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Boundary umpires have the edge over field umpires with distance covered

HAVE you ever wondered who runs further – the umpires or the players?

As it turns out, boundary umpires typically cover more ground than the players during a game.

GPS trackers were placed on boundary and field umpires 20 times each this year.

The results showed boundary umpires covered 16.02km per game, while field umpires did 14.04km per game.

In one played at the MCG, the most ground a player covered was 17km. Two boundary umpires who wore a GPS unit travelled 18.98km and 18.56km. 

Another game this year saw a GPS unit put on a boundary umpire, who clocked up 15.46km. Only one player in that match did more, with the midfielder covering 16.2km. 

Not only do boundary umpires have it over field umpires for distance covered, but also speed.

Looking at all running in a game faster than 21.6km/h, boundary umpires averaged 1.14km, compared to the 0.27km from field umpires at a similar speed.