parkrun, the free weekly 5k timed run, has announced a significant change to how their results system will operate. Rolling out this weekend (Saturday 8 March), the new results processor (RP) has been introduced to cope with the growth projections from across the UK and will, in time, introduce more local content into emails sent to parkrun members.
First written by Paul Sinton-Hewitt to cover the multiple parkrun events in 2007, the current system has managed to cope well with the huge expansion over the past 7 years. Statistics on the system at the moment allow runners to look at their time, PB, age grading, points and total number of runs.
A statement on the parkrun website reads: “Whilst there won't be any content changes it should, in time, allow for a faster turnaround and much greater scale. This new system has been put together by Richard Leyton, and is already in use for registration, reminder and birthday emails. It'll soon allow us to introduce more local content into the event emails, which we hope you'll find informative.”
With the system being implemented this weekend, parkrun organisers have suggested there might be a delay in releasing today’s results: “Whilst we're optimistic there won't be any problems, it goes without saying your patience would be appreciated if there are delays in publishing the results.”