Ricky there must be something in all your strange rituals because you were the only man in Ireland to miss the rain last night !!
Kenny you dont count because you live in gods country and it never rains on the north coast !!
Good running guys
It doesn't rain on me Martin Which Park Run is that Sean? I believe one in Lisburn has just started up in Wallace Park which might suit me some Saturday that I can wangle a later start in work. Never done one before so no idea re: the barcode.9 miler this evening... hilly/country lanes - lots of puddles but it didnt rain on me
Feature on barcodes in this week's parkrunnews - it explains that they cannot be scanned from your phone:
Article by Tom Williams of parkrun:
quoteIn the early days of parkrun, when you crossed the finish line you were given a metal disc with your position on and you took that to someone sitting at a laptop who was able to type in your name, find you on the system and credit you with the correct finish position. Forgetting the fact that we were often sat in a field in the rain and cold with a soaking wet laptop this system worked pretty well, at first.
If you’ve ever asked someone for their name and date of birth 30 seconds after they’ve crossed a parkrun finish line you’ll know that it’s not as simple as most people think. Multiply that by more than one person a second during peak minutes and you can see where mistakes start to creep in. Adding to this problem of course is the rapidly increasing numbers of registered parkrunners, when we only had a few thousand there was probably only one John Smith, as we approach half a million (and 33 John Smiths FYI) not only are there many namesakes but it’s not unknown for their home runs to be the same (I’m not the only Tom Williams registered with Leeds parkrun) and even birthdays.
The issue this presents to our volunteers is that with every mistaken identity there is a disproportionate increase in admin required to correct that mistake. We get emails from runners who’ve either been credited when they hadn’t run, or not credited when they had and for some local volunteer teams this previously built up to a day’s work every single week just trying to clean up results. Although some volunteers are happy to spend this additional time, it certainly impacts on their non-parkrun life and creates expectations on all of our event teams which we don’t believe is fair. I should also point out that even the most dedicated volunteers eventually grow weary of the ever increasing admin. In the summer of 2009 we introduced the barcode system with the aim that this would eradicate mistaken identities and dramatically reduce the amount of time our volunteers had to spend sat in front of a computer screen.
At first bringing a barcode was optional but despite our best attempts at increasing non-barcode queues, and decreasing barcode queues, people still largely failed to bring them. In the name of honesty I should put my hand up here and say that I was one of those forgetful bunch. As a result the problem wasn’t fixed, and as a result of that we decided in January 2010 to make barcodes compulsory. This, amazingly, made some people very angry! All we are asking in return for 50 odd free runs every year (which incidentally you can still have without a barcode), plus the Club t-shirts when you complete a number of runs, plus the Sweatshop Monthly Prize if you’re fortunate enough to be awarded it, plus all the amazing benefits associated with being part of our wonderful family, is that you print out a small piece of paper and bring it with you on a Saturday morning. I’d also like to suggest that we are probably unique in the World of organised sporting events that if you forget, can’t be bothered, or don’t want to bring a barcode then you are still welcome to take part in pretty much the same way as any other parkrunner. You just won’t get a time. I should also add that whereas you just need to bring a piece of paper, the volunteers have to get up early and stand in a freezing cold park for a couple of hours.
So, if you do forget your barcode, as I myself have done on more than one occasion, then yes you will have to wait seven more days for your 10, 50, 100 or 250 t-shirt, or come back next week to have a crack at your PB but please take a mom
oops! think I exceeded a charater limit rule! Rest of the article:
So, if you do forget your barcode, as I myself have done on more than one occasion, then yes you will have to wait seven more days for your 10, 50, 100 or 250 t-shirt, or come back next week to have a crack at your PB but please take a moment to consider whose responsibility that really is. Should our 20,000+ hardworking volunteers be expected to spend more of their precious time adding you in manually or should you understand that you still got to run with your friends? That’s what parkrun’s really about, right?
I do realise that many of you will be reading this unsure as to the correct parkrun barcode form so here’s a few bullet points to keep you on the straight and narrow...
Once a month I email all of our event teams around the UK with updates from the parkrun world and yesterday I asked that they all adhere strictly to the ‘no barcode, no time, no exceptions’ rule so please don’t be offended if your forgetfulness is met with a simple ‘there’s always next week’.
Martin, hope the niggle with the knee is just a shout-out for a wee rest!
Ricky, good luck with the 21m on Sunday! You will be finished just as I land in Spain for my wee golf-break. Latest forecast for Almeria is potential rain Sun & Mon; grrrrrrr!!!
Tried to force it this week to test readiness for Larne: hard interval session at the club on Tues and 11m with 7m tempo last night. Ab strain is improving but chest infection has got a grip of me in last 24hrs. Still going to take gear to Spain for a couple of easy morning runs and hopefully enter Larne before end of next week!
Just seen the posts about parkrun now, or I would have posted a reply earlier. Thank you Alwyn - you covered it brilliantly. Glad to see that you read the weekly newsletter. I mentioned it on our facebook page yesterday and urged everyone to read Tom's article, and then mentioned it at the briefing this morning, but still people forget to bring their barcodes along. I'm not long in from this morning's parkrun (always lower case p) as there was a bit of a headache with producing the results today. I'm having a large cup of coffee as I wait for the deluge of emails telling me that someone's time is wrong!
Sean, glad you enjoyed your first one at Citypark, and I'm delighted to hear that you're willing to volunteer already.
I know that Sundays are busy for lots of you with long runs etc, but if anyone fancies a 5 or 10k for charity in the morning, The Stroke Association are holding one at 11am at Qeens Sport, Upper Malone Road. I'm doing timing and results at it and would welcome any help with marshaling etc. if anyone is at a loose end in the morning.
Very respectable Sean - 7 min miles... well done!
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