Links to the websites of some amazing and inspirational people! Chosen by me!
Here is the SANDS charity website. Click on the link to the right to see the article they wrote up about me on their news section. Also you can see their Facebook Page (here) which is followed by over over 12,000 people. They mentioned me a couple of times whilst I was doing the tube running. Sadly no mention of my having completed it!
24/3/11 – am adding a link to Love Hate Travel, who kindly invited me to write a guest piece on their blog part of their website. Their site is a fun way for commuters to share their pet loves and hates about travelling. And we British in particular love to complain! The site brings together postings people make on Twitter under the #lovetravel or #hatetravel hashtags. I’ve been known to post a couple of (mainly hate) tweets on my journeys home! Join the debate.
Friday 4/3/11 and I was returning from a Hyde Park lunchtime run via Buckingham Palace when a couple caught my eye: a dashing young man, smartly-dressed, talking to an exceptionally-attractive young lady, also immaculately dressed. I took a chance in approaching them and found them to be both entirely pleasant and charming individuals.
I was even more impressed to see that one day later I’d featured in their website (click on the right). I wish them well over the next couple of months!
Annie Mole’s Going Underground Blog- has to be the definitive resource for stories about the London Underground. Updated daily and with an archive going back years, it enjoys a big following. Annie was kind enough to mention me twice -On January 24 (here) & February 18 (here). Subscribe to this blog and learn more about the Tube!
Here is a link to Honey-Lee’s (and Russ’s) Dancing the Night Away website. We first started learning how to ballroom dance with them some years ago and have been to many of their courses. They are both passionate about what they do and have taught us how to tango, waltz, cha cha, rumba, swing, and fox-trot. http://www.dancethenightaway.org.uk/
In 2010 I found “The Next Challenge”, a website by Tim Moss, who provides motivational resources for people wanting to do challenges and adventures. One of his own challenges was how he was going to ‘run the length of every tube line in London’. Tim used Oyster Card technology to record the passage of himself and his partner Laura over the network. By September 2010 he had run the length of every line – just under 290 miles, and visited 223 out of 270 stations. Tim & Laura didn’t visit every single station because they didn’t do every branch of every lines. That having been said, Tim & Laura are the current King & Queen of tube running, and I have been keeping in touch with them over the course of my challenge. http://thenextchallenge.org/portfolio/running-the-tube/
Also in 2008, Mark Moxon, Tube Walker, set out to walk the entire tube network over three months, taking nearly 10,000 photos in the process. He has an incredibly comprehensive website, and has also developed a very net i-phone application – of which a free version covers all of his walks in Zone 1 – to show you point to point routes and places of interest, as well as links to his write ups of every single walk that he’s done. Fantastic work Mark! http://www.tubewalker.com/
The Tube Challenge is the accepted name for the Guinness World Record attempt to visit all of the London Underground stations in the fastest time possible.
There is a forum devoted all those who attempt to visit all of the stations on the London Underground Network in the quickest possible time: http://www.tubeforum.co.uk/forum/
An interesting sight that chimes with what Tube Running is all about is the Inside Guide to London. Amongst other things, the site puts a spotlight on some of the places that tempt local Londoners, as well as a handy guide to the popular sights and attractions. Take a look!
Websites that help me organise myself!
Where I went
Route planning: Google Maps provides a great method of assessing by foot the shortest point between two stations.
Recording where I went: I use my Garmin Forerunner 205 to record the runs, not only to assess distance but to record GPS telemetry. I can then use a variety of software programmes to upload and review this data. The latest I’m using at the moment is Sports Tracks 3, which is a great way to analyse where you’ve been and to keep a record of totals. I have in the past used ‘MapMyRun’ to share the routes I’ve taken. I’ve just however discovered a new, sleek website called ‘RunKeeper‘ is where I have been uploading my Garmin files.
What I saw
Image Editing: Photoshop and Picasa provide excellent resources for tweaking photos.
Image Sharing: All of my photos from running the tubes are shared in Picasa Web Albums.
Geo-Tagging photos: Smart phones record GPS location of photos taken – but my iphone only has a 2mb camera and if I am going to go to the trouble of running hundreds of miles, I should get a fairly decent photo record of things. Cameras that have GPS receivers in them do exist but are few and far between, and also you end up having to limit your camera choice on these ones. An alternative is to use a GPS datalogger and then stich together, using the time stamp taken on the photo, to determine where you are. I downloaded GeoSetter recently and have applied it (very easily) to the photos taken whilst Tube Running. The EXIF data of the images are updated by the software, which is pretty cool. You can therefore see where the photos are taken by looking at this data.
Books – to help me along the way when the internet is broken. Thanks to Santa, I have a number of intresting books on the Underground.