Conkers parkrun is back!

Saturday 24th July 2021 – the 479th Conkers parkrun re-started soon after 9am after 70 weeks on hold

They’re off! After 70 weeks without our parkrun, the leading runners are keen to make their mark

The start of this FREE weekly timed 5 km run or walk – or jog or whatever, because parkrun is whatever you want it to be – was captured by the PhotoChippy camera on a mild but hazy morning. Those taking part are nearly all photographed in an album of 187 images on Facebook Photochippy.com, here

Not everybody runs at parkrun! You can walk or jog, or whatever – parkrun is whatever you want it to be! Here are some of the later departures from the start line.
  • Aperture: ƒ/2.8
  • Camera: Canon EOS 80D
  • Exposure bias: +1EV
  • Focal length: 70mm
  • ISO: 320
  • Shutter speed: 1/500s

Conkers Trails Saturday 29th May 2021 – sports photo practice

Since our last real free weekly timed 5k parkrun on 14th March 2020, the lure of the Conkers trails is still strong – a number of parkrun afficionados, running or walking their own individual routes, are often to be seen on Saturday mornings. Spring is here, although dull and overcast, and the PhotoChippy camera captured a few images of passing runners, walkers and cyclists – 86 of them are shown here on Facebook

  • Aperture: ƒ/4
  • Camera: Canon EOS 80D
  • Focal length: 100mm
  • ISO: 500
  • Shutter speed: 1/250s

Conkers non-parkrun #40 Saturday 19th December 2020

Seasonal attire for this walking group

40 Saturdays have now passed since our last real free timed 5k parkrun on 14th March 2020, and the lure of the Conkers trails is strong – a number of parkrun afficionados, running or walking their own individual non-parkrun 5k routes, chose to add a fancy-dress seasonal flavour for this last Saturday before the Winter Solstice and before Santa’s night next Thursday. From 9am until 9:45, the photochippy camera was at the canal turn to capture the style observed there. Strong winter low-angle sunshine was present, which proved a little challenging for runners heading South East and for the camera’s auto-exposure calculator.

The 164 best images are in a Facebook album, here:

  • Aperture: ƒ/1.8
  • Camera: iPhone 7
  • Focal length: 3.99mm
  • ISO: 20
  • Shutter speed: 1/170s

Leicester 10k Running Race Sunday 25th October 2020 at Prestwold

The Leicester 10k running race took place on a sunny autumn morning at Prestwold in Leicestershire England on Sunday 25th October 2020. About 500 runners took part – Find a full album of nearly all the runners in over 800 photos here on Facebook PhotoChippy.com

A sample of 15 of the hundreds of runner portraits here
  • Aperture: ƒ/4
  • Camera: Canon EOS 80D
  • Exposure bias: -2/3EV
  • Focal length: 142mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Shutter speed: 1/1000s

Lens Repair – October 2020

How a tiny spring support crippled my brilliant zoom lens

At Carsington Reservoir, scene of the Carsington 7+ running race on 20 September 2020, I drove 50 miles and arrived, expecting to soon capture 580 runners in one of the few running events taking place this pandemic Autumn. This little spring would foil my efforts:

Carrying a sturdy monopod and a sturdy tripod, each in their own 90cm shoulder bags, carrying a portable seat and a backpack with some breakfast and fluid, it was important not to carry too much camera equipment. I took one pocket video camera, one DSLR body and only one zoom lens, which contained that tiny spring.

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  • Aperture: ƒ/11
  • Camera: Canon EOS 80D
  • Focal length: 50mm
  • ISO: 6400
  • Shutter speed: 1/250s

Carsington 7+ Race 20 September 2020

About one-quarter of about 500 runners taking part in the Carsington Reservoir round-the-lake race in Derbyshire, England, on Sunday 20 September 2020 are shown here approaching mile marker 6 of the seven and-a-half mile course. The images are from a tiny lens in the back of a cell-phone after a total lens failure in the Photochippy normal camera. Hope the smiles on the runners’ faces make up for the poor image quality and for those who were missed ..

Find a full album of 198 images, here on Facebook PhotoChippy.com

  • Aperture: ƒ/1.8
  • Camera: iPhone 7
  • Focal length: 3.99mm
  • ISO: 20
  • Shutter speed: 1/620s

Here’s one we did Earlier.. Conkers parkrun #66 of 21 July 2012

Find a full album of 93 images from 2012, here on Facebook PhotoChippy.com

The 66th Conkers parkrun weekly timed run event took place in bright sunshine on Saturday 21st July 2012 at Conkers in Leicestershire, England. 93 People braved the 5 kilometre course in this FREE run or walk. Nearly all are seen here, some in odd behaviours like three-legged-race mode, egg-and-spoon-race, wheel-barrow race, even one runner choosing to SKIP with a skipping rope the whole way. These photos of nearly all the 93 participants are resurrected here in April 2020 on the 9th birthday of the event, which is currently not taking place during the health emergency.

  • Aperture: ƒ/8
  • Camera: Canon EOS 60D
  • Focal length: 50mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Shutter speed: 1/250s

Here’s one we did Earlier.. Ashby 20 of 2011

You probably can guess why they cancelled this year’s annual Aldi Ashby 20, the renowned 20-mile Road-Running Race at Ashby-de-la-Zouch in Leicestershire, England. The race comes through Packington village 3 times, and provides a sport-photo opportunity. Here’s the one that PhotoChippy used as a launch event back in 2011, with images never before published..

Find a full album of 698 images from 2011, here on Facebook PhotoChippy.com

  • Aperture: ƒ/4
  • Camera: Canon EOS 60D
  • Focal length: 30mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Shutter speed: 1/400s

Dead Tree – 21st April 2019

Out for a walk in Southern England during our amazing late-April summery weekend, I used a cell-phone to snap this startlingly posed tree:

  • Aperture: ƒ/1.8
  • Camera: iPhone 7
  • Focal length: 3.99mm
  • ISO: 20
  • Shutter speed: 1/2500s
Back home, in May 2019, the monochrome version below was given 20 out of 20 by renowned fine-art judge, Nathaniel Coalson ARPS. This was the top mark amongst 54 digital images, in the themed “Black and White” competition held by Ashby Camera Club ACC in their 4th Quarter 2018-19 event.

  • Aperture: ƒ/1.8
  • Camera: iPhone 7
  • Focal length: 3.99mm
  • ISO: 20
  • Shutter speed: 1/2500s