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Hi, I'm looking for a decent app. Tried Strava for my last 2 runs - registered 0.3km and 0.7km ☹ 😑. Any advice or recommendations would be greatly appreciated!!

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Strava is brilliant for recording our runs... linked with Garmin... many of us use it...check your settings maybe.

JosiecatGraduate in reply to Oldfloss

When you say 'linked with Garmin'.... what do you mean? (Sorry if this is a stupid question, I'm new to this πŸ˜”)

JosiecatGraduate in reply to Oldfloss

Ah - found it! Ignore my last comment - I'll have a fiddle. Thanks for the tip!

Hi, I use MapMyRun- it’s free to download and has always worked well and consistently for me.

JosiecatGraduate in reply to Fiftyfive25k

Thanks for the tip, I'll download it and give it a go 😊

OldflossAdministrator in reply to Josiecat

Runkeeper too:)

JosiecatGraduate in reply to Oldfloss

Thanks so much! I'll give them a go! That makes me do at least 2 more runs πŸ’ͺπŸ’ͺ😊


Assuming your runs were not 0.3k and 0.7k then it may be your hardware that is faulty.

All the apps work well on good phones, but if the GPS unit is poor then it will not matter what apps you use.

It could also be that you are in a poor reception area.

JosiecatGraduate in reply to IannodaTruffe

Yep - defo done more than that! I use a Samsung S9 - i assume is a good piece of mobile phone kit...but running kit, not so sure...reception area? Again, not so sure


The GPSr is in the hardware, so it’s unlikely that changing tracker will help. Personally I run with Nike Run Club for the guided runs and free plans. When I go for a 30 minute run, I don’t care about distance just like when I run x miles I don’t care about time... so while that 0.3 and 0.7 would be frustrating, it wouldn’t be an issue.

JosiecatGraduate in reply to UnfitNoMore

Thanks! May have to give that one a go too, see which one works best for me. Thanks for the advice πŸ˜€


We had this with strava and my hubbys S8. It had gone flat and when he recharged it, it automatically put on battery saver. Strava won't tell you that it is on and needs to be off, and it took us a while to realise this.

I have also had Strava just not work for me on a couple of occasions too, possibly the satellites or my phone!

Good luck, hope you sort it as it is a good app normally.

JosiecatGraduate in reply to sunshinefish

Exactly, everyone seems to rate it! First time, I was disappointed but the second time, was just so frustrating. Thanks for the tip, I'll have a look 😊

I’ve not graduated yet but I’ve been told when I do to use the Nike running club app which I have already dl for when I need it I’m running today W7R3 πŸ˜‰πŸƒπŸΌβ€β™‚οΈ

JosiecatGraduate in reply to Kevtrev

Thanks for the tip, I may have to give it a try 😊 p.s. wk7 r3? You can do this, you're so close to graduation πŸ’ͺπŸ‘

Kevtrev in reply to Josiecat

Thank you and no problem yes not long to go now πŸ˜‰πŸƒπŸ»β€β™‚οΈ

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