I forgot to add a comment about people going back to join slower runners - we are told to go to the side of the finishing tunnel if anyone wants to do that which eliminates the confusion that can be caused as a time is only recorded if you go through the tunnel itself.
My tuppence worth as someone who has done 30+ Parkruns and volunteered both as second timer and token giver...
We have a back-up timer at our runs - then both sets of times are compared to ensure consistency. I'm not 100% sure but if a range of place tokens is out of sequence is out of order compared to the the rest in a race, then it should not be rocket-science to work out what the correct placings are by referring to the recorded times. I was a token giver (one of two) at our recent 100th Parkrun event (over 250 runners) - quite a job with bunches of people coming in thick and fast in the middle... one thing I noticed that there was a load of "unregistered" tokens (they had numbers but no bar-code; which were never used) so it might be that some of these might have slipped into the wrong place.
I have only experienced one problem at my local Parkrun - my Parkrun time was one minute faster than the time on my watch - but this was sorted within a couple of hours of emailing the team. Only other "complaint" is that the timing can be a little out - I notice sometimes that the time gap in seconds between myself and the runner infront is a little dodgy but hey! Generally, Parkrun is a great thing to have in our city and it would be nice to see more others than the usual suspects volunteering.
Doing full Marathon again this year. Hoping for nice dry, cool day.
Good to see that they are providing free parking passes for runners in order to avoid the fiasco of last year! Any of you out there can still enter right now, even with only 10 days to go. Did rough count-up - about 230 entrants at last count.
Having a mini-break - was due to do 12k race on Sunday but got called off. I actually slipped and badly bruised my side this morning just walking on a pavement (more dangerous than the roads in my opinion!)... Think I will spend Sunday taking my daughter sledging - a few days off won't do anyone any harm.