Thanks for checking out the story behind the app! It’s Toby Cannon and Michael McCreadie here and we’d love to explain why we started Myles.
We are both keen runners and had spent the winter and first few months of 2020 training for marathons. (Toby the Manchester Marathon and Michael the Edinburgh Marathon). If you haven’t guessed yet, we’re based in the UK!
When the pandemic hit, marathons were postponed. Toby was training with his family a lot for various races. Having cycled from Land’s End to John O’Groats in 2019 with his Dad, he decided that the family should virtually run the distance.
We needed a way for the group to record the distance. In the past, we’ve used a bit of paper on the fridge for this. This soon becomes out of date as people forget to update it, or lost completely! We’ve also tried a simple spreadsheet. This was very prone to error as everyone was updating it and didn’t provide a motivational indication of progress. To solve this problem, Myles was launched.
The app was initially intented for friends and family, but there was great demand for this by other users. In the summer of 2020, Myles was launched on iOS and Android.
Myles allows challengers to run, walk or cycle a wide range of virtual routes from around the world. You can then track your progress on the map and view detailed information about your progress.
Our aim is to make something that can make epic fitness challenges accessible to all and that provides fun fitness motivation. We listen to feedback from all of our users. Just some of the features that users have requested that we’ve already implemented include:
- Group Chats
- Strava Integration
- Completion Reports
- KM / Miles Option
- Having Multiple Active Challenges
We’ve got big plans for the future of Myles and would like to thank you for being part of the journey! We appreciate you.
Toby and Michael