Help with Filling out the Ratification Form
Occasionally people have problems with filling out the ratification form. This page hopefully will guide you through the process. This help is aligned with version 2.9 of the form.
- Suitable Programs
- The spreadsheet was originally written in Microsoft Excel but has since been updated using OpenOffice. So either of those two programs will suffice as will LibreOffice. Please be aware that Numbers messes things up so try not to use that program. Please make sure that you save the file as MS Excel 2003 format. For Numbers you need to use the Export menu item to do this. Programs such as Preview do not allow you to make changes to the document so cannot be used. Also don't save in something like Google Docs, send the file as an attachment with the email.
- Because different programs may be used to fill out the form it's not possible to rely on scripting or macro languages to enforce data integrity so it's up to you to follow the guidelines.
- What can I edit?
- The only cells that you should change are those with a grey background.
- Important information and instructions are in cells with a red background whilst cells with a green background indicate help text.
Filling out the form
- General points
- Just fill out what's asked in the manner that it's being asked for.
- Read the instructions and help text.
- If an item doesn't apply, leave it blank.
- Don't delete parts of the spreadsheet.
- Don't add "helpful" comments or such like, they increase the time taken to process the form from a few minutes to several tens of minutes at our end.
- Don't use abbreviations for your club name (if any), you may know what it stands for, we almost certainly do not.
- Where do I start?
- Go to the "Info" sheet and enter your personal details: name, address and so on in to the appropriate cells.
- What date do I enter for my round?
- The required date is that on which you complete your round. As an example: if you begin your round at 2000hrs on Friday 20th July and take 22hrs35mins then you finish at 1825hrs on the 21st July so you'd enter YYYY-07-21 - YYYY being 2021, etc. The required format (YYYY-MM-DD) allows easy sorting. The form has each part in a separate cell, unless you started on the last day of a month it's just a case of filling in the day values.
- The month value is auto-filled with the current month so if your round was "last" month you'll need to change that as well.
- What's the next step?
- The instruction block on the "Info" page indicates which of the four other sheets you should use. There are two options for both clockwise and anti-clockwise, choose the one that matches the order in which you visited Sergeant Man and High Raise.
- How do I record the names of those who helped me?
- There is a large block for this, there's also examples of what and what not to do on the Example sheet. Enter the helper's name and put an 'X' in the column for each leg that they helped on and/or roadside help. If you ran with another contender and you witnessed each other just put an 'X' in the reciprocal column, not any of the individual legs but see the section below as well.
- Occasionally someone succeeds earlier in the year then helps out on a round. In this instance put a 'Y' in the membership number column.
- How do I fill out the timings?
- Down the left hand side of the sheet is the list of summits and road crossings. There are two values for each: hour and minutes. The timings must be in 24hr format so 10:30pm must be entered as 22 in the hour column and 30 in the minutes. You will know that you have entered the timings correctly when the cell to the right shows the difference between the current location and the previous one as a number of minutes - Moot Hall 0hrs00, Skiddaw 1hrs20 will show 80, etc.
- What's the "Reciprocal" column for?
- Reciprocal rounds are those where runner 'A' supports runner 'B' and vice versa. They are by their nature very lightweight attempts and generally not recommended because of the risks both in safety and in the sense that if one runner drops out then the other no longer has a witness. See this page for more information and guidance.
- The reciprocal field should not be used if you are a pair or part of a group being supported by others on the fells.
- If reciprocal is checked then don't check the individual legs, that's implicit in a reciprocal round.
- What do I do when I've finished filling out the form?
- Save it in the required format, ideally MS Excel 2003. Doing this means that we can script any action on all the files and not worry about coming across a PDF file for instance.
- Give the file a sensible name, ideally with your own name in it: "John_Smith_ratification_form.xls", having a hundred or more files named "ratification.xls" is awkward!
- Strange values appear in some cells. How do I get rid of them
- As you proceed with entering your details the calculations are done in sequence. Since the calculations have to have some data to work on, temporarily incorrect values will appear. These will correct themselves as you progress.
- Should I delete the sheets for the options I don't use?
- No, do not do this.
- One of my pacers succeeded earlier this year and doesn't have a membership number. How do I indicate this?
- Just put a 'Y' in the column for the membership number. We can only sort this out at our end once we have all the successes in order.
- Why do you need to know my age, nationality and how many times I've tried before?
- A bit of housekeeping really. We get asked things like "What's the average age of a BG completer?"; "What's the age of the oldest female completer?"; "What's the success ratio?"; "Am I the first completer from XXX?" So these just let us find these things out. They also help with the yearly summary posted on the News page.
Hopefully the above will help with the process of filling out the form. If you have any other questions or problems with the form then please contact the Membership Secretary, Bob Wightman, whose details are in the Contacts section.