I always time my races and then cross check with the official times.
If there's no oficial one, then why not time it yourself?
Just make sure that you press the start button just before crossing the line (if you're looking ahead, just as your eyes lose contact with it) and then again, when you have fully crossed the finish.
It won't be 100% accurate but this way you will not take seconds off. You may add 1 or 2 but that's better than nothing
It counts for me. I ran in a local 10 mile race last weekend and was quite near the back at the start so used my watch time rather than the official time as it was a good 20 odd seconds before I had got to the line after the the gun.
It definitely counts, because it's an official race over a measured distance.
But it is a bit tight though, especially for London, for them not to record the competitors times. I've never heard of that before. Will there not be a list of results or anything? How much did the race cost to enter!?
Gee,that is expensive and they can't even give you an official time.:huh:
Road and Trail race distances and terrains can be so variable that all you can reasonably do is call them course pb's.
Incidentally,have you ever noticed how many of the elite runners take their own times even when winning road races?