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Old 14th Apr 17, 01:23 PM
JazzKitten JazzKitten is offline
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Hi folks
I'm new to this forum - hello everyone!

I wondered if I could get opinion on something that has happened on MapMyRun.

I've been using it for a few years and like it because I'm a geek :geek: and I like my courses and leaderboard, I find it spurs me on. I run in Chesterfield, Derbyshire, particularly in the Brampton area.

The other week I noticed that when I filtered the course leaderboard down to women, there was a runner listed as Stuart S on there - I checked and the photo clearly showed a young man. Further investigation revealed that he had listed himself in the 40-49 age group which is clearly wrong, if that was indeed a photo of him.

I alerted the support team at MapMyRun and they said they would investigate, as I had pointed out, the leaderboards were all to pot and Stuart S was forcing actual women runners to be lower down the leaderboard than they should be.

Several messages back and forth later, they've apparently solved the problem (whatever that means) but refuse to remove Stuart S's existing runs from the leaderboard. This means we will have to put up with him being there all year, messing up the rankings.

I think that Stuart S has contravened the rules of conduct that any organisation would expect, incorrectly inputting both his gender and his age.
Incorrectly listing one might be a mistake, but I think both shows this was deliberate.

In my opinion this would be adequate reason enough to remove him from the user list altogether, or at least reprimand him and remove all his recorded runs from the system as they are inaccurate as a result of his profile being incorrect.

I'd be interested to hear thoughts, particularly from anyone who has had a similar issue with MayMyRun or who is based in Chesterfield.

Thanks in advance!
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Old 14th Apr 17, 06:22 PM
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Trinity1976 Trinity1976 is offline
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I thought MapMyRun was just some sort of informal thing, like Strava. It's not a formal ranking system, so does it really matter?

5k - 20:21; 10k - 43:04; 10M - 72:03; HM - 98:45; Marathon - 3:22:03
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Old 14th Apr 17, 06:33 PM
Stupid Beard Stupid Beard is offline
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Whatever Stuart's original intentions were, if MapMyRun refuse to fix his gender and the leaderboards then it's them that are to blame.

But like Claire said, it's not like it really matters. If it really annoys you then ditch them and use something else instead.
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Old 14th Apr 17, 10:15 PM
Gruff Gruff is offline
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Use instead, it's run by UK athletics and they are VERY strict! It's also pretty cool seeing where you rank alongside Mo Farah!
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Old 14th Apr 17, 11:09 PM
Stupid Beard Stupid Beard is offline
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Use instead, it's run by UK athletics and they are VERY strict! It's also pretty cool seeing where you rank alongside Mo Farah!
That's not the same thing, though. JazzKitten is talking about leaderboards on MapMyRun's equivalent of Strava segments. Run Britain Rankings is based on races. They're both useful in different ways and are not replacements for each other.
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