Questions! Everyone has questions! Here are some of the commonly asked ones with answers for them. If you have a question that we haven't covered then please contact us and we'll add it to the list.
To help you find the answer to your question we have broken the list into the following areas, just click to scroll down to that section:
Your profile and athletes
Why do I need a profile?
The key to the way that Results Base works is the Profile. This is effectively your 'account' in which you can see past, current and future events that you have entered, results for events that you have done and entries and orders for future races. Your account includes one 'Athlete' by default - you - and can also contain many others such as family, friends, clubmates, etc. Their entries ('Tickets') and results are also help under your profile but there is nothing to stop them also having their own profiles as well.
NOTE: the Club/Company field in the profile is NOT where you store your membership of ABC Athletics or XYZ Triathlon, it's for where a profile is being used by a Company or a Club to store multiple Athletes who are going to be entered into lots of events. An Athlete's personal club membership is stored in the event entry and can be editied on the entry Ticket.
Having multiple athletes in your profile allows you to manage multiple entries at the same time: great for team events, relays, club entries, etc. Just select the athlete you want to enter and add them to the list. You can also add extra athletes at any time you place an order.
The Profile information is the primary account information, the Athlete information is what gets recorded in each event that you enter. Once you've created an Athlete, you can see their names on the 'Your athletes' tab, their details will be shown each time you select one to be entered into an event. The details recorded are event dependant but typically include gender, date of birth, postal and email address, club membership, phone number and emergency contact information. You'll see the current details shown on the screen when you select an athlete (including yourself) and you can update that information if necessary.
If you need to update anything about yourself or any of your athletes you'll need to ensure that both the Profile and any current Tickets are updated. See our Updates page for more details on how to do this. The next time you make an entry the system will automatically use the latest information that it has - and that is shown as you select the athlete for the event.
Please note: your profile does NOT hold any card or payment details, only your orders and tickets. All payment information is handled by our payment gateway and no card information is retained by Results Base.
Your profile also acts as a collection point for your results, and those of your athletes. Any order placed through your profile will automatically collect the corresponding results into your personal archive. It's also possible to collect a previous result where the event was timed by Results Base, even when you entered using another method. Contact our email@example.com email address and tell them your profile name (typically that will be your email address) and the ID of the result that you would like to claim and our team will get it allocated to you. Your result ID is the unique code shown in your browser's address bar as part of the URL and looks like this: ...
I have two profiles!
OK, it happens! You completely forgot you had entered an event a couple of years ago using the Results Base system and you have set up a second profile. And now you want to merge them so all your athletes and results are in one place.
Easy! Just log into one of the profiles, we suggest this is the one you want to keep but it doesn't matter, and then go to My Area and select the Edit profile tab.
On the right-hand side at the bottom you'll see a MERGE PROFILES button.
Click this and you'll go to a Merge profiles page that allows you to log into your other profile.
The address on my order is wrong
Until mid-May 2020, the postal address for a Profile was held in the Profile record. For all orders prior to mid-May that is the address that appears on the order/receipt. Following the mid-May update, the Profile address is now being phased out and replaced by a Billing address and, if required, a Shipping address. Both of these, like the Participant address, are now captured during the entry process and stored in the Order and on the Ticket(s) purchased on that order.
We have a new page explaining the updated Profile and how you can now use the special links that are included in your receipt to directly edit the Order and the Ticket(s)- please see this page for details.
I get the message 'invalid email address'
You will get this message when you are trying to create a profile on Results Base and the email address you are typing in has already been used on the system. This is normally because you have previously created a profile to enter an event and have forgotten about it (sometimes a profile is created for you automatically when we bulk import registration data from events that contain email addresses).
- If you can remember the password - just try logging in normally
- If you cannot remember the password - there is a Forgot Password button on the main login page (https://resultsbase.net/profile/login/) which will initiate a password reset process for you.
I've forgotten my profile password...
We all have those "I just can't remember ... " moments so you'll find a link on the profile login page (https://resultsbase.net/profile/login/) that will email you a link to allow you to reset your password.
If you can't think of a password, or always tend to use the same one (never a good idea!) try the "Thing, Colour, Place" method - just think of your favourite thing in your favourite colour and in a memorable place. That will generally give you a strong password, especially if you use both upper and lower case letters and add in a symbol or number. For example, PurpleBeachSamosas! is going to be a hard one to crack, according to the How Secure is my Password site it would take a desktop PC about 392 quadrillion years to unravel...
My new password doesn't work!
There is a little-known quirk with some browsers in that they can remember failed password attempts and although you are keying in your new password it is still remembering the old one. So, if you have lost/forgotten your old password and been issued a new one by the automated service on the login page and it doesn't seem to work try flushing your browser's cache of all the junk that's hiding in there. In almost every case where this scenario has arisen doing this will solve the problem.
How come I can have more than one person in my profile?
This is one of the fantastic features of our system! You can add additional athletes to your profile: friends, family, clubmates, team members, etc and then manage all their event entries in one go. Brilliant for managing club entries or putting teams together. How cool is that?
Making and updating entries
I need to update something
If you need to update information about the owner of the profile that can be updated by logging in and then selecting Edit profile from the My Area menu. Because you have already read the FAQ entry about what a profile is you'll realise that the profile is just a container for athletes, their orders and their results. It's perfectly possible for a profile to be created for a club rather than a person.
PLEASE NOTE: the profile owner is also generally an athlete! Updating the profile does NOT update the athlete data and it is the athlete data that is used when you enter an event. If you or any of your athletes change address, email, phone, club, etc then you really do need to update that information on any current entries (Tickets) as well or the data sent to an organiser may well be incorrect.
If you want to update information about an Athlete that you have entered into an event you need to update the event entry (the Ticket) and instructions on how to do that are covered on our Updates page.
If you don't want to see an athlete in your profile then use the Hide option under Your athletes to suppress them from appearing in your list of athletes when you enter an event. You cannot delete an athlete, only hide them. If you have multiple versions of an athlete it is possible to get them 'merged' so their results appear in one place. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with the details and we will sort it out for you.
I need to change my T-shirt size, swim time, start time
Many events have additional components such as a T-shirt that you selected a size for, a requirement for an estimated time or start group, etc. Between entering the event and the day itself you may decide that you want to adjust some of this information. These details are held under Your tickets where you will see a list of all the entries that you have placed through the system.
Simply select the relevant Ticket and then use the options to go in and edit this additional information. The range of changes available depends on what the event organiser has allowed so, for example, you might be able to change the T-shirt size but not change your start group. When an option you want to modify is available just make the change and save it and the system will be updated (obviously don't change your T-shirt size the night before an event because by then it's far too late...).
We have a more detailed page covering all the possible options HERE.
I've lost my receipt...
When you enter an event through Results Base we send you a confirmation email. That goes to the email address that you used to register the profile with. Of course, in today's email overloaded world it's all too easy to lose track of where it is when you need it and so you might want to get another one.
As with pretty much all the admin tasks on the system you need to log into your profile and this time you should click on Tickets in the top menu bar. This shows all the current entries you have placed. Select the relevant one and click Information and then select View receipt. What you are now looking at is the text of the email that we sent you - you can just print this out and bring it along to the event or keep it for your records.
If you now realise that you had this sent to the wrong email address you need to update your Profile and the Ticket to reflect the change, instructions for doing that are just up the page from this.
If you absolutely have to get your receipt as an email you can can use this link which will email you all your current receipts.
How do I transfer an entry to someone else?
If an event organiser allows you to transfer your entry to a third party - because you are injured or for other personal circumstances - it is possible to manage this process yourself through your profile. A detailed set of instructions on how to perform the transfer can be found HERE.
Timing and results
How do I enter my times for a virtual event?
Please see our dedicated page for virtual events timing and results HERE.
How do I put one of your timing tags on my shoes?
We have a simple Tyvek loop tag for attaching to running shoes. Instructions for fitting one of these can be downloaded HERE. We also use a 'chip-on-bib' system where the chip is pre-attached to the rear of your running number - just pin the number to the front of your running top. Under no circumstances try to peel the chip off either the shoe loop or the running bib as that is pretty much guaranteed to destry it!
How do I fit a timing tag on my cycle helmet?
If you are riding in a sportive or timed cycle event you need to check out the instructions for fitting one of our helmet tags HERE.
How do I wear a multisport tag?
For multisport events we use an ankle-mounted tag that comes with either a Tyvek or neoprene and velcro strap to secure it. The tag should be fitted onto the strap and then secured around the left ankle. We recommend the left ankle is always used because this eliminates any risk of the strap being caught in the chain of your bicycle - it has nothing to do with timing system performance.
Always wear the tag on the outside of your leg, not inside where it will bang on the pedal crank and annoy you or behind, where it will probably rub on your heel.
Always fit the timing strap and tag before putting on a wetsuit - if you put the strap over the wetsuit you effectively tie the suit onto your leg and transition will become a major struggle!
NEVER wear the tag around your wrist - a common mistake with relays, especially in the run leg. The timing mats and antenna are down at ground level, not a metre or so up in the air!
We have a simple guide to fitting a multisport tags HERE
Multisport chips and straps MUST be returned after you finish a race - they are expensive and organisers will typically bill you between £5 and £35 for any lost tags and straps.
What's the difference between gun time and chip time?
Pretty much every mass start event; run, triathlon, swim and more besides, has what is called a 'gun' start. That's the time that the race officially started and is often signalled by a gun or hooter. Your 'gun time' for an event is the difference in time between this time and the time that you finished. This is the time that will be used to calculate your overall position or ranking.
An event with a gun start may have many waves, triathlon being a typical example, and in this case each wave will have its own gun start time.
When an event provides a start line timing point, and many running races do, you'll also get a time recorded when you go across the mat. You may cross the mat some seconds (or even minutes) after the official start. Your 'chip' or 'net' time is the difference in time between this starting time and the time that you finished. This is your personal 'point to point' time for the race, it is not generally used to calculate positions, etc. Use it for bragging rights about your PBs but remember, it's the first person over the line who wins in a running race!
Some events do have individual starting times; typically cycle time trials and sportives and some multisport races where you start either individually in a pool or in very small groups. Here there is no actual 'gun' time and so only the 'chip' time gets used.
Where have all the old results gone?
All the events timed by us are still online and available - just type the event name into the search box on the results page and you'll find them. There is a filter option to allow you to select the event type which may help narrow the search.
Can I download the results as a file?
Results Base does not provide an Excel download for the general public unless this is authorised by the event organisers. In certain circumstances an organiser may authorise us to make the file available and if this is the case there will be an additional tab on the event page for downloads.
However, in all cases we do provide a full results file to the organisers which they may choose to publish on their website or distribute via email. Please note that the organiser's copy should always be regarded as the definitive set as it may contain changes/updates/corrections which are not reflected in the web version post event.
Why can't I see my position in a sportive?
Sportives are defined as a 'non competitive event'. They have to be or they simply would not be allowed to take place on public roads because all sorts of other regulations kick in if you are organising a cycle road race - the main one being that the field has to be a very small number of people! And, yes, there are exceptions to this, mainly where the entire route is using closed roads.
Because of this we follow the traditional method of presenting the times in surname order and no positions are shown. However, many organisers will publish an Excel version of the results to allow people to sort times and categories and so it's worth checking directly with them. In some cases Results Base will also make this file available for download on the Results page for the event - you'll see an extra tab at the top.
I don't understand the age categories in the results
Often a cause of confusion! And the situation is often further muddled by event organisers having prize categories which do not relate to the official age categories...
Where we publish age categories in the results they are based on the athlete's date of birth and the most common issue is where people believe that they are in a different category because they don't realise that the ages are calculated on a specific date rather than the date of the event.
Oh, and if your category is down as 'YOB" or 'UNK' then it's generally because there was something wrong with the date you entered and we cannot work out your age. Usually it's because you put the current year in there rather than the actual year of birth. You can fix this in the entry Ticket for that event.
Triathlon, duathlon and aquathlon events run under British Triathlon/ITU/WTC (Ironman) rules
The official age groups for adults are in five-year bands from 20 (eg 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, etc). All ages are taken at 31st December and NOT the date of the race. Children are arranged in groups under the TriStar label with ages (on December 31st) of 8, 9-10, 11-12, 13-14, 15-16 (Youth) and 17-19 (Junior).
So, if your age category is showing you as, say, 40-44 and you are only 39 on race day it's because you will be 40 on December 31st and you've 'aged up'. Sorry, but that's the way the triathlon world works!
Age groupings here are governed by UK Athletics and/or the IAAF - and you'll need to check which set of rules the event is being run under!
The UKA rules for athletes under 17 are so complicated that you'll need to take a degree course to work them out but the U20 group are 17, 18 or 19 on 31st August.
Senior athletes are aged at least 20 years of age on 31st August and Masters are at least 35 years of age on the day of the competition. Masters are further subdivided into 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, etc categories.
Some organisers use 20-39 as Male Senior and then 40+ as the veteran categories (usually 40+, 50+ and 60+). Women were treated differently (pre-2017) so Female Senior was 20-34 and then women 35+ were in the veteran categories (usually 35+, 45+ and 55+).
The veteran categories are often given friendlier names: veteran = 40-49 (M) and 35-44 (F), super veteran = 50-59 (M) and 45-54 (F), vintage = 60-69 (M) and 55-65 (F) with super vintage being 70+ (M) and 65+ (F).
I won a prize/my age group - when will I get my trophy?
We are responsible for working out the results, we give these to the organiser and they deal with all the prizes, etc. If you believe that you were entitled to a prize and you weren't there to collect it then you need to talk to the organisers of the event about this rather than us.
I have been given a penalty. Why/what for?
All issues relating to penalties for rule violations in events are dealt with by the appointed referee. We have no authority to add/remove/alter any penalty issued!
If you believe that there is a genuine case for a penalty to be looked into you need to contact the relevant official via the organiser of the event.
British Triathlon rules state that all penalties must be posted at the event by the Chief Referee (only he/she can award a penalty even though there may be multiple referees at an event) and that there is both a time limit and a standard process for lodging an appeal which need to be carried out. Please also note that some penalties cannot be appealed, check the British Triathlon website for their current rules and regulations. Again, talk to the organiser/BTF rather than us because we simply cannot do anything about the situation.