An Introduction to Fetch
Hi there, and welcome to Fetcheveryone!
It can be a bit difficult to find your way around somewhere new, but don't be afraid to try things out. Perhaps the most important thing to remember is that if you get really stuck, there's a 'Feedback' link at the top of every page. Click that and ask me if you need help.
Here are a few pointers to help you get off to a good start:
That's why we're all here, right? At the top of each page, you'll see a link called 'Add Training' - click that and you're in business. You can take the simple approach, and just add the amount of miles and the time it took, or if you've got a fancy watch, we support a variety of methods for importing your run. Add a few runs, and you'll start to see your training log build up nicely. Here's a little YouTube video showing you what you can get when you import from a watch (best viewed full screen!):
Our events listings are compiled thanks to the combined efforts of thousands of Fetchies who use the website on a daily basis. Click the 'Race' tab in the menu and you can search for events near you. And if your event isn't listed, it's simple to add it to our database - and you'll be helping everyone else out too. When you see races that you're interested in, look for the link to add them to your Race Portfolio.
One of the best ways to spend your time between runs is to chat with other Fetchies in our forum. There's no better alternative than to dive straight in and introduce yourself - or if you need some advice with your running, just go for it. To help remind our regulars to go easy on you, your first hundred posts will have L-plates attached - so don't be afraid to get stuck in. Most people are very friendly - there's the odd one or two, you know, like anywhere - but hey, you've only just got here, so lets not talk about that yet.
In between runs, there's nothing more enjoyable than thinking about your next one. Our route measurement tool allows you to scope out your plans, check elevation, store the route for later, and share it with your friends. There are also hundreds of routes around popular areas that have been shared by other Fetchies.
If you like looking at a mixture of running pictures; interesting injuries; puppies and kittens; and a whole bunch of other random stuff, then drop into the gallery. You get 25MB of space to upload your pics too - so get sharing. You can also submit pics from your Twitter account - we're tres modern here.
If you spend most of your time peering through your net curtains at the neighbours, this is the ideal place for you. We have a wide variety of bloggers - covering everything from race reviews and training notes; through to whether the mayor wears a toupee. It's a useful way to get feedback on whatever it is you want to talk about.
If you belong to a running club, look it up in our listings. It's a quick way to keep an eye on the training that your club mates are doing; to see results from recent races; and more. What, you mean your club mates aren't on Fetch? They need telling! No honestly, I'd appreciate it if you could spread the word.
There's a load more to do, but those are the basics - so give them a try, and don't be scared. If something doesn't work right, I've probably broken it whilst messing about with the code - so don't forget that Feedback link at the top of the page.
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