Did my first park run last week. Can anyone explain how the timings work - I imagine it is very simple but I can't work it out.
When I crossed the line I got a bar code which I used to register my time. How does the barcode know the time it took to run the route.
Really can't work it out but I guess it is a really simple explanation?
Full explanation here: http://www.parkrun.org.uk/bournemouth/news/2014/02/11/how-it-all-works/
Basically there is someone clicking a button every time someone crosses the line, so that records all the finishing times in order, and the bar code simply identifies you as finisher 55 or whathaveyou.
We have a few bits of software and one is for results processing.
After the parkrun the files on the scanners and one of the stopwatches are loaded into the software. This mashes them together.
So basically there will be an entry number 1 with a time. This will be mashed together with barcode number 1 which also has an associated runner.
We then go through the results to deal with any anomalies and submit it.
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