Timing : The Army Method (Send By Detail) Posted on September 19, 2018

By Rameshon


Picture 1 – By getting correct time, in a race, I was able to bring my weight from 72kg to 54kg in year 2008. 

The tag that we wear in many races, like SAFRA Half – marathon, POSB Run, etc are to get the gross and nett time accurately, as group is too big, sometimes more than 1000 people running etc, both times are different and I have explained this very clearly, between gross time and nett time. It is also good to know that the organiser is interested of gross time in order  to find out top few winners. Nett time is for the public, who are concerned about health and fitness and they have some goals to meet, by improving one’s time, over time.

People take up running is for long term benefits so that they do not depend on health care. If one do not get correct time, the motivation to train goes down, and this is not a good thing. When people do not exercise the health hazards are in store for the individual. One has to take care of it, and it cannot be pushed to the government. However, to get the correct time, in the Army it is possible, that means, the government could look into how they can make every run being run with no mistake in timing.

In the army, during my reservist training, for the Fitness Test NAPFA Test, the leaders during an endurance test like the 2.4km test, usually send runners in details, known as a separate small group, depending, about 20 to 30 people to run the 2.4km test. When one group has finished, The next group will do. In this way the nett and gross time is the same, as within less than a second, the runners cross the start line, and the chip time is taken. However, the moment a runner crosses the finish point, the finish time is flashed, immediately.

So far, I have not seen my time going wrong in the Army and also I have not heard anyone complaining about the time is wrong for 2.4km. Hence, if we can do it in the army, why can’t we do for the general public as well.

At the end of the day, by getting correct time, I would like to reiterate, that, one will go for personal best in the near future and continuing training. By training, a person will not get into health problems in the long term. Once, one gets a personal best time, one will aim for a faster time in future and this makes one to sacrifice time, money and effort in training. This will enable one to stay in the running scene for long as possible. Eventually, the health care cost in the country will be lowered if one takes care of their own health.

Edited By Tan Mariviv!