Sport Systems is best known for Chip Timing road races; from 10Km through Half Marathons to Marathons. Each year we time about 100 events from large races like the Bath Half Marathon and Brighton Marathon to much smaller local events like the Wedding Day 7K and Reigate YMCA 10K.
The business however started in 1990 when the first version of RaceMaster race management software (in DOS!) was launched. In those days we were also the UK agents for Bill Rodgers' WinTrainer (training log software) and Age Grading tables.
In addition to event timing Sport Systems also provide end to end entry management services processing tens of thousands of race entries each year. You may have been the recipient of one of our mailings saying "Your Race Number is Enclosed."
Sport Systems is able to provide you with a range of timing options from start and finish timing, mid point timing or finish only timing to suit your race size and budget.
One system we use employs a lightweight cost effective Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) timing chip which is attached to the back of the race number. It’s literally a Chip ‘n’ Number in one!
Some chips are entirely disposable and are programmed when they are attached to a race number. Once in place that’s it. There is no possibility of chips becoming detached or lost during the race. If the competitor doesn’t have a number they certainly don’t have a chip!
At Sport Systems we also believe that the Chip ‘n’ Number system best replicates the rules of athletics as it’s the runners torso that is timed as it crosses the line rather than their foot or even arm!
We also have a mat- and shoe-based system, supplied by IPICO, which has been used in the USA and the Americas for several years. We have a separate page which details how this system works.