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17 Jan 2018

How I chose the Big Fetch Mile venues

5:28pm | 416 views | 8 Comments
To help explain my choice of venues, here's a map which shows the location of every person who clicked the link to say "I want a Big Fetch Mile near me":

I would *really* like to go everywhere, and have a Fetch mile for everyone that wants one. But I have a tiny budget, a workforce of exactly one, and have done my best to pick venues that matched the demand.

I hope to see as many of you as possible this year :-)
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  • I think you've chosen well and we'll try to get to as many as possible.
    5:33pm, 17th Jan 2018
  • Hope to see you too!
    5:45pm, 17th Jan 2018
  • You’ve done a great job :-)
    6:21pm, 17th Jan 2018
  • Seems fair enough. Re Old Croc's point, the unfortunate fact (in this context) being that 80% of the population live in the bottom half of the country. In terms of map clicks, over 90%? Hopefully, the first of many years of the Fetch Mile On Tour.
    6:27pm, 17th Jan 2018
  • I like the choices. 😀
    7:05pm, 17th Jan 2018
  • Good choices, I may be able to make 3 (Walsall/Brum, Manchester, Derby)!
    7:11pm, 17th Jan 2018
  • Wales is a bit fetchless.
    Wriggling Snake
    8:37pm, 17th Jan 2018
  • Great 😊 When have you pencilled in the one for St Davids in Pembroke..!? 😉
    4:36pm, 20th Jan 2018

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16 Jan 2018

Big Fetch Mile 2018 - Venues & Provisional Dates

12:00pm | 762 views | 60 Comments
For the unititiated, here's a very brief overview of what happens at a Big Fetch Mile:

1) you turn up
2) you run a mile
3) you eat cake
4) it's FREE, but if you buy some merch, that'd be nice.

Over 500 of you expressed an interest in having a mile near you in 2018. I put everyones dots on a map, and tried to pick some venues that were nearest to as many dots as possible.

Here's the plan (we'll finalise dates ASAP, but do shout out if you've got a preference within the month, for whichever event is nearest you):

Drum roll...

February 24th - Bedford 2-4pm Link (roll over me to see where I go)

April - Walsall / Birmingham

May - Glasgow (poss indoor)

July - Guildford

Aug/Sep - Manchester

Oct - Cardiff (probs at the indoor track again)

(might also sneak in a Derby/Notts one organised by me and the boy, and don't forget RichHL's Jingle Mile in Cambridge in December)

We'd love to see as many of you as possible, so please consider whether you can make it to Bedford on February 24th - add it to your portfolio if you can. There are even rumours of a second Bedford parkrun for you all to try if you're planning to arrive early.
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  • Manchester, August best for me but September is fine - Thank you:-)
    12:05pm, 16th Jan 2018
  • See you in Cambridge in December then :-)
    12:07pm, 16th Jan 2018
  • Ooh, I could possibly do the Guildford one.
    12:17pm, 16th Jan 2018
  • I'd love to have made it to Bedford but that weekend's a bit taken up with moving up an age category. Will hope to do Guildford.
    12:17pm, 16th Jan 2018
  • Glasgow, first 2 weekends in May are best for me.
    12:17pm, 16th Jan 2018
  • Should be one in Aberdeen.
    mrs shanksi
    12:20pm, 16th Jan 2018
  • Guildford ♥️ Fishy, fishy, fishy fish! Who went wherever I did go.
    12:20pm, 16th Jan 2018
  • @mrs shanksi - we hope you can make the trip to see us.
    12:21pm, 16th Jan 2018
  • Yay - Glasgow or Manchester are possibilities for me!
    The Scribbler
    12:24pm, 16th Jan 2018
  • Coooool! If these go ahead we'll aim to have a contingent at Walsall/Birmingham, Glasgow and Manchester. And maybe Cardiff. We're already committed to something else on the weekend of 24th February.
    12:25pm, 16th Jan 2018
  • Hurrah! Squeee! Why indoors for Glasgow - just for the lolz? I suppose it is guaranteed to be dry, at least. I've never run on an indoor track.
    12:28pm, 16th Jan 2018
  • bugger i cant make Bedford.....yes please for a second one (not in the hockey season :-) )
    12:31pm, 16th Jan 2018
  • I could hopefully do Glasgow... May 12th would be handy as in Stirling anyway!
    12:37pm, 16th Jan 2018
  • Sexy Guildford Fishy, fishy, fishy fish! Who went wherever I did go.
    12:38pm, 16th Jan 2018
  • Cardiff - ideally avoid weekend with Cardiff 1/2 (7th October)
    12:56pm, 16th Jan 2018
  • Hope to make it to Guildford
    1:11pm, 16th Jan 2018
  • Hope to make it to Manchester - Aug or Sep.
    Will there be a category for 'plodding while injured' or 'just turning up for cake'..?
    1:23pm, 16th Jan 2018
  • Yes of course :-)
    1:24pm, 16th Jan 2018
  • Not sure which day of the week you are thinking of but September in NW has a lot of Half Marathons going on - but a Saturday would be ok.
    1:32pm, 16th Jan 2018
  • AL - will definitely be a Saturday.
    1:32pm, 16th Jan 2018
  • Hooray for Guildford :-) ds and dh can go ice-skating, swimming or bowling
    1:35pm, 16th Jan 2018
  • I'm sure we could make a Derby one :-)
    2:09pm, 16th Jan 2018
  • Will be there for Walsall/B'ham; ideally mid-month (14th or 21st) to avoid clash with family birthdays please :-)
    2:15pm, 16th Jan 2018
    Wriggling Snake
    2:19pm, 16th Jan 2018
  • Probably Bedford for me, possibly one of the others if I go on holiday to them ;-).
    P.S. There is usually a Cambridge/East Anglia Fetch Mile in the summer as well, but last year it gave way to the very popular Bedford Fetch Mile. I don't if RichHL is planning for anything for this summer.
    2:37pm, 16th Jan 2018
  • July in Guildford should be good
    3:27pm, 16th Jan 2018
  • Guildford...please don't have it on the 1st of July...I have another race that day (Beat the Boat in Windsor) and won't be able to make it!
    3:28pm, 16th Jan 2018
  • I don't actually know where Guilford is (that said this time last year I thought Bedford was somewhere near Oxford and that worked out OK) but all the others sound good.

    For the Walsall/Birmingham one I might need to work on fetching some of my running group.
    3:33pm, 16th Jan 2018
  • Glasgow might work, depends on date.
    Lip Gloss
    4:20pm, 16th Jan 2018
  • Walsall/Brum in April and Cardiff in Oct sound good to me (please avoid the GSR weekend though if you can!)
    4:38pm, 16th Jan 2018
  • Manchester 👍
    4:56pm, 16th Jan 2018
  • Guildford, yay!
    Fierce and Focused Fleecy
    5:11pm, 16th Jan 2018
  • Guildford! Whoop!
    5:24pm, 16th Jan 2018
  • Guildford! AWESOME!
    Already booked for 7th & 21st... fingers crossed!
    5:25pm, 16th Jan 2018
  • Yeah Glasgow!!
    5:26pm, 16th Jan 2018
  • Nottingham would be good
    6:15pm, 16th Jan 2018
  • Bedford might be too tricky but hope to do Guildford in July
    hills = kryptonite
    7:30pm, 16th Jan 2018
  • Guildford :-)
    7:48pm, 16th Jan 2018
  • Boo no Aberdeen, I can't make Glasgow 😖
    7:50pm, 16th Jan 2018
  • The April one will hopefully be good for me.
    8:02pm, 16th Jan 2018
  • Yay! Guildford! :-)
    8:37pm, 16th Jan 2018
  • Guildford sounds good
    9:47pm, 16th Jan 2018
  • September for Manchester pretty please- we might be away in August!! :-)
    10:50pm, 16th Jan 2018
  • Manchester please! And preferably September. Ta muchly :-)
    11:58pm, 16th Jan 2018
  • Maybe they'll be one in New Zealand in 2019 ;-)
    A nice spread of places across the UK though, I hope they all go well.
    1:35am, 17th Jan 2018
  • Not running at the moment but might be ready for a mile in May in Glasgow, why indoor?
    6:20am, 17th Jan 2018
  • Probably won't make Bedford, but should make Guildford and maybe Birmingham.
    11:57am, 17th Jan 2018
  • Glasgow fine for me. Just hope I’m not working!
    12:34pm, 17th Jan 2018
  • Guildford should hopefully be possible if before school holidays, yes to Manchester, and maybe to Notts/Derby :-)
    12:41pm, 17th Jan 2018
  • Derby Derby Derby!
    12:50pm, 17th Jan 2018
  • all bar one in the southern half of country!
    Old Croc
    5:10pm, 17th Jan 2018
  • Um... :-(
    5:14pm, 17th Jan 2018
  • Guildford looks good. Maybe Bedford if I can figure out a new parkrun to do.
    5:50pm, 17th Jan 2018
  • Should be able to make the Cardiff one again as long as it doesn’t clash with the Snowdonia marathon. Depending on when it is I may be able to make Guildford, and possibly Manchester.
    6:12pm, 17th Jan 2018
  • Walsall / Birmingham is a possible for me (pending date, obviously ;-) ).
    6:14pm, 17th Jan 2018
  • Walsall / Birmingham is a possible for me (pending date, obviously ;-) ).
    6:14pm, 17th Jan 2018
  • So will they all be a Saturday? We have commitments 7th (The Cure in Hyde Park! :-) ) and 21st (Anniversary Games :-) ) so have pencilled in 14th AND 28th as Fetch Mile on the calendar. And in our house, once it's on the calendar, the date is reserved!
    7:54pm, 17th Jan 2018
  • Manchester for me, depending on the date and whether it fits around other races. I know, fitting within the ethos of fetch, you like to run these as free, but (and bearing in mind this is coming from someone who permanently has no money), I dont see why you dont run these with a small contribution to costs. If you charged everyone a fiver, it is still the cheapest race most of us will do all year, but would also make people firm up plans and give you a better idea of numbers. If something is free people tend not to make the same commitment to attend, althoug hI realise that is slightly contradicted by the great numbers you've had at events so far - which just goes to prove what wonderful people fetchies are. Having said that, I remember going to see a U2 covers band (cant remember their name) in the Manchester Poly student union in about 1992 (they were really good). It was totally free, but only about 30 people turned up. Two months later, the same covers band played the Academy up the road (1000 people +) and it sold out! Which might just prove that U2 fans are fickler than fetchies!
    10:53pm, 17th Jan 2018
  • If U2 are coming, I'm out
    11:31pm, 17th Jan 2018
  • :-)
    11:36pm, 17th Jan 2018

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15 Jan 2018

Try adding an image to your training entry

2:52pm | 413 views | 41 Comments
After quite a few days of Cartesian confusion, I've finally managed to install the 'Add Pic' button to your training entries. Look out for it in the summary bar at the top of each training entry.

When you click it, you should get taken to a page where you can upload an image, and then onwards to a page where you can rotate, zoom and crop the image until it looks right. This image will then be displayed as a collapsible bar in your training entry, and if your camera supplies lat/lng coordinates, it'll also show up on your route as a little camera icon.

Here's an example from my run this morning: Link (roll over me to see where I go)

When you use the Facebook/Twitter links to share your training entry with the world, it should then automatically include the image.

I've written the code in such a way that I can also repurpose it pretty easily to apply to user profile pictures, and routes - so it will hopefully spell an end to upside-down / badly cropped user profile pictures :-)

And adding images to training entries is an important step along the way to generating this sort of thing:

Please give it a try, and help me iron out any issues. Leave me a comment when you're done, so I can go take a nosey at what you've produced!

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  • Oranj
    3:09pm, 15th Jan 2018
  • Added a pic to my run of Jan 6th - see what you think. Is it just coincidence that the camera icon appears on the route at about the same place as the picture was taken?
    3:09pm, 15th Jan 2018
  • IanS
    3:10pm, 15th Jan 2018
  • Excellent!

    IanS - no, if your camera records the GPS coords of the shot, Fetch will display the icon in about the right place.
    3:10pm, 15th Jan 2018
  • Just went to add a pic that's already in the gallery, but it looks like it has to be a new upload only. Can we have the option to choose from the gallery as well please?
    3:16pm, 15th Jan 2018
  • When I Tweet that run, it says "I've just mangled a 12.6 mile #run and logged it... ", but it's neither 12.6 miles, nor 12.6 km. I think some metric conversion trickery is happening!
    3:17pm, 15th Jan 2018
  • The picture came off my smartphone so it will probably have some GPS trickery in the metadata - looks like it works then :-)
    3:32pm, 15th Jan 2018
  • I made this work with a landscape pic uploading from on an iPhone via safari. A portrait style pic got squished and stretched and I couldn't work out how to unstretch it! It's a tricky thing to code I'd imagine
    The Scribbler
    3:43pm, 15th Jan 2018
  • Nice. Is there a way to delete too (just tested with a random image rather than a relevant one, so it looks a bit odd!)
    3:48pm, 15th Jan 2018
  • larkim - I've removed that one for you manually - I'll add the delete in due course.
    3:50pm, 15th Jan 2018
  • Such personalised service! Ta!
    3:53pm, 15th Jan 2018
  • I should add, it all seemed to work fine for me. Which is nice!
    3:53pm, 15th Jan 2018
  • I like this very much, I have just added the same pic to 3 different runs, it deffo belongs to one of them *waits for delete button*
    4:05pm, 15th Jan 2018
  • Also, that pic up there ^^^ is awesome :-)
    4:06pm, 15th Jan 2018
  • Erm ... Please Mr. Fetch, I think mine's broked! :o

    Mine was taken on the jaunt, uploaded to flickr, downloaded to the PC and put onto the log ... :-O

    What are the max/preferred file sizes? (As a check I then uploaded it to gallery with no issues, but the log doesn't seem to like it. :-( )

    Link (roll over me to see where I go)
    4:36pm, 15th Jan 2018
  • Erm ... Please Mr. Fetch, I think mine's broked! :o

    Mine was taken on the jaunt, uploaded to flickr, downloaded to the PC and put onto the log ... :-O

    What are the max/preferred file sizes? (As a check I then uploaded it to gallery with no issues, but the log doesn't seem to like it. :-( )

    Link (roll over me to see where I go)
    4:36pm, 15th Jan 2018
  • @decorum - I don't think it's file size in this case - looks more like it's hugely zoomed in. Try uploading the pic again, and see if things turn out any better.
    4:42pm, 15th Jan 2018
  • ooo this is exciting. seems to have gone on to my run fine. never tweeted a run before but it didnt take the picture to the tweet (should it have done??)
    4:54pm, 15th Jan 2018
  • DM - I can see the pic on your tweet (a flooded underpass?)
    4:59pm, 15th Jan 2018
  • thats the pic wonder why i cant
    5:00pm, 15th Jan 2018
  • (im not very good with twitter)
    5:00pm, 15th Jan 2018
  • It's definitely come through :-)
    5:01pm, 15th Jan 2018
  • parkrun 23 Dec has worked fine.
    5:27pm, 15th Jan 2018
  • That's a great pic :-)
    5:28pm, 15th Jan 2018
  • Uploaded one - worked fine first time: Link (roll over me to see where I go)
    7:31pm, 15th Jan 2018
  • @fetcheveryone - the same file is accepted and shows fine in gallery. But I'll delete the log pic and try it again, just in case.
    7:37pm, 15th Jan 2018
  • I’m SO pleased you’ve managed to add this. Many thanks. Got a sunrise shot this morning.
    7:44pm, 15th Jan 2018
  • Link (roll over me to see where I go) works fine :-) the GPS co-ords are a bit out in the one from 14th though, guess that's the camera's fault.
    9:22pm, 15th Jan 2018
  • Aha! It doesn't seem to like shots taken in portrait!
    9:30pm, 15th Jan 2018
  • @decorum - it should work ok. Could you email the original to me ian@...
    9:37pm, 15th Jan 2018
  • Whatever the glitch was it seems to be gone :-) . I deleted the files I'd downloaded to my PC, opemed a new folder downloaded a new set of files and uploaded a portrailt shot successfully to the log. As far as I am aware, I've dothing different, but this one works :-) :-) :-)

    [ :-O ]
    10:16pm, 15th Jan 2018
  • Cog Noscensme AHA
    10:22pm, 15th Jan 2018
  • This is so easy, thank you (I’ve never succeeded in getting a photo onto a route)
    Link (roll over me to see where I go)
    3:26am, 16th Jan 2018
  • Jambomo
    6:15am, 16th Jan 2018
  • My photo disappeared :-O , so ignore the link! It was great last night. I’ll try again later.
    7:40am, 16th Jan 2018
  • & the link on summary bar went awol too
    7:43am, 16th Jan 2018
  • If there's no link on the summary bar, that means the system thinks there's an image present. I can see it when I look (parachutes above the waves?). Are you sure it's not just minimised?
    7:54am, 16th Jan 2018
  • Looks good - now waiting for it to be added to the route code :-)
    Now you;ve done that, what are the chances of more than one picture - or is that too expensive?

    Link (roll over me to see where I go)
    9:37am, 16th Jan 2018
  • Is that Nellers being totes emosh?
    12:08pm, 16th Jan 2018
  • Done today - I likes :-)
    Thanks Fetch x
    12:42pm, 17th Jan 2018
  • I tried one, it worked, it looks rather lovely, it was the wrong picture, but you can make out the route in the background so I've left it there. I remember when routes of the day were prominent on the site for a while, they'd be nice to bring back as well.
    10:54pm, 17th Jan 2018

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03 Jan 2018

Mileage Targets 2018 - Update

9:45am | 466 views | 25 Comments
Thanks to everyone who's reset their targets for 2018. Yesterday I revamped the page where you set your targets, so it includes the run-rate graph (which will track all three sports, if you've set goals), and also includes tables that show you your position against other people with the same target.

Link (roll over me to see where I go)

I've also included the top five most popular targets for each distance, so if you like being in a league table, pick one of those. The tables should show the top ten, plus your position if you're outside the top ten.
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  • Don't think I've ever seen that page before, always set my target on the main "Train" page. How do you navigate there?
    11:44am, 3rd Jan 2018
  • I was about to ask that too.
    And I'm disappointed there isn't a "mile-a-day" running option.
    Angus Clydesdale
    11:47am, 3rd Jan 2018
  • Progress looks a bit steep on my mobile.
    Wriggling Snake
    2:13pm, 3rd Jan 2018
  • That's cool, thanks :-)
    2:45pm, 3rd Jan 2018
  • the league tables aren't showing for me. Also, in the popular distance list, any reason why they are not listed in increasing or decreasing order? Ta.
    3:53pm, 3rd Jan 2018
  • .B. - thanks.

    StuH - it's a new page. Currently accessible via the big banner on the home page, will be integrated into the rest of the site soon.

    Angus - you could set a target of 365, and then just do it.

    WS - try leaning back.

    CW - the run table should be showing for you - lots of people aiming for 2000. As for biking, I think there's a metric issue. Oh, and the popular distances are listed in order of popularity, innit.
    4:07pm, 3rd Jan 2018
  • CW - yes, it looks like you've gone for 1500km or 932.XXX miles, and there's no-one else with that target right now.
    4:09pm, 3rd Jan 2018
  • The league tables are also blank for me (I'm going for the fairly popular options: run 2000, bike 5000, swim 52 miles)

    Although I noticed that the old tables, linked from the 2017 threads for those distances are populated OK, e.g. for the 2000 mile thread: Link (roll over me to see where I go)
    even though the graphs aren't there any more.
    6:39pm, 3rd Jan 2018
  • Oranj - are you another kilometre person? Wondering if there's a units issue somewhere.
    6:40pm, 3rd Jan 2018
  • Ah wait, the graph is still there in the old format (I forgot you had to "undo" the mileage target to see it): Link (roll over me to see where I go)
    6:40pm, 3rd Jan 2018
  • On the swim 52miles thread Sweetie gave me a top tip which was to temporarily change to miles, enter my targets and let Fetch work out the conversion to kilometres when I switch back again.

    This has worked OK for the old-style mileage charts but not for the fancy new ones.
    9:53pm, 3rd Jan 2018
  • I don't swim or bike, and would rather see all the people in my league table - we're a chummy bunch on the 1500 thread, it's nice to see how people are doing. I'd also rather have the graph at the top of the page rather than something that's not going to change for the rest of the year.
    10:49pm, 3rd Jan 2018
  • Might I ask, is there an issue with folks working in KMs? My target is 1000 miles but I work KMs, so my target I see is actually 1609.344. If I look at the old filtered target mileage page I can see 86 people with the same target, but on the new training targets page the three tables at the bottom of the page are all empty (I'm not even on there).
    11:44am, 4th Jan 2018
  • The KM issues should be more-or-less resolved now. I've also reordered the page thanks to jabberknit's very useful comment, and updated the tables so that they will show top 10 + your own position + people with the same target who you're following. Bit better?
    12:41pm, 5th Jan 2018
  • I've also amended the height of the graph on smaller screens.
    1:03pm, 5th Jan 2018
  • Nice one. Order is restored for kilometre users :-)
    1:22pm, 5th Jan 2018
  • PS. Can you keep the old tables on the site (e.g. Link (roll over me to see where I go) )? 'Cos they have everyone with the same target on them and not just the top-10
    1:25pm, 5th Jan 2018
  • Oranj - follow everyone you're interested in, and they'll show up in the table.
    1:50pm, 5th Jan 2018
  • I quite like that new variation of the page. :-)
    3:12pm, 5th Jan 2018
  • Thanks for fixing the metricness, Fetch. The page concerned looks great on mobile, less so on desktop.
    3:51pm, 5th Jan 2018
  • Oh?
    4:48pm, 5th Jan 2018
  • That's a lot of fetchies for me to follow!
    9:52am, 6th Jan 2018
  • I agree with Oranj, it was always good to see all the folks with the same target as you and what position you were amongst them. I did like the old table setup.
    3:14pm, 6th Jan 2018
  • me three
    3:26pm, 6th Jan 2018
  • I've adjusted the tables to show the top 50 now, which should pick up most folks.
    6:14pm, 6th Jan 2018

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30 Dec 2017

Mileage Targets 2018

11:36pm | 575 views | 57 Comments
Up 'til just now, if you'd set a mileage/kilometre-age target, it would be retained for the following year - which was fine, but it meant that our tables often had folks who weren't using the site any more, or who had forgotten about their targets, and moved onto greater things.

I've cleared out the target tables, so if you'd like to aim for some targets in 2018, you need to set some fresh ones. Here's the link to set your targets:

Link (roll over me to see where I go)

To help get this blog in front of as many eyes as possible, leave a comment with your mileage goals for 2018 below :-)

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  • poodle tit, dude
    11:37pm, 30th Dec 2017
  • Great tit, coal tit, blue tit, willow tit, marsh tit, ground tit... nope McG, can't find that one.
    11:44pm, 30th Dec 2017
  • 500?
    11:54pm, 30th Dec 2017
  • 700. Neither necessary nor sufficient. Nor likely given this year but I will aim higher!
    1:11am, 31st Dec 2017
  • How coincidental that I re-set my running target about 2 hours earlier after ignoring it for most of the year. I’ve re-re-set it - 700 running miles
    1:13am, 31st Dec 2017
  • Target A - 365, Target B - 500.
    5:44am, 31st Dec 2017
  • I’ll give 500 a bash
    Alice the Camel
    6:35am, 31st Dec 2017
  • Have set mine as 1000 as that is my spiritual home (thread) but will be aiming for 1500 minimum , shame I will never know where I finished on the 1000 league as it's gone already 😥
    6:42am, 31st Dec 2017
  • 700. Neither necessary nor sufficient :-)
    7:37am, 31st Dec 2017
  • 700 for me too :-)
    7:41am, 31st Dec 2017
  • So a few of us have a target so we can appear in a roundup on a page eg 700, 1000, 1500, 2000 but then have a goal that is higher. It would be good to be able to set both on the goal page. Maybe a goal and a stretch goal? I’ll be on the 2000 mile page but my stretch will be the same as I did this year which is just north of 3600km
    7:53am, 31st Dec 2017
  • Given that I achieved 0 in 2016 and 11 in 2017, I'm going to go for an optimistic 700
    7:54am, 31st Dec 2017
  • Public declaration of 700, more public than anywhere else, I've said it on Lord Fetch himself' blog
    7:55am, 31st Dec 2017
  • 1500 will be my target again
    8:00am, 31st Dec 2017
  • 2000 seems to be my average annual mileage so I think I will go with that in 2018, marathon training has just commenced for me so I should get a good start.
    Mrs Jigs (Luverlylegs)
    8:01am, 31st Dec 2017
  • 5,800 for the 5th consecutive year. Sadly, that's cycling, not running ;-). As for running, I keep putting 1,500 but getting nowhere near it, so perhaps I'll choose a lower figure for 2018.
    8:29am, 31st Dec 2017
  • 700 running miles, 200 cycling miles (actually *any* cycling miles would be good) and a measly 20 swim miles *crosses fingers*
    8:51am, 31st Dec 2017
  • 700
    8:58am, 31st Dec 2017
  • 700 for me too. Might do other stuff but no targets just yet.
    9:14am, 31st Dec 2017
  • I did a sad 233 this year but that’s 50 more than last!
    Change of circumstances so should be more in 2018!!
    9:23am, 31st Dec 2017
  • 700 again :-)
    9:32am, 31st Dec 2017
  • 1000 for me 😀
    Fenland Flier
    9:40am, 31st Dec 2017
  • Going for 500 🤞
    Eynsham Red
    9:48am, 31st Dec 2017
  • Mine will be the same... 1,200 miles running. Have yet to decide if I will set a swim or bike target.
    10:00am, 31st Dec 2017
  • This year I will be mainly walking :-)
    Little Nemo
    10:01am, 31st Dec 2017
  • 1000 running - officially!
    10:14am, 31st Dec 2017
  • I work in kilometres so 1609.344 km. I'll try and get the 0.344 out of the way as warm up for NYD parkrun :-)
    10:44am, 31st Dec 2017
  • 2000 running, 100 swimming and 0 cycling as bicycles are dangerous and scary!
    11:01am, 31st Dec 2017
  • 700 :-)
    11:02am, 31st Dec 2017
  • 700 for me again, ever optimistic!
    11:02am, 31st Dec 2017
  • 1926 this year, so think I'll stretch to 2000 for 2018 (or maybe even 2018 for 2018!)
    11:10am, 31st Dec 2017
  • I’ve set my target for 1500 for the purpose of the 1500 thread, but having done 1700+ for the last two years I’ll be aiming higher. Would love to do 2000, but think that may be a bit too ambitious.
    11:13am, 31st Dec 2017
  • 1000 km running, 2700 km cycling. Failed to hit targets this year.
    11:23am, 31st Dec 2017
  • 1500 for me.
    11:25am, 31st Dec 2017
  • I'm on 55 for the year so really 56 is the initial aim but Will go for 700 for the banter
    11:34am, 31st Dec 2017
  • I suppose there's no chance you could put them back as they were set until midnight tonight (oh, ok, maybe when you get up tomorrow!) is there please?
    I was playing a game of sorts with myself to see if I could get up to 30th position in the "as was" targets for 2017 - and have just uploaded todays final run!
    12:28pm, 31st Dec 2017
  • I suppose there's no chance you could put them back as they were set until midnight tonight (oh, ok, maybe when you get up tomorrow!) is there please?
    I was playing a game of sorts with myself to see if I could get up to 30th position in the "as was" targets for 2017 - and have just uploaded todays final run!
    12:28pm, 31st Dec 2017
  • 700 - 3rd time lucky in 2018?
    Also 500 on the bike.
    1:18pm, 31st Dec 2017
  • setting 1000 as a target and joining 100 a month too
    1:23pm, 31st Dec 2017
  • 700, as Rosehip said neither necessary nor sufficient. No injuries, 1000.
    1:33pm, 31st Dec 2017
  • 1750
    Wriggling Snake
    1:57pm, 31st Dec 2017
  • 1609.344 here we come. I take it I'm not the only Fetchie to do all my running in KMs but always set my target in miles?
    2:12pm, 31st Dec 2017
  • I'm going for (more than) 500. Just missed it this year so I can aim to do better next.
    2:39pm, 31st Dec 2017
  • Another for 1500 miles (for the thread/group), but will be aiming for a few more than that.
    2:54pm, 31st Dec 2017
  • Definitely 700 - the only target.
    3:13pm, 31st Dec 2017
  • 824 run miles
    2104 bike miles
    28 swim miles
    Will smash those next year 👍
    Will Crash
    3:21pm, 31st Dec 2017
  • 2500 IN THE KICKS
    smoke free
    3:58pm, 31st Dec 2017
  • I like the idea of 700 again. :-)
    Lip Gloss
    5:18pm, 31st Dec 2017
  • I don't yet know what will be a realistic target for me in 2018 (though I shall certainly haunt the 700 thread). I suppose I can set one later, e.g. end of January?
    5:39pm, 31st Dec 2017
  • Just shaken hands on a target of 365.
    5:59pm, 31st Dec 2017
  • 700 first target run
    7:51pm, 31st Dec 2017
  • 500 again, maybe this time....
    8:33pm, 31st Dec 2017
  • No goals in mind for the year. I'd be fine with at least doing more than 815.
    Valyrian Plastic
    10:12pm, 31st Dec 2017
  • I will run 500 miles, and i will run 500 more, to be the man who ran 1000 miles from out his front door.
    11:28pm, 31st Dec 2017
  • 700 miles. It'll definitely happen this year, oh yes.
    9:08am, 2nd Jan 2018
  • 1200 again for me
    4:04pm, 2nd Jan 2018
  • 1000 for me. Never seem to quite get there but still trying.
    9:48pm, 2nd Jan 2018

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24 Dec 2017

Thank you

10:38pm | 448 views | 37 Comments
Everyone! I'm just about to go to sleep, so I haven't got the time to do detail, but you all know who you are. A year that could have been so different, were it not for the support of a truckload of wonderful people. I'm a lucky person.

Merry Christmas, movie house! Merry Christmas, Emporium! Merry Christmas, you wonderful old Building and Loan!

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  • Merry Christmas to you, KatieB and the rest of the family.:-):-) Thank you so much for all you do for this site and community.
    10:41pm, 24th Dec 2017
  • Awwwwwwwwww!
    Merry Christmas Fetch and Katie :-)
    10:41pm, 24th Dec 2017
  • I think an angel just got his wings. Merry Christmas xxx
    Fizz :-)
    10:43pm, 24th Dec 2017
  • We are also lucky people. Have a great Christmas Fetch and Katie xxx
    10:45pm, 24th Dec 2017
  • Happy Christmas :-)
    10:51pm, 24th Dec 2017
  • Merry Christmas and thank you to you both xxx
    10:58pm, 24th Dec 2017
  • Happy Christmas to you and yours! :-)
    10:59pm, 24th Dec 2017
  • Merry Christmas to you all! Thanks for Fetchland and all therein!
    11:00pm, 24th Dec 2017
  • What they all said. ☺
    11:08pm, 24th Dec 2017
  • Every time a bell rings... an angel gets his wings.
    Attaboy Clarence.
    11:10pm, 24th Dec 2017
  • A very happy Christmas to you and Kate and your children. A big thank you for all you do bringing so many people together
    11:15pm, 24th Dec 2017
  • Merry Christmas to you both and your families.
    11:21pm, 24th Dec 2017
  • Happy Christmas Fetch to you and yours
    11:30pm, 24th Dec 2017
  • Merry, merry Christmas! :-)
    And thank you
    Just thank you x
    11:50pm, 24th Dec 2017
  • Merry Christmas m'lud ;-)
    Angus Clydesdale
    12:14am, 25th Dec 2017
  • Hope you, Katie, the boys and the dogs have a wonderful Christmas!
    Thanks so much for all that you do to make this site the most wonderful place to be on t'internet xx
    4:33am, 25th Dec 2017
  • Merry Christmas Fetch!
    5:39am, 25th Dec 2017
  • Merry Christmas Fetch family x
    6:43am, 25th Dec 2017
  • Happy Christmas ho ho ho. xx
    6:51am, 25th Dec 2017
  • Merry Christmas :-)
    Valyrian Plastic
    7:10am, 25th Dec 2017
  • Happy Christmas Fetch and family
    7:36am, 25th Dec 2017
  • Merry Christmas to you all. Here’s to an even more brilliant 2018... 🥂
    8:20am, 25th Dec 2017
  • Merry Christmas. Thanks for everything!
    8:32am, 25th Dec 2017
  • Thanks both Awwwwwwwwww!
    8:33am, 25th Dec 2017
  • Merry Christmas to you all at Fetch HQ and to the Fetch empire.
    Fenland Flier
    9:12am, 25th Dec 2017
  • Merry Christmas xx
    9:18am, 25th Dec 2017
  • it best wishes and t hanks from me too.
    9:40am, 25th Dec 2017
  • Merry xmas and thanks for the site. Always fabulous
    10:04am, 25th Dec 2017
  • Merry Christmas Fetch Family :-)
    10:25am, 25th Dec 2017
  • Hope you have a wonderful day Fetch, Katie and all your family xxx
    11:15am, 25th Dec 2017
  • Merry Christmas to you all - have a wonderful day xx
    12:30pm, 25th Dec 2017
  • Merry Christmas to you all c
    2:04pm, 25th Dec 2017
  • I hope you and Katie, and all your family, have had a brilliant day. Here's to a cracking 2018 for you and the site!
    5:56pm, 25th Dec 2017
  • Happy Christmas to you! Thanks for making this site so wonderful and welcoming. Here's to a fab year of running in 2018 🎅 xx
    6:33pm, 25th Dec 2017
  • Thank you from me too. Hope you've had a lovely Christmas Day
    9:11pm, 25th Dec 2017
  • Thank you Fetch and Katie. This site and the people in it have become one of the most important aspects of my life. You did that Awwwwwwwwww!
    10:39pm, 25th Dec 2017
  • Merry Christmas Mr. & Mrs. Fetch!
    4:40am, 27th Dec 2017

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23 Dec 2017

Brownie Recipe :-)

9:57am | 245 views | 14 Comments
1) Chop up 100g of unsalted butter and 100g of dark choc (I used G&B 70%), and melt it all together in a bowl over a saucepan of water.

2) Put 50g of plain flour and 150g of caster sugar into a bowl, poke out any lumps with a fork. Shove two medium eggs in it, and whizz it all up with an electric mixer until you're fed up.

3) Pour the melted chocolate in, and break up 100g of white choc into little bits, and lob that in too. Mix it all together with a fork. It should be a fairly sturdy sludgy mix by now.

4) Grease a baking tin with butter, pour it all in, flatten it out, and bake for 25 minutes at 160 degrees in a fan assisted oven. Let them cool down before cutting them into squares. They're a bit gooey initially, but stick them in the fridge for a few hours and they'll firm up nicely.

5) Shove as many down your chops as you can before anyone notices.
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  • 🐷 ... the food of champions
    9:58am, 23rd Dec 2017
  • Mmmm sounds good.
    Fenland Flier
    10:21am, 23rd Dec 2017
  • Strangely I was just looking at a recipe for 'low fat' brownies before reading this... yours sounds much nicer....
    10:32am, 23rd Dec 2017
  • Yum, can you make some for me?
    10:51am, 23rd Dec 2017
  • Love it, all recipes should be written in this style :-)
    Mrs Jigs (Luverlylegs)
    12:47pm, 23rd Dec 2017
  • Awwwwwwwwww!
    1:00pm, 23rd Dec 2017
  • Thank you Awwwwwwwwww!
    1:13pm, 23rd Dec 2017
  • :-) Sounds good! Merry Christmas to you and KatieB!Decorate
    1:21pm, 23rd Dec 2017
  • Mmmm
    2:05pm, 23rd Dec 2017
  • Is step 5 a sneaky confession? ;-)
    Valyrian Plastic
    3:29pm, 23rd Dec 2017
  • I can't be arsed with the rest of it but I could probably do stage 5 for ever.
    5:11pm, 23rd Dec 2017
  • Keys under the mat, just let yourself in with them ;-)
    7:19pm, 23rd Dec 2017
  • You know how Wiggle send Haribo with the orders, how about Brownies to go with Fetch hoodies?
    8:20am, 24th Dec 2017
  • Gooey is best.
    10:24am, 24th Dec 2017

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19 Dec 2017


3:10pm | 337 views | 8 Comments
I've finished prepping all the remaining doors in the Festive Fetch Calendar. It's one of those tasks that's kind of fun, and I do look forward to, but also just a little bit look forward to completing. I can let it do its thing now.

I've also posted all the hoodies that have been ordered and paid for. There's time for one more posting trip on Thursday morning, according to Royal Mail. Here's what I have left:

Fire Red £25
1 XS
3 Small
1 XL

Storm Grey £25
5 Small
4 Large

Leave a comment if you want one.

I also got out for a run this morning, and I was very pleased to find that I enjoyed it - pretty much the first time I've been able to say that since the engine failure that was Bedford Harriers Half. I managed 5.1 miles, which is quite a feat given that I've only been able to curse my way to a few three milers over the last couple of weeks.

It helped that there was stuff to think about. Katie and Stephen had left the house 20 minutes previously, as I was unconscious in bed - so I tracked them down (Stephen running in mad circles trying to locate my voice, me flapping my arms like a fat bat trying to help him). We ran back towards the house, then I ran on to the town to pay in a cheque.

Since I last blogged, I've seen Star Wars twice, and would be more than happy to go again. No spoilers, but I got a bit emotional second time around, knowing how various bits would unfold. I can't help but love it. I watched A New Hope six times in seven days when I was a kid, complete with eighties ads for VW Polos (being flipped over by Geoff Capes), Brittany Ferries (the parrot, singing "Brittany Ferries sail diiiiirect to Brittany"), Panama cigars, Gold Blend, and more.

In terms of more modern eighties throwbacks, I've also got through series 2 of Stranger Things, once with the Boy, and then again with Katie. He's a bit besotted with it at the moment, so I'm planning to deck out the living room like The Upside Down meets Joyce Byers living room for Christmas Eve, with lots of crepe paper, and christmas lights on the ceiling. Christmas hasn't followed the standard formula for quite some time now, so perhaps it's time to embrace it, and make our own normal.

I also have a new pair of swimming shorts. They are called 'core shorts', and are made of fairly thick neoprene, which will help get my legs up a bit higher in the water, and stop them acting like an anchor. That's the theory anyway.

And if you've been following Katie's blog, you'll know she's aiming for her first OWS endurance swim at the Bantham Swoosh in July 2018. We're hoping to build up the training section of the site to develop swim and bike as their own entities - so the development of the swim section will hang onto Katie's coat tails, and hopefully develop into something specific and useful. If you're a swimmer, and there's something you'd like to see on the site, shout out.

Neither of us particularly enthused about biking though. We need a biking champion.

Gosh, this has been a ramble.
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  • Glad you're enjoying your run and really excited about the developments, both Katie's and the log. Definitely make your own Christmas normal. That's what we've done, and it works for us x
    3:13pm, 19th Dec 2017
  • I love the fact that the swim functionality of the site may leap forward because your missus is training and logging stuff. It's not nepotism - it's family, innit?! 5.1 miles more than me. Have a great Christmas you super Fetchies you. (I'm hoping to see it for a second time. Might be told to go by myself though!) :-) G
    3:29pm, 19th Dec 2017
  • I'll be your bike champ 🙂 if you want.
    4:16pm, 19th Dec 2017
  • I might be able to help with the swimming stuff? Depends what you want. Those shorts are a poor substitute for good technique, btw. ;-)
    Angus Clydesdale
    4:40pm, 19th Dec 2017
  • Glad it's not just me - I got a bit emotional twice during 'The Force Awakens', and I'm nails :-) . Glad you're back running
    4:41pm, 19th Dec 2017
  • Running sounds good. :-) I've never seen Star Wars.
    6:10pm, 19th Dec 2017
  • You don't really need the elevation or terrain options on the swimming sessions. If you're doing something analogous you could have Indoor Pool, Outdoor Pool, Lake, Sea and maybe something about sea state.
    11:42pm, 19th Dec 2017
  • I hope you Katie doesn't wear a coat while swimming and if she does, please don't hang on to tightly, unless she is doing some special type of endurance training!
    I so badly want to see Star Wars but have no time before Christmas :-(
    Elsie Too
    7:24am, 20th Dec 2017

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14 Dec 2017

Fetch Hoodies + Buffs SALE Update

9:44am | 314 views | 8 Comments
Here's what's left:

Fire Red Hoodies £25
Small = 3
Large = 1
XL = 1

Storm Grey Hoodies £25
Small = 5
Large = 4

Buffs £10
Enough :-)

Leave a comment if you'd like anything. Pics in previous blog.
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  • Can i have the large red hoodie please
    10:15am, 14th Dec 2017
  • ..... trying hard no to comment
    11:41am, 14th Dec 2017
  • I would like a buff please.
    12:11pm, 14th Dec 2017
  • Sitting on my hands - would really like the grey hoodie but cant remember what size my red one is.......
    1:07pm, 14th Dec 2017
  • Medium red, please, Fetch!
    4:05pm, 14th Dec 2017
  • A small grey one please Mr Fetch.
    5:51pm, 14th Dec 2017
  • I've succumbed to temptation. If you still have it, the XS fire red hoodie please.
    10:11pm, 15th Dec 2017
  • Buff please!
    7:08pm, 17th Dec 2017

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13 Dec 2017

Chewie, We're Home

11:54am | 335 views | 22 Comments
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  • Creeping up the mileage target leaderboard - up to 71st (with two rest days to come). Icy but lovely today:
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  • Nice milestone :-)
    9:00pm, 18th Jan 2018
  • After a slow starting week, I've clambered into the top 100 in the 1000 mile run table:
    4:53pm, 18th Jan 2018
  • We're back. And not a moment too soon. That testcard kid was asking for overtime.
    3:32pm, 18th Jan 2018
  • Sorry Fetchies. Problem with the hosting provider, beyond my control. Back as soon as possible. Sing song anyone?
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