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Discussion Forum - Events - Event recording in real-time

Author: Iain Connell
Posted: Sun 22nd Feb 2015, 21:45
Joined: 2010
Local Group: East Lancashire
David, if you'd like an example of the spreadsheet tracker which I use, please email me (address in Strider August 2014 no.129, top left page 76). It offers more detail than your test model but (as carried) is still only paper-based.

Good point is that you compare your progress against one based on projected average speed(s). Bad point is that you can't (yet) adjust it in real time, and I have to remember to record arrival times (I have trouble remembering to do anything cognitive after two nights out on my feet!).

I've used it successfully (the tracker, not my ability to complete hundreds) on four events.

Author: David Hodge
Posted: Sun 22nd Feb 2015, 13:05
Joined: 2011
Local Group: Sussex
To follow up on Iain Connell's suggestion of some sort of personal tracker. A test of this can now be found at, and is a personal progress tracker using data already existing on chekpoint.
If you were on either the Surrey groups WT15 or PBM15 you can enter your own email address, otherwise it displays some test data.
If an event was running it would show your progress on the live event.
Any comments would be helpful.

This will run on anything with a browser i.e. pc,laptop,smartphone etc.
You may have worked out that I am the developer of chekpoint. It started in 2013 with some tests we did in Sussex using a mobile app I had created to use a smartphone camera to capture barcodes and send them to a website. This worked but was too slow and awkward to operate. My overall aim was to keep the cost of hardware down, so using some old windows laptops, rfid card readers and Vodafone/O2 broadband dongles we ran it on the SDM2014. This proved that the concept worked well. Since then it has been considerably improved and as you have read below it was used successfully on the Surrey WT15 and PBM15. It will be used again on the Sussex SDM15 at the end of March.
Author: Iain Connell
Posted: Sat 14th Feb 2015, 20:09
Joined: 2010
Local Group: East Lancashire
Chekpoint sounds like it has a real future as one form of participant recording (I've been on an event which used wrist-band trackers inserted into ground-held readers - a touchcard system looks like a better alternative. If Chekpoint proves to be reliable and robust enough to serve as an alternative to paper recording, might it be released at some future date on license to LDWA, at higher prices than those for own use ? It seems like something that would work for other checkpoint-based events (at which participants stop still for long enough!), not just walking.

One future development might be for participants to be able to store their own progress on a mob or nav device, at the same time as having it recorded by the card readers. I too have been using a system by which I keep track of my schedule between checkpoints, but it hasn't yet migrated to handhelds or tablets.

Author: Andrew Todd
Posted: Sat 14th Feb 2015, 16:32
Joined: 2010
Local Group: Wiltshire
Author: Elton Ellis
Posted: Sat 14th Feb 2015, 12:50
Joined: 2006
Local Group: Surrey
Author: Tony Cartwright
Posted: Sat 14th Feb 2015, 10:01
Joined: 1978
Local Group: Surrey

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