parkrun “NO BARCODE – NO RESULT” policy

There seems to be some confusion at present surrounding the parkrun ‘No Barcode – No Result’ policy.  As there are quite a few parkrunners presenting at the scanning table every week without their barcode, I thought it was timely to remind everyone that this is a policy of parkrun everywhere, not just Ipswich, and we must follow this policy.

In the past we may have been a little generous and bent the rule on occasions, however going forward we will only be recording a ‘manual’ result where the barcode is unable to be scanned. 

Below is the policy for your attention. Please take the time to read it to ensure that you won’t be offended if we are not able to scan your barcode or give you a ‘manual’ result at future events. If you have a problem on event day with the policy you should direct your enquiry to the Run Director or myself, rather than the Barcode Scanning volunteer.


We do not accept an image of the parkrunner’s personal barcode on a mobile phone. These do not scan and the finisher will not receive a result. If you wish to have a result at future events, you will need to print a barcode.


In order to receive a recorded result, parkrunners must present their personal barcode after finishing. We will not manually record results for runners who attend without their barcode, but they are still free to enter. The runners will appear as an “Unknown Athlete” on the results page.

Should you be introducing a new parkrunner, please encourage them to register and print a barcode before their first event.

Runners without a personal barcode will still be handed a finish token as they cross the finish line. Runners turning up with unscannable barcodes (torn, tattered, sweat stained, dirty, or misprinted) will be recorded and entered manually, but will be asked to reprint the barcode for future runs.

The current scanning devices do not read from smartphone screens.

parkrunners can reprint their barcode by accessing “manage my profile” from the weekly newsletter and results emails, or alternatively by having an email reminder sent, via this link -

If you wish to purchase a more permanent form of your personal barcode, visit the Bent Logic website for details on how to purchase a key tag or wrist ID band.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or wish to discuss an issue, via email or mobile 0409 478 811.

Kind Regards

Kay Sherlock (Event Director)