Tracking the Scouts' Chase Walk 2017

Written 20/03/17

durtytracking GPS tracker Durtytracking provide a GPS Tracker system which allow organisers of outdoor events to keep track of the location of the participants in real time and display this on a map. Last Saturday (18th March 2017) this was used for the Scouts' Chase Walk 2017 - a challenge to walk 38.2 miles in 18 hours around Cannock Chase.

In the past Durtytracking have used Ordnance Survey's OpenSpace map server for displaying some the maps however this year they turned to The Hug and their map server which serves WayMaps tiles which are similar in style to Ordnance Survey.

As Andy Upton of Durtytracking explained:

The problem with OpenSpace is that you are nominally limited to 65,000 map tiles per day with a hard limit of 100,000 tiles and at a busy event we often exceed that so in the past we have had restrict access to OpenSpace to event management and other limited distribution and leave the public using Google Maps.

Using The Hug means we could provide everyone with high quality base maps, which I think are in several ways are an enhancement on OS 1:50 000

In the screen shot below, taken early in the day when the teams were close together, you can see a marker for each team and moving your mouse over any one them gave you more information about the team and how they were doing (we've had to shrink this screen shot to less than half width to fit on the page but you get the idea).

Chase Walk 2017 screen shot

The day went off without a hitch and in total The Hug served 272,046 map tiles to people tracking the event, so well in excess of the Ordnance Survey's daily limits for their OpenSpace server.

Paul Oldham of The Hug was pleased with how the event had gone. He said:

Our WayMaps tiles are built from open data from a variety of sources. We've combined this with a high performance map server which we designed specifically to serve these tiles. The result is a server which is very responsible and affordable, as our participation in this event proved.

Some of the teams got around impressively quickly, the fastest time being the Wanger Society of Three Towns district, all under 18. Their four person team did the 38.2 miles in 9 hours 43 minutes which mean they were trotting along at an average speed of 3.93mph for almost ten hours!

You can find the full results of Chase Walk 2017 here.

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