Is my watch broken?

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seren nos    pirate
24/02/2013 at 19:33

i have mine on a lot..........if i'm on the bike .especially in a group you have to stop at lights and to to autopause gives me a better balance of my speeds.........

also when running a training run and need to stop for a pee or to stop and wait for the group it switches off to keep a more accurate picture of the training pace......

Ric might take a few seconds but it also takes a few seconds to realise you are moving again so balances out

24/02/2013 at 19:45
Autopause on many garmins can be set either when you have stopped, or you can set it to pause if your pace drops to a certain level. I make extensive use of neither of them. My times in training really aren't that critical, and in a race all I need is time from A to B
24/02/2013 at 19:52

there is another way to stop the clock when you stop.


Press the stop button.

24/02/2013 at 19:59

Hi ran the Winchester 10K myself today and my chip time is 19 seconds slower than my watch.  My watch works fine.  If you look at the recetimesystems website everybodys race time is the same as their chip time.  I think they are giving out the start gun time not the chip time.



24/02/2013 at 20:11

that looks to explain it Martin. They've bungled it

Very irritating. I've only seen organisers screw timings up once before. A half marathon 2 years ago. They gave even the front runners 7seconds different between their chips and gun times.

All they needed to do, was to reduce the chip time by 7seconds.

INSTEAD, they added 7seconds on!

Meaning everyone was double hit!

seren nos    pirate
24/02/2013 at 20:17
Stevie G . wrote (see)

there is another way to stop the clock when you stop.


Press the stop button.

but then you have to remember to start it again.can't remember the number of times i've forgotton to do that

25/02/2013 at 01:39
I ran this one too, couldn't see any timing mats at the start line when lining up so I assumed it would be gun-to-chip so started my watch accordingly, and my watch time matched my result, same for a clubmate too.

As mentioned above, everybody's chip time and gun time were identical on the timing site results so it obviously was gun to chip. That does not bother me for a low key event like this, as long as it has accurate results over an accurately measured distance, but I understand why it would bother many others. Organisers should make it clear in advance what timing method will be used though, so people know what they are paying for; I don't think that they did in this case.
seren nos    pirate
25/02/2013 at 07:10

I agree Ballesteros..........when chip timing is advertised you assume its start to annoys me when its gun timiung only as this is there just for the organisers benefit at the finishing chute and not for the competitors benefit........

they should make it clear.......

25/02/2013 at 07:52

ahh gun to chip is always irritating.

you either want chip to chip or not bother having chips!

seren nos    pirate
25/02/2013 at 07:55

because if you know its gun to chip then us slower runners will be fighting the fast runners for a place on the start line............and so bugger up their race as well..............when normally the majority of runners will take their appropriate place in the line for our pace...

but if its gun to chip thyen we all want an accurate time of our run

Cheerful Dave    pirate
26/02/2013 at 11:43

It used to be the case that there were some chip timing systems that couldn't cope with hundreds of runners crossing the start mat in a short space of time, so it would either lose your start time completely or it would only register you as starting quite a while after you'd actually crossed the line.  So it was only useful in a gun time capacity, which makes recording finishers easier but otherwise is of little benefit to the runner.

26/02/2013 at 22:15

The Fleet 10k also has gun to chip timing.  I guess it is easier than manual timing, but if you're paying for someone to time your event, they might as well do gun to gun.

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