1st timing of road race have TAG 520's and 540's in quiver. Want mass start feature with TAG/RA Clock showing running time (only) will have beam finish with tape printouts. How do I set it up?
It's been decades since I was involved with a road race.
Photo cells get confused with close finishes, when bodies are over lapped you get one time but will have two or three finishers. Sometimes single cell can get a time for the arm and then the body of the athlete. We switched back to just having a person operate a button for the finish.
Hardest is keeping order of finish, often the runners get into a different order between when they cross the line and when number is written/ collected. Use to use a video camera faced onto the finish to help with that. Used mainly when there was a argument. When using the video tried to also have the display clock included in the view.
One minor point, using IAAF rule book, official results for a road race, cross country, mountain runs ( anything not run on a track) should only be reported to the next longest second. Most runners want see their time to the tenth or hundredth of a second. Many who time using chips will give official time, the time it took to actually run the distance and the pace (time per km or mile)of the runner. In large races it will take time for main runners to get to the start line after the gun/start horn.
Thanks, will do my best
Used 2 TAG 520's. One set to net time to run scoreboard. One set to Sequential for results. Of course I accidently hit the net timer and killed the clock around 50 miniutes into race due to several athelets asking for their time while race was under way. Of course they wanted different start location from finish location. Got all finishes and times. Of course they wanted several catogories and it took 25 miniuts to break it out by hand. Will try split sceond x country next time, but typing in at registration might take longer.
An other possible solution for the management is to use one of the programs written for athletics. I've had a great deal of success with a Free ware program call Racetab 3.4 you can make different sets of results from the program, ie. separate male and female, separate age groups, "team" results
actually 3.041 is the release of RaceTab you would want -- 3.042 has a minor issue that will be fixed soon
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