Chip Timing

We provide an accurate and reliable chip timing service at an affordable price. We cater for running races (on or off-road) running relays, triathlon, cycling events, biathlon, duathlon, Hoohaah_Hatfield_10K_lowres for web use-96endurance and swimming events.

Then there are the unusual ones, abseiling down the front of an hotel and running back up the stairs, soap box carts doing timed runs down the High street to 24hr multi-lap races.

If your event has a unique format contact us to discuss it, we are experienced at creating solutions for unusual event requirements, and as event organisers and athletes ourselves we understand things from all perspectives.

To get a quote for your event just email on this link, or if you want to discuss the race give us a call, Sarah 07540 287781 or Patrick 0757 8672090

How it All Works

Chip timing is now a well proven and reliable service. The chips (sometimes called tags) can be either one-use items or reusable, they come in a variety of physical form, paper shoe chips, hard shoe chips, ankle chips, cycle helmet and bib chips (stuck to running number). Which chip is used will depend on the type of event to be timed and we will advise you.

Chip on shoe   HuTag fitted

The one-use chip has some big advantages

  • It can be posted out to the athletes without the worry of retrieving the chip if the athlete does not run (15 to 20% of pre-entered athletes do not start)
  • It does not need to be collected at the finish, thus reducing the need for volunteers to collect them off tired competitors
  • It is much lower cost, typically 25p to 35p as opposed to as much as £7.50 for reusable chips on ankle straps.

Reusable chips are

  • Useful for smaller races, up to 300 competitors where collection after the race is not a problem.
  • For triathlons and aquathlons



Results are produced to match your prize list including unusual age categories, team categories or other requests as you require, providing we know what you require in advance we can deliver quickly and accurately. Manual and video back up is part of the service so no-one will get missed!

We provide you with the top male and female finishers results as soon as they finish (however many required), category results as soon as the positions are filled.

Live to Web Results

Full results are uploaded to our results pages at no extra cost, click here to see the pages. If we have a mobile network connection we can upload them as they are created, otherwise as soon as is possible. We can provide a link to put on your website prior to the race, results then appear as soon as we send them. We can also send Excel spreadsheets to the organisers after the event.


Before ‘race day’ we would need certain information from you, if the race has special requirements a site visit beforeWells start the race may be wise.

We would need to know:

  • The layout of the race, are start and finish in the same place, if not how far apart, is the race multi lap etc.
  • If power is available (it is not essential as we can bring a generator)
  • The age categories you are using. We can deal with any categories you wish to use.
  • When you want chips, if one-use these can be processed and sent to you any time before the race.
  • Athlete information on a spreadsheet, 24 to 48 hours before the race.
example timing set up 2

Race Day

We will normally aim to arrive at the venue two hours before race start time. We will set up the finish area first, erecting a shelter to work from, inflatable arch (if used) and timing equipment. Once this is complete we will go to your race registration to deal with any day entries or amendments. We can deal with approximately 120 day entries comfortably but if you have more we can make provision to process them.

Runners can be added at any point, even after they have finished, the advantage of a chip timing system is that the system stores times associated with the running number regardless of whether there is a name attached.

If the race start is at a different location to the finish, we will set this up and test all equipment 25 minutes before start time moving back to the finish once the runners have departed. Any further day entries or amendments can be added at any point.


Satisfied Customers

With over 600 races timed, we hope this title includes most of them! If you would like to talk to one of our clients, please get in touch.

We worked with Tempo on our 3rd Fun Run. Tempo were very helpful both in the lead up to the event and on the day itself. The communication and support provided made our job so much easier. We were incredibly impressed with their professionalism and calm manner throughout the event. They made a crucial and very important part of the Run simple. The ease at which Tempo were able to record the results of our runners and publish them directly at the finish line for all runners to see was fantastic.
Ryan Jackson – Organiser of The Balsall Common Fun Run.


“Having chip timing has increased the entries to our race as it attracts more people chasing PBs. It has also shown our runners that we are professional and have invested in the races.”

Beat the Reaper & the Walton 5 miler.


Good to see you (and your lovely well-behaved dog, perhaps you’d like to train ours) yesterday. Thanks again for your help with a great day, everything seemed to run smoothly and as far as I’m aware all the Runners were happy.

Bloodwise 10k.
Thanks so much for today; really appreciate all your help.  Hope you had a safe journey home and that tomorrow’s race is a bit shorter! 

St Albans Stampede, 12 hour race