Gun-chip or chip-chip timed ? This is the RDs decision. Both types of race will wear chip tags and runners will be timed as they cross the finish line : “chip-chip” simply means that runners will be timed as they cross the start time as well, so their eventual race chip time will be the exact time they took to race the distance. So, for the runners starting at the front, they will have chip times very similar to their gun times and for those runners taking 20 seconds, say, to cross the start line, this will be reflected in their chip time being 20 seconds faster than their gun time. If the course of the race is not one for gaining personal bests then one could suggest the race is timed as gun-chip. But if the race is a fast course or there are many runners in the race then chip-chip will give runners a more respectable race time. For races run under the UK racing bodies, gun times are used for race awards and chip times for the runner’s personal bests. LuSH uses state of the art matting especially appropriate for use at the start when providing chip timed races. An array of RFID antennae or the matting can be used for the finish line. Well proven, state of the art and forever evolving software from Agee Race Timing (ART) processes the RFID equipment to generate real time race results. Chip-chip races incur an additional cost to provide the timing at the start.
Results may not be only applicable to individuals : team scoring can also be accommodated.
It is the RDs decision whether to have online registration, to permit postal entries or race day entries. It is the responsibility of the RD to provide LuSH with pre-race entries. For a popular event permitting race day entries, but especially being timed as chip-chip, it is reasonable to have a cut off time so that LuSH can make their way to the start line. If all race entries cannot be keyed in during the event, this will mean a delay to prize presentation and any kiosk generated race labels (see below) showing age category positions must be treated as provisional. Further, race entry transfers may wish to be considered. If so, and/or if race day entries are permitted then race registration will need to add and amend entries using ART : a volunteer may be needed to help with this.
In the future, it is our intention – at race registration – for LuSH to provide a ‘tag check’ station. This is a facility whereby runners can check they have the correct Bib No and their registration details have been correctly entered into the race computer.