So far on RouteGadget we have seen how to put in one's own route, how to view others' routes, and how to watch animations. This time we will look at analytical information that can be gleaned from the system, and cover a few incidentals. Remember, NZ RouteGadget is at http://www.routechoice.co.nz/
Animation variations -
Random note: You will only see RouteGadget for events that have used electronic punching (Sportident) - the software doesn't work without a split-times file. And then you have to hope that the event organisers arranged for someone with still enough time and energy after the event to set it up online straight away.
- By selecting Absolute time instead of Mass Start, the runners leave the start in accordance with actual clock time, which can show if runners were in contact with each other at any time as they went round the course, when their beads come close together. Example, Martin Doyle and Michael Croxford on Long Red at http://www.routechoice.co.nz/gadget/cgi-bin/reitti.cgi?act=map&id=267&kieli=#
- If interested in comparing runners' routes on just a particular leg, instead of Mass Start from the start triangle, click the down arrow and select the control number from which you would like a mass start to begin and press Start.
- For a score event, animation reveals the order in which each runner visited the controls. This applies even for persons who did not put in their route. Example, Score at http://routegadget.bigfootorienteers.com/cgi-bin/reitti.cgi?act=map&id=46&
- When using animation with a person's GPS trace, you see the variation in true running speed within each leg, and also any significant pauses that the runner had, The length of the bead tail also changes with their speed. (For a non-GPS, hand-entered route, the bead speed and tail length within a leg are constant, based on the split time for the leg.) Example, Red Long (GPS Martin Doyle, scroll to bottom of name list) at http://www.routechoice.co.nz/gadget/cgi-bin/reitti.cgi?act=map&id=265&kieli= And his control 6 is a nightmare!
- Watch a super-runner perform - they run clean through buildings and leap uncrossable barriers. Unbelievable! Despite having these exceptional powers, super-runners frequently are still not good enough to win. To witness a super-runner in action, select a sprint event in a built-up area and start the animation of someone who did not put in a route. Example, Men Elite, Jamie Stewart and Brent Edwards (which is the super-runner?), at http://www.routechoice.co.nz/gadget/cgi-bin/reitti.cgi?act=map&id=247&kieli=
- You are going to run on a map you haven't been on but it has been used before. Find an event in RouteGadget that used the location previously and see the map, the courses that time, and the route choices made by the top runners. The NZ RouteGadget event listing arrows back to 2007. Example, you are going to do a sprint at Victoria University Kelburn Campus, so see in 2007 Lizzie Ingham and Piret Klade in W21E at http://www.routechoice.co.nz/gadget/cgi-bin/reitti.cgi?act=map&id=5&kieli=#
- For links to Australia's RouteGadget sites and event lists, and also for those of other countries, see http://www.routegadget.net/
After you have selected runners in RouteGadget and pressed either Routes or Animation, a table of split times appears, and in there you see a link to SplitsBrowser. This provides graphical presentation of runners' progress through the course based on their split times. Across the top of the graph are options for choice of course and how you would like the graph presented, and down the side you choose the runners you want. I suggest having a play with the settings to see what is possible. SplitsBrowser can also be accessed directly from the RouteGadget list of events.
Now you do it.
You've seen how RouteGadget works so enjoy using it!
And please do plot your own performance, no matter how good or bad, whenever RouteGadget goes up, don't be shy. Let's hope we get increasing numbers of events put up online.
This page was assembled by and installed on 9 May 16. The material was written by