Race Report - The Dark Dart Dash
Saturday evening was the biggest test of the equipment so far. Two hundred plus entries, many waves, and four distances. It's probably fair to say I had a fair few nerves going into this. Not on the hardware side, I'd done enough tests on that to be confident, but how easy was the software going to be to use in the field (spoiler - not very).
Here's the summary.
- 100% reliability on hardware
- All chips read without mis-scans
- All data transferred correctly
- 4 chips were out of sequential order on the master reference sheet causing mixups - going to rescan everything
- Web-side software was too complex meaning too long to implement changes - modifying this (easy job)
- Used numerical, rather than plain text waves - will use plain text next time
- The UID strings do not look correct - this a technical issue. Whilst the UIDs are reported in byte strings and are correct (and unique). - going to recode to carry out bytearray to hex conversions in the device, and relay the hex
- Cannot check UID via phone as it reads it in hex - will be solved by the above
- Runners couldn't see the scanners - 3x battery powered fairy lights and plastic signs
- Wave start time takes time to enter - add press button start option
Or in other words, lots to do! I'm also keen for other organisers to give the system a go (other than the excellent Wild Running). If you want to use it, get in touch! However, on a more serious note, I'm wondering how much more (and indeed how much anyway) I can give to this and to timing alongside my normal job and family.