How important is Chip Timing to runners?
Hi All, I'm curious to know how important it is to runners for an event to have chip timing.
We (our local primary school PTFA) are in the early stages of planning our annual 10k (in October 2012). Its our 7th year organising the event and (even though I say so myself) we do a reasonably good job - our feedback is generally very good.
Should we upgrade to chip timing? ... I'm researching at the moment, and am wondering actually, how important is chip timing to runners? Would you choose a chip timed event over an old fashioned manually timed event?
Would love to hear any views ...
I do prefer chip timed events, those few seconds matter
Most seem to have chipped timing these days - I can't remember the last race I did without chips, and I'm talking about local races organised by PTAs, Rotary Club, running clubs.
stutyr wrote (see)
I guess it depends on the size of the field - I normally do a local 5k series that doesn't use chips, and I only realised when writing this response. As its a small field (less than 500 runners) it doesn't bother me as I know I cross the start line within a few seconds of the gun. For the larger races, I would be slightly annoyed as it can take some time to get over the start mat, so the clock time is significantly more than my chip time. I don't race for the position, I race to achieve personal bests - so its nice to have a published time that shows how long it took me to complete the distance.
for small local events I don't think it matters much - and if the use of chip timing pushed the price up a lot then you might get less people entering - I am thinking here of a 10K run by a local primary I did last year - it cost about £10 or something to enter, no chip timing but a great event.
to be honest, I don't look to see whether an event has chip timing before I sign up for it
I doubt if the majority of those who enter your race would expect chip timing - I imagine that they enter to support the school, therefore chip timing is not so important to them.
If you provide chip timing, then you'd have to make sure that you provide all the other facilities that go along with that kind of a race - maybe you already do, but if not, you might find you attract more people with the chip timing, but equally, they expect more from you.
Our village has been running a 10k for the last few years. Initial timing was two people standing at the end of the race, each with a stop watch, pad and pencil, taking it in turns to record the timing.
I'm not sure that it's changed much, but entries pretty much double each year and no-one complains!
Anything less than two female virgins placing a laurel garland upon the nobel brow of the winner and your getting reported to the UKA.
Oh yes and a pit for the burial of the ritually slaughtered losers.
(This is not strictly needed but it adds an incentive and it is for charity)
Gun time how charmingly retro
Can I chuck in a nice cinder track ?
i prefer chip timing...but certainly dont check before i register. I would rather you kept the costs lower.
but if your entry fee is high there will be an expectation for all the race trimmings and chip timing would fall in to that category.
Chip timings are only needed for me if its a premier event - eg flat and fast so people will target it for a PB or a big field so it takes a long time to cross the start.
Don't bother with chip timing, it pushes the costs up and isn't really needed.
I only run one or two chip timed races a year at most. Until UKA started using the chip times for rankings I never really bothered with them. Interesting, but gun time is the only one that counts. I can just see chip timed fell races! What happens when the heather rips your chip off?
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