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  • I think some of the Chinese phones implement the scanning functionality pretty poorly for the purposes of the volunteer app. My old OnePlus was really slow to scan which made scanning a stressful role. Sometimes the issue can be runners with poorly printed and/or faded barcodes. A cursory look at the reviews of the volunteer app on the Play store show complaints from Huawei phone users blaming the app when it's probably the phone that's just not designed with scanning in mind.

    iPhones and Pixels seem to work well if you're due an upgrade soon and you're really, really committed to parkrun 😁.





  • Haha the phone is quite new so i won't be upgrading 🙃

    Thanks to you and robinph for the feedback, at least I know now the issue isn't the user 😁

    Hopefully it will get sorted at some point





  • I have been time keeper for the last few weeks and have to say that the app is 1000 times better than that old timing watch. Press B and then press A etc

    Haven't done barcode scanning yet with the phone but won't miss the old scanners either





  • Have Xaomi REDMI and had the same issue. Solved the zooming by asking runner to hold up the barcode against the horizon/skyline bright background maybe 3-4 ft away.





  • Pixel 4a working really well for my scanning.

    Anyone with issues, make sure you properly clean the camera lens. You'd be surprised how much it can help.



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  • Agreed, love the new app, way better than the watches/scanners and much easier to use than the old app too.





  • Got back to Waterstown today. It really was great to see the familiar faces and have the chats. In some ways it was like we'd never been away. Great to be back!





  • Fair bit away yet. But does anyone think we will have an bonus parkruns this year. Christmas day falls on a Saturday so that’s that out the window.

    Same as New Years day.





  • Looks like there's no bonus parkruns this year so with the New Year's Day double gone by the wayside.



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  • Was collecting someone from Dublin airport at noon today, obviously checked out what events were close-by so ended up doing parkrun #150 at Donabate. Lovely location I must say.

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  • There will still be a parkrun on New Year's Day but the option of doing a second run at a nearby parkrun is gone.





  • The loss of the New Years Day Doubles isn't great for new countries developing their parkrun base. It totally makes sense to have limited it for events in the south of England where the density of parkruns is so high and higher chances of issues with overcrowding, or people doing silly things in the name of rushing between far flung events so they can gain some kudos for doing daft things.

    But it was only in the last couple of years that it was even possible to do the likes of an NYD double in the US for example, and parkrun is only just starting to get more recognised in such territories and have events close enough together that a double was even feasible. Removing the options of things like the NYD double which can be used to create more of a "thing" around parkrun in places where people are mostly unaware of it is a shame.





  • Agreed. It's only been possible for us to do a NYDD in the last few of years - have done it twice. My local parkrun doesn't do NYD so it was a bit of fun travelling to 2 different parkruns in the one morning and meeting a few from my local parkrun at each one. The only negative was not hanging about to chat at the first parkrun as you were scooting off to the second one.





  • Is the 2022 NYD double just gone because its falling on a Saturday?

    All Saturday park runs start at 9.30 so flexibility for different start times on non Saturday New Years day runs not an option as a result?

    No park runs in Ireland last time it fell on Saturday (2011).

    Edit - Just saw the link above. Stopped it altogether, just a coincidence that its a Saturday first year its implemented.





  • Folks, anybody else have problems over the last two weeks with their wristband not been scanned. Between Donabate last week and Fairview this morning, no phone of any of the volunteers would scan the band, so thanks to both race directors for taking my details. Annoyingly, 3 weeks ago there was no problem, so hoping it was just one of those things with 6 different phones 😏





  • Not great from Parkrun UK...got absolutely destroyed on twitter before deleting the tweet.

    https://road.cc/content/news/parkrun-criticised-mini-93mph-286987





  • Plus you will get done for import duty now too on the wristbands



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  • You will get charged Irish VAT on delivery but you won't have to pay UK VAT so it shouldn't be too much more expensive than previously.





  • I was at Fairview this morning and my wristband scanned, took a bit of effort by the scanner but fairplay to the volunteer, they tried it a few times. It worked for me by turning it right way up. I know from scanning as a volunteer that the black wristbands are the worse ones to get to scan. If you've a band and it won't scan, most parkruns will send you to the run director who will take your details. Annoying but it seems to be an issue with the bands and not the scanners as it was the same with the old scanners as well.





  • Mine is the black with the barcode in white, all three of the volunteers in both Donabate and Fairview tried without success to get it scanned. Might go over the white with a 'grout pen' or something similar and see if I can make the barcode stand out more.

    My compliments to everyone in Fairview, very friendly and a very well ran Parkrun.





  • How old is the wristband? I think my one lasted a year before I started running into “can't scan" problems. I think the actual barcode is susceptible to getting scuffed (wear and tear) over time and they don't work as well.

    I replaced it with the one that has the barcode on the inside. That doesn't have any issue so far but I haven't had it in use all that long. It's a bit of a flaff to take off to get scanned though. 🤔





  • I've had paper barcodes last longer than a year. I was thinking of getting the wristband but by the sounds of it I am better off sticking to my laminated one.





  • The current wristbands I've found fine, except the popper bit starred falling off one of the families ones after a long time.


    There was a version of the wristbands that were pretty bad and faded very quickly just after parkrun brought the sales in house rather than from a third party seller, which were by far the most durable. Had several years of use of all the current bands we have though and only losing them has meant needing to get new ones. No issues with scanning any of the colours we have either which include the black, apricot, green and pink versions.





  • Can someone please explain to me why so many people drive to Griffeen parkrun? There is not enough room for the cars and the roads outside is becoming so dangerous for kids now, as the road is not clear for them to see the traffic.





  • New Parkrun starting in Abbotstown on Oct 23rd, great news, wonder is it the xc course?





  • Tramore finally back tomorrow 🙂



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