30 Mar 2020

New Fetch Game: Hide and Seek

4:49pm | 2087 views | 26 Comments
I'm hoping to release a new game within the next couple of days. Here's how it works:

You set your home point, and the game generates a big grid that's about five miles by five miles, with you at the centre. The grid will have approximately 10,000 squares in it, so each square will be about 80 metres in size.

During any given month, unlock as many of the squares from your grid as possible* by visiting them during your training. These are the places where you can 'hide'. Before the month is up, you must choose one of these squares as your hiding place.

When the new month begins, a lone seeker must start finding people, by visiting the squares. When someone is found, they become a seeker too. The seekers can then collaborate to flush out the hiders, and a growing army of seekers hunt down the final hiders.

The last person to be found will become the seeker for the following month.

The size of the grid, the number of squares therein, and the initial number of seekers may be subject to change, depending on how feasible this all is when I put the code together, and depending on how many of you like the idea - but I think the principle is good.

If you'd like to play, feel free to leave a comment on this blog, and PLEASE click the Watch link to follow this thread: fetcheveryone.com/viewtopic.php?id=61321

*All CV19 permitting. Do the right thing, etc etc.
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  • Oooh! That sounds sneaky and fun :)
    4:50pm, 30th Mar 2020
  • sneaky indeed
    4:51pm, 30th Mar 2020
  • Sounds fun - I'm in!
    ♪♫ Synge ♪♫
    4:51pm, 30th Mar 2020
  • Ace! New Game...a change that we don't fear :)
    Angus Clydesdale
    4:55pm, 30th Mar 2020
  • sound great, I'm in!
    5:15pm, 30th Mar 2020
  • I'm in with obvious restriction of not going very far ATM
    Elsie Too
    5:21pm, 30th Mar 2020
  • Nobody is visiting my square for at least twelve weeks 😉
    Eynsham Red
    5:29pm, 30th Mar 2020
  • A new game.... I'm in
    5:32pm, 30th Mar 2020
  • If I followed correctly, it doesn't seem to have any element of skill, or hard work, being rewarded? Isn't it just chance?
    paul the builder
    5:40pm, 30th Mar 2020
  • Sounds interesting - I'm probably in if I can make a grid doesn't have too many of the inaccessible places in it :-)
    5:40pm, 30th Mar 2020
  • Sounds fun...I'm in!
    5:42pm, 30th Mar 2020
  • I’ll be running on the spot under our stairs ;-)
    Derby Tup
    5:46pm, 30th Mar 2020
  • Sounds interesting. I assume it’s like WSW in that the game can be played between people who live nowhere near each other.
    Fragile Do Not Bend
    5:50pm, 30th Mar 2020
  • Interesting !
    6:05pm, 30th Mar 2020
  • Interesting!
    6:23pm, 30th Mar 2020
  • I do like a good fetch game
    6:30pm, 30th Mar 2020
  • sounds fun
    6:42pm, 30th Mar 2020
  • Ooohhh yes pls
    6:49pm, 30th Mar 2020
  • I'll have a go :-)
    6:52pm, 30th Mar 2020
  • Yes please!!
    7:59pm, 30th Mar 2020
  • I'm in!
    9:10pm, 30th Mar 2020
  • I'm in too please
    11:47pm, 30th Mar 2020
  • Will there also be bludgers that you can use to beat people out of hiding?
    1:12am, 31st Mar 2020
  • Having just heard the description on the podcast, and not wanting to put a dampener on this, isn't this 'avoid the plague'?
    Instead of the 'seeker', that person is 'patient zero', slowly (or quickly) 'infecting' everyone they find so they spread & find others. Need to test whether the spread is fibonacci or exponential? 3 day doubling?

    Or maybe 'hide & seek' is a better name !
    9:26am, 31st Mar 2020
  • :-) Well, just maybe :-)
    9:27am, 31st Mar 2020
  • Yes please 👍
    7:32pm, 31st Mar 2020

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30 Mar 2020

Free trial of Audible

12:36pm | 151 views | 3 Comments
As per my blog from a few days ago, there's also a link to a free trial of Audible in the footer of every page. Only the well-organised should proceed :-)

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  • *is not organised*
    12:47pm, 30th Mar 2020
  • *nor me*
    12:49pm, 30th Mar 2020
  • I've just got 6 months free Spotify Premium as a reward for purchasing a new laptop. I have put a note in my calendar in Sept to cancel it but whether I am disciplined enough to follow through remains to be seen :-)
    4:47pm, 30th Mar 2020

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27 Mar 2020

Do you have a good memory?

8:16am | 682 views | 20 Comments
If so, the Amazon Music link in the footer is a free 30 day trial :-) And for every eligible person that signs up, 37.5 shillings end up in the Fetch coffers. Obviously, you then need to remember to squish it before the free trial is up (unless you decide you want to keep it), so please set yourself a reminder if you proceed. Please please don't feel you have to, but it's a free way for the well-organised to help Fetch :-)

On a completely unrelated note, but hey I've just done it... if you go to the Conquercise map and put your mouse over the zones, the zone name will appear in the bit just above the map. Feature 408 :-)
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  • just tried the link and it didn't take me to a page to get a free trial. Not sure if it's because I've already had a free trial in the last X weeks but I just thought I would let you know in case there is an issue with the link.
    8:23am, 27th Mar 2020
  • The link worked OK for me. But have resisted from going further, so far.
    8:25am, 27th Mar 2020
  • I’ve just done it. It made me laugh because the first suggestion it came up with was Classical Music for a Relaxing Bath. Maybe when I’ve actually managed to get of bed and do something which will then require relaxation :-)
    8:31am, 27th Mar 2020
  • Oh dear... I appear to have called one of my zones ... ahem... 'Titty Bum Corner' and now someone else owns it. Oops. Well, they can change the name if they like.
    8:46am, 27th Mar 2020
  • It's offering me 90 days for free! This might be because I already have Prime. I shall do it, and put a reminder in my calendar to cancel.
    Wine Legs
    8:58am, 27th Mar 2020
  • If you click through the 90 days for free it drops back to 30 days. I've signed up, do you know how long i have to keep the sub active for before cancelling to trigger payment to fetch-towers?
    9:15am, 27th Mar 2020
  • flanker
    9:17am, 27th Mar 2020
  • I’ve no idea when it’s suitable to cancel, but do it whenever feels comfortable to you. If that means today, that’s fair enough :-)
    9:17am, 27th Mar 2020
  • I'll leave it for a couple of days at least, with the number of freebie Prime memberships I've had over the years I'm happy that they cancel without issue.
    9:35am, 27th Mar 2020
  • I've signed up. Do you get more if we don't cancel?
    2:16pm, 27th Mar 2020
  • No, I don't think so HF? :-)
    2:17pm, 27th Mar 2020
  • Done 😀
    K5 Gus
    9:37pm, 27th Mar 2020
  • 6 signups = £27 for the Fetch Coffers (not Coughers, thankfully). Cheers folks :-)
    8:57am, 28th Mar 2020
  • Done ✅
    1:32pm, 28th Mar 2020
  • You can cancel immediately and still use the 30 day trial.
    StuH 🇪🇺
    4:00pm, 28th Mar 2020
  • Done ✅
    5:42pm, 28th Mar 2020
  • Another five signups yesterday, thanks everyone:-)
    9:40am, 29th Mar 2020
  • 6*37.5*5p=£11.25. Or are your shillings 12.5p?
    10:23pm, 29th Mar 2020
  • 12p
    8:00am, 30th Mar 2020
  • I'm too young for this old money nonsense! Enjoy your dubloons!
    8:48am, 30th Mar 2020

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25 Mar 2020

New Opt-In for Fetch Miles

1:43pm | 394 views | 11 Comments
To get more visible opponents on our Fetch Mile leaderboards, I've changed the way it works.

If you want to be part of it, you just need to go visit, and click the opt-in:


Once you've done that, you'll appear on the leaderboard for every Fetch Mile that you've visited.

Also, to allow you to compete with yourselves, I've also added an extra table to each Fetch Mile page, which shows your ten fastest attempts at that mile. So for example, today I can see that I was seven seconds away from a new best time at one of my miles.

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  • heart
    1:44pm, 25th Mar 2020
  • The table seems to be a mixture of biking and running times, with no indicator to say which is which - would it make sense to maybe add an indicator, or have a run/bike filter at the top of the table ?
    K5 Gus
    1:52pm, 25th Mar 2020
  • I've amended the link colours (green for biking). It's all a bit cobbled-together at the moment.
    2:01pm, 25th Mar 2020
  • star
    2:52pm, 25th Mar 2020
  • Thanks fetch, but all links still showing as red for me, see image

    I'm using Chrome on Windows 10 in case it's software dependant. Also checked on Chrome on an Android phone and the same there.
    K5 Gus
    3:57pm, 25th Mar 2020
  • How 'bout now Gus?
    3:59pm, 25th Mar 2020
  • Yaaay, perfecto ! :-)
    Loving all the new tables by the way, meant to say that earlier but forgot
    K5 Gus
    4:19pm, 25th Mar 2020
  • Hi Fetch. Not sure the ten fastest attempts is working as it should. Just created this one, which I'd done definitely more than once (by bike): fetcheveryone.com/mile-view.php?id=1038
    6:31pm, 28th Mar 2020
  • The attempts are not historic, they are ones you’ve done since creating the mile.
    9:42am, 29th Mar 2020
  • Ahh okay, thanks.
    9:57am, 29th Mar 2020
  • Doh! Forgot about the "click here to check against Fetch Miles" muppet
    9:58am, 29th Mar 2020

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24 Mar 2020

New Badges for Fetch Miles

4:45pm | 350 views | 5 Comments
To help us build a network of Fetch Miles, I've added some more badges to encourage you all to add more Fetch Miles to the map. There are badges for creating 1, 10, 25, 50 and 100 miles.

What is a Fetch Mile?
Thanks for asking. It's a mile-long chunk (I won't use the word s*gment) of any of your routes, that you define. Every time you run the mile, your time gets recorded - so you can try to beat your times (you get a notification if you have done so). It's an ideal way to have a bit of competition with yourself whilst there aren't any events to go to. You can see the map of all the available miles here: fetcheveryone.com/mile.php

How do I make one?
It's as if you're reading my mind! If you're a GPS user, just go to any of the training entries in your log, and look for the 'Build A Mile' link, which appears just above the map. Click that, then on the next screen, drag the slider to position the wiggly worm where you want your mile to be. Then just click the big green button, give it a name, and you're done.

Can I challenge others?
This is getting spooky now. Yes, you can. When someone else runs your mile, they get a notification too. IThey currently show up as anonymous, unless they've (a) allowed everyone to see their maps; or 9b) they've signed your guestbook. I will try to do more to encourage the anonymous folks to get more involved.

Got any leaderboards planned?
Yeah, I reckon we could have stuff like "most miles created", "most miles visited", "fastest mile today" - that sort of thing.

Got any other stuff planned?
I've been asked if I can show *all* your performances on the miles you've visited, so you can see your progress. Hopefully yes, but probably not today :-)

And what was that about badges? I like badges.
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  • 👍
    4:46pm, 24th Mar 2020
  • Erm...I've just created another one, and it gave four badges. When I hand them back will I get another honesty badge? Plus, I have no idea how many I've actually created but I'd guess 5?
    5:17pm, 24th Mar 2020
  • Doh! Bug fixed :-)
    5:22pm, 24th Mar 2020
  • Yup, I've been given all the badges too star
    5:22pm, 24th Mar 2020
  • Good blog and very rapid sorting of the over generous badging. 👍
    Don't worry about leaderboards and other fripperies just yet. What is an absolute essential to maintain the mile building momentum is to see your own list of miles. Sometimes I forget. 🤔
    Cog Noscensme AHA
    9:28pm, 24th Mar 2020

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23 Mar 2020

The Fetch Five: Don't Let CV19 Win!

4:59pm | 706 views | 22 Comments
Right then.

Fetch Fives are a bit of a forgotten tradition - but let's have one now. In difficult circumstances, they emerge from the darkness to kick f***ing ass.

You've got 'til the end of the month to complete your entry (subject to any forthcoming government advice on lockdowns etc).

1) Add this race to your portfolio: fetcheveryone.com/viewracedetails.php?id=4189557 - if you're wondering what to put for a prediction, I'm aiming to get a 12 month PB. But you do what suits you :-)

2) Log a 5 mile run/walk/ride any time before end of March.

3) Write a blog with FETCHFAM in subject line, describing your adventure, but crucially, also explaining why CV19 won't beat you.

The blog must:

a) be at least 100 words (this blog is 200+ words, so it won't wear your fingers out);

b) ideally (but exceptions can be granted) it should contain a picture showing you being all defiant, or indicating how you'll tackle the future, or something like that. Surprise us.

It doesn't matter how quick or slow you are, this is all about how determined you are. There's no willy waving here, unless you count waving a great big massive one in the face of viruses (virii?).

If you have to accumulate those five miles in several trips, that's ok. And if you're stuck indoors, then please remember that you are the Emperor of Coronaland, where you get to choose how many Coronamiles there are to an imperial mile.

The blog that gets the most comments and upvotes will be the winner, and that person will receive a very snazzy Fetch Mug, just as soon as I'm allowed to go the post office. I will check with the Emperor.

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  • Lovely idea :)
    - especially "And if you're stuck indoors, then please remember that you are the Emperor of Coronaland, where you get to choose how many Coronamiles there are to an imperial mile."
    stay well x
    5:08pm, 23rd Mar 2020
  • Love it
    Dr PhFleecyD
    5:11pm, 23rd Mar 2020
  • Love this!
    5:12pm, 23rd Mar 2020
  • aww Fetch, you are *fab* :-) xxx
    5:13pm, 23rd Mar 2020
  • Don't forget to add the race to your portfolios :-)
    5:17pm, 23rd Mar 2020
  • Gutted, have been advised to stay indoors as far as possible for next couple of weeks so no running 😭
    5:31pm, 23rd Mar 2020
  • Oh I’m so doing this.
    5:53pm, 23rd Mar 2020
  • Just what I need to replace the 5 mile race I was supposed to be doing this weekend - and I broke my Fetch mug ages ago (sob) so I definitely need a replacement 😃
    6:00pm, 23rd Mar 2020
  • great idea
    6:25pm, 23rd Mar 2020
  • *applauds*
    6:36pm, 23rd Mar 2020
  • Awesome!
    6:48pm, 23rd Mar 2020
  • *love*
    7:24pm, 23rd Mar 2020
  • Lovely! 😊
    7:34pm, 23rd Mar 2020
  • Coronamiles definitely needs to become a standard unit of measure :)
    7:42pm, 23rd Mar 2020
  • heart
    10:36pm, 23rd Mar 2020
  • Proper job!
    12:39am, 24th Mar 2020
  • I think I'll try to do 5 miles on my elliptical trainer (it won't be all in one hit) and keep my outside exercise to something I do with my son.
    Elsie Too
    8:04am, 24th Mar 2020
  • What a brilliant thing - thank you
    8:34am, 24th Mar 2020
  • When you say "a picture showing you being all defiant", do you mean something like this?
    10:46am, 24th Mar 2020
  • Great idea to keep up morale of fetchfam.
    12:12pm, 25th Mar 2020
  • Interesting!! I'm in
    2:44pm, 31st Mar 2020
  • Aw I forgot to take a proper selfie - I only have this one as I was treasure hunting too

    Lip Gloss
    5:43pm, 1st Apr 2020

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23 Mar 2020

Amending event dates and notifying of cancellations

2:32pm | 127 views | 6 Comments
Hello all :-)

In case you haven't seen it in action, there are two useful features for our event listings, particularly in relation to the b*st*rd virus.

1) if you add a note to the 'Race Noticeboard', everyone who has added it to their portfolio will get a notification to point them at it. So if you know that an event has been postponed, but not what the new date is, you can let others know without needing to amend the race title.

2) I've just added this one. If you amend the date of an event, all the other people who have it listed in their portfolio will get a notification. So as all your usual events reschedule, you can just amend the event date, and everyone who's interested will get to hear about it.

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  • :) top work star
    2:47pm, 23rd Mar 2020
  • Good skills! Hoping that Beachy won’t be my first race of the year but suspecting it will be...
    Dr PhFleecyD
    3:04pm, 23rd Mar 2020
  • @Fetch
    Am trying to move the date of Bromley 10k from 19/04/2020 to 28/03/2021.
    It won't let me change the year.
    4:25pm, 23rd Mar 2020
  • Brill. I'm hoping the events I haven't entered yet are still on in August .... fingers crossed!
    4:27pm, 23rd Mar 2020
  • @Bob! that's sorted now. That restriction is in there to stop noobs repurposing last years' events.
    4:30pm, 23rd Mar 2020
  • Thank you sir!
    4:33pm, 23rd Mar 2020

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19 Mar 2020

A green light comes on over your head, and you can get on with life

11:51am | 431 views | 22 Comments
When Johnson said that yesterday, I wondered whether the mathematical modelling he's using is just playing The Sims on the Downing Street Xbox. I bet they've got a good one though.

Last night I dreamed that it was ok to feed tin cans to ducks. I was dubious, but then surprised as the nearest duck crunched one up on queue. Cromch, cromch... I gib dis an 8.

Katie made me laugh today. She said "I see the Eurovision Song Contest has hit the fan". Just one of the many reasons why I love her.

My boy is on the 14 Day Discover The Depths Of Boredom plan, as his mum has had flu symptoms. It sucks that I won't get to see him during that time, but we've set up a Minecraft world called Coronaland - and agreed to meet up every day there, to build a better future. So far, it's mostly been him getting frustrated at my ineptitude - but it's nice to chat to him as I blunder about. They have a weird coordinates system, so initially we struggled to find each other. It's three numbers, for X, Y and Z - but the middle number is the height. Fingers crossed we will improve. In my own time, I've been playing Doom (the 2016 edition) - you know, just good practice in case I need to defend the house against aliens. It comes with a very cathartic chainsaw.

It'll be an interesting time for us generally. Katie will undoubtedly see fewer clients, and based on some of the blogs I've already seen, some folks are worried about their income - so it'd be no surprise (and totally understandable) if some of you who make voluntary donations might want to hold those back. We, you, everyone, is resilient, and we'll always find some way to manage as best we can with whatever the situation produces.

Whilst all mass gatherings have been postponed, there's currently no restriction on solo exercise - so if you're looking for some ways to stay competitive, how about you use this time to make some Fetch Miles; to explore some Conquercise zones; to play some Fetchpoint; and to get acquainted with Who Squares Wins. Click the 'Games' tab, and have a nosey.

Right... time for me to get back to that lovely Android App. If you're an Android user, and want to stay abreast of what's happening with that, follow this thread: fetcheveryone.com/forum__61287__1__android_app

If you want something to laugh at, try @RealBobMortimer and his "Train Guy" on Twitter. I am indebted to Diogenes for mentioning that. The early ones are a bit hit and miss, but the recent ones are fabulous.

Namaste :-)
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  • take care fetch
    I've just moved my WSW home point as I'm WFH and hope to do a daily walk in break/lunch so should get a few squares!
    11:54am, 19th Mar 2020
  • Just heart
    11:54am, 19th Mar 2020
  • Fetch, have a cappuchoochoo on me, and you are, as always, a male herring. Ciao
    ishep 🇪🇺
    11:57am, 19th Mar 2020
  • WFH would be much worse without fetcheveryone x
    12:00pm, 19th Mar 2020
  • Looking forward to a basic android app and if you need a guinea pig let me know.
    Fenland Flier
    12:05pm, 19th Mar 2020
  • "Phil Collins, the little cockney bongo miracle!" :-)
    12:13pm, 19th Mar 2020
  • of course Y is height. agreed about train guy, Cappachoochoo.
    Wriggling Snake
    12:14pm, 19th Mar 2020
  • @WS - when runners can fly, I'll agree.
    12:18pm, 19th Mar 2020
  • Get yourself a pig to ride and meet him in The Nether!
    12:18pm, 19th Mar 2020
  • Actually I just checked, and it should be Z for height! Runners can go up hills though.
    Wriggling Snake
    12:28pm, 19th Mar 2020
  • Good to be planning more virtual fun. :)
    1:44pm, 19th Mar 2020
  • My kids got me into Minecraft. It’s more fun than it sounds :-)
    1:48pm, 19th Mar 2020
  • I enjoy it PH :-)
    1:58pm, 19th Mar 2020
  • And of course the Fetch Treasure Hunt - I know it's not an official game and non competitive (in the same way that parkrun isn't a race) but it's a jolly good excuse to get out for a run or a bike ride.
    2:04pm, 19th Mar 2020
  • Pikelet - this whole *Thing* would be worse without fetch and everyone who sails on it :-)
    2:12pm, 19th Mar 2020
  • All i know about Minecraft is that it isn't a u-boat.
    2:32pm, 19th Mar 2020
  • Fetcheveryone has always been the place where my virtual coworkers hang out, and the place I get sensible discussions, so this will be needed more than ever as everything gets shut down. Thank you x
    Dr PhFleecyD
    4:00pm, 19th Mar 2020
  • For now. Ask Trin and other overseas Fetchies who can't run as in total lock down. I've found Free Doom withnits own levels. I'm such a cheap skate! Look after you and yours. :-) G
    4:36pm, 19th Mar 2020
  • None of this X, Y, Z nonsense. It should be x1, x2, x3. That way you can easily generalise to n dimensions.
    Silent Runner
    6:22pm, 19th Mar 2020
  • Hey fetch... I'll up my subscription. I'm not going out as much and Fetch will be my saviour as I'm not expecting to see anyone other than the cat very soon.
    7:09pm, 19th Mar 2020
  • I’ll up mine as well. We still have an income and places of sanity like Fetch are in short supply.
    8:39am, 20th Mar 2020
  • Namaste, Fetch :-)
    9:02am, 20th Mar 2020

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16 Mar 2020

Most Popular Shoe Brands 2019

5:08pm | 291 views | 9 Comments
The numbers have been crunched :-)


ASICS still holding on to top spot (since forever), but Brooks are continuing to catch them up. Nike do well too (off the back of all that sub-2 malarkey?), and Hoka One One just keep on climbing. The newest member of the top ten club, they pick another competitor off every year.

If you feel like it, give the list a share on your social whatsits. Of course, you don't have to. You will not break the chain. You will not bring bad luck. No salesman will call. But it's nice to get some fresh eyeballs on the site.

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  • *elbow bump * back ... shared
    5:27pm, 16th Mar 2020
  • Does that account for Vaporflys etc. needing to be replaced more frequently?

    Am I being but it the 2019 column 2018? Probably me being dim.
    mr d
    5:47pm, 16th Mar 2020
  • I'm assuming that too, Mr d.
    6:43pm, 16th Mar 2020
  • Doh! Yes, that column should be 2018, sorry.
    7:04pm, 16th Mar 2020
  • I'm amazed that people still go for Asics. When I worked in the industry, out of the top ten, they easily had the weakest and most over priced shoe. Just my opinion. Can really see why Brooks are towards the top. They have an excellent line-up.
    8:06pm, 16th Mar 2020
  • FR, interesting observation and I went off Asics a while ago, both for price and their less cushioned shoes were becoming much more bulky for my liking.
    10:52am, 17th Mar 2020
  • Garfield, I think back in the day of the GT-2000 v4 they were probably a decent running shoe for people that moderately pronated. But shoes like the Kayano and new GT-2000s are utter garbage. If you want to splash the cash you'd be better of with the Brooks Glycerin. However the Brooks Ghost is probably one of the best shoes.
    9:04pm, 17th Mar 2020
  • Even though I was right my post is missing lots of words that would allow it to make sense. 🙄
    mr d
    9:18pm, 17th Mar 2020
  • Is this based on number of users or distance run? I'm guessing the former, although if it was the latter Hoka will be doing well because ultra runners love them.
    9:34am, 18th Mar 2020

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13 Mar 2020

A review

9:32am | 563 views | 37 Comments
My son spotted this review of the Fetch iPhone app. I agree that the app is extremely basic, pretty limited in its capabilities, and has some issues. But I was disappointed that the person who wrote it didn't raise their concerns with me directly. I've always been clear that I welcome direct feedback. I suppose this is about as direct as it gets. Hey ho.

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  • :(
    9:34am, 13th Mar 2020
  • Ouch
    9:34am, 13th Mar 2020
  • How can this person claim to love fetcheveryone and then do that without talking to you first?
    9:36am, 13th Mar 2020
  • ^^ what Miniardie said :(
    9:39am, 13th Mar 2020
  • People are weird. If it's someone who was a fetch website user you'd think they know the first thing to do is contact you before writing a public criticism. I think there's something about the anonymous internet that people are happy to say things publicly, but anonymously, that they would never say to your face. The test I do, is would I be prepared to say this to someone face to face? If not, then time to shut the moo! Anyway, there will always be one dodgy review. Can you comment on their comment, by the way, like some other websites/services? If so, a very polite "I know it's basic, that's the intention" type simple comment might neutralise the effect a bit. Don't let the b*ggars get you down! Happy Friday. :-) G
    9:41am, 13th Mar 2020
  • I have a few friends who throw their training to Fetch for the overall yearly numbers (better that they who won't be named), but they don't appreciate or see the personal and interpersonal aspects of Fetch, and that you are in fact a person, not a team of developers etc.

    no need for the sarcasm and passive aggressive attitude tho!
    9:50am, 13th Mar 2020
  • Perhaps they are confusing the App with the mobile version of the website? The App is deliberately basic, I know, but I wonder if it is worth having if it's not a good advert/reflection of the site?
    9:54am, 13th Mar 2020
  • Fetch - you've arrived :-) You have your first hater :-) Crack on fella !
    10:10am, 13th Mar 2020
  • :-o
    Fenland Flier
    10:18am, 13th Mar 2020
  • Oh dear.

    The post code suggests that they live in my area. I hope it is not someone I know!
    10:22am, 13th Mar 2020
  • It does raise the question though of if it is so basic, and you are spread so thin, why have the app? Take it down, and enjoy working on the features and stability that we appreciate :-)
    10:43am, 13th Mar 2020
  • This is sad because Fetcheveryone is perhaps unique in being a website where you know that your feedback, critical or otherwise, will be read by Fetch, and at least responded to if not fixed.
    Eynsham Red
    10:47am, 13th Mar 2020
  • I like the fact that the app is so simple to use. Press the button and go. Admittedly it sometimes crashes and I don’t really trust the pause button but then I just leave it running. It auto sucks everything to the site and you can do all the post run analysis you want from there. If you really want stats on the run that’s what Garmins are for!
    Dr PhFleecyD
    11:08am, 13th Mar 2020
  • Jeez, that is brutal!
    11:08am, 13th Mar 2020
  • the app works great as long as you don't hit the pause button. It has the added advantage, for me, of not sending the data anywhere other than Fetch. Please don't take it down.
    11:10am, 13th Mar 2020
  • Android users wouldn't be quite so rude ;-)
    11:14am, 13th Mar 2020
  • you gotta wonder whether this is just someone trolling...
    11:24am, 13th Mar 2020
  • This doesn't read like trolling to me. It reads like someone who does care (even weirdly).

    And it is true that while its feature set is limited to start, pause, resume, stop, the middle two don't actually work :-(
    11:40am, 13th Mar 2020
  • Absolutely no need for a review like that. #bekind
    11:56am, 13th Mar 2020
  • That's a pointless, shallow, shameful "review".
    12:07pm, 13th Mar 2020
  • Give them their money back ...

    Is there the facility to respond ? And ask for constructive feedback?
    Or just develop a one or two finger icon ;-)
    12:18pm, 13th Mar 2020
  • That's a shame
    Vancouver Jogger
    1:20pm, 13th Mar 2020
  • A bit harsh to say the least.
    1:30pm, 13th Mar 2020
  • I love the app but have no idea how to leave a review for it - I'd happily leave a review if I knew how - I will look into that later and do it if I can figure it out. Everything in the world has a bad review but usually can be ignored if there are a lot of good reviews.
    Elsie Too
    1:31pm, 13th Mar 2020
  • I don't have an iphone now so I can't add a review. But the app did the job, it wasn't fancy, but it tracked the activity and saved it directly to the site.

    The only issue I ever had was on a tiny number of occasions not being able to access the site at the end of the activity and losing the training.
    mr d
    1:39pm, 13th Mar 2020
  • Acidic to say the least. I did try it out but found that even though I had started run it would load as cycle. Or the other way round though. It’s been over a year probably. I use Runkeeper on my phone. Can even have detailed interval sessions. 🙂
    1:39pm, 13th Mar 2020
  • Oh Fetch! That must have felt like a kick! I don't have the app and have never even seen it let alone used it. I love bigleggy's comment ^^^ though
    1:45pm, 13th Mar 2020
  • Keep up the good work
    Derby Tup
    4:19pm, 13th Mar 2020
  • I do wonder what else must be going on in this person's life for them to feel so unhappy / frustrated. I can't believe that it was merely the app that made them feel like that. Hopefully, they managed to make themselves feel a little bit better with that piece of over the top venting.
    5:08pm, 13th Mar 2020
  • That's nasty. :(
    6:10pm, 13th Mar 2020
  • There is sadly always one moaning Minnie who will know they can speak to you but prefers to be a d!ck.

    I rarely use the app but appreciate it being there for when I do need it. Ideal if you are able to respond otherwise I’d presume someone has a hump and they’ll get over it or try to find something better than Fetch and for that I wish them luck!
    11:18pm, 13th Mar 2020
  • Haters gotta hate. If I knew who it was, I'd give them an evil look.
    12:47am, 14th Mar 2020
  • Really disappointing and whoever it is has obviously never dealt with the wonderful Mr fetch. I know I've been critical of a few things in feedback to fetch and he is always rather lovely about it and tries to do something about it
    3:23am, 14th Mar 2020
  • Hi Fetch I didn’t write this review and it must’ve stung but i do think the app is really basic and not representative of the site. This isn’t a bad thing - apps will get replaced by more integrated web content and blending and feeding off strava and the big boys will always be more successful than competing with them, as long as you’re clear on the blurb that goes with it that it’s a friendly add on for when other sites aren’t available or ... or when you don’t want to be subject to the ruthless swaggering of the smart set ... or whichever else niche you can find and promote. But try not to think too harshly of the person wanting to make it clear that the site is superior to the app because it is. It’s absolutely super. And have a hug ()
    7:59am, 14th Mar 2020
  • What they all said with an extra hug from me and him
    1:10pm, 14th Mar 2020
  • :-( I don’t understand why the writer couldn’t raise it with you directly
    Wombling Plodder (Welsh Womble)
    9:17pm, 14th Mar 2020
  • Wow what a winger (the reviewer, not Fetch) 'joy sucked out of training' jeez, not like you're going to the olympics is it?
    4:45pm, 15th Mar 2020

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12 Mar 2020

Android: Session I

12:46pm | 209 views | 12 Comments
I've just spent from 9am til noon working on developing a (hopefully simple) Android app that will allow you to create a GPS trace - for those of you that don't have a watch.

So far, I've:

1) Got Android Studio installed (they'd released a new version since I last opened it). This is the development environment for creating apps.

2) Worked out how backwards compatible it needs to be. This involved a quick look at the site stats, which tell me that about 98% of Android Fetchies use at least version 5 and above (75% are version 8 and above).

3) Built a little page flow diagram on paper. I used the same layout as the iPhone app, so it's pretty simple - but even so, there are still six different pages to construct.

4) Spent some time getting my computer to talk to the Android phone, so I could get the default 'Hello World' app running on it.

5) Created three of the simpler pages from the app, and in doing so, learned a bit about how to use Android Studio. There are lots of keyboard shortcuts to learn, and lots of mysterious tiny icons around the edges of the code window. If you've done something wrong, they flash angrily at you.

I'm at the point now where I can navigate from one page to the next, but there's no code behind that navigation. By that I mean, when you arrive at the login screen, you can just click "Sign In" and it takes you to the next page without checking what you've put in the username and password fields.

The biggest effort with building apps is getting up to speed in an environment I'm not used to. So perhaps I need to stick with it beyond the initial creation of a basic app, and try to make some more useful features, to avoid having to retrace that learning curve every time I come back to it.

Fifteen more minutes of my porridge and tea break left, and then we go again.
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  • looking forward to your progress reports
    1:06pm, 12th Mar 2020
  • That's a huge amount of effort, thanks for all the fantastic development you do of this site. A real labour of love, and by far the nicest corner of the internet.
    1:08pm, 12th Mar 2020
  • Go for it! It'll be so much more useful than that Apple iOS rubbish.... ;-)
    1:09pm, 12th Mar 2020
  • Sounds like good progress so far. We try if we can to concentrate on one thing at a time in our scrum team - it doesn't often work like that but is much more efficient if we can - we have 4 developers and one tester. If they can all develop part of the same feature then the testing time is shorter as multiple changes can be tested by one test journey, and the development is more efficient because they are all concentrating on one part of the code and not swapping between different things. Stick with it :-)
    Elsie Too
    1:11pm, 12th Mar 2020
  • Sorry if I put the pressure on but it would be great for all android users to be able to use an app that's available on iPhone for a terrific website. (Am I sucking up now?)
    Thanks though :-)
    Fenland Flier
    1:25pm, 12th Mar 2020
  • The iPhone app is fine and I like its simplicity, hopefully you can make the Android one work without too much pain!
    Dr PhFleecyD
    1:28pm, 12th Mar 2020
  • Awesome job. Porridge at lunch time?! Didnt you do web page for mobile that did start stop reset function once? I feel like I tried it and I have never had an Apple device in my life? I get that building apps may have some other presence benefit but the overhead as you say is high. Just do a web version? :-) G
    2:02pm, 12th Mar 2020
  • Thank you heart
    2:14pm, 12th Mar 2020
  • Every time I get my Raspberry Pi out I spend most of the time updating the software :-)
    2:17pm, 12th Mar 2020
  • heart
    Lizzie W
    3:56pm, 12th Mar 2020
  • thank you for all your time & effort x
    4:53pm, 12th Mar 2020
  • Cool! :)
    5:00pm, 12th Mar 2020

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09 Mar 2020

Compare Your Training

4:25pm | 368 views | 27 Comments
If you use any sort of GPS to log your training, you'll see some little weighing scales symbols on each entry* of your training log. They've been there for so long, I'd almost forgotten about them.

(*mobile users, try landscape orientation)

If you click at least two of them, it allows you to see a comparison between the chosen training entries. Looking at the timestamps on the files, I built that feature in 2012. And I don't think I'd updated it since then either :-/

So I tore down the old version (it wasn't seeing much traffic), and have rebuilt it from scratch. Here's what it should look like for you:

Here are some features you might like:

1) The new version has a map. Each of your chosen training entries is shown on that map. If you're comparing runs on the same route, they'll overlay each other, and if you zoom in, you can see the margin of error that your GPS exhibits from one run to the next. If your runs are on different routes, you might like to zoom out to see them all. If they are miles apart, the map might not be so useful for you :-)

2) Underneath the map is a time slider. Drag this, and you should see the coloured dots for each run start to move. This is a lot of fun to look at, and hopefully quite useful if you're trying to see where you fell away on a particular attempt at a route.

3) Below the slider, you can see the dates of each run you're comparing. They're also links, if you want to go view one in detail. Next to the date, you can see which coloured dot it's represented by.

4) Under the dates, the black boxes show the specifics from each run at the time shown by the slider. If you've got a HR monitor or cadence sensor, this data is shown here too.

5) Below the black boxes, you can see the splits from each run too. And just for a bit of eye candy, the splits light up as you drag the slider.

6) For mobile users, I've tried to cram it all in. On iPhone5 screens and up, you should be able to view two comparisons side-by-side fairly comfortably, and three at a push. Landscape always helps :-) It's more likely that your phone will struggle with the amount of data that lives behind this page - so this feature will work better on desktop.

I hope you like it. I dare you not to imagine the Benny Hill music as you move your dots around the page.
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  • Like that A LOT!!!! (Though just tried it with four versions of my local parkrun, and after about 4 minutes of the slider it moves all the dots back to the beginning).

    But this looks fab-u-lous!!!
    4:37pm, 9th Mar 2020
  • Agreed, this is amazing!
    4:46pm, 9th Mar 2020
  • looks great :)
    4:46pm, 9th Mar 2020
  • I am one of the few that used the old version, so was initially thrown yesterday with the new one! It's great though.
    4:48pm, 9th Mar 2020
  • Like that. thanks
    Vancouver Jogger
    5:00pm, 9th Mar 2020
  • Cool. Thanks!
    5:04pm, 9th Mar 2020
  • Liking the look of this - it's one of the features that currently makes me pay for a.n.other service! Can it be linked into the training entry's "x of y similar" events info, to make selecting and comparing those a doddle?
    5:47pm, 9th Mar 2020
  • Not quite working for me. Trying to compare two attempts at the same race. When the second (faster attempt) gets to 2 miles, the first jumps to finished!
    6:26pm, 9th Mar 2020
  • Looks like this will be brilliant, but for me the map doesn't load and the slider does nothing.
    StuH 🇪🇺
    9:00pm, 9th Mar 2020
  • That's cool.

    My splits aren't lighting up though (5), and weirdly, they are 1.6-ish km long, so I think some mile/kilometre oddness has happened.
    10:21pm, 9th Mar 2020
  • Those of you with dodgy dots... can you leave your comparisons in place today, I can use them for testing. Ta.
    6:25am, 10th Mar 2020
  • Mine is still in place.
    6:54am, 10th Mar 2020
  • I have just created one, and it has a dodgy dot :-)
    7:52am, 10th Mar 2020
  • I've left my three in place - a 10, 11 and 12 miler. The dots leap back to the start after approx 15-16% of the total time of the overall run (could be distance too, as a proportion) so the 10m disappears first, then the 11m then the 12m.
    8:54am, 10th Mar 2020
  • And similar percentages for my wife's account too - perhaps a bit larger.
    8:57am, 10th Mar 2020
  • westmoors, Sigh and larkim - I've found a bug that was transporting your dots home, and have squished it.
    9:32am, 10th Mar 2020
  • StuH - yours should be happier now too.
    9:34am, 10th Mar 2020
  • Oranj - your kilometres should be lighting up now.
    9:50am, 10th Mar 2020
  • Top work, and I can confirm it is brilliant! Great for comparing performances on the same course.
    StuH 🇪🇺
    9:52am, 10th Mar 2020
  • flanker - I've added the scales option to the 'Your Xth fastest of Yth attempts' page now.
    10:01am, 10th Mar 2020
  • Yay! Now to try another one ;-)
    10:21am, 10th Mar 2020
  • Working nicely now. Would be great if this could be extended to comparing against others' runs too in some way - races especially, assuming the log of their training is a public one of course.
    11:21am, 10th Mar 2020
  • Thanks Fetcheveryone, yes, kilometre splits now working OK.
    12:48pm, 10th Mar 2020
  • I do like the "compare" function now appearing on activities which are brought up by the "Your 3rd fastest in 6th attempts" type links. That's a really easy way to compare race performances, watching yourself chase yourself around a virtual course!!
    12:59pm, 10th Mar 2020
  • I love that. Really great to compare races from different years. Also the slider makes it easy to see your time at particular points, so you can set yourself a checkpoint time to target on a future attempt.
    2:42pm, 10th Mar 2020
  • Great addition especially if you have just run a race faster than before :-)
    3:57pm, 10th Mar 2020
  • Fabulous! Thanks Fetch!
    7:06pm, 10th Mar 2020

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02 Mar 2020

Book Now to avoid disappointment :-)

1:56pm | 428 views | 9 Comments
I didn't read many books last year (I started reading The Dogs Of War on the plane home from holiday in August, and didn't finish it until the Christmas break). I very much like buying second-hand books, so I thought I'd best start reading some, so I can justify buying more! I've tried to take more opportunities to read, which means less time staring moronically at my laptop or phone.

Here's my list from January and February:

Identity Crisis
Ben Elton
Brexit meets trans politics meets #MeToo meets post-truth meets Love Island. A light and entertaining read, very definitely In The Style Of Ben Elton. And very close to the bone with characters that bear striking resemblances to the real-world e.g. Freddie Spoons, the pro-Brexit owner of a chain of pubs. Bit of a sudden ending, as if he'd reached his word count though. I must re-read Stark - I read that when I was a teen and enjoyed it.

The Maintenance of Headway
Magnus Mills
Dry humour - observations on the intricate detail of bus driving politics. Enjoyable, but doesn't really seem to go anywhere. Like buses.

The Uncommon Reader
Alan Bennett
My first ever AB. I really enjoyed it - and if you've ever come across the impression of him on Dead Ringers, you can really hear him narrating every sentence. A nice ending, and it's encouraged me to seek out more of his stuff. Nice and short too, helping me keep up my reading momentum :-)

The Code of the Woosters
PG Woodhouse
I'm a sucker for the turn of phrase employed here. The story is pretty groanily farcical, but just as a hanger for the beautiful language, it's well worth a look. The only downside is that I was occasionally reminded of Boris Johnson - and how those disarmingly charming linguistics can be a front rather than the whole. If you can put BJ out of your mind, it's worth a go :-)

The Body
Bill Bryson
A big thick'un - I picked this up at the start of February, with the aim of making it my project for the month. But I got through it in half the time. It's typical Bryson - full of interesting statistics and facts, but sprinkled with his humour. My favourite statistic is that Americans are five times more likely to choke on their own food than the British. I've read a few of his, and Notes from a Big Country is still my favourite - a collection of his newspaper columns that appear to reflect my view on just about everything.

The Old Man and the Sea
Ernest Hemingway
I'm not sure what to make of this - I don't have anything clever or insightful to say. But I really enjoyed it. By and large, it's an extremely simple story (man goes fishing), but perhaps because it's so simple, you can fill in your own life metaphors. And you really feel like you're in that boat with him, and backing him all the way. Another super-short one, but do give it a try if you haven't come across it.

Irvine Welsh
I am about 227/395 pages into this. Lead character is a morally bankrupt policeman, and follows his exploits that appear to be very loosely based around solving a murder, but his main focus is on pleasing himself. There's absolutely no holding back here, so be prepared to feel more than a bit disgusted, but it's undoubtedly gripping. I am sort of hoping that there will be some sort of redemptive moment, or failing that some sort of comeuppance. It's written in first-person, which I'm guessing means the former is more likely... but I will find out soon.

And that's where I'm at :-) Another update in a couple of months.
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  • I've read all of these except the Ben Elton one. Really like Magnus Mills, but his humour is not everyone's cup of tea.
    2:01pm, 2nd Mar 2020
  • Interesting. I found I could hear Ben Elton when I read his early books, and actually didn't really like them, Filth was a deliberate attempt to make a few more quid f the back of trainspotting which is a much better book than film, I will find The Body one day, his book, a few years back about stuff you forgot you knew was excellent.
    Wriggling Snake
    2:02pm, 2nd Mar 2020
  • I used to love reading Ben Elton but I think I'd find them too 'obvious' now. Freddie Spoons, oh dear.
    2:28pm, 2nd Mar 2020
  • Ahh Bill Bryson...as someone who didn't grow upon Britain, I found Notes from a Small Island absolutely hysterical. I shall have to read The Body sometime. I suspect it's their perfect teeth (or no teeth because of lack of healthcare) that makes Americans more likely to choke...
    Wine Legs
    3:08pm, 2nd Mar 2020
  • I tried Ben Elton once but thought he flaunted his historical research too much. Enjoyed the Old Man and the Sea but was probably too young to appreciate it. Maybe I liked the fact that it’s such a slim novel.
    Raggedy runner
    3:57pm, 2nd Mar 2020
  • That's a good haul. I also like Magnus Mills.
    9:25pm, 2nd Mar 2020
  • The Old Man and the Sea Is a wonderful story
    Derby Tup
    10:57pm, 2nd Mar 2020
  • WS - one of my university friends was a book buyer for one of the big US chains and was responsible for the US version of Trainspotting. He arranged for a 30-page glossary at the back to help US readers with the book e.g. "Jambo. A supporter of Heart of Midlothian Football Club, an Edinburgh team traditionally supported by Protestants, fierce rivals of Hibernian FC."
    9:40am, 3rd Mar 2020
  • I read and enjoyed Stark when I was a teenager also, but re-read it about 10 years ago.

    Or rather re-read the first half. I couldn’t bear to finish it. So you know what my recommendation is!
    7:29pm, 3rd Mar 2020

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Pics from Dudley Big Fetch Mile
Notes for London Marathon Fetchpointers
Results from today's Big Fetch Mile
Who Squares Wins - prototype board
Attention London Marathoners!
New game - coming soon
March (9)
Intervals, Solidarity, Swimming and Fmail
Ready to give the new fmail a try?
More on fmail
New fmail system
Win a dryrobe :-)
For jabberknit...
Updating the Training Home page
Pics from Bedford Big Fetch Mile
Sledgends :-)
February (13)
Buffs On Sale
Big Fetch Mile Bedford
Vlog :-)
Marathon Talk
Important GDPR stuff - PLEASE read
A page of historical importance
Vlog :-)
Road Rash, Marathon Prediction and T-Shirts
This :-)
Capturing the dog
It's BACK!
Enter Wilmslow Half Marathon
An advertisement
January (6)
Local Fetchies - Opt In
Revealed: World's Best Shoes
How I chose the Big Fetch Mile venues
Big Fetch Mile 2018 - Venues & Provisional Dates
Try adding an image to your training entry
Mileage Targets 2018 - Update
2017 (147)
December (12)
Mileage Targets 2018
Thank you
Brownie Recipe :-)
Fetch Hoodies + Buffs SALE Update
Chewie, We're Home
Fetch Hoodies SALE - what's left
Fetch Hoodies! SALE!!! (and Buffs available too)
Chewie, We're Home
Sharing pics
Fetch Jingle Mile Cambridge photos
Glorious Failure: Bedford Harriers Half Marathon
November (20)
Serpents, hamstrings and inversions
A special anniversary approaches...
Hamstring and prototype updates
Training Log Prototype - Today's Improvements
Red Venom sale
For what it's worth...
Training Log Prototype - Update #2
Training Log Prototype - Update
Big Fetch Mile - venue hunt
RT for a Garmin
Training Log Prototype - To Be Fixed
The Weekly vLog (by me)
Thanks :-)
New Training Log Prototype - Available Now
Thanks for following
VLog - footage from the Cardiff Big Fetch Mile
Big Fetch Mile[s] 2018
Win a place in the Surrey Half
I vont to scan your barcode.
October (12)
Big Fetch Weekend :-)
Fetch Mile Results
Festive Fetch Calendar :-O
Calling Parkers everywhere!
In which I decorate a cake.
Regent's Park Fetchie Discount
Elevation in colour
"I didn't come here to walk to Sparta!"
New elevation info
Chicken Ballot-ine, with a side order of beef
New training log headers
Ballot day tomorrow - help needed
September (19)
Weekly vLog - COCONUTS!!!
River Thames Half Marathon
The lollipop update
On failing gracefully
Doctor K Day
Fetch Kit Sale - Updates
Weekly vLog
Fetch Kit Sale
Training Log View Update
Fetcheveryone Weekly? Vlog?
Fetchie Race Discount - Regent's Park 10k
Training Log Tags - Live
Training Log Tags
Weekly vLog - Derby Mile, and a pause to salute the legendary Doctor K
24 hours later
Doctor K donation page
Doctor K
Fetch Weekly vLog
Derby Mile - tomorrow!
August (8)
Race Prices; and an alien earworm
Straight outta Cromford - the Fetch Weekly vLog!
A Fetch vLog! With prizes!
Quick search location for sharing
New WAVA graph
Weird FIT file thing
Back from me 'olidays :-)
Linking race results to training log entries
July (12)
Race Pricing - crowdsourcing
Appdate for Android and iPhone
Fetch Mile - Cardiff?
Race listing omelette
Coding and town planning
Please review your races
A2B winners
Motivational Sounds - the final 10
Two more Big Fetch Miles? :-)
Bedford Fetch Mile Results
June (19)
Big Fetch Mile
Motivational Sounds
Fetch fug - updated design
Fetch fug (available at the Fetch mile)
I've done the naughtiest thing ever.
Donating Blood - my Vlog
Fapp In the App Store :-)
Can I kick it?
This just in...
For Bean
Your app status is Waiting For Review
Fetch Caps
Garmin Communicator Plugin
Fetch App - strong and stable testing
HTTPS is here
Fetch App progress
https access to the site
May (14)
Fetch App
Site down at 11pm
Round and round the garden
Try the new home page layout
Server down tonight @ 11pm
Browser testers wanted
The Big Fetch Mile!!!
Site *NOT* down tonight. [cough]
Bluffer's Competition - Winner
Bedford parkrun timelapse
Return of the cap
April (8)
Fetchpoint (London and Milton Keynes!)
Base camp, VMLM
Just for D2
Off to the awards
Hoodies - it's on!
Updated Training Home Page
March (6)
'Train' page
Project Joker
Hoodies and Londons
Hands up, hands UP! Draycote Water 10
Bluffer's Competition
Project Joker
February (12)
Running Awards shortlisted
Route Plotter now with OpenStreetMap
Plan for Bluffer's comp
Update to Route Plotter
First update to the route mapper
For Angus
Virtuous Circles
Competition coming soon
Race Guide Ads
Club La Santa vLog
Fetch Fixtures
January (5)
Word Clouds
Buckets Ready
New Home Page
Do me a favour...
Limited Companies, filing accounts, that sort of thing
2016 (128)
December (11)
Festive Fetch Calendar - Winners
Festive Fetch Calendar - Winners
Five Years Ago Today
Pantsfest! May the stains be ever in your favour!
Photoshop SOS
Attention: Fitbit users
Bedford Half 2016
Luton Fetchmob: Breaking Point
Vote Fetch!
Breaking news: Paris Marathon
November (21)
How to end a LiveChat.
Define wrong
TomTom Runner 3 Review - Any Questions?
Movember: Project Beard: Day 24: Beardraggled
Festive Fetch Calendar 2016
We're gonna be in the Hudson
Hey Chiefy
I've written summat
Going Postal
A special mention
Training Log Beta
Spare Hoodies
Updates to Training Beta
Movember: Project Beard - Day 8 (The Seven Day Itch)
Vote for Fetch
Training Log Detail View - Some Changes
Aberdeen University Study
Consultation V2
Fetchpoint - October Winners and November Prizes
October (16)
Alien nuggets!
Keeping a tight lid on the biscuit tin
Training Log Beta
100 Running Words
Fetchmob, December 3rd
Where to mob?
Little things
That All-Time Mileage League
The sudoku that keeps on giving.
Sub-25 for 1km :-)
Fetchmob - December 3rd
New Training Log Preview
Fixed the overlap...
Why the new training log isn't ready yet...
September (12)
Doughnut or Donate
Training Log - Sneak Peek
Fetch Shop Sale! Old stuff clearout!
The consultation system...
Garmin support for timezone info
The GMT/BST/Timezone problem
Training Log Consultation...
Training Log - Consultation
Fetch Social Runs
Subscriber shirts, vests and hoodies, and determination.
Fetch Voluntary Subscriptions
August (3)
Ze Gryndylows! My first #OWS :-)
Testing Fetchpoint exclusion zones
Fetchpoint scoring system
July (7)
Conquercise Prize Draw?
Fetch Games: Checkpoints (and what's wrong with them)
More owls...
Your Favourite Fetch Game?
Even More Utmost Than Before...
15 days later...
June (10)
Five days on...
A quick thank you...
What do you think?
If you'd be so kind...
Which watch?
Run Bedford 10k
Import from a TomTom
Attention TomTom users
May (10)
Race Distance poll
An ungainly fish
A five year plan
What Club La Santa can learn from parkrun
Cream Me Up, Scotty
Greetings from Club La Santa
And a quick poll...
Club Charter
A poll about intervals
More owls!
April (11)
Robin Hood and his Merry Dad :-)
Warning: Dull - some screen res stats
Responsive Design Update
For all you marathoners
A Poll
Ditching the forum categories?
Moving to Responsive Design
Sandy 10: Be Kind To Horses
For Adam and Jamie
March (11)
Bacon Smoke!
Benchmarks Update
Bath - Race Report
An annoying eight-year-old.
Let's Cook and Cut and Paste :-)
Let's Cook :-)
RIP Gramma
Book Winners
Dog farming
Site header update
February (5)
Book Giveaway
Pi Club
Pi Project Update
Because I'd like to check the blogging badges are working...
January (11)
Snooker Freak
Badges - Another Update
Unlockable Badges - Update
Unlockable Badges
TomTom Runner 2 Review
Gallery updates
Snowball coding and Fetch Unlockables!
Achievement Medals - what do you reckon?
Run The Sum
2015 Book List (and a bit of a review / plan)
Festive Fetch Calendar - Winners
2015 (175)
December (7)
Red Red Wine
A Poll
Gis a job!
Bedford Half
Vote for Fetch
Now you've hopefully got the idea...
November (13)
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
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!
New Beginnings
Some more questions answered
Some responses to your comments
Standing on the shoulders of Fetchies
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
Stalkers Paradise!
Recommend me a bike :-)
Holy Steamrollers Batman!
Rest day (no such thing)
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
February (29)
An Unexpected Journey
Wind picking up...
An unplanned kit alarm
Race Pace Test
2nd place
Week ends
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
Sword fighting
PB Attempts
Duct tape and WD40
Big Elephants Can Always Understand Small Elephants
Shoe horning
Training vLog Week 13
Big February Project
January (35)
Cake, invalidated
Small sips
LiRF, award shortlist, beginners, books, boy.
Dog Available :-)
New Recipe Section
Another threshold run
New Beginnings
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
February 18th
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
Bold Claims, and a Challenge for 2015
2014 (262)
December (9)
A trip to Wales (vLog)
Christmas Messages from Fetchies
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
Milk Tray Reps in the Rain
Hatfield 5k, and some other running thoughts
Site layout changes
Vote for Training Plans
Maths help
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!
July (26)
James Mason
Missing Week
Camping View
Wild Camping
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
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
June (34)
Checkpoints video
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
Sonic screwdriver
Live wires
Wiring help needed
Garmin Express Experiment
Scalded sloth
New Forum Layout
Further updates to the blog layout
New blog layout
First woodpecker
Beastin' parkrun
All was well
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
Economy done two ways
May (31)
Vorsprung Durch Lego Technic
How do I liberate my boy from his XBox?
Life in the Woods
Intervals with a TomTom
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
The Cosmic Ballet Goes On
Silverstone 10k :-)
Quick one
Superhuman snooker
Chapter 1
April (29)
King Bin
Quiet day on Feedback Mountain
Go directly to parkrun. Do not pass Godzuki.
A day in Wales
The Lost Diadem of Fetchbook
Falling asleep in my dinner
God gave rock and roll to you.
Sugar Mule
Not bad, consid'rin.
Can U Dig It?
A weekend in Wales
Looking forward to Oliver!
Thank you, and more App talk
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
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
Booster fails to ignite
Myton Rugby Run (5 Miler)
Rugby before rugby
Sweetcorn antidote
Custard factory
I did some intervals :-)
Speed work?
Many things
A bit cabbagey here.
Angry Wasp
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
I like to go a-wandering
Spring cleaning
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
Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also
Angry Birds
Clarkson averse
Good day :-)
January (31)
*bunting* *cake*
Bigger Boys
Pretending to be Saga Norén
Waiting for the AA
Ship shape
Technology takes you further
Love Garden
High Heel Striker
Bit of a rubbish one
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
19 books :-)
2013 (29)
December (3)
Engine Management Light
Hannibal Vector
November (3)
Speed skating
Cool Hand Grandpa
October (3)
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
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)
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)
March (8)
A long run up
Running Tick
Sport Relief Mile
Back once again
Swimming sweetcorn and other vegetables
Joy Rides, Sticks and Medals
Training Tip
February (9)
Katie, ICT, and some more MySQL
May The Ground Force Be With You
Well done Batman.
Optimisation Crossword
Snow Days
Gallery, and parkrun
January (1)
There Are Some Really Sexy Girls On Fetch

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