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TURF INSIDER January 2021-01-07 15:03:37

Round winners

Congratulations to the winners of round 126: Jonte67 from Skåne went straight for the Gold medal without stopping for a Silver or a Bronze, féarglas from Scotland biked home her second silver and Björke from Östergötland turfed home a thrid bronze to his collection. Well done, mates!

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2020 Flashback

2020 has been a different year, largely due to the Covid-19 pandemic sweeping over the world. For most of us, life changed in big and small ways. I am myself very glad that I've had Turf to keep me busy when my other hobbies such as swing dancing, going to concerts and the cinema were cancelled. Turf has been a great way to keep healthy, both mentally and physically. When the pandemic hit in early March, I was very busy co-captaining the Region Uppsala team towards a win against Region Östergötland in my very first Region Battle. Especially turfers age 70+ felt that Turf was really what kept them going at the start of the pandemic, it gave them both a social dimension of at least being able to interact on the Turf map and in social media with others and the very necessary physical activity that kept them from feeling too isolated in their own homes. All in all, it has been a lot of focus on Turf this year in my life. Apart from the daily to-and-from-work Turf sessions, I have explored many small and not-so-small Swedish cities on day- and weekend trips with my turfing partner, our bikes and our cat :)

Covid-19 is the main reason Turf has literally EXPLODED in the UK during the later half of 2020, I don't think any active turfer this year has missed this. My fellow Crew member Kingslayer will tell us more about this in his contribution to this Turf insider. There has been time for outdoor adventures, as Shitty will tell in his contribution. As a result of the heavy increase of turfers in the UK, we have increased our zone maker group and three of the newbies together with three 'oldies' have supplied me with their positive highlight(s) of 2020. Enjoy!

Turf celebrated ten years in July 2020. This was celebrated with a special ”Cake day” medal and a new feature for supporters only, a party hat, if you took at least ten zones on July 10th, Turf's birthday. I think I am more fond of the party hat than the medal. The hat comes on most Fridays to celebrate the weekend is here :)

Finally Calmare1 will write about an often forgotten feature of Turf, but just as important: The school events, where PE teachers can use Turf as part of their gym classes. 2020 saw an increase in school events and the biggest school event ever was held in Stockholm in December. If you want to know more about how to use Turf as part of your PE curriculum contact skolevent@turfgame.com and Calmare1 will send you instructions and help you set up a special school Turf account :) 

The UK Explosion by Kingslayer
"I am CO (Country Organizer) for zone making in UK and was a year ago a lonely zone maker in a lonely Scotland, leading a quiet life. I did not have much to do, it was basically a handful of turfers in the whole of UK and that was it. Then came March and corona and many members of Edinburgh South Orienteering Club (ESOC) started turfing. Thanks to successful information campaigns from CSL, ESOCWalter and others in ESOC the Turf evangelium spread and more and more turfers appeared in the whole of Scotland.

All of a sudden I had to work hard to ensure everyone had a meaningful number of zones available. I spend many hours during the summer on creating Scotland zones and when things started to look good I figured I could finally get some rest. Then came féarglas. She quickly claimed a seat on top-10 World scoreboard and then followed up with silver medals in both November and December. This brought attention from media and after having appeared on national radio and TV-shows the whole UK map suddenly exploded with new turfers. All members of Turf crew worked hard to try to keep up with the needs from so many newbies but we quickly realised we needed more hands on deck so we “hired” a bunch of new zone makers (we all work voluntarily). Some of them have been trained now and the rest will be graduating in January. This means we will be better equipped with managing the demand. But zone making is a manual, relatively slow process, so we have a few pleas for you who are newbies in UK:

1. Be patient. We are not ignoring you, but we can’t do everything at once.

2. Use the Turf Forum to suggest zones in your vicinity. Please include actual suggestions, not just a general request to have zones in town xyz. This will speed things up. If you have registered on the forum but not been approved for a few days, please drop an email to issues@turfgame.com

3. If you have no or few zones in your vicinity, leave the Turfapp with the Turf avatar on (visible on the map). We scan the UK map several times per day and if we see turfers in need we try to help (again, as time allows).

4. Use the in app suggestion feature, but bare in mind zone makers get no notification when you make suggestions that way, nor can we see who made the suggestions. But they are useful for us. Combine this with a post in the Turf Forum for better success rate in getting your zone(s) approved :) If possible, include the name of the closest existing zone to your suggestion, that way we can search for it in the zone making tool. We can not search for suggestions, only already existing zones. For in detail information about the  magic of zone making, visit Zonemaking 2.0 :)

5. Report bad zones using the Issues link on turfgame.com. Zone issues are typically zones that can’t be taken, are dangerously placed or otherwise inappropriate. We are tremendously happy about the huge interest in Turf in so many places in the UK. We want to ensure you get a fun and rewarding way to exercise and see new places you didn’t know existed.

In Sweden, turfers often say “I would never have seen this without Turf!”. We hope to be able to give you the same experience. A huge thanks to féarglas for promoting Turf and showing that we can all do it! And of course everyone else in UK who has helped spreading the word! I know there are many of you out there who has helped. And finally thanks to all my colleagues in crew who has been working hard with UK the past month."

A Turf Story from 2020 by Shitty

"It will have to be the time me and my old time friend Mangadang went to Värmdö, an island in the inner Stockholm archipelago, looking for places to put future zones.
As a zonemaker you can't always get the information you want on google streetview and general surfing the web, sometimes you actually have to go there and see for yourself - so, time for some climbing ;)

We had an awesome day! Visiting a series of old forts, exploring, laughing - like the old days. A nice break from everything you don't wanna remember about 2020. And the result? The zone 'Klätterverket', something like ”climbingventure” in English. If you ever find yourself in the area, go have a look! It's a cool place, but please be careful!


Turf Advent Calendar by Battigoal

"When asked by Munin to contribute to Turf Insider, I will tell you about my invention to brighten up December with a type of Turf Advent calendar where you had to perform small tasks that hid behind each hatch (one for each day). We have run it for a number of years in the Örebro region in different ways, but this year we got participants from all over Sweden and Åland. There were 100 participants from the start, and 75 of these made it through the entire calendar, which was really fun.

The idea was that it would suit everyone to participate. Another development with this year's Turf advent calendar was to use several social media channels, for example a messenger group where participants wrote stories about zone shots and sent pictures in the flow. I have only heard happy comments about the Calendar which of course is very pleasing. It was a bit of a job, at least a few hours a day when checking everyone's zone takes so they coincided with the day's task , but even that was just a pleasure. And in this pandemic era, this worked really well to organize. I also did a thing during the calendar which I thought I would never in my life do. Swim and take a water zone in mid-December and in Santa costume. This year's Turf Advent Calendar was carried out together with MiniHolger and Olleklunk."

Photo from Battigoal

Turfing in Edinburgh, 2020 by CSL

"I’ve been turfing since 2014, and telling people about Turf all the time, but only managed to persuade a few to take it up. There have never been many turfers in Scotland - just enough for me to keep winning the Region medal, but rarely enough in the UK to win the Country medal. Like most people, I had more time available in the spring of 2020 for walking and cycling around Edinburgh. Turfing seemed an ideal lockdown activity for people who like maps, so I sent an article to the editor of our orienteering club newsletter, hoping to persuade others to join in. One or two tried it. Then a strange thing happened – on several days in succession, new zones appeared in places where I had just been.

I now know that Kingslayer also had time on his hands, and was putting it to good use by creating more zones, but at the time it seemed very spooky, as though someone was stalking me! So I put another article in the next orienteering club newsletter, telling everyone about all the new zones. More people tried it, and our club president, ESOCWalter, became very enthusiastic. We organised a small competition within the club at the start of the August Turf round, and this monthly challenge has turned into a regular thing, with various club members going to enormous lengths to achieve high scores. ESOCWalter and I wrote articles for CompassSport (the UK orienteering magazine) and also SCORE, the Scottish Orienteering members’ magazine, which spread the word to other orienteers, and the UK Toplist started to grow.

Following media interest in féarglas’s exploits, the UK growth has recently exploded. The change in Turf through 2020 has been amazing – in January, there were 240 zones in Edinburgh, and 4 turfers. At the end of December, there were 885 zones and 210 turfers here! For me, it’s been quite strange suddenly having so many people around, stealing zones from me, but it’s been fun meeting some of the new turfers. The effect on our zones’ points has been dramatic too – occasionally we would have a few zones that were 170/2, but they were nearly all 185/1. The take points have gone down, and although the points per hour are much higher, you don’t keep zones for very long these days. Having so many new zones has been fun, taking us on expeditions to many parts of the city that we didn’t know.

We’re eagerly anticipating all the new opportunities for Turf tourism in other parts of Scotland, as soon as we can travel out of Edinburgh. But before that, we have the Skåne Turf Challenge to look forward to, in March. This is an inter-region competition in the usual Swedish format, but we’ve never done it before and need all the help we can get! Any Scottish turfer reading this who would like to know more should have a look at this article.

Another big change for me this year is that following persuasion from Kingslayer (and rigorous assessment), I’ve recently joined the Turf Crew as a zonemaker. It’s more difficult to set up good zones than many people realise, and I’m now enjoying virtual exploration of some UK places I haven’t ever visited. Hope the new UK turfers will like the results and continue with the game."

The year 2020 by MiniHolger

"The previous year has offered challenges of different forms, unfortunately this has affected how we turfers in 2020 have been able to meet, have events and practice this fantastic game together. Despite this, I want to highlight something that me happy and hopefully many more. The Swedish Region battle took place in September 2020 and was a fantastic "event" that allowed us to compete together in these times, but still on our own. I liked that you could always follow day by day how the position was, a good setup. I personally hope this is a recurring concept that many will take part in, I intend to do it anyway! I look forward to when we can once again hang out unhindered between Turfers and do what we are passionate about together, I do not want everyone's great ideas to create these unique events (Region battles, Turf Advent Calendar) to disappear either.

Turf is life!"

School event 2020 by Calmare1

"The year 2020 has been marked by Covid-19 and all the negative consequences of this, but every cloud has a silver lining. The year 2020 was also the year when all sports teachers around Sweden were looking for good outdoor activities to be able to carry out despite restrictions on Covid-19.

During 2020, the number of school Turf events mushroomed. We have now passed over 500 schools in Sweden that hold an account for the event tool. If we play with the idea that there is an average of at least 2 teachers per school, there are now over 1000 PE teachers in Sweden who can organize school events. If we then play with the idea that each teacher organizes a school event with a class of 30 students, we immediately have 30,000 potential new turfers. This with the presumption that each teacher only runs school events with one class. Feel free to repeat the calculation example with 3 teachers per school and two classes per teacher …….

During the year, I have had the privilege of lecturing on Turf and school events for no less than about 100 future PE teachers at Linnaeus University in Växjö and in Kalmar. All these students are now ready to take on the task of building their own courses and conducting events at their upcoming internships."

The world's largest school event by Calmare1

"I got a really big challenge on December 1st. At the beginning of November, I was contacted by a former classmate in Stockholm who needed help arranging a school event. Of course I said, when I thought it was about one or two "regular" events with at most a couple of classes. It turned out that they wanted a full-day activity for the whole school. Marina Läroverket is a high school in Danderyd with about 450 students. What a challenge!!!

In order for the event area not to cover half of Stockholm, we decided to divide the event into 4 different sub-events of 1.5 hours each, with about 100 participants in each event. Despite the prevailing pandemic, the result was that we registered a total of 321 participants on the same day. It was a breathtaking feeling to organize a school event in almost Bonanza size. And I was a little nervous before: Will everything work as it should? Have I managed to lay the zones so that they can be taken? How many zones have I blindly from Kalmar (editor's note: Calmare1 lives in Kalmar and was setting up the school event zones from home) managed to put in private gardens or on private piers in Djursholm? Fortunately, everything went well and the school was very happy with the event. It was probably not the last time we get to see Marina Läroverket in Danderyd arrange Turfevents of this caliber.

I look forward to a spring where school events will increase even more and even more of our children and young people around the country will have the opportunity to get acquainted with a fantastic game and an opportunity to exercise outdoors without the risk of spreading infection."

So, not everything about 2020 was doom and gloom. I am sure you have your own happy Turf moments to hold on to. And let's make new ones in 2021!

Turfa lugnt!/Safe turfing!


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NEW ZONES 2020-12-23 19:51:01

We are currently working hard to make new zones due to the lovely inflow of new users.

This means we beg for your patience since it could take a little longer than usual.

If you want to help the process you can:

  • Use the zone suggestion tool in the app. (menu button->lightbulb)
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  • Other than that, just sit tight and we will solve your zone situation asap!

    BBC coverage 2020-12-21 20:12:45
    TURF INSIDER December 2020-12-21 19:54:28
    Round winners

    Congratulations to the winners of round 125: Király from Skåne secured his umpteenth Gold, féarglas from Scotland biked home her first silver and M0112 from Lounais-Suomi turfed home a third bronze to the collection. All medal winners turfed home way over 1 million points. Well done, mates!

    Lusseturf 2020

    Turf Västmanland is organizing Lusseturf for the 8th year. This time it will be different. No general assembly before the event, no coffee and buns afterwards. Even a different area for the event. But it will take place on the day of Lucia: Sunday the 13th of December.

    From the home of Turf Västmanland on Facebook:

    "Of course we must keep the tradition alive! But this year, like so much else, it will be a little different. The event is open to everyone and completely free! On Lucia Day itself, 13th of December, between 11.00-13.00 this year's event is taking place. The event area this time will be the area between Lugna Gatan on Finnslätten, Österleden and Tillbergaleden.

    And we urge you to keep your distance, no assembly will take place either before or after the event. We will just Turf. It also means that there is no toilet or serving. After the event, someone on the board of Turf Västmanland will present a small prize to the winner, and we hope that we can take a photo and post it online so that the competitors can enjoy seeing who won. But this contact will take place a while after the event, not immediately as it usually is.”

    Another longer ”event” is the Advent Calendar organized by Turf Örebro that begun on the First of Advent. Each day the participants get a task, for example ”Take two 170 tp zones” or ”Take 10 zones”. The daily task is e-mailed to the participants and also posted on the Facebook page of Turf Örebro. If you succeed with the task every day until the 22nd of December, you are part of the raffle of a USB bike light. Although I think most people participating, is not doing it for the prize, but for the fun of getting out and about with a daily mission to complete.

    Expansion in the UK

    I don't think anyone has missed the fact that a Scottish turfer named féarglas biked home a Silver medal this round. The activity in Scotland, but also in other regions of UK, is really taking off. I asked ESOCWalter and two other turfers in Scotland to answer some basic Turf-related questions for Turf Insider. I think most of you will smile in recognition to many of the answers and stories by the Scottish turfers :)

    First out is ESOCWalter himself:

    Your Turf-nick/alias and the story behind it:

    ESOCWalter is not really very imaginative, but I’ve stuck with it! A lot of the Edinburgh Turfers are members of Edinburgh Southern Orienteering Club and so have ESOC in our names. A lot of our club is mad for it, and we even have a Turf page on our website now! https://www.esoc.org.uk/category/turf

    What made you begin with Turf?

    CSL in our club got me involved. I was editing the ESOC newsletter for a few months, and CSL provided an article about Turf one month. I put that in but then forgot about it. Then he gave me a second article for the next edition, two months later, and I thought ok I will try it! And then I was hooked straight away. I love the fact that the concept of Turf is so simple – go to a zone and take it – but there’s so much to think about as well with the medals, the points, etc.

    Favorite Zone or zone you take most often

    My favourite zone is a new one very near my house, which I suggested and is called DustyZone, after my dog, Dusty, who is a cavapoo. She is a great dog, and she has visited the zone a number of times already with me.

    Which medal has so far been the hardest to take? Why?

    The hardest one I am currently working on is the Trainer! Especially as I started trying to visit a different train station every day, which took me all over Edinburgh. I have had some good adventures with this medal, taking the train out of Edinburgh and cycling home, doing dog walks, combining with orienteering challenges we have had on in the club at local parks, and most recently taking the IslandIsland medal – see answer 10 below. I am terrified I will miss a day and I’m currently on day 25, so the end is in sight!

    What is the best thing about Turf?

    The best thing about Turf is the interaction which it has generated between us in ESOC. We have a WhatsApp group with about 30 of us on it. The chat is non-stop – in a good way! People sharing tips about taking zones, posting pictures of their new medals, encouraging each other, and sharing photos of zones and adventures they’ve been on. With the travel restrictions in Scotland just now, we also get a chance to bump into our club members when we are out turfing, which is always great as well.

    What is the most frustrating thing about Turf?

    At the moment, the government travel restrictions are frustrating as we can’t travel far to get all the zones which now exist in Scotland. Bring on the vaccine! I am over Covid-19 and ready to get back to normal.

    A personal Turf goal you've achieved that you're most proud of

    Eager ferret medal! I tried it three nights in a row, getting faster each time, by getting better at where to take the zones. QuirkESOCs in our club managed to get this medal on foot in central Edinburgh, going in the opposite direction, and on a bike it’s better in the other direction. There are some tricky ones on the route, including HARRYPOTTER, and on the final attempt I had the ESOC Turfers watching me on Turf TV, so I felt the pressure. It was so cool to see the medal appear at the end, as I didn’t know how I was doing along the way.

    Something, besides a bike, you've used to take a zone (which zone?)

    As part of my Trainer medal quest, I have taken a couple of zones when on a train, and I have learned where it’s best to sit on a train (near the front, generally) in order to position best for the zones at the stations. Sometimes you need to run up or down the train to get into position, while it is in the station and before it moves off.

    A medal you would like to see in the future

    I would love to see harder versions of the Revisitor. This is a REAL challenge to get in Edinburgh, as all your zones can easily be taken before you even get home. I think there is a real skill to this one, in terms of picking your zones and the timing of it all. I would suggest they are called Revisitier and Revisitiest, and maybe they are for 100 zones and 200 zones over 5 days, so a step up from the 50 of the Revisitor.

    Most memorable zone you've taken. Why?

    IslandIsland is a new zone which (as the name suggests) is on an island, and it is in a loch at one of the local universities. This is a new zone that our zone-setter Kingslayer created recently, and it had not been visited before. I went out on a freezing day at the start of December, and wore my wetsuit and goggles. I had no idea how deep it would be, but it wasn’t too bad – only up to my chest, but very muddy and sludgy under the brown water, and very cold. But despite all of this it was good fun!

    ESOCWalter after taking IslandIsland

    Secondly we get to hear from MarkuuEsoc:

    Your Turf-nick/alias and the story behind it:

    My Turf-nick is ’MarkkuEsoc’ which is an amalgamation of my first name, my rally driving hero of yesteryear in Markku Alén and most of us ESOC members also incorporate the club initials into our Turf-nick!

    What made you begin with Turf?

    Our orienteering club president Walter can be very persuasive when he wants to be. Didn’t have any other option than to play!

    Favorite Zone or zone you take most often

    ’ArthursSeat’, a key Edinburgh landmark is an amazing zone to take because from there you can plan and see all the Edinburgh zones you’d like to take if only you had unlimited time! I take ’AdamCathzone’ most frequently as it is close by to home, named after my 2 children. It changes hands on average about 4 times a day so is probably the most frequently taken zone in Scotland at present.


    Which medal has so far been the hardest to take? Why?

    The children have been the driving force behind me obtaining the night ninja badge, they were only too delighted about the prospect of going for a wander in the middle of the night – but less so for me! Now they have their own Turf accounts they are badgering me to help them do it too - arggh!

    What is the best thing about Turf?

    A great excuse to get out of the house and get fitter!

    What is the most frustrating thing about Turf?

    Getting to a zone and then not being able to take it due to GPS. We have ’RiskyTurfing’ at the National Library of Scotland, but as I tend to Turf later on at night when the gates are locked and it is 50/50 if my GPS will allow me inside the zone border.

    A personal Turf goal you've achieved that you're most proud of

    I was delighted to be number 1 in the world league overnight at the start of the October 2020 round, might just be tempted to try for it again at some point....

    Something, besides a bike, you've used to take a zone (which zone?)

    Nothing out of the ordinary, maybe I should start carrying a selfie stick to help take the ’RiskyTurfing’ zone mentioned above.

    A medal you would like to see in the future

    A ‘Daily’ range of medals given for taking at least say 10 zones for a consecutive series of days, so ‘Daily-10’ would be achieved by getting 10 zones on 10 consecutive days, ‘Daily-50’ for 10 zones on 50 consecutive days and so on (This would encourage you to get out even on poor weather days and increase Turf loyalty)

    Zone collector medal range for gaining at least one of each of the 11 zone types (this could be very difficult dependent on where you live), so perhaps this would start from ‘Zone Collector 8’ and work up through ‘Zone Collector 9’, ‘Zone Collector 10’ and ‘Zone Collector 11’ medals.

    International Turfer – having taken zones in more than say 5 countries. This could be expanded to a 10 country and 15 country badges for example.

    Expand the Neutralizer range of medals, so for example it is similar to the ‘Diverse’ medals format where you earn a medal for taking say 100, 250, 500 neutral zones within a round.

    A League medal, given out on a hierarchical basis for the highest league level achieved during your Turf life, maybe starting at League 5 (for Turfers who at some point reached League 5). Then you’d have League 4, League 3, League 2, League One and finally Elite for any Turfer who has managed to get into the Elite league at any point.

    Most memorable zone you've taken. Why?

    ‘BerwickLaw’ in North Berwick, for the fabulous view of the Bass Rock and out to sea.

    MarkuuEsoc with his very helpful kids

    And finally, after winning her silver medal, féarglas took the time to answer the same questions :)

    Your Turf-nick/alias and the story behind it:

    People often think I’m Scottish and I have lived here for 20+ years now, but I am Irish. My Turf-nick is féarglas, (pronounced fair-gloss) which is Gaeilge, the Irish language, and translates to ‘green grass/turf’ in English. And isn’t that what we are after in Turf? Change all those red zones green.

    PS: Often people leave out the fada (ie. the line) over the e, which makes the word ‘fearglas' (pronounced far-gloss) meaning ‘green man’. Which of course I am not.

    What made you begin with Turf?

    I started Turf in round 122, August 2020, after reading an article written by CSL in my orienteering club (ESOC) newsletter. CSL has been turfing for many years, our turf guru. The club president, ESOCWalter, who has a reputation for banging on about things ?, went on and on and on and on until we started using Turf!! I couldn’t find the app at first, but once I worked out the different country apple-ids, I was hooked.

    We had a club competition on the first day of round 122 in August, which I won with 17,567 points. I smile now at how I bumbled around zones for the first time in areas I didn’t know, on a borrowed bike with no lights (after 17+ years of not cycling), getting lost frequently and down to 1% battery. A junior in the club, aged 10 years old was neck and neck with me until 10.30 pm when luckily, it was too late for them and they had to go home before the midnight finish. We’ve come a long way since August, with many great Turfers in the club and winning points totals for the subsequent first day of the round competition of 32,353 / 43,392 /37,825 and now ESOCWoody - 46,152.

    Favorite Zone or zone you take most often

    A favorite zone is always a tough question, as everyone has a few. I like KIRKGATE, as it is a pretty setting with a view of Currie Kirk, and the ride to it along the Water of Leith, a pathway which runs along the river through forest, is always a pleasant nature experience and very restorative after hours of city & concrete.

    Which medal has so far been the hardest to take? Why?

    The hardest medal to take so far has been the ‘Dark Ninja’. This isn’t because it is done at night time, which is my preferred time for going out, I just couldn’t work out which time zone the 2 am - 3 am referred to. To cover all bases of UTC, GMT, BST, UTC+1 etc., I tried every hour from midnight (local time) to 3 am. Nothing, no medal. I then asked CSL, the local guru, who explained it was 2 - 3 am local time but re-visits don’t count. And sods law - the only re-visits I had done were local time 2 – 3 am, the only hour that mattered.

    What is the best thing about Turf?

    The best thing about TURF is there is something in it for everyone, regardless of character, age or fitness. For me as a working Mum/parent, Turf has re-claimed a part of me lost to other commitments, and provides my space in a busy family. I love the mental challenge especially, the physical exercise, discovering new places both local and further afield, learning about places I thought I knew and piecing together the jigsaw of places I know individually. I enjoy sharing it with others, and seeing them get their own enjoyment from it.

    What is the most frustrating thing about Turf?

    There are a few things that frustrate me with TURF, like the vague often inaccurate map without contours, but the most frustrating thing for me is its complete and absolute reliance on GPS, which I find varies hugely in reliability and accuracy. I spend too much time dancing and circling around zones trying to coax the green avatar in to the zone, determined to not leave without taking it. When it does register eventually, I often freeze like a statue, not daring to move or breathe in case I hear the dreaded ‘Leaving Zone’. My common reply, to my inanimate phone - ‘I am not leaving the zone!’ It makes me laugh though when it battles itself with ’taking zone’ ‘leaving zone’ ’taking zone’ as the signal settles, as it reminds me of Father Dougal with the Christmas Tree lights. (Father Ted, ‘A Christmassy Ted’ aired December 1996, and repeated every year since as it is so great!!).

    A personal Turf goal you have achieved that you’re most proud of

    Winning the silver medal in round 125 with 1.4 million points, both achievements I thought that were beyond me. And to be the first person outside of the Nordic Countries to win a medal, or exceed 1million points, is further reward. We have a great community of Turfers here in Scotland and the UK, and I think I have done us all proud, putting us on the World Turf map. I was bowled over and warmed by the both the messages of encouragement and congratulations from home and abroad. (To Oberoff - a special thank you?)

    It was certainly a challenging 35 days, trying to fit Turf in around other commitments (which is why I often turf evenings/nights), playing the head game, battling the demons and to just keep going day after day with the motto of ’no days or nights off’. I did miss one night when I had bailed out of a day ride (after 70 km though) when I got very cold in poor weather, and intended going out later but I was ordered to sleep instead by my family ?. I met CSL the next day who said he was very surprised to wake and find he still owned his zones! There was also one overnight turf session which took longer than expected and being late home, everyone was late for school & work, but delighted children getting a lie-in ?

    Something, besides a bike, you've used to take a zone (which zone?)

    I once used a stunt scooter to take zones, starting with SAUGHTONROSES, which is next to the skate park. Oh boy, never again. The little wheels are not well suited to uneven pavements/kerbs, and pushing with one leg while trying to remain balanced was very hard work. At least it wasn’t on the skateboard, or the final zone would definitely have been ACHEINMYTUMMY, the local A&E.

    A medal you would like to see in the future

    This would have to be a medal for reaching 1 million points in a round, and more medals as you achieve even higher points again.

    Most memorable zone you've taken. Why?

    My most memorable zone is nowhere special, but it has a special memory taking it. In round 123, my target was a top 5 finishing position. On the last day, I was in 5th, but went for a ride to ensure I didn’t lose it. It was a dreadful day here, a storm with wind, heavy rain and very cold - even the ducks weren’t out. It is up there with the most miserable rides ever! As I came close to home, I met my 8-year son, out in the storm. He had gone out to re-take the two ‘home’ zones so I could take them again. I was very moved by this, and we walked together to take the last zone.

    Photo of ESOCWalter and féarglas

    Thank you ESOCWalter, MarkkuEsoc and féarglas for answering my questions with interesting information and stories! I sure enjoyed reading their answers, I hope you did too :)

    Turfa lugnts/Safe turfing!


    Round-reset hickups 2020-12-06 18:20:50

    Today, during the start of the new round, we know that a lot of you experienced some bad performance.
    This was due to a new server-setup which aims to increase performance. However a bug in the new setup had unfortunately slipped in.
    We worked hard to find the bug and hope that you noticed the fix.
    Round starts are tough on our servers and hard to simulate in a test-environment. A Swedish fika is always a good backup plan on sundays.

    Lets aim for a smoother experience next time!

    Eat, sleep, Turf, repeat 2020-11-13 16:20:32

    We encourage you to read the following blog post by October round winner Bont. It describes the huge effort it takes to win a round of turf these days. Amazing!


    (In swedish, use google translate)

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