Reading Half Marathon

TimePoint has been developed by ChampionChip as a permanent timing solution for sports areas, primarily where athletes are training. Mainly found in Europe, the TimePoint system is also a worldwide system.

Whilst training, athletes will wear a chip attached to their ankle or shoelace (in the case of bicycles and wheelchairs, the chip is attached by mounting it to the frame)

The chip is inactive until it enters a magnetic field generated by an antenna in a timing mat or, in the case of more public areas, a road surface. The process of activating the chip takes 60 milliseconds. The code within the chip is sent to the website once the chip has been activated by the TimePoint antenna and the athlete can then do the following:

  • Check and analyse his/her personal training data
  • Compare his/her training data to that of other runners around the world
  • Manage his/her personal log book
  • Conduct virtual races

The TimePoint systems are all installed with a built in GSM modem that provides continuous connection with the website which means that any problems with the system can be immediately identified and the technician responsible for the system can be sent an SMS message.

Click here to find out whether there is a ChampionChip TimePoint local to you. If you would like a TimePoint installed in a public park near to you, please let ChampionChip know by visiting the website. Link below.

TimePoint has also been installed in certain swimming pools. Click here to find out more.

Visit to learn more about TimePoint.

The Tongyeong Triathlon was born in 2000 and attracted so much interest that the 2002 triathlon was televised countrywide.

The 2009 event became part of the ITU World Championship Series and attracted 1500 participants to compete in the 1.5km swim, 40km bike ride and 10km run. The swim involved diving off a pontoon between laps, followed by a hilly course for the bikes and a flat surface run to finish off. The male winner was Bevan Docherty of New Zealand, by a split second, with a time of 1:50:25 and the female winner was Emma Snowsill of Australia with a time of 2:02.42. Both were awarded gold medals in line with the new system.

The 2009 ITU World Championship, whose key sponsor is Dextro Energy, has changed the system to allocate winners and World Champions are not selected by a single event. Winners are now selected on a points system through participation in eight events throughout the season.

The events take place in well-known cities and are supported by a strong TV presence. The events are as follows:

Madrid 31 May
Washington DC 21 June
Kitzbühel 12 July
Hamburg 26 July
London 16 August
Yokohama 23 August
Gold Coast 13 September

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