Great Run Solo

Useful information for tracking your runs


What is Strava

Strava is a free activity tracking app that you can install on your smartphone and use to track your runs.

It works by using your phone’s GPS function (your phone must be with you on your run) so you can see exactly when you have ran, how far you went, how long it took. Even more detail is available such as your split time (i.e. the time it took to complete each km or mile). If you have a fitness tracker or smart watch, it can also sync with those devices meaning that you don’t even have to take your phone with you, but we will focus on using the phone GPS function in this guide.


Getting started with Strava

1. Install the app

The first step is to download the Strava app, Just head to the Apple App Store or Google Play Store and search for Strava. 

2. Sign up and create a free account 

Once the app has downloaded and installed (it should do this automatically) you’ll be prompted to enter a few details such as your name, gender and birthdate. You can add more details personal into the app, and you can also adjust various privacy settings to a level that you are comfortable with. 

3. Adjusting settings 

If you want to view and change any settings in Strava you can do this by tapping on the Profile tab in the menu bar at the bottom of the screen. Then look for the ‘cog’ icon to get to your settings. It’s normally at the top of the screen. An important point to be aware of is your privacy settings.   As well as an activity tracking app, Strava is also a social network for runners.  This means that many runners share their runs with others and in a similar way to other social media apps, you can connect with other individuals who use Strava.  However you have complete control over who can see your activity.   Various options include, everyone (so anyone and everyone can see your activities), friend (so only those who you have connect with can see your activities) and no-one (your activities remain private to you).   Be sure to have a look through this Privacy Control section in the settings menu to understand your privacy options and to set them as you wish. For help, visit the Strava support centre online. 


How to track a run

In this section we will look at how to track a run using the app on your phone. If you want to sync your fitness tracker with Strava, just have a look in the app or on the Strava website where you will find instructions on how to do this. 

To start tracking a run, look for the Record button at the bottom of the screen.   Tap this button and Strava activates the phones GPS function to find your current location.Usually you need to be outside for this to work. It usually only takes a few seconds to find your location but be sure not to start your run until this has happened!  

Once Strava has got your location, tap the START button and you can get going.  When you finish your run, simply hit the STOP button and you’re done! 

Tap FINISH and you will see that you can add other details about your run, for example a title.   Be sure to the SAVE your run.   It will then be displayed on your Activity Feed home screen. 


Finding the distance completed over multiple runs

As long as you track and save all of your runs, Strava will save them and you can then review your activity over the past week, month or even years. 

There are a number of ways to view you past activity.   For the purposes of your Great Run Solo challenge you’ll want see the total distance you have run over the past 7 days or the past 28 days.   A good way to do this is to tap on the Profile icon at the bottom of the app screen. 

Searching further down your profile page you will find Training Log.  Tapping on this will take you to a your Training Log screen where you can see a graphic representation of your training going back over time. 

Note that if you have used Strava to track other activity in addition to runs (cycling for example) you can use the Filter icon at the top of the screen to ensure that you are viewing runs only. 

Select the WEEK view tab and scroll up to view your runs and also your total distance, time and elevation for the runs during each week. 


Providing evidence for your challenge

The aim of our Great Run Solo challenges are to motivate everyone to set a goal, see what they can achieve, and then celebrate that achievement with us and with others.    

We don’t need detailed evidence of every run that makes up your challenge (if you say that you have completed your challenge then that’s good enough for us).  However we would like to celebrate with you and see just how you got on.    

You can do this by providing a screenshot of your Training Log and uploading the screenshot here.  For weekly challenges send us a screen shot of the week on which you undertook your challenge so that we can see the distance completed and the time taken. 

If you’ve completed a 28 day monthly challenge, then you’ll need to add up the four weekly distance totals to ensure you have achieved your challenge target distance.   It’s not possible to take a single screen shot that shows the distance of all four weeks, but just send us a shot of your final week.