Saturday 24th July 2021 – the 479th Conkers parkrun re-started soon after 9am after 70 weeks on hold
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
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
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:
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
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.
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 ..
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.
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..
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:
Camera: iPhone 7
Focal length: 3.99mm
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.