are wanting to go. This was causing big problems with my mapping in NYC last week - enlarging the scale sometimes helps but if you aren't careful the map can log a route to a random place if you don't move your fingers quickly! Having the undo button at the top is much better :-)
    Autumnleaves
    8:51am, 24th Feb 2017

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22 Feb 2017

First update to the route mapper

5:42pm | 223 views | 7 Comments
I've spent some time working on an updated version of the route mapper - it's not live yet, but you can have a go here:

Link (roll over me to see where I go)

Let me know what you think. It should work better on mobile. No new functionality yet, just a bit of a tidy up. Here's the old one, for comparison:

Link (roll over me to see where I go)
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Comments

  • Is there any way of turning off the names of businesses etc ? They get in the way too much - especially those with long names - and if you click on them by mistake the route goes to them.
    Rosehip
    6:15pm, 22nd Feb 2017
  • Not really used the old one, so just plotted this morning's run using both - much prefer the size of map view on the new one, I plotted it straight away with no errors. Took longer with the old one, due to the display (both on laptop using Windows OS).
    SimonClarke
    7:01pm, 22nd Feb 2017
  • Are you able to amend anybody else's routes? I'm thinking of the scenario if it relates to a race where the course has changed.
    Surrey Phil
    8:05pm, 22nd Feb 2017
  • Ah, I like this. Neat and clean, the map size is much easier to use. But, like Rosehip, the business/location names seemed awfully sensitive and it was annoying having to continually Undo and negotiate the route around the text.
    Duchess
    9:27pm, 22nd Feb 2017
  • I will see if it's a configurable layer.
    fetcheveryone
    9:57pm, 22nd Feb 2017
  • The drop-down "Map" button isn't working for me.
    StuHolmes
    9:55am, 23rd Feb 2017
  • Should be working now, but I'm actively coding on that page at the moment, so it's a bit unstable :-)
    fetcheveryone
    10:31am, 23rd Feb 2017

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