OK, this is really cool. Strava is probably the niftiest GPS enabled running app there is. Here are some reasons:
- It maps all your runs, bike rides etc, working with a wide range of Garmin GPS devices and smartphones.
- It is really easy to use and has a very pleasing aesthetic.
- It automatically compares your routes with everyone else and, best of all …
- … it picks up on sections of your routes and allows you to see how you’re doing compared to other people.
So, particular stretches of hill, like Jacobs Wells Road, or maybe a path up from the Avon through Leigh Woods, and iconic sections of flat like The Chocolate Path have had hundreds of runs recorded. And you can see how you’ve done compared to everyone else! Don’t worry, it is possible to cut it by age and weight (although you do have to pay a bit for this level of geekery) and you can easily hide your start and end points too, so no one can see where you live. Check out this map of Bristol.
But the best bit of all is that we can all join the Bristol Running Resource Strava Club, and then we can see how many miles we’re doing collectively, and find people who share our passions even more easily. C’mon - all you need is a smartphone and Bristol can run together!