439 people finished the FREE 517th weekly timed 5km walk / jog / run / whatever starting at 9 am at the Conkers Waterside’s “Ennstone Trail” in Leicestershire, England on Saturday 16th April 2022. This was a special Birthday event, exactly 11 years from the inaugural parkrun on 16th April 2011. The PhotoChippy camera was positioned about 50 metres from the start line, and over the next Three minutes took these 145 images of the participants now in an album on Facebook @photochippy.com
Also, a further 56 images are here on Facebook showing the fun at the Normanton Water Station on the Ashby 20 route, where water bottles and toilets were provided for the runners. The station was manned by colleagues from Conkers parkrun
Entre nous le deluge.. There was industrial-grade heavy rain, at the set-up of the FREE weekly timed 5km run at Conkers Leicestershire, England, on the last Saturday in October, the darkest morning of the Autumn with clocks due to return to English WInter Time (UTC or GMT) early on Sunday. 35 volunteers, many in fancy dress, made possible the adventures of 265 people who braved the course to run or jog or walk or fly their broomstick or whatever, on the day of the venue’s wettest ever incarnation, the trails nicely laced with lakes and ponds and puddles.
See a full set of 77 images here on Facebook – meanwhile, below is Janet Potter, turning up at 8:45 am undaunted to march out in the rain to marshal the route on her milestone 250th Volunteering session at Conkers. Thank you, Janet, and all our volunteers!
The PhotoChippy camera was at a vantage point by the wall-crossing steps at kilometre 2.5 on the Hob Hurst’s Fell Race 2021, starting at 7pm on the Friday evening. With evening sunshine behind, and the steps restricting bunching of runners, it’s likely that portraits of all the 230 participants are in this album of 458 photos on Facebook PhotoChippy.com – here. This annual 8km fell race is organised by Peak Running, details are at peakrunning.co.uk
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.