ChampionChip Timing is the most reliable and accurate timing method available. It works in two ways:
As the gun goes, it starts your time and stops it when you cross the finish line. This is your Official Race Time. All prizes, records and team results are based on this.
Secondly, it records your own personal time or Chip Time. As you cross the line your time starts and stops when you reach the finish. Both times will appear on the website, but your Chip Time is only for your personal interest.
What is a ChampionChip?
ChampionChip is a miniature transponder in a specially designed plastic housing. This device contains a chip in combination with an energizing coil. These elements are encased in a waterproof glass capsule, meaning the ChampionChip can be used under all conditions (wet, dry, cold and hot), which is especially relevant to those who have experienced past Yateley events.
The ChampionChip can be worn in different ways. For running races, the ChampionChip is attached to the runner's shoelace. In triathlons it is attached to an ankle bracelet.
There are no batteries in the ChampionChip. The transponder is passive until moved into a magnetic field, generated by a send antenna. Here the energizing coil produces an electric current to power the chip. The transponder then transmits its unique identification number to a receive antenna. The whole procedure takes approximately 60 milliseconds and is repeated continuously
How does the ChampionChip system work?
The send and receive antennas are cast in thin tartan mats. These antenna mats are placed at the finish line and other timing locations. They are connected to a Yellow Box at the side of the road, containing electronics and batteries. Each time an athlete wearing a ChampionChip crosses the mats, the chip gets energized and sends out its ID-number. This number and corresponding time are then stored in the Yellow Box and transferred to a timing computer for further processing.
Learn more from the website: www.championchip.com