Races that refuse to publish full results.

Anyone heard of this happening before?

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13/10/2013 at 19:58
One of our local (ish) paper has had an article reporting that the organisers of the Bournemouth Marathon Festival is refusing to publish full results of its races due to "data protection issues" I've never come across this before and as a bit of a stats geek I always like to have a look though previous results when considering signing up for events. I have done small charity fun runs where you don't expect proper results and timings but if a large event is going to advertise Elite, Good for age and Club places with chip timing then surely they should publish how everyone got on. If data protection was an issue then how come 99% of other races manage to do it.
cougie    pirate
13/10/2013 at 20:01
I think he must have his wires crossed ?
13/10/2013 at 20:11

there was a thread on here with some people moaning they didn't want their names on results lists!

Unless they're scamming the government and claiming disability allowance I'm not quite sure what their issue is!

Just enter as a hoax name if it's such a problem!

ps disclaimer...do not enter as a hoax name.

13/10/2013 at 20:21

All the organisers needed to do was place a data protection disclaimer on entry as in signing this form you accept blah blah blah. Let's hope there's no race day photographer! 

13/10/2013 at 21:26
They are flogging photos I think. They have published the top tens in each category. I think you can get a time if you know the race number but there is no facility to see all results.
13/10/2013 at 21:28

Weird one. They are freely available online through Runbritain etc so anyone wanting them could do so.  Probably someone getting a bit confused.

13/10/2013 at 21:32
It's odd that they are on run Britain but not their own website.
13/10/2013 at 21:37

Perhaps they don't need no-shit-sherlock and his sidekick trawling the results for massive time-related fraud, I mean, 2 people with the letter "r" in their name finishing within thirty minutes of each other, got to be a conspiracy.


13/10/2013 at 21:47

Rather odd that they are the only race organisers who have decided that there is a DP issue. Have they done this for their other events? Would be nice if they responded to those of us who have e-mailed them on this subject.

i presume it wasn't a DP problem on the Sunday evening as you could look up anyone by surname or race number then.

13/10/2013 at 21:49

in fairness those investigations are usually interesting.

where someone does 1 time miles faster than all their other times, yet people accept it and publicise it on their own sites!

13/10/2013 at 22:02

If its on rb then they have breached dp anyway by processing and making available and processing data to a third party therefore they just as well publish. 

13/10/2013 at 22:08
The Run Britain only has the top 1500 in each event rather than every runner.
There is no way of knowing exactly how many runners actually took part.
13/10/2013 at 23:11

Well my overall finish position in the marathon at Bournemouth was 1017 of 3001, if that's not giving away any state secrets! 

13/10/2013 at 23:16

What is quite funny is that if you go the marathon photos website and put in a bib number, you'll get a message which says "Congratulations [first name] on completing, with a finish time of: h:mms" along with the photos. And if you click on "Download your free finish certificate" you get the surname too 

seren nos    pirate
14/10/2013 at 07:16

maybe they have had a cock up with the timing chips and don't want them to be looked at too closely......

eg their results compared to the photographs.

manchester had the timing chip cock up this year and then they sorted it out in a few days.........I am not convinced that they managed to do it thoroughly......just compared the duplicated times with some photos and adjust everyone who contacted them with their own timings..

and now I hear another marathgon has had  a choip malfunction.

seems like its getting common and I wonder what the backup system for these races is.....

14/10/2013 at 09:44

Many years since I ran 'The National' but when we finished we were given a numbered token which we handed in the other end of the finishing tunnel and a few days later a full results booklet was published.  not much in the way of technology and 2,000 runners.

14/10/2013 at 10:53
It could be a chip issue they are trying to hide but they have done the same thing at another of their events, the Edinburgh Marathon.
14/10/2013 at 12:07
Maybe they saw the sign at the hill of the new forest half which said " pain is temporary-Internet results are forever" and got scared ...
14/10/2013 at 13:39

Robin Hood marathon and half marathon took over 10 days to publish the results. The provisional results were pulled off the web site very quickly, and then when they were republished as provisional results there were some glaring errors. (Ok really I'm more annoyed about this as I went from winning £50 in vouchers to ziltch )

Seems like there is a spate of races with glitches in chip timing.

14/10/2013 at 13:49
You must be gutted AR.
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