Have You Ever Ran A Race and

Your Name Was Not On the Results!

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25/03/2013 at 23:34

Twice Yep, Twice that's has happened to moi

The first time I had to fight for my name to be added to the results  It took months.  I phoned everyone in

Canterbury, including the sponsor's.  No one had  believed me. Then I got hold of the race organiser by phone

who knew of me.  He done his investigations and got my race  time correct,  they say my number got stuck

with another runner number  LOL  Right!


Now the second time I was fuming

 I had 10 minutes before the race.  I said to the woman who was handing out the chip timing to phone the race organiser that I would be late for the race she said mumbled and said something like she can't get hold him. 


The IKEA Chip timing (You now the chip timing company)  people let me full in the complete race application, I had to give them emergency phone number,   - I paid on the day.  She asked me if I was with a Club, she must have been colour blind because I was wearing my Bromley Vets AC Vest.  The woman seriously  needs to go to Spec Savers with Sam Lambourne   So a female spectator shouted out to the' Chip' woman she's a Bromley Vet Runner.

I smiled at her.  the female  spectator assisted me  with pinning my number and I fumbled to put my chip in my laces.  I moaned about putting on the chip, but managed after a little struggle.


Ten minutes had gone  I asked the lady who was handed out the chips where the start was.

She said to me to go to the main road, then turn right near the traffic light turned left and  you see everyone.  I was late the race had already started I was still looking red face and flustered.  She was talking so fast  I thought

whoooa. I said pleaseese show me .  so I quickly rushed to the  the lav.  And  we off the woman dashed off like wild cat I had trouble keeping up with her I started wheezing she looked  back at me as to say you not very fast.

I  half smiled .  I got to start panting away the woman said she had taken a short cut to the start  and she also  claimed she was not runner!

 There was not a soul at the start.  IKEA Chip timing was gone.

The lady who I followed to the start gave me some directions which I followed to the T. 

From a distance  I could  see two male runners who were also  late but they were

about 8-10 minutes ahead of me and were extremely fast runners.  Then I saw them turn off and never saw them again.

Edited: 25/03/2013 at 23:44
26/03/2013 at 00:02

I  later saw the Marshals on the course and I was happy.  At  around mile 6 and 7 I passed

two runners and I was really pleased.  At the end I passed two ladies who started sprinting to the end and I managed to sprint pass them.  I cross the chip timing line my race number was

recorded by a Marshal and my chip was removed by another Marshal. 


The joke was that there had one Medal left and the Marshal was just about to  handed it over to one of the ladies who I beat to finish line when I shouted that's mine. I heard Marshal promise the ladies that they will get their medal through the post.

 I was  well chuffed because I had not raced for about eight weeks.  I went home feeling good but that was short lived when I saw the results.    My name was not there.

Edited: 26/03/2013 at 00:03
26/03/2013 at 00:43

I never complained, but what hurts was I had to fill their entire application form, my name, age, DOB. Running Club etc. Yet  IKEA Chip timing has all my data on their system.  Plus the race is

more expensive on the day


Sorry I needed to get off my chest!


About a month  later I did a race and someone have shrove the entry form of that race into my hands.  I did not read it until I got my car


I just wondered if it happened to anyone else.



Ooh just one more rant.  Faversham 10k 2012  The  person who started the race saw me running to the start and he  started the race  before I got there.    I ended up as the  last runner, to start the race

Your charity for Cystic Fibrosis is very  good cause  keep up the good work.

http://www.cftrust.org.uk/help/events/fav10k  15 Septembre, 2013



Edited: 26/03/2013 at 00:59
26/03/2013 at 08:23

Seems to me that you need to get better organised and turn up on time....

26/03/2013 at 08:53

Stop being a mong, get yourself organised and you will cause less issues for race organisers.

I bet they love you.

seren nos    pirate
26/03/2013 at 08:57

Karen.Ion this occassion I have no symphathy......you must have been a nightmare for the porganisers..get yourself organised 

26/03/2013 at 09:01
Turning up on time may help. It's one of the first bits of advice given out to novice runners so you should really know better.
26/03/2013 at 10:08

wow, you really needed to get that off your chest eh, Karen?

I did a 10k on Saturday. My name appears on the results, but about 7 mins before I crossed the line. There was no chip timing, just race numbers to pin to your top, and people at the finish line with clipboards and stopwatch.

I assume they'd given my race number to someone else, because when i went to collect it from the tent before the race, the number they had listed against my name was not in their pack, so they just gave me another number and told me they'd sort it out. clearly they didn't as the results show me finishing in 41 mins, and show my finish time of 48:14 listing just my replacement race number beside it. i feel a bit sorry for whoever got my race number because s/he doesn't have their 41 mins recognised. I've emailed them to update it, we'll see if they can/will. I'll try not to let it ruin my week though

26/03/2013 at 10:11

Don't IKEA do meatballs with their chips?

26/03/2013 at 10:15

Karen, I could not actually be doing with reading all that, but if I got the gist, you turned up rather late, to enter on the day and expected the race organisers to run around after you and sort you out.

Do them a courtesy in future and enter in advance or turn up EARLY to enter.

"I said to the woman who was handing out the chip timing to phone the race organiser that I would be late for the race she said mumbled and said something like she can't get hold him."

Perhaps if you had ASKED, and nicely, you would have got a better response?  And if it was chip timed, it doesn't matter, surely, if you start behind the others?

26/03/2013 at 10:35

from your profile:
'Karen Samuel Golden rules for running a marathon. 1. Wake up early on the day of the race'
and accoring to the power of 10 you're down for the 3 forts in 2011 twice, so that sort of makes up for it..
(unless its another Karen Samuel...)

Edited: 26/03/2013 at 10:36
26/03/2013 at 11:19

Get a new alarm clock and stop moaning about officals that give up thier time to help out at these races. The volunteers are often there  long before and after the race doing a great job it's not thier fault you can't get organised to get to the race on time. Or would you like them to come and wake you up with breakfast in bed and a lift to the start line!!!!! Some people........

26/03/2013 at 12:54

And there'll be more extracts from Karen's memoirs "How to Make Friends and Influence People" in the next edition.

26/03/2013 at 13:02
Dustin wrote (see)

(unless its another Karen Samuel...)

PLEASE.... One Karen Samuel is more than enough

26/03/2013 at 13:31
I'm sure that somewhere on the website / race instructions they would have advised you to turn up a certain time before the start if the race.
It's always worth reading that bit.

Do you turn up at the airport 5 mins before the plane leaves?
26/03/2013 at 17:16

Aaah, Ikea meatballs are off the menu at the moment, maybe that's why.


Anyway, bring back D2D.

26/03/2013 at 18:16



I ran a local 10K in January and didn't appear in the results. Forgot my race number and went home to get it. By the time I'd done that the roads were closed so I had to park a mile and a half a way and run to the start. Only just made it in time, but I hadn't picked my chip up so didn't feature in the results.

Not my best performance...

26/03/2013 at 19:17

Karen, some tips for you

1) Don't turn up at the race organisers house

2)Get to races on time

3)Post more, you're a nutter, and it's funny.

26/03/2013 at 20:17
Karen I have to agree, I felt slightly sorry for you on a previous post when everyone seemed to be really rude to you but after this post I have to say that you do little to help yourself. You seem a really nice person who is passionate about running but you do leave yourself wide open to abuse.
28/03/2013 at 13:49
Yes i have had this hapen at tunwells half last month no time recorded a pb of over 4 mins i was livid !! But this hapened to over 100 other runners it all got sorted in a couple of days sports systems .co.uk worked very hard to sort problem checking through video footage hats off to them karen i sugest as said turn up an hour early like most of us do ie sort chip and number warm up toilet dutys its part of race day prep ????????
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