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20 Sep 2021

20th of March and all that.

I've entered the Hastings Half Marathon, on 20th March 2022 :-) Do you fancy it?

It is exactly 26 weeks away today, which is a very jolly coincidence, because the 'pre-race training mileage' page uses 26 weeks as its default:

fetcheveryone.com/training-prerace.php?distance=13.1&unit=miles

The analysis tells me that my best ever half marathon (Bath 2016 in 1:44:49, WAVA 57.28%) came off the back of 26 weeks which consisted of:

477 miles of running at an average pace of 9:26/mi.
82 training days (45% of the 26 weeks)
12 weeks with a total mileage of 20+, with the highest week being 29mi.
104 miles classed as race, tempo, race pace or intervals.
48 miles (10%) in my Z5 pace bracket (quicker than 7:30/mi)
36 miles (8%) in Z4 (7:30 - 8:00/mi)
30 miles (6%) in Z3 (8:00 - 8:30/mi)
67 miles (14%) in Z2 (8:30 - 9:00/mi)
105 miles (22%) in Z1 (9:00 - 9:30/mi)
188 miles (39%) in Z0 (9:30/mi +)
2 thirteen milers (including race day)
3 twelve milers
4 ten milers

I wrote some blogs relating to the race, which also point out that I did three or four 45 minute runs at 7:30/mi pace, which must really have helped with the 8 minute miling that I was aiming for. I am not too scared about repeating the mileage volume, but matching those pace bands feels somewhat unlikely. We'll see.

There's a big difference between Bath Half and Hastings, which you can see when you look at the route map: fetcheveryone.com/route-1700487 or more particularly, the elevation, which looks like a fricking stetson. I've compared it to a couple of the hills that we have locally, and the nasty-looking bit from 3.0 miles to 4.8 miles is a climb of about 59 metres per mile; whereas the sapping hill from Bedford Half is about 36 metres per mile (and less than half as long); whereas the sweary hill from Sandy 10 is about a mile worth of 40 metres per mile. That's definitely going to take a bit of doing then :-)

If I *can* get through the first 9 miles with a bit in the tank, the course goes downhill to the sea front, and it goes along there for two miles to the finish. I am wondering how likely it is that there'll be a nice wind coming from the east to guide me home. If not, I think I will probably be wanting ice cream before the end, and someone to chew it for me :-)

Anyway. I am not really entertaining realistic hopes of PB times at this point, at least not on this course. Even matching the WAVA, six years later, would need a sub-1:50 - we'll see about that. It's nice to train for an event, and it will be even nicer to meet up with the Fetchies in attendance.

Here's the listing:

fetcheveryone.com/races/hastings-half-marathon-4164583

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Comments

  • I'm supposedly 'in' - postponed from... er... 2020 & 2021 I think.
    McGoohan
    11:53am, 20th Sep 2021
  • So glad you're doing this Fetch! You get to meet Beanie :-) Raffo (sprinter) is running it - not for the first time, but first time since 2009. I'm not but will shout and wave where necessary.
    Sharkie
    11:54am, 20th Sep 2021
  • Do it, do it, McGoo!
    Sharkie
    11:56am, 20th Sep 2021
  • I’m also tempted, need to see if mum fancies a spring seaside break :)
    Rosehip
    12:03pm, 20th Sep 2021
  • I'm also in the shouting and waving camp, Sharkie. :-)
    KatieB
    12:03pm, 20th Sep 2021
  • I'm tempted....
    Minimag
    12:19pm, 20th Sep 2021
  • Also tempted
    LindsD
    12:27pm, 20th Sep 2021
  • Tempting - I remember enjoying it in 2011, though unhelpful Sunday trains may mean an overnight stay.
    sallykate
    12:28pm, 20th Sep 2021
  • Don't know yet when we will get our annual holiday near Hastings - which didn't happen in 2020 and hasn't yet happened in 2021 so maybe March 2022 is the time to go :-)
    BaronessBL
    1:17pm, 20th Sep 2021
  • I fancy it very much, though it's quite a trek from here.
    Velociraptor
    2:02pm, 20th Sep 2021
  • I’ll be there (I hope) :-)
    Serendippily
    2:13pm, 20th Sep 2021
  • Team Jigs will be there, hopefully both running but if not then chewing ice cream for you ;-)
    Mrs Jigs (Luverlylegs)
    2:19pm, 20th Sep 2021
  • Yes, I am in. I'll be re-starting running from scratch sometime in the next couple of weeks.
    Groundhog
    3:00pm, 20th Sep 2021
  • I’m tempted but it is a nearly 4 hour drive for me so would have to book a hotel and convince Mr Ness to come along. Will consider it though.
    Ness
    3:23pm, 20th Sep 2021
  • For anyone in any doubts about it, this is a very flat course except for this one hill in the middle. See if you can spot it.

    Despite that, it is my PB course :-o
    McGoohan
    4:16pm, 20th Sep 2021
  • If you are happy running DOWNHILLS you can deffo Peeb. (Nice work McGoo)
    Sharkie
    4:30pm, 20th Sep 2021
  • The best part is if there’s a nice strong in-your-face- wind then you’ll get to see the skinny Kenyans run on the spot. It’s pretty flat though.
    runnerbean
    5:35pm, 20th Sep 2021
  • On the seafront …..
    runnerbean
    5:35pm, 20th Sep 2021
  • THE first date* in English History is 55 B.C., in which year Julius Caesar (the memorable Roman Emperor) landed, like all other successful invaders of these islands, at Thanet. This was in the Olden Days, when the Romans were top nation on account of their classical education, etc.

    *For the other date see Chapter 11, William the Conqueror.
    ♪♫ Synge ♪♫
    5:46pm, 20th Sep 2021
  • I fancy it too may fit in well with my mara plans. Quite a hike for me too though but it's a definite maybe
    Sushi.
    6:11pm, 20th Sep 2021
  • Wife on board (she loves Hastings, especially the old town, also loves watching Foyle's war), so it was an easy sell! Booked the half, and also the hotel the night before (in St Leonards, which is near the start line). Also fits in with my marathon plan (Brighton in April)
    Fetch meetup?
    Minimag
    6:54pm, 20th Sep 2021
  • So tempted...
    LazyDaisy
    8:29pm, 20th Sep 2021
  • At least with the “sweary hill” you know that you’re going to run back down it on the return! That’s possibly one of my fastest mile times in a race 😄
    DW
    9:02pm, 20th Sep 2021
  • Looking to return to running Half's that day but for me it'll be Stafford.
    Neil_E_There
    9:42pm, 20th Sep 2021


17 Sep 2021

Have you signed up yet?

The Doctor K Cup is now just over two weeks away. It's our annual run in memory of Fetchies we have lost. We've got 103 participants signed up so far, and I hope that by the time we reach the big day (October 2nd) we can smash last year's record of 151 people.

Sign up (free) here: fetcheveryone.com/doctorkcup.php

It's named after Doctor K, who died of pancreatic cancer in 2017, but we are also commemorating these other Fetchies:

Big Dom
Cobra Batman
Devonian Plodder
Doctor K
Mud Rocs
Pricey
spikeyboy
Steady Edina
Supergran
TeamTamunshen
Tigerlily

[If I've missed anyone out, please drop me a line, and I will add them to the list.]

The challenge requires you to predict your time over 5k, and then trying to run that exact time, but without looking at your watch at any point throughout. Remember to turn off all your beeps, pace alerts, metronomes etc - anything that would give you an unfair advantage.

Doctor K was a big parkrun fan, and so we used to do this using parkrun times. But because of the pandemic, we've started using your GPS times. It means you can run wherever and whenever you like on the day. And so long as you run at least 5000 metres, the Fetch Benchmark system will pull out your fastest 5k.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Last time, a few Fetchies stopped when their watches said 5.00km - but because your watch is rounding to two decimal places, this may mean you've only run 4995 metres which is NOT ENOUGH! To make sure you get a time in the official results, please make sure you go a little bit over-distance! If your watch says 5.01km, or 3.12 miles, you should be fine - but any less than that, and you run the risk. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED :-)

It doesn't matter if you want to run 20 miles on the big day. Just predict your fastest 5k, and the benchmark system will do the rest. The results will also pick up training entries logged as Walking - so you can walk too if that's your thing.

It's not about running as fast as you can, it's all about the prediction. The winner (and holder of the Doctor K Cup for the following twelve months) will be the person who is closest to their prediction.

Joining instructions, race results and other key points can be found here: fetcheveryone.com/doctorkcup.php
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Comments

  • It's the day before London, but it's parkrunday - no idea how fast I should/ will go!
    chunkywizard
    10:29am, 17th Sep 2021
  • No problem to walk it :-)
    fetcheveryone
    10:35am, 17th Sep 2021
  • I wasn't going to enter as my foot ain't up to a run, but then I saw the 'you can walk' bit. Okay, includify me in. :-)
    McGoohan
    10:39am, 17th Sep 2021
  • So if we run an accurately measured parkrun, but due to trees/corners etc, GPS reads 2.98 miles, it won't count? Even if we edit the distance?
    StuH
    10:46am, 17th Sep 2021
  • Stu - it's based on GPS benchmarks, so no it wouldn't in that case, sorry. If your local run is routinely short on GPS, you could add a bit on at the start.
    fetcheveryone
    10:49am, 17th Sep 2021
  • PS it looks like you did it as part of a marathon last year. That'd definitely cover it :-)
    fetcheveryone
    10:50am, 17th Sep 2021
  • Happens to be the same day as my local parkrun birthday, might be walk/jog but I am in :-)
    Mrs Jigs (Luverlylegs)
    11:47am, 17th Sep 2021
  • Don't forget your prediction :-)
    fetcheveryone
    11:50am, 17th Sep 2021
  • I’ll be out somewhere thinking about those ‘on the list’ heart
    Derby Tup
    11:52am, 17th Sep 2021
  • would it suit people to have it on a Sunday if a fair proportion of Fetchies are racing on a typical Sunday?
    ChrisHB
    1:26pm, 17th Sep 2021
  • >> Or make runs recorded on either Saturday or Sunday count? That way, you get the parkrunners and the Sunday racers...
    Dooogs
    5:56pm, 17th Sep 2021
  • I need to go and make my prediction
    Lip Gloss
    6:26pm, 17th Sep 2021
  • Sadly I shall be packing up and travelling at the time.
    MarkyMarkMark (3M)
    7:41pm, 17th Sep 2021
  • Finger finally pulled out👍
    Wezza
    7:13pm, 19th Sep 2021


15 Sep 2021

This bit of crappy Upminister nearly cost me my f***ing life.

After yesterday's blog, I carried on with my Conquercise usability work. When a new player arrives with no known location, it used to show them a whole bunch of blue squares in the sea. It was only if you zoomed out that it became obvious where you were. So if there's no location, the map now appears zoomed out to show the whole world - so there's a big visual clue that you're looking at a map. Plus there's some supporting text that encourages you to enter a place name, and once that's done, it hopefully guides the user through to selecting the home zone. We'll see.

I also set to work on the individual zone page. On desktop, it used to look something like this:



but I felt that whilst the picture and your visits graph are useful, the leaderboard and map should be the primary parts of this page. So I've smushed it round a bit now, to look like this:



NB Power user tip: the arrows around the map used to take you to the adjacent zone. But the map itself is clickable - so if you click outside of the rectangle, it will take you to whichever zone is appropriate.

Those of you at extreme latitudes might have noticed your zones getting taller, and even chopped off if they were too tall. The map should now be sensitive to this, so the whole zone should be displayed.

I've also abandoned the background colour scheme for owned, explored and unexplored zones - but the words 'OWNED!', 'EXPLORED' and 'UNEXPLORED' are now colour coded to give you a bit of help.

The bigger differences can be seen when you view a zone on mobile (here's one in an iPhone 6 template, with the old version of the page on the left):



Centring definitely seems to look better on mobile, and the cut-down map means that the leaderboard is visible without scrolling, which all hopefully feeds into an understanding of how the game works.

This bit of crappy Upminister nearly cost me my f***ing life.
As for the blog title... I wanted to search the Conquercise zone database for a zone with a really long title, just to see if it would break my layout. The database allows a maximum of 80 characters, and whilst the most popular zone name is 13 characters long, some people like to use as many of them as they can, it seems :-) I don't know the back story, but I hope it's not as bad as it sounds!

What's your favourite Conquercise zone title? Locally, I've always been intrigued by Evil Dog City. Here's a selection of the more intriguing longer ones that I scrolled through:

1) Don't turn your back don't look away and don't blink
2) Ramside Hall, I saw that Young runner with the nice legs here, damn, what a pair
3) Brechin Castle Centre - home to garden gizzits and all-year stockist of Xmas Tat
4) The world breaks everyone, and afterward, some are strong at the broken places
5) How boring is it running along here especially when it's raining
6) I reckon you could live on the M69 Roundabout and nobody would know
7) Le Clos Des Pins Campsite Les Conches dans le m'otherf***in fraance
8) Robin House, Hammy's ex girlfriend lives here, avoid at all costs.
9) Always stop for the day while you still know what will happen next
10) Who TF is Murdoch? Away and raffle yer gran. It's mine now.

I need to do better.
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Comments

  • I used to try to be descriptive and geographically accurate with my naming, but lately I have changed to a more creative approach. These are some I like:

    You're So Vann - includes Vann Road, Vann Lane and Vann Common
    Take It To The Ridge - the trail up to Ridge Hill
    Milland Of The Rising Sun - a village called Milland which has a pub called the Rising Sun
    RuthB2 Has Lost It - no explanation required.
    Diogenes
    1:08pm, 15th Sep 2021
  • Nice improvements. Here's my current favourites:
    "One way ticket to Hayle and back" : fetcheveryone.com/game-conq-zone.php?id=32688
    "I crashed the car here" : fetcheveryone.com/game-conq-zone.php?id=33796
    "Royal Kingdom of Snake Doctor" : fetcheveryone.com/game-conq-zone.php?id=119704
    "Where the wild things are" : fetcheveryone.com/game-conq-zone.php?id=1003931
    "The home of Eggs and Cake" : fetcheveryone.com/game-conq-zone.php?id=101773
    "Chased by a wasp here" : fetcheveryone.com/game-conq-zone.php?id=109446
    "Barristers and Tourists - which is worse?" : fetcheveryone.com/game-conq-zone.php?id=69320
    "UKJMR's Brewing Metropolis" : fetcheveryone.com/game-conq-zone.php?id=105059

    ...and one which concerns me, not knowing the presumably tragic tale behind the name:
    "RIP Cycling Brother: Velo Midlands 12/05/19" : fetcheveryone.com/game-conq-zone.php?id=98450
    Sigh
    1:36pm, 15th Sep 2021
  • I was very pleased with myself (ha, *was*!) for getting control of Harlow, Essex and renaming it "Harlow is it me you're looking for?" :-)
    McGoohan
    1:42pm, 15th Sep 2021
  • I like when people name their home zones something creative as well. Our local (-ish) Asda is named something like 'RRR-CAZ-da' for example :-)
    chunkywizard
    1:46pm, 15th Sep 2021
  • We still have a zone near us which was named (by Argie I think) "F*** off Legless!". I've owned it and lost it and owned it again a few times.
    Nellers
    1:48pm, 15th Sep 2021
  • Some of my favourites (they *might* be mine):
    Mostly water and gravel - self explanatory
    Equine Forensic - there's a horse testing lab in the zone
    Here Be Flying Beets
    Beware! Invisible Railway Bridge - one of the most frequently struck bridges

    Recent visits to zones that made me chuckle:
    West of Clavering nothing of Note
    Oi m8eyboy, gerorrf my laaaannd
    Barristers and Tourists - which is worse?
    Newport (not that one, the other one)
    Ipswich - California, just like the other one
    Is it pronounced Maudlin?
    MsG
    1:49pm, 15th Sep 2021
  • I like one of Beanie’s ‘Get your thieving hands off, Sharkie’.
    Sharkie
    1:51pm, 15th Sep 2021
  • Oh and I'm in a constant battle on the South Downs with roverman who has named Each And Every One of his zones... "roverman"
    McGoohan
    2:13pm, 15th Sep 2021
  • I'm pleased you liked my Brechin one... ;)
    Angus Clydesdale
    2:16pm, 15th Sep 2021
  • roverman zones are second only to the 477 square Eccobennyland :-)
    fetcheveryone
    2:17pm, 15th Sep 2021
  • Ignoring your question: fetcheveryone is top of the leaderboard? Fix! 😂
    But I now want to find out more about this game and start renaming things...
    Jen J
    2:25pm, 15th Sep 2021
  • Roverman squares annoy me too and I’ve been trying to capture the ones my way :)
    Fragile Do Not Bend
    2:26pm, 15th Sep 2021
  • I’ve found a formatting issue - on my iPad not enough room to click on either side of the square.

    Fragile Do Not Bend
    2:27pm, 15th Sep 2021
  • number 2 is more than a little sexist.
    RichHL
    2:36pm, 15th Sep 2021
  • For Rocky Horror fans, I have a zone:

    "Denton Denton Rah Rah Rah, Denton Denton eat me raw, Yeah Denton!"

    But someone local seems to think that's rude and when they win it change it back to "Denton"
    Oranj
    2:37pm, 15th Sep 2021
  • Wonder if I own any of the Eccobennyland zones 🤔
    MsG
    2:39pm, 15th Sep 2021
  • @RichHL - that did cross my mind, but it doesn't mention the gender of the legs.
    fetcheveryone
    2:40pm, 15th Sep 2021
  • Could have been a male runner with nice legs in number 2 :)
    Fragile Do Not Bend
    2:40pm, 15th Sep 2021
  • This is blog of the week
    LindsD
    2:41pm, 15th Sep 2021
  • RichHL - I believe all people of any sex do some form of number 2s, so it's ok :)
    Jen J
    2:42pm, 15th Sep 2021
  • "Who TF is Murdoch? Away and raffle yer gran. It's mine now."

    Did anyone find out who he was? He was on my turf, anyway.
    ITG 🇮🇸
    2:47pm, 15th Sep 2021
  • Pothunter
    2:59pm, 15th Sep 2021
  • @FDNB - I've added some padding around the zone box, which means that it should never hit the edges of the map now. If you get a chance to retest, that'd be great.
    fetcheveryone
    3:08pm, 15th Sep 2021
  • Much better now Fetch, thank you!
    Fragile Do Not Bend
    3:15pm, 15th Sep 2021
  • :-)
    fetcheveryone
    3:15pm, 15th Sep 2021
  • fetcheveryone
    3:16pm, 15th Sep 2021
  • All CQ zones should be crossword clues: fetcheveryone.com/game-conq-zone.php?id=126537
    Dooogs
    3:24pm, 15th Sep 2021
  • Thought you had actually been to Upminster. Not far from me. But it's not my zone
    Night-owl
    3:28pm, 15th Sep 2021
  • I haven’t explored any with good names, I have gems such as “hill” and “train” on my list 🙄
    Fragile Do Not Bend
    3:30pm, 15th Sep 2021
  • @Dooogs that's brilliant :-)
    fetcheveryone
    3:32pm, 15th Sep 2021
  • Yeah, me too! Inspired!
    Hanneke
    3:40pm, 15th Sep 2021
  • *applauds Dooogs*
    Sigh
    3:45pm, 15th Sep 2021
  • I'd change Eccobennyland to Echo and the Bunnymen
    Oscar the Grouch
    3:52pm, 15th Sep 2021
  • Oscar, there are a lot to choose from, the challenge is to own one first!
    MsG
    4:01pm, 15th Sep 2021
  • Makes me think I'm so unimaginative
    Night-owl
    4:05pm, 15th Sep 2021
  • Fetch - any chance of extending the map width and losing some of the blank space in the leader board? More map is useful, even if onky laterally
    um
    4:20pm, 15th Sep 2021
  • @um - you should still be able to zoom in on that chunk of map, if you're wanting to check around the edges.
    fetcheveryone
    4:32pm, 15th Sep 2021
  • Some around me:

    "Cockermouth - oo er missus" - which I'm gradually catching up to derwenttony on
    "Southwaite ping pong!!" - as it would flip between SimonF and me on a weekly basis a while back
    "Control your speed and don't look at the bridge!" - which I presume is advice to cyclists coming down Honister?
    "Paddle down the road" - as it's the road to Paddle School, and also floods a lot!!
    "No where much" - think there's a few places like that in the middle of nowhere?
    "surely this is Whinlatter" - it definitely is
    "Random bit of the Lakes" - speaks for itself really
    a load that start "Nun Thaine of Thirlmere" - that AD owns
    "starting up Fangs Brow!!!" - well it is a bit steep...
    "Roughly where the fun ends on K2B" - or where you leave the national park on the Keswick 2 Barrow
    Snoot
    4:33pm, 15th Sep 2021
  • Also annoyed by roverman. Sorry roverman - but there is something a wee bit, let's say, military about your progress....
    Sharkie
    4:49pm, 15th Sep 2021
  • Is all time explorers meant to be doing this?
    MsG
    4:56pm, 15th Sep 2021
  • MsG - no, it's not! It should be ok now.
    fetcheveryone
    4:59pm, 15th Sep 2021
  • @Sharkie - but that's the beauty of Conquercise - getting politely annoyed because of someone else's zone naming conventions. I suggest you Take Him Down :-)
    fetcheveryone
    5:00pm, 15th Sep 2021
  • I believe number 1 on the list is probably something to do with Weeping Angels!
    I'm enjoying the comments as much as the game, now! Thanks everyone.
    MarkyMarkMark (3M)
    5:32pm, 15th Sep 2021
  • My favourite is 'there's a horse here sometimes'
    fetcheveryone.com/game-conq-zone.php?id=78536
    Ocelot Spleens
    5:38pm, 15th Sep 2021
  • I recall someone mentioning the zone “your bowels”, that’s always made me snigger at the thought of the notification.
    Maccathecracker
    7:27pm, 15th Sep 2021
  • There used to be a 'your wits' which always seemed strange, but now I get it. Doh.
    flanker
    7:57pm, 15th Sep 2021
  • Murdoch seems to spend a lot of time in Brussels, ITG.

    I'm gradually taking his kingdoms, though.
    The Great Raemondo
    8:30pm, 15th Sep 2021
  • Pretty sure number 2 was named by Hammy from number 8 and refers to himself. Not sure whether Hammy still uses Fetch but they've definitely named a lot of the ones close to me.
    mityellow
    9:32pm, 15th Sep 2021
  • I need to go back and look at some of the names I originally used. I started off trying to be clever but then ended up just using the village name or 'riverbank' or some such thing!
    BaronessBL
    9:54pm, 15th Sep 2021
  • My parents live in Jock's love jacuzzi...
    JustCommando!
    8:52am, 16th Sep 2021
  • :-O
    chunkywizard
    8:56am, 16th Sep 2021
  • Definitely going to up my game
    Maclennane
    9:45am, 16th Sep 2021
  • Went through rdon today. Supposed to be Bordon but a zone line is between the o and r. Not changing that zones name.
    Shortcut Cam
    9:17pm, 16th Sep 2021


14 Sep 2021

A guide with no pages

For the last 4-5 weeks, I've been publishing a weekly guide via email, to everyone who has opted in to our weekly newsletter list.

What's that? You say you aren't getting these emails? Do check that you've ticked the first box here: fetcheveryone.com/user-settings-email.php and be sure to add fetcheveryone.com to your email safe senders list to help it get past your spam filter.

Here's an example guide from a couple of weeks ago. It shows you how to compare two or more training runs: fetcheveryone.com/guide.php?code=howtocompare

It occurred to me that there is *soooooo* much stuff on Fetch that people just don't know about - especially the ones who don't read my blog or follow the development of the site with the same vim as you, dear reader. It's my hope that the guides will illustrate just what Fetch can do, for those that don't know.

It's really awesome when someone says "I love how much detail there is on Fetch". But it's also a bit frustrating, because if more folks knew about it, we might pull in a few more migrants from the tangerine venture capital machine.

Looking back, I've been a bit thick. A lot of what I've created to send via email was only ever sent to "whoever was on the list at the time". If you weren't on the list you were expected to know about it *somehow*. Second, bigger brainwave: once I have a set of say 20 guides, I can give new users a 20 week training course to make sure they get a good bit of immersion in what Fetch is all about.

Third brainwave: the guides have been massively helpful when it comes to improving usability. As I write each one, I try to view it from the perspective of someone with no experience of the site. Creating a fresh test account and jumping straight in is a real eye-opening experience.

The golden scenario is a guide with zero pages. In that perfect situation, nothing needs to be said. The user arrives, and knows exactly what to do, and why they might want to do it :-)

The reality is far from golden. This week, I am preparing a Conquercise guide. The game is fun, pretty simple, and I'm sure that at least some of you will have told your friends about it at some point. Good usability takes that inquisitive new user, and holds their hand through the process, until they've got it all figured out.

Here's an example that will cause new users to ditch the game before they've even got started. If a new user didn't agree to specify a location when they created an account (only about a third do so); and when prompted, they don't allow their browser to tell Fetch their location... they get dumped in the sea off the coast of Africa (latitude = 0, longitude = 0) with no explanation. Enjoy the game, assuming you work out what to do from here. User wanders off, with the feeling that Fetch is difficult to use. Fail :-/ Lesson: you don't explain the pitfalls in the guide, you fix them.

I'm working on the sign up process, but I've also made some little adjustments to the layout too. Here's the old desktop page for the map tab of the game:



and here's the new one:



Nothing too crazy, just little nudges - that's the way to go, unless something is very broken. The map now takes centre stage (it *is* the map page), and I've tried to make the key a bit simpler.

The changes are a bit more obvious when viewing site on mobile (old version on the left):



In this case, the map has been given precedence over the 'Recent Activity' feed (with the latter still visible down below). The key is visible without scrolling, so you've got half a chance of understanding what the colours mean. I also felt that the 'Go to...' in the black bar above the map was too domineering. Think about it. If you're a new player, the chances are the first thing you'll do is fill in the squares around your home. Going to other locations is something you do once you've got your teeth into the game. So it doesn't need to stand out. And if you're eagle-eyed, you'll notice that the 'Full Screen Map' link doesn't appear on mobile either now. I felt there was no need - but it's still there on desktop.

I think it's rare that this sort of small usability change will suddenly result in double the number of players, or something as extreme as that. It's more to do with keeping just a few more of those people who have come for a look, and building from there.
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Comments

  • As long as the new players stay out of my zones... ;)
    Autumnleaves
    2:17pm, 14th Sep 2021
  • I love the title of this blog. And if you'll excuse me, I'm just off to tick a box...
    Jen J
    2:27pm, 14th Sep 2021
  • And how come you’ve never visited Rosehip’s patch?
    Rosehip
    2:51pm, 14th Sep 2021
  • First line went missing somewhere - I like the more prominent map, wonders whether the ‘my location’ could be used from map page?
    Rosehip
    2:52pm, 14th Sep 2021
  • I have enjoyed starting to explore the fetch site more - there is just so much too it. I have recommended Fetchpoint and Conquercise a number of times now in running groups. Fetchpoint was a great motivation when I was trying to run everyday through August and encouraged me to be bolder with my route planning. Thank you, I'll keep trying to spread the word x
    Dilly
    3:12pm, 14th Sep 2021
  • All good stuff. One suggestion: if I were a noob, and went "Help - Tutorial - Games" and then clicked on Conquercize, it takes the noob straight into the Game; a tutorial on the game would be a good stepping stone at that point before going to the game.
    Sigh
    3:24pm, 14th Sep 2021
  • A 20-week induction course would put me right off! :-(
    Fitz
    3:52pm, 14th Sep 2021
  • Is there any chance of one's zones appearing in the route finder please? I'm currently working on three - four tabs to plan my bike rides / lawn raids. A niche problem, I know :-P
    MsG
    3:56pm, 14th Sep 2021
  • @Rosehip - it's just a smidge too far for my regular runs.

    @Sigh - yeah, the tutorial is pretty old now, and could do with a review.

    @Fitz - perhaps I gave the impression that it would be a formal thing. It's just some content to illustrate to new users what the site can do.

    @MsG - check the feature requests. If there's nothing that matches what you want, add it :-)
    fetcheveryone
    4:03pm, 14th Sep 2021
  • I have had everything tickedand never gotten anything, ever!
    Ocelot Spleens
    4:19pm, 14th Sep 2021
  • OS - have you checked the various folders within your email client e.g. Primary / Social / Promotions / Spam? According to my records, I've sent you six emails since the beginning of August, on each Friday. It appears that your email client is not showing them to you, which is incredibly frustrating.
    fetcheveryone
    4:25pm, 14th Sep 2021
  • Wow, you have 3 phones (third one to take a picture of your 2 iphones side-by-side)!!
    paul the builder
    4:48pm, 14th Sep 2021
  • I know this is about conquercize, but will the homepoint setting be also rolled across to WSW? Think it took me a long time to work out why I wasn't scoring any points whatsoever...
    JenHB
    5:44pm, 14th Sep 2021
  • That's a good suggestion Jen. Yes, as soon as I do the corresponding exercise with WSW.
    fetcheveryone
    5:49pm, 14th Sep 2021
  • If location = 0:0 then prompt user to set true location. Might help those who inadvertently don’t set it when joining the game.
    Pothunter
    5:59pm, 14th Sep 2021
  • Great idea, but a rod for your own back as you will need to change them every time you make a tweak :-/
    flanker
    8:57pm, 14th Sep 2021
  • You are a star
    LindsD
    9:07pm, 14th Sep 2021
  • I’m playing a one sided battle for one zone with someone who I used to know from running club.
    Garfield
    10:37pm, 14th Sep 2021
  • I’ve had some people leave fetch because they were hassled a bit much to log on. Might be worth considering the wording to allow options on how often you chase
    Serendippily
    8:46am, 15th Sep 2021
  • Nice improvements. It can be quite unintuitive to people when they are unfamiliar. There are a few things like that.
    JCB
    12:42pm, 15th Sep 2021
  • @flanker - some of them are already out of date - but I'm constantly reviewing pages anyway, so this formalises it.
    @Dipps - I've had one or two people tell me they don't like the frequency. I send the reminders out once a month, to people who haven't logged in for over a month.
    fetcheveryone
    5:03pm, 15th Sep 2021
  • While I log in every day, they were much more every quarter. While I hoped to entice them to be more regular, once a month was too much …
    Serendippily
    8:00pm, 15th Sep 2021


10 Sep 2021

To steal a catchphrase from a wise lady...

I'm here.

Yesterday, DocM wrote a blog about how it's important to stand up for people online if you think they are facing undue pressure.

fetcheveryone.com/blog/61368/2021/9#blog433341

I totally agree.

We should all look out for each other, whatever the arena. Last year we had over a thousand contributors to the forum, and nearly half a million posts (458,482). It's inevitable that not everyone will agree, and sometimes people will strongly disagree. That's ok, it makes for healthy discussion, and we all need to accept that.

But expressing our views with courtesy is what makes the difference. You may think that someone holds an idiotic view, but a polite rebuttal is a more effective means of advancing the discussion than calling them an idiot. In my time, I have seen some wonderful exponents of the former, and some facepalming examples of the latter, which usually serve only to derail the discussion with upset or aggression.

I'd like to make one more point. It hurt a bit to see some of the comments on Doc's blog that allude to our forum being a less friendly place than it once was. The mitigation that softens that hoof is that people have been saying that pretty much since about 2005 :-) Things do move on, and sometimes people come and go, and come back again, and go again. But I want you to know that as far as I'm concerned, you will always be welcome.

I can't read all the threads, nor be everywhere at once. But I've also worked really hard to get the message across that I will do my best to support you when needed. I've kept a log of the number of complaints about other posters that I've received so far during 2021. There are precisely seven of them - four were ad hominem attacks; two were offensive content; and one had misleading medical advice. In all cases, I responded quickly, removing posts and/or reminding people of the conduct we all expect. Simple.

So (sorry Sharkie), if you are on the receiving end of something unpleasant, get in touch. Similarly, if you see something that concerns you, let me know. There's a help link at the top and bottom of every page of the site. I'm here.

Right, let's have some Take That.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QzHIxigdlgQ
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Comments

  • heart
    Bintmcskint
    11:05am, 10th Sep 2021
  • Can I make a complaint about a poster please? Someone posted a That That link :-o
    I'm still keeping my head down a bit, but I've been made to feel very welcome by those I've interacted with here :)
    Jen J
    11:07am, 10th Sep 2021
  • That That? Nevermind...
    Jen J
    11:08am, 10th Sep 2021
  • What I love about Fetch is that the vast majority of contributors don’t need reminding about how to behave - and that you do an excellent job of stepping in diplomatically when they do.
    Alice the Camel
    11:18am, 10th Sep 2021
  • thank you. you are the best
    DocM
    11:25am, 10th Sep 2021
  • I agree with Alice.
    LindsD
    11:25am, 10th Sep 2021
  • well said, you and the site are ace.

    By the way I was distressed by one bit of your blog - "I can't read all the threads, nor be everywhere at once". Tell me it isn't so! ;-)
    chunkywizard
    11:30am, 10th Sep 2021
  • heart :-) G
    HappyG(rrr)
    11:33am, 10th Sep 2021
  • heart
    phal
    11:46am, 10th Sep 2021
  • heart
    Rosehip
    12:13pm, 10th Sep 2021
  • Thank you Fetch.
    This site feels a safe place because the guy at the top cares heart
    ThorntonRunner
    12:13pm, 10th Sep 2021
  • Fetch is the only social media I’m on and it’s for me generally a big happy family with people who are funny, interesting, informative, supportive, up, down or on a rant. I’m happy here.
    Raggedy runner
    12:17pm, 10th Sep 2021
  • Thanks Fetch.
    Sigh
    12:32pm, 10th Sep 2021
  • I also thought you were omnipotent *shrugs* I’m happy here - more so these days than years ago actually.
    jennywren
    12:35pm, 10th Sep 2021
  • heart This is what makes Fetch a wonderful place to be a part of.
    Garfield
    1:21pm, 10th Sep 2021
  • Thanks, Fetch.
    Ness
    1:31pm, 10th Sep 2021
  • Dear Fetch, the only time I’ve seen you get really hot and bothered about a comment is on the menopause and running thread. This still makes me snort with laughter. Thanks :-)
    Serendippily
    1:40pm, 10th Sep 2021
  • Seven complaints this year is nothing given the size of the website. You should be very proud of that.
    Minnie Mad
    1:42pm, 10th Sep 2021
  • I feel that this site is one of the safest places on t'internet. Overall, I think Fetchies are very considerate of each other and thoughtful when posting comments. You manage things very well when there is potential trouble brewing. Thank you.
    GimmeMedals
    1:50pm, 10th Sep 2021
  • Thanks Fetch. A while back, I think I pointed you (via Twitter) to some groups who are looking at how to re-design the internet to operate more like real life communities. I still believe that this website is the best possible example of what can be achieved.
    TeeBee
    2:03pm, 10th Sep 2021
  • ❤️
    Corrah
    2:20pm, 10th Sep 2021
  • heart
    RichHL
    2:32pm, 10th Sep 2021
  • In comparison with other social media sites I lurk on, this site self-moderates beautifully, including the few threads where you have to think, "Am I prepared to handle what's going to come back at me?" before posting. I think a lot of this is because the nature of what we do makes most of us quite traceable in real life. And also because we have a sense of responsibility towards our Head Man :)
    There will always be people whose response to a perceived offence will be to hit the detonate button. I think it's a mistake to scratch around looking for sticks to beat ourselves with when that happened.
    Velociraptor
    2:33pm, 10th Sep 2021
  • This is the only online community I use, and with such a huge diverse family there is bound to be a very tiny majority of intolerant inconsiderate members, but they are swamped by the rest who exude kindness, thoughtfulness, understanding and a willingness to consider someone else's thoughts and background.
    Flatlander
    2:39pm, 10th Sep 2021
  • Having self-detonated after a bunfight I actually think it isn't anyone else's responsibility bar the person who decides to leave themselves. I spent a lot of years in the wilderness thinking about it. Be respectful but sometimes being respectful means telling the truth as you see it even if people don't want to hear it, it can always be done in a polite way. I wasn't being all that respectful myself before I left!

    You do a good job, MrFetch. heart
    RooA
    3:21pm, 10th Sep 2021
  • You set the tone, fetch, and you do a great job xx
    DrPhleecingD
    3:23pm, 10th Sep 2021
  • As ever keep up the good work Fetch sir
    Derby Tup
    4:10pm, 10th Sep 2021
  • As V'rap and Roo have already said, when someone leaves, they are ultimately the only one responsible for that. Particularly if offense was taken where it was not intended. We don't know what is going on in other people's heads; it may be that they are struggling with non-fetch related stuff and someone disagreeing with them on a forum could be the tiny straw that broke the camel's back.

    In general, people are quick to apportion blame whenever something 'bad' happens. But it often doesn't matter who did what - everyone can just learn to be more considerate and try to do better in future.
    Jen J
    4:44pm, 10th Sep 2021
  • Oh, I was going to sign that off with my old name, but forgot and hit submit. Nevermind... 😂❤️
    Jen J
    4:46pm, 10th Sep 2021
  • This is the friendliest place on the internet that I know of, and it happens without heavy-handed moderation. 👍❤️
    Fragile Do Not Bend
    6:53pm, 10th Sep 2021
  • I'm still happy here. It gets a bit tetchy and over competitive seeing who can dry the most loads of washing in a day but apart from that......
    leaguefreak
    7:47pm, 10th Sep 2021
  • I once complained about a post I had made, and it was duly removed.
    ChrisHB
    8:15pm, 10th Sep 2021
  • Thanks Fetch. I was subject to it in the summertime but you have some amazing fetchies who look out for each other. #no one puts Mavis in the corner. :-)
    Lip Gloss
    8:36pm, 10th Sep 2021
  • Love it here heart
    Carpathius
    8:56pm, 10th Sep 2021
  • You lead by example. Yes, there are the odd 'moments' but they are few and far between.

    I'm thankful I found my way in here many years ago.

    Thank you.
    Sushi.
    9:51pm, 10th Sep 2021
  • Sorry, but this is prevalent, on a number of threads I'm classed as an idiot because I hold a different view to others, and compared to the 2008 'era' it is the 'norm' and not the exception.
    FenlandRunner
    10:15pm, 10th Sep 2021
  • Sounds fair. (And remember Wheaton's Law)
    Totriornottotri
    10:16pm, 10th Sep 2021
  • @FenlandRunner - if you have issues with the conduct of others on threads that you participate in, do please let me know when an example comes up, and I’d be happy to remind people of the expected conduct, as I’ve said.
    fetcheveryone
    10:28pm, 10th Sep 2021
  • I feel this site gives a great balance of banter and genuine care. There are some disparaging remarks made on the senior moments thread, but as they are self posts nobody should take offence.

    Unless they forget that they were the ones who posted, which may be an issue.
    We do not all agree but can generally get along well enough with our differences and show tolerance. That is very definitely not the case on some other social media sites, where I maintain a presence simply because it is a means of group communication. There I would be taking my life in my hands to express an opinion, here I may have to face intelligent (relatively) polite dissent.
    Heinzster
    10:35pm, 10th Sep 2021
  • heart
    WA
    10:51pm, 10th Sep 2021
  • I tend to lurk more and no longer participate as much, because I have noticed the forums becoming judgemental and dominated by the same groups of people who shout down anyone disagreeing with them. I'm reluctant to post a view as I cannot produce a 50 page backup document to prove any viewpoint or face the wrath of being accused of being an idiot.
    Girlie
    5:11pm, 11th Sep 2021
  • Thanks Fetch, balanced response as ever.
    poppyH
    5:47pm, 11th Sep 2021
  • @Girlie, as per FR, if you encounter a response that you feel is out of line, I am always happy to review and step in where necessary.
    fetcheveryone
    6:10pm, 11th Sep 2021
  • I 'moderate' some local FB groups and have tried to follow your example of light touch and direct communication in the background. It's not easy because people hold different views very strongly, and some people have confrontational styles. As a result I'm in awe of you keeping this site feeling safe. I certainly don't underestimate the wisdom that is sometimes needed. Well done.
    Helegant
    9:32pm, 11th Sep 2021


07 Sep 2021

Multiple choice polls

When creating a poll, you can now set it up so that people can tick all the options that apply, rather than the best option. This should give you a bit more flexibility.

Did you know that you can also embed polls? When you create one, there's a little square-brackety code that you can copy into a forum post, thread header, or blog.

If you're wondering who uses polls, go take a look at ChrisHB's blog - he's done some interesting ones on some very random subjects.

Anyway, here's an example (and it's also some useful research for me):

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Comments

  • I set up a fairly meaningless multiple choice poll, just because I could. So far, I have 34 answers from 2q respondents. Do polls embed in comments? Let's see:

    Dvorak
    3:53pm, 7th Sep 2021
  • Perhaps unhelpfully, I've ticked 'something else' without any real idea what that might be :-)
    Sigh
    3:54pm, 7th Sep 2021
  • (Dog coats? Cat cosies? Horse blankets?)
    Dvorak
    3:56pm, 7th Sep 2021
  • Dvorak, you forgot 'everyone' as an answer! ;-)
    chunkywizard
    4:04pm, 7th Sep 2021
  • Horse blankets are way more than all of those options
    Jen J
    4:09pm, 7th Sep 2021
  • Are socks a possibility?
    Chrisity
    6:57pm, 7th Sep 2021
  • And that's how Sigh invoked the first ever batch of Fetch mankinis...
    Dooogs
    7:03pm, 7th Sep 2021
  • Still would like a long sleeve
    Serendippily
    7:17pm, 7th Sep 2021
  • Sun visors.
    quimby
    8:29pm, 7th Sep 2021
  • Oh. There was a

    giggle

    after that, but I put it in pointy brackets and it went invisible.
    quimby
    8:29pm, 7th Sep 2021
  • Doesn’t work for me in the current form, boss. There’s no ‘done’ button so one makes one’s choice(s) and then stares at the poll waiting for it to, dunno, update or something.
    GregP
    9:40pm, 7th Sep 2021
  • As in... nothing happens at all? The percentages should update to reflect your vote.
    fetcheveryone
    9:42pm, 7th Sep 2021
  • Like Greppers, I was looking for a "save" or "submit" button to tell the poll I had finished selecting, but you're right, Fetch, the percentages change with each click.
    ♪♫ Synge ♪♫
    10:45pm, 7th Sep 2021
  • the immutable option doesn't seem to be working
    ChrisHB
    11:59pm, 7th Sep 2021
  • Yes, Synge has the right of it. A ‘done’ button. That’s the ticket.
    GregP
    5:53am, 8th Sep 2021
  • Ling sleeved tops, in black 🙂
    bonners
    5:55am, 8th Sep 2021
  • Does this mean the pie charts are become a historical footnote?
    Angus Clydesdale
    1:29pm, 8th Sep 2021
  • Can you add fairly soon so I can get the opportunity to put fetch kit on my Xmas list 😁
    bonners
    7:19am, 11th Sep 2021


27 Aug 2021

Pre-Race Training - Updated

Have a look at Train > Summary & Analysis > Pre-race Training Volume:

fetcheveryone.com/training-prerace.php

This page used to just feature a 'force lightning' graph that showed your various attempts at a chosen distance, and the mileage you accumulated as you moved toward the event. It's handy for seeing whether you're on par in terms of training volume, when compared to your other fast times.

Over the last couple of days, I've added some tabs just above the graph, which is now the 'Cumulative' tab. Here's a quick walk through the others, but hopefully it's obvious:

2) Weekly - see your mileage total every week as you move towards race day. Handy for spotting peak weeks, empty weeks (although these show up as flatlining on the cumulative graph) and investigating what your taper looked like. Just underneath each mileage, you can see the average pace for that week. The 26 week table is a bit wider than the screen, and I didn't want to squish it, so you'll need to swipe it to see the later weeks.

3) By Category - some folks leave everything as 'General', but others will categorise every single run. This tab shows you the amount of miles in each subcategory, and the average pace of each category. It also shows you the percentage of miles spent in each subcategory.

4) Pace - now we're getting places. If you've set your pace bands (it's in Profile > Settings > Training Options > Pace Bands), then this tab summarises how much time you've spent in each pace zone, in the build up to each race. It shows me that my most successful 5k times have involved roughly 10-15% of my training miles in my top two (speediest) zones, and 60-80% of my training miles in my two slowest zones.

5) HR - only for those with HRM, but a similar scenario. My best races come off the back of a big chunk in the slow zones, and a small chunk in the quick zones, and not too much in between.

6) Daily Distance - find out how many 10 milers you do in the build up to your best 10k. Find out how often you ran over-distance during your best half marathons.

Have fun playing with it. The page may be slow to load when you first look at it, because it's pulling together lots of data - but that lump of goodness is then cached, so when you next come back to the page, it should be a lot quicker.
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Comments

  • Ooh! Will have a look. Thanks.
    Ness
    1:01pm, 27th Aug 2021
  • Excellent work star
    Rosehip
    1:13pm, 27th Aug 2021
  • Cool :-)
    westmoors
    1:15pm, 27th Aug 2021
  • That's timely, and very useful. I was just wondering whether I should even bother showing up for Cheshire HM on 12 Sept, the graph has basically shown me that while I'm not in PB shape, it's still good enough to get around as long as I fuel sensibly - and still WAY better than my disastrous performance in 2016!

    Sigh
    1:24pm, 27th Aug 2021
  • Some great additional figures in there. Used to be some nice stacked graphs with the different types of runs for the weeks leading up to a couple of selected races. Not sure if that is still in the analysis kitbag. :-) G
    HappyG(rrr)
    1:47pm, 27th Aug 2021
  • Thanks Fetch, this looks excellent and lots to be gleaned from PB races vs non PB races here. I need to sort my HR zones to use that tab properly.

    Is it possible to have total columns on the end of Daily Distance (session total) and Pace (miles)?
    SPR
    1:59pm, 27th Aug 2021
  • That’s really insightful, thank you!!!
    bja61
    7:01pm, 27th Aug 2021


25 Aug 2021

A connection!

This year, I think I have finally made the mystifying connection with gardening! My mother is a keen gardener, to the extent that I was quite dismayed when she insisted on putting flower beds and plants all over a perfectly wonderful cricket pitch.

Back in May, we visited the family in Wales, and we sat in my sister's garden. She's got the green gene too - hers is a little paradise on multiple levels, behind a little terraced mining house - but you could easily be anywhere. It's a little cocoon of loveliness and colour and intrigue.

On the day we drove back from Wales, I spent some time out in our garden. It's not big, but we are lucky to have it. Predominantly, it's a patio, about 12 small slabs deep, by 20 slabs wide - with beds and walls on all three sides.

My previous interest in the garden involved swearing at the ivy that was trying to engulf us on two fronts. I assumed that I would mainly be a gardener in the sense that I would kill things that threatened to overcome us!

But I had the motivation to do a bit more. I don't know what - but something. I stuck with what I knew best - destroying garden things. We had this little shed that was mainly full of junk.



On that first day, I just emptied all the junk out. Just out of shot is a warped ping pong table, that I also found a new home for. I dismantled the shed, vowing to do something better with the space, and to make use of the wood.

They're a bit rickety, but here are some plant pot stands that I made using bits from the old shed:



My folks have made some raised beds out of old scaffolding planks - and I fancied a go at that. I asked on a local Facebook group to see if anyone had some to get rid of. And a nice man from the other side of town offered me some sleepers - offcuts from his own gardening project:



You can see the old bits of shed in the background of that pic.

These were perfect - enough for me to make a nice bed - 8ft long, and about 18 inches high. I bought some angle brackets from Amazon, and nailed them all together. I managed to arrange the sleepers so that I only had to cut through one of them. Blimey that's a task! It took about ten minutes to make the cut.

More blagging on local Facebook groups yielded some waterproof plastic, to protect the wood and the wall from the moisture within the bed. I used a bit more shed wood to fix it all on.



I doubted I would get soil for free, but a neighbour pointed me at a bargain locally - £40 for a tonne, delivered the next day!



Yet another loan - this time a wheelbarrow from another neighbour - and over the course of about an hour today, I transferred all the soil from the front of the house, to the bed. Here's Stephen checking it out:



Now it's ready to accept some plants. We are thinking about potatoes and rhubarb - but haven't got much further than that really. And on a subsequent visit to Wales, I came back with a crate full of plants from my mam - so I have three giant tree lilies that might look nice in there too, whilst we think about it a bit more.

I've enjoyed the maintenance stuff, like the weeding. It feels a LOT like a green outdoorsy version of looking after the site. Stuff creeps up through the cracks, bugs strangle features. Everything needs a good sweep now and then. I've found an understanding. And the best bit? The recurring theme of making something out of nothing; of collaborating with others for the greater good; of finding new uses, and new ideas. I've just taken the wheelbarrow back. Its owners have a skip at the moment. I bumped into the lady who recommended the soil company - and I helped her wrestle a big palm plant out of the skip, so she could take it home and plant it. Just to see what happens.
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Comments

  • You are welcome to cuttings etc from our garden.
    Silvershadow
    6:07pm, 25th Aug 2021
  • I love this blog. Gardening is a great activity for all sorts of reasons.
    LazyDaisy
    6:09pm, 25th Aug 2021
  • I've never enjoyed gardening but during lockdown #1 I dug a pond and started a wild area around it, it all seems to be doing well so far.
    Goofee
    6:34pm, 25th Aug 2021
  • That raised bed has next years Sunflower Grow off written all over it ;-)
    bigleggy
    6:52pm, 25th Aug 2021
  • If you plant potatoes you will have potatoes for years - even if you think you’ve lifted them all, there’s always one or two who hide and reappear at some unspecified date in the future
    minardi
    6:58pm, 25th Aug 2021
  • Well done. Wish I could get the green gene. My mother and sister have it. I don't have the patience
    LindsD
    7:10pm, 25th Aug 2021
  • Brilliant. I have just got reacquainted with my garden too. I am finding it most relaxing.
    Corrah
    7:39pm, 25th Aug 2021
  • Excellent. Our garden remains a partially painted canvas, with plenty of potential :-)
    Sigh
    8:20pm, 25th Aug 2021
  • Brilliant! Whatever you plant, I highly recommend planting some salad stuff in there too. Being able to harvest the leaves you need for salad each day is great. We've found that things like kale, swiss chard, pak choi and tat soi cope better than lettuce both when it is hot &dry and a bit cold.
    Jenelopy
    8:24pm, 25th Aug 2021
  • As part of this site I clearly need a good sweep? *sweeps off*
    Serendippily
    10:25pm, 25th Aug 2021
  • That’s great!
    JCB
    10:36pm, 25th Aug 2021
  • Looks good! Stephen is clearly wondering why you've installed a raised toilet for him.
    MarkyMarkMark (3M)
    10:41pm, 25th Aug 2021
  • Lovely! The writing, the photos, the sentiment ☺️
    Jen J
    10:56pm, 25th Aug 2021
  • Salad is very easy to grow. That soil looks decent stuff. You just need to plant seeds and water them
    Derby Tup
    7:15am, 26th Aug 2021
  • That raised bed is amazing! Well done and welcome to the surprising world of gardening 😁
    BarefootEm
    7:18am, 26th Aug 2021
  • I love allotment engineering. All the growing stuff is too much like hard work but I enjoy when MrsHL wants something built.
    RichHL
    10:06am, 26th Aug 2021


24 Aug 2021

New Member of the Month sponsor

After some not-very-tense negotiations (they really are lovely people), I'm pleased to say that Advance Performance are our new Member of the Month sponsor. They started out with running shops in Cambridge and Peterborough, but like so many people during the pandemic, they have adapted to do more business online. And now they have exciting plans to bring their grass roots experience to a wider audience.

The next winner will receive a £100 voucher to spend on whatever goodies they want from the Advance Performance online shop. There's a link to check them out on our Member of the Month page.

If you're not familiar with MOTM, the process is simple. Just nominate someone who you think is worthy before the end of the month; and then the whole community votes for their favourite.

You can find nomination links on each user profile, or you can just go to our MOTM page:

fetcheveryone.com/motm

NB If you've got someone you'd like to nominate this month, it'd be cool if you can submit that nomination soon. I've been trying to streamline the process a bit, so if there are any bugs, it'd be good to squish them :-)
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Comments

  • Pleased to see that. Good shops.
    Badger
    2:07pm, 24th Aug 2021
  • They are utterly fabulous, independent and not a chain. This is brilliant :-)
    HellsBells
    2:22pm, 24th Aug 2021
  • That’s great news.
    Ness
    3:23pm, 24th Aug 2021
  • Nice work, Fetch! (I’m sure none of this is as easy as you sometimes claim!)
    ♪♫ Synge ♪♫
    3:27pm, 24th Aug 2021
  • That's great news!
    Autumnleaves
    3:54pm, 24th Aug 2021
  • Brilliant, well done Fetch :)
    Rosehip
    4:07pm, 24th Aug 2021
  • Great news! Well done Fetch :-)
    phal
    4:14pm, 24th Aug 2021
  • Yay! I may have found a bug... I can't see the list of current nominees...
    BarefootEm
    4:25pm, 24th Aug 2021
  • Where are you looking Em?
    fetcheveryone
    4:35pm, 24th Aug 2021
  • Thank you
    LindsD
    4:50pm, 24th Aug 2021
  • Thanks to Advance Performance. That's a great prize :)
    Velociraptor
    5:03pm, 24th Aug 2021
  • I almost went to work for them a couple of years ago. They're really good people.
    RichHL
    6:21pm, 24th Aug 2021
  • I had a very enjoyable fourteen months working for Advance Performance, great team.
    FenlandRunner
    6:42pm, 24th Aug 2021
  • They sound a great sponsor - thank you
    BaronessBL
    10:19pm, 24th Aug 2021
  • This is a very good development.
    McGoohan
    10:47pm, 24th Aug 2021
  • Ahhh I see I was looking on the main page, but I don't think anyone had been nominated yet, so no pictures showed, I thought you had to click on the words to see who had been nominated. Well done on securing a new, and great sounding sponsor 😁
    BarefootEm
    11:10pm, 24th Aug 2021
  • Very good news! :)
    Garfield
    8:49am, 25th Aug 2021
  • I'm there most Sunday's in the Peterborough store, always happy to "squeeze toes", do come in and say hello
    Old Man
    9:07am, 25th Aug 2021
  • I first went to their Peterborough shop about 20 (?) years ago - great service and I've bought from them online in the last year too. Great company and lovely staff.
    Pegg
    9:16am, 25th Aug 2021
  • Brilliant
    DocM
    10:49am, 25th Aug 2021
  • Wow! Great news
    Totriornottotri
    1:05pm, 25th Aug 2021
  • This change looks to have generated lots of buzz around MOTM and there already 14 nominees for August. But I can't see any of the details about who nominated each of them or, more importanlty, whyt they have been nominated. Am I missing something or will that appear when voting opens?
    ♪♫ Synge ♪♫
    5:06pm, 31st Aug 2021
  • The latter :-)
    fetcheveryone
    5:13pm, 31st Aug 2021
  • :-)
    ♪♫ Synge ♪♫
    5:15pm, 31st Aug 2021


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The Festive Fetch Calendar
Don't get excited or anything...
Slightly Dismal Friday
Pre-order your Fetch Buff now :-)
A message from our sponsor
Dr Fetch will see you now
Only the grumbliest, achiest chocolate... :-)
The Stanford Experiment
Buff Design
Snugs - Review
Love, Commitment, Support
The pre-wedding blog!
Good morning Fetchers, good morning Everyone
October (9)
Monthly Totals
Did you write a blog yesterday?
The First Rule of Web Server Maintenance
The gain line
Fectch
The zipper challenge!
Sugar daddy
Now in colour!
Competition Time!!!
September (14)
Teach your kids (or yourself) to code
Sticky Training Choices
Goodies: GetMore water and the Alcatel OneTouch Watch
Shirt size guidelines
This nearly made it...
Subscriber Shirt Design
I've got wood!
Humbled
New Beginnings
Some more questions answered
Swimming
Some responses to your comments
Standing on the shoulders of Fetchies
Funtleks
August (8)
24 hours in the south
24 hours in the north
Fetchies Assemble!
Thank you
Better knowledge than riches
Fitbit Urge
The villainous Mr Fetch!
Uncomfortable rear
July (8)
Why don't you play Conquercise?
Another week of strange training
Book Giveaway - Winners
GPS Reviews
Criteria for reviewing a GPS
Auto-bike-detector :-)
Win some bookses :-)
Half Way!
June (13)
Time Lapse Clouds
TomTom Bandit - very QUICK first impressions
My wings are like a shield of steel!
Running plus Cycling update
Embarrassingly...
Stalkers Paradise!
Recommend me a bike :-)
Holy Steamrollers Batman!
Rest day (no such thing)
Sqveeeeze!
We will now imitate the flight of a goose :-)
You made me ink! Snorkel safari :-)
Good morning from CLS :-)
May (10)
Club La Santa :-)
The AWESOME Power of Fetchies!
Home Insurance Shaftage :-/
Editing Forum Posts
The Future!
Some London Marathon stats
Walking On The Moon
Hardest parkrun?
New found wisdom
Week 1
April (11)
Marathon vLog
I owe some hugs!
And that concludes the voting from the Danish judges
Adventures in geocaching
Your video clips wanted!
Jelly with no spoons
Random Ultra
Suncream in my eyes - a review of 'Running and Stuff'
Books what I've read this year
Measuring the effect of wind
Wind Roses
March (18)
Watching the tide roll away
A great week of running!
Happy Jigs Wisdom!
Mobile Fetch
I don't do this very often...
Breathless Optimism
20 miles yesterday
This Week's vLog
Decision Trees and the sub-4!
Democracy Street
Mayan Maths
Bath Half (at last)
Still a chicken
Costume Drama in Bath
TomTom importing
Updated 'Train' page
Zonked
Nearly
February (29)
Pheasant
An Unexpected Journey
Wind picking up...
An unplanned kit alarm
Race Pace Test
2nd place
Week ends
Bounceback
Barking carrots
Bedroom pizza
Top of the mountain
Blogs get the mobile treatment
Supersonic Katie, and a marathon pace question
Back home
Racing parkrun ;-)
Unblocking the sink
Start in Darkness
Some times I'd like
Mobile Site - Forum Section
All-Time Leaderboards
Batteries
Sword fighting
PB Attempts
Duct tape and WD40
Big Elephants Can Always Understand Small Elephants
Lessons
Shoe horning
Training vLog Week 13
Big February Project
January (35)
Cake, invalidated
Small sips
LiRF, award shortlist, beginners, books, boy.
Dog Available :-)
Cutback
New Recipe Section
Lazy
Another threshold run
New Beginnings
Blah
But far more importantly...
Fetch Beginners Programme
Give it a go :-)
Training vLog - Week 11
Threshold Run (a running blog)
Long day, short blog
(Lack of) Pump Action
A thread to follow
This Boy Can
Local Leaderboards for Checkpoints
Choking.
February 18th
Godzilla!
The Travelling Checkpoint Salesman
Acorn Antiques
Bearing Up
Deleted Bridges and Dodgy Lasers
I'm Batman!
Healthy and Appy
Punch O'Clock!
The plan, then.
Ten mile toes
On Parliament
[Untitled]
Bold Claims, and a Challenge for 2015
2014 (262)
December (9)
A trip to Wales (vLog)
Christmas Messages from Fetchies
Various
FERC London Marathon Places - Draw
It's gone in my sock...
Festive Fetch Five
This Week's Training
To the Post Office!
Training vLog - Week 4
November (12)
I Am Groot!
Slightly Dismal Friday
Week 3 - in which I nearly drown my wife!
I said yes :-)
Free Daps! aka Test GORE-TEX® footwear this winter!
Training vLog - Week 2
More chances for VMLM entries
Marathon Talk
My first training vLog :-)
Second place?
In :-)
Questionnaire about personality traits amongst runners
October (16)
Adidas API
Horseplay minimiser
Running with the big dog
Flat and Windy
Who'd like to test the Garmin API then?
Advantage Borg
Deal?
Jumble
Milk Tray Reps in the Rain
Geneva
Quote
Hatfield 5k, and some other running thoughts
Site layout changes
Vote for Training Plans
Maths help
3-2-1
September (8)
A quick device poll
Garmin Connect API
Cake at the lake :-)
Empowering Women
This Week's Training
Tick :-)
Article help
First outing with the Harriets
August (7)
Book club and Harriers
A treasure trove for bookish types
What I did on my Summer Holidays
Local decoration
The Fisher King
Mojitos and no mosquitos!
Cake-athlon
July (26)
James Mason
Missing Week
Camping View
Wild Camping
Quick
Transalpine Race
In brief
Urgent! Pair of runners wanted!
Fetch Kit Available to Pre-order :-)
Fetch Anniversary Kit - Preview
API and FAK!
That dog has a puffy tail
More books
Reverse Moses
Zombies vs Plants
Shovel required
Nightfever
Dayfever
Catcher in the Rye
My sister the psychologist
Drink your strong limey drink
Keep me in the loop
Bread knives, hedgehogs and the dog in the night time
Whoops
Pinteresting
Q&A?
June (34)
Checkpoints video
Walden
Happy boys and giggly imps
Spring loaded
Elbow grease
Fetch 10th Anniversary Kit
Fetch YouTube Tutorial - Race Guide
Finding the Library folder on a Mac
Stoat!
Sonic screwdriver
Live wires
Wiring help needed
Garmin Express Experiment
Scalded sloth
Garminge
Potching
New Forum Layout
Further updates to the blog layout
New blog layout
First woodpecker
Beastin' parkrun
Pantoball
All was well
USA! USA! USA!
Marking Territory
The People's Poet Is Dead :-(
Holy Water
Throwing shapes
Life moves pretty fast
Recursion is beautiful
Win an OS Explorer / Landranger map of your choice
Intervals with a Suunto Ambit 2S
Tick
Economy done two ways
May (31)
[Untitled]
Vorsprung Durch Lego Technic
How do I liberate my boy from his XBox?
Questions?
Life in the Woods
Lazy
MovesMissed
Intervals with a TomTom
Electioneering
[Untitled]
Tree fluff
More camping
Zen and Camping
Not eaten by bears
Bear food
Camping List
Camping Venn Diagrams
Floppy dog
Routes but not Rathbone
Illustrator wanted
Masking
Highlights
The Cosmic Ballet Goes On
Silverstone 10k :-)
Quick one
[Untitled]
Superhuman snooker
Dogturdflagman
Numbers!
Whittlin'
Chapter 1
April (29)
King Bin
Quiet day on Feedback Mountain
Listing
42
Go directly to parkrun. Do not pass Godzuki.
A day in Wales
[Untitled]
Spanner
The Lost Diadem of Fetchbook
Falling asleep in my dinner
Egg
Sofathon
God gave rock and roll to you.
Sugar Mule
Not bad, consid'rin.
Tinkering
Can U Dig It?
A weekend in Wales
Looking forward to Oliver!
Thank you, and more App talk
RIP Nan
Blah
Appy
Pyjamas at both ends.
Thump. Saturday has started.
Sore tum :-/
Zombies aside... first impressions of the new TomTom
TomTom Runner Cardio Press Event
Am I pregnant?
March (31)
Cornflakes Cornflakes Cornflakes Cornflakes Cornflakes Cornflakes Cornflakes
Sandy 10
#bedfordhappy
Me on YouTube
New graphs live
Follow the dot
Only the best for the Captain's table
Mrs Diahann Wagner is GOING HORNY
Sport Relief Win
Hot dogs, quick blogs
Toton Sidings
A sign!
Owen Farrell visualisation technique
Kebabs!
Booster fails to ignite
Myton Rugby Run (5 Miler)
Rugby before rugby
Sweetcorn antidote
Custard factory
Pooped
I did some intervals :-)
Speed work?
Many things
A bit cabbagey here.
Angry Wasp
Minty
Rainbow's End
Core Dump
Bath Half (in detail)
A quick overview
Down to business in Bath
February (28)
Made it to Bath
Unexpected hugs
Slider
I like to go a-wandering
Spring cleaning
Tongue-lolling
Because We're Worth It
I don't know what!
Thanks Jim
Enough now
Clearing the pipes
Crouch, Touch, Pause...
Medication, that's what you need.
Symptom Tour
Hello FBI
Dazed day
Why I'm an optimist
Mobius birds
Snotty knuckles
In this house...
Retch Everyone
Carrots
Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also
Ultrahalfmarathoner
Angry Birds
Belching
Clarkson averse
Good day :-)
January (31)
*bunting* *cake*
Bigger Boys
Zombies!
Pretending to be Saga Norén
Waiting for the AA
Ship shape
Readthrough
Technology takes you further
Love Garden
Cushions
High Heel Striker
Bit of a rubbish one
Ta
Hot Re-fills
Coding Grinch
An august prediction
Some Running Goals for Q1
Wipe-clean dog
Breaking it down
Snakes and Ladders
Bigger Ponds
Drink Your Weak Lemon Drink
All in All
Panning the pancake
Does JK Rowling own a dog?
Back to the kitchen table
Steve Davis shoes
Pigs on a water slide
Sloshing
Protocol
19 books :-)
2013 (29)
December (3)
Oh...
Engine Management Light
Hannibal Vector
November (3)
Speed skating
Stew-pendous
Cool Hand Grandpa
October (3)
Bookish
Minecraft Cake
Random dump
September (2)
Blog by Email!
Catchup blah
August (3)
Big Green Caterpillar
Questions answered - final CLS blog
Last Days at Club La Santa
July (10)
A nice morning of swimming and tennis
Please Read: Questions for a sports coach
Snorkeltastic
Hitting the straps
First Impressions at Club La Santa
Mile High Blog
Clocking off
For the second week running...
Another Club La Santa catchup
The Floor In The Plan
June (3)
Club La Santa
Bulk Uploading, and win a book
FERC Charities 2011-2012
March (1)
Bath Weekend
January (1)
Meet Steve
2012 (39)
December (2)
Tired Now Boss
Bath - Week 14 + Foodbank
November (3)
White Level Reading
Bath - Week 15
Bath - Week 16
October (2)
Onwards!
C'mon Dave
July (1)
RIP Arnie
June (2)
Rub some bacon on it
18 weeks
May (9)
Techy not tetchy
Time for a techy blog
Time to walk the dog
Stevington 12k
Properly coldy
Still a bit coldy
New blog design live
A bit coldy
Blogs Redesign
April (2)
Easter
SERIOUSLY LORD FETCH, SORT IT OUT
March (8)
A long run up
Running Tick
Weekend
Sport Relief Mile
Back once again
Swimming sweetcorn and other vegetables
Joy Rides, Sticks and Medals
Training Tip
February (9)
And...
Katie, ICT, and some more MySQL
May The Ground Force Be With You
Functions
Well done Batman.
Optimisation Crossword
Snow Days
Gallery, and parkrun
Pleased
January (1)
There Are Some Really Sexy Girls On Fetch


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