At this stage, everyone should have their race numbers. As I said in an earlier post, there is NO timing chip for your shoe despite what it says in the FAQ in the race booklet.
The chip is built into the flap on the bib as you can see above.This seems to be a new type of chip as other versions of chips on the race bibs have a much larger rectangular aerial built into them...e.g. Cork City Marathon. As you can see, the aerial on this chip is much smaller and as such, I wonder if it may present more problems in terms of not getting picked up?
I presume it's been tried and tested at many other events but it could be the very reason that the following instructions were issued....Do not cover the number with clothing or belts, etc as this will interfere with the timing. In other words, if you cover the chip with a piece of clothing that is damp then it may shield it from being picked up. This is the diagram as supplied by the chip company...
Remember that the transfer of numbers to another person is not allowed.You signed the entry form to say you wouldn't do this. Two years ago, this problem got so bad that the organisers took the unprecedented step of naming and shaming those responsible on their website.......see previous post. So if you can't run then just destroy your number.