Crunch Timing Race Timing

Written by Ben Tisdall

3 November 2020

Competitors these days expect high quality timing but the cost of timing can be high. We usually pay £1500+ to get our triathlons timed. For smaller events, such as many trail races & mountain bike events, this is prohibitive.

So in 2019 we started to upgrade our existing timing kit, previously used to time our night trail races, to RFID chip timing. This is the technology used by major events ranging from the London Marathon to triathlon World Cup races.

We are now able to offer our race timing services to other race organisers at very competitive prices. All our timing is based around Webscorer software. This is a very flexible timing system that allows RFID chip timing, NFC chip timing or fully manual timing using mobile phones, tablets or laptops. In these post-Covid times it also has the big advantage of being able to email results direct to competitors immediately after they finish. We also offer live results that competitors and their supporters can access from their mobile phones with no need to crowd around the timing tent!

Event Timing Technologies

RFID Chip Timing Technology

RFID has the advantage that many chips can be read virtually simultaneously from a distance of up to several metres. It’s perfect for events with a lot of competitors finishing simultaneously or for events based on multiple laps such as Cross Country mountain bike races or Cyclocross races.
Pros: Scalable up to huge events, disposable tags can be used for larger events, reliable instant results
Cons: More expensive, particularly for small events & more complicated. Requires a fairly skilful operator to set up & run.

NFC Chip Timing Technology

NFC (near field communication) timing is the technology used when you make a payment with your mobile phone.
Pros: Low cost, robust lightweight equipment that will run all day on small batteries. Ideal for events with multiple checkpoints including unmanned checkpoints.
Cons: chips need to be right next to the reader so not suitable for multi-lap bike races or races with a lot of people finishing simultaneously.

Chip Timing Bundles

RFID Timing Bundle

Reusable RFID tags 1-400
400 Velcro ankle bands for RFID chips provided
Disposable chips also available which stick to the back of race numbers for running races, cycling events & duathlons.
Timing boxes with Impinj 4-port RFID readers, POE hub, 4G wireless router + 4 x antennas
Extra timing boxes available to cover more complex events, such as duathlons or events with separate start & finish locations.
Cost with timer to run it from £400 depending on event & location. Please enquire for more details.

NFC Timing Bundle

Timing chips 1-250
250 Velcro wristbands for NFC chips provided
Up to 6 external NFC readers for multiple checkpoints that connect to your timing device(s) (phone, tablet or laptop) with Bluetooth
Webscorer Pro installation, Start lists created & full instructions provided
Price from £250 including delivery & collection from any UK mainland address. Please enquire for more details.

Other kit available for hire
(no delivery charge if ordered as part of a timing job)

Bike racking for triathlons or duathlons – £1.20 per race (6 bikes to a 3 metre rack)
Finishing Arch £60 – plain blue finishing arch with removable Start & Finish panels
Gazebo 3m x 2m with heavy weights to hold it down £60
PA System from £50 – requires power – 3 speakers that daisy chain together (2 x 620W Studiomaster active powered PA system + QTX15 with wireless mics)
Petrol Generator – £60
Large podium boxes (1st, 2nd, 3rd) – a team of three can easily stand on one box – £50
‘Other Kit’ prices are all based on collection from Dartington, Totnes, TQ9 6JP. If we are also timing a race we can include delivery & collection of the above free or for a small additional charge.


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