No race number?!

I'm running my first half marathon on Sunday in Lichfield. I received a letter today containing a piece of paper in which I have to fill in my personal details, at a guess under some foam on the paper there is the chip, it says on the strip of foam "Do not remove". But there is no race number.

So will i get a race number on the day? And what is this piece of paper? It says on the piece of paper for details to go but thats not much help. Thanks, Ant.



  • What's on the other side of the paper ? Is there by any chance a number ?

    Cos that sounds an awful lot like a race number to me ?

    If its blank - then take a magic marker to it. They usually put your race number online or on the envelope ?
  • i'd love not to have a race number. annoying, fiddly beasts. one of the reasons i love parkrun.

  • Theres no visible race number on the paper or envelope. I have realised there are 2 bits of strip foam, both say "do not remove". So i'm guessing its under one of those bits of foam.

    I don't have a fabric race number either so I guess I'll be given that on the day? will I have to buy some safety pins or do you think I'll be given some?





  • The piece of foam sounds very much like the timing chip I had on the back of my Reading half race number, so I definitley wouldn't take it off....

  • The website says they will be posted out

  • stutyrstutyr ✭✭✭

    It does sound like the race number with the chip embedded in it - most races use a separate plastic chip that goes on your shoe, but I did a race recently that had something similar to what you described.

    Is the other side of personal details sheet blank, or does it have some markings on it?  I guess its possible that it somehow managed to go through the production process and miss the printing of the number?  Give the organisers a ring

  • the sheet with the personal details and the chip attached to it with foam will be your number.

    If its not printed on the flip side - as Stu says - they've messed up. Ring them.

    I'd get my own safety pins - they're always handy.
  • The other side of the paper says Lichfield Half Marathon then there are 4 "downward lines" underneath. I reckon the lines are my number which hasn't printed. I will have to phone them for the number, and perhaps use a marker pen to write it on. Thanks, Ant.

  • Definitely sounds like the foam bit is the chip, I had this in the Edinburgh Marathon.  As to the lack of number on the flip side I would call them. 

  • I phoned the race organiser, he asked me to send him a pic via text message and he said he'd get back to me. Not sure how many have been affected. Will have to see what he says.

  • Ok mystery solved, i'm a bit red in the face, the race organiser said I won't embarass you any race number is 1111


    Still red in the race!



  • "4 downward line underneath" - perhaps your number is 1111? image

  • cross post!

  • Still laughing, i can be such a plank lol

  • ant knee wrote (see)

    Ok mystery solved, i'm a bit red in the face, the race organiser said I won't embarass you any race number is 1111


    Still red in the race!




    I was going to suggest that when i was reading the above posts  image

  • CC82CC82 ✭✭✭

    Haha - brilliant.  I was going to suggest 1111...

  • image


    Good luck in your race Ant.

  • I now have my amusing story to tell regarding the race! lol

  • and the race organisers will be looking out for you image


  • Is the race fully marshalled?  Or only signposted?  I sure hope it's the former!

  • Me too!!! lol

  • FFS ! Brilliant !!

    Good luck there 1111 !
  • stutyrstutyr ✭✭✭


    Cheers ant knee, you've made my day & well done for admitting it.

    Good luck on race day!

  • fat buddhafat buddha ✭✭✭

    this one has to go down in the annals of RW's "most stupid posts"!!  


    good luck "4 downward lines".....image

  • Good luck ant - nice one!image

  • DustinDustin ✭✭✭

    +1 for what FB says, and we have been on these fora for a good few years!!

    good luck in you race , remember to post up a pic of you in the race photos to complete the story !!!

  • SlowkoalaSlowkoala ✭✭✭

    Brilliant image Good luck in your race 1111 !

  • Priceless Ant Knee image I think you should change your forum name to 1111

  • Brilliant! Well done for owning up and all best at your race.

    It's not just you, for a race last year, I removed my chip from the bib then carefully attached it to my trainer and then had to do a Blue Peter "sticky backed plaster" repair when put right...image 

    (All together now "Four lines on my shirt, Jules Rimet still gleaming.."

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