Hello Peterborough parkrunners!
Many of you noticed that the position token you were given last Saturday did not match up with the position in the results. Apologies for not responding to individual emails but hopefully everyone sees this message instead.
Unfortunately some people still do not realise that when they step over the finish line they MUST go all the way down the funnel and take a token. If someone gets timed over the line but does not receive a token it can have a massive effect on the results (anyone that has volunteered as the results processor will understand this, as will some of those that have volunteered around the finish area).
The funnel managers try their best to look out for people ducking out of the funnel but unfortunately we have a very long and busy funnel and sometimes not many people volunteer to cover this role. The number checkers run up and down as fast as they can trying to see that we stay in sync (and if we don't, where does it go 'out'). But again, with a funnel so long and busy, we cannot always narrow it right down. The volunteers handing out the tokens move their hands as quickly and efficiently as possible. However, this means that they sometimes don't see if someone slips out by them without taking a token.
Please, please, please! If you cross the finish line, take a token! If you haven't got a barcode then just hand it to one of the volunteers that are scanning barcodes and they will just put it straight in the bucket. This will ensure that you don't mess up anyone else's result. On that note, if you are running back for a friend to help them in (which of course is encouraged), when you come back, please do not go near the finish line again. The timekeepers want to give everyone the best time they can so if they see feet anywhere near the finish line they will be ready to press that button.
Each week our results processor volunteers extra time during their Saturday to compile the results. When things go out of sync we do our absolute very best to try give accurate times but because of the issues mentioned above, and sometimes just genuine human error, it is sadly not possible. But the good news is that you can always try again for free next week!
If you'd like to understand more about the way the results work and how it's important to keep the timers and tokens in sync, email in to email@example.com and give 'number checking' a go!
Thanks all for reading and for understanding,
Laura Whitton, Peterborough parkrun volunteer co-ordinator