February 2017 Newsletter

Dates for your diary
7 February and every first Tuesday of the month: Handicap race
11 February: Ladies’ cross country race at Farthing Downs, Coulsdon
23 February: Yoga
26 February: Men’s cross country race on Wimbledon Common
7 March: Meeting to explain guide running
23 March: Yoga
25 March: Beginners course starts
21 March: DPR annual general meeting
9 April: Grand Union half marathon (and club championship race)
20 April: Yoga

DPR AGM on Tuesday 21st March
Please put this date in your diary. It will be held after a slightly earlier Tuesday run. Please see information below.

Election of Committee Members
At the end of March, we will have our DPR AGM, which we hope all members will attend. An official notification will follow but you may wish to start thinking now about how you might like to contribute to the club in the future and whether you would like to stand for any of the committee roles this year. All the committee posts are open for election but the roles that are certain to become vacant are Social Secretary, Treasurer and one ‘Other’ post. If you are interested in these or any of the committee roles, please speak to a committee member who will be delighted to tell you more about the different responsibilities. The official notification will give details of how to make a nomination to stand. The committee posts are as follows:

  • Chair
  • Communications Secretary
  • Treasurer
  • Membership Secretary
  • Stock Secretary
  • Club Secretary
  • Race Secretary
  • Social Secretary
  • 2 x Other Members (Other Members take on tasks that do not fit within other roles or help out generally)

Please consider taking on a role, as without members being willing to stand on the committee, we cannot run as a club.

You may also like an issue to be discussed at the AGM – the official notification of the AGM will invite submissions for agenda items.

Ladies’ Cross Country Races
We had an amazing 16 runners at the latest ladies’ cross country race in Lloyd Park, our highest turnout of the season by a long way! Thank you very much to everybody who came, ran in the mud and sleet and baked! It would be great if we could have as many runners at the last fixture in the Ladies’ Cross Country 2016/17 season which is on Saturday 11 February, 12 noon, at Farthing Downs, Coulsdon. The race will be 8km and it will be the club championship race.

If you have any questions about ladies’ cross country please email Emma on emmacdyer@yahoo.com.

Scroll down for Gillian’s recipe for delicious cross country flapjack!

Men’s Cross Country Race
The last men’s cross country race is The Dash for the Splash which takes place on Sunday 26 February at 9:30am. It’s a one lap, 10km course around Wimbledon Common which includes plenty of mud, hills and (you guessed it) a splash through the brook towards the end of the course. It’s a really enjoyable race, with a great atmosphere, and comes thoroughly recommended by those who have done it previously. As with all of the men’s cross country races it’s a mixed race so DPR ladies are more than welcome to come along as well.

Details of how to enter are on the race website (http://www.dashforthesplash.com/index.html), the cost is £12 for DPR members and we’ll organise lifts on Facebook nearer the time.
Grand Union Half Marathon (and Club Championship Race) – Sunday 9 April
For this year’s half marathon club championship race we’ll be using the Grand Union race which is holding an extra event on 9 April to celebrate the race’s 10 year anniversary. This is a scenic race running between Uxbridge and Watford along the canal and finishes in Cassiobury Park which will be a lovely spot for an after race picnic. The race caters to all abilities and DPR members who have done it in the past have really enjoyed it.

As it’s a one off event it’s a good idea to book your place early as it will probably sell out – details can be found on the race website.

Beginners Course
The Spring 2017 course starts on Saturday 25 March and lasts for 8 weeks. If you know anyone who would like to join please ask them to look at the Beginners page on the club website. If you are available to help on any of the Saturdays or would like more information on what is required, please chat with Di or Susan. It’s useful if you can wear club kit, or a white top, so helpers who don’t get to the club very often can distinguish each other from beginners. As usual there will be a thank you breakfast for all helpers at the end of the course!

Parkrun Winter Ladder
Well done to everyone who has joined in the parkrun Winter Ladder which is now more than half way through. As you may already be aware, the ladder runs for 10-12 weeks between the Spring and Autumn Beginners courses and is perfect for a bit of speedwork during half- and marathon training. The following Saturdays will be parkrun points days:

28 January, 4 February, 18 February, 25 February and 4 March. (There is a ladies’ cross country fixture on 11 February, so no parkrun points will be awarded that day).
Non Club Event Race Recommendations
Many DPR members do races outside the club calendar so we are including a section in the newsletter about up and coming runs that others might be interested in. If you have a favourite race and would like to share it with the rest of the club, or have entered an event that others might like to take part in, please email Harriet (harrietenglish@yahoo.co.uk) with some information about it, and a link to the details. Some Dulwich Park Runners are taking part in the following events:

• There’s a great swim/run event called The Swimmer Classic which takes place on 11 March. This is a relaxed half marathon journey from north to south through London’s finest pools, ponds and parks from Hampstead to Brockwell Lido. www.theswimmer.org
• The Official Hampton Court Palace Half on 19 March
• Finally, looking ahead to warmer days, on 10 September there is the truly wonderful Surrey Bacchus Half which takes place at Denbies vineyard in Dorking, in which many runners wear fancy dress and there are wine stops!

Improvers Squad – Thursdays in February
We started the New Year with sessions aimed at improving endurance – ideal for those in training for marathons and half marathons, and also those looking to move their mileage up from a regular Tuesday evening 5 or 6 miles. This is an ideal set of sessions in which to increase your weekly mileage totals. Please sign up with Susan.

In order to get the best out of the sessions, members are asked to sign up for a whole month at a time, with an opt-out by text if you are unable to come for one of the sessions, rather than the other way round! The sessions will be arranged for, and advised to, those who have the intention to commit. This means that each can be adapted in advance to suit individual requirements, and we can vary the venues.

The sessions are suitable for all levels of runner – all you need to bring is the desire to improve whatever level you are at right now. The general advice is that people should be running at least three times a week in order to maximise the benefit, i.e. over 15 miles per week, but if you have not quite reached this (see note in paragraph 1) please chat with Susan anyhow if you are interested in taking part. If you have any queries, please ask. susan.l.smith@live.com / 079499 50291

Tuesday Night Warm up Sessions
If you would be willing to lead the warm up session on Tuesdays occasionally, please let Susan Smith know. Training will be available for those who need a reminder of what is involved.

Guide Runners Information Meeting
Some of you may remember a couple of years ago that we had a meeting to try to recruit more people to act as guides to run with Carrie on Tuesday evenings. Since then, there have been quite a few new people who’ve joined the club and would also be willing to act as guide runners but feel a bit nervous about doing this. Carrie is planning to hold another meeting, nothing formal, at the club after the handicap race in March and it would be good to see anyone who is interested in finding out a bit more there. Carrie will just explain what she finds helpful, what you’d have to do as a guide and there will be an opportunity to ask any questions you might have.

The meeting will take place in the clubhouse at around 8.45pm and as an extra incentive to come along, she will bake a cake.

Dates for 2017 are Thursdays 23 February, 23 March and 20 April, starting at 8.00pm. The sessions are free for DPR members. Improvers Squad will move to 7.00pm those days so that runners can attend both sessions.

DPR Social Events
There are a number of social events throughout the club year. If members have suggestions for other social events or would like to get involved with organising these, please contact Laura Griffin, Social Secretary. All ideas and support are welcome!

Cross Country Flapjack Recipe
Here is Gillian’s recipe for delicious post-run treats:

Grease and line a 7×10 inch rectangular cake tin with baking parchment.

Gently melt together:
90g butter
90g light soft brown sugar
60g golden syrup

Stir in about 250g chunky whole rolled oats and 80-100g of dried cranberries (any sort).

Put the mixture into the tin and spread evenly. Then cover the mixture with more baking parchment and press it down firmly and evenly. Remove the paper (but save it).
Bake the flapjacks for 25-30 minutes at 170 deg.C. It is impossible to tell whether they are done but they should be lightly golden.
Cover them with the paper again and press down gently to smooth them over again, then put them in the fridge overnight.

Loosen the flapjacks from the edges of the tin. Turn them out (easier said than done). You may have to dip the base of the pan in really hot water to melt the edges slightly. Trim the ends off all the way round the slab (feed the off-cuts to non-running husbands/partners/children who haven’t earned the best gooey bits in the middle)

Cut the slab into squares. Melt some white choc and drizzle it over the top.
Pack them away in little cake cases. Best enjoyed after a muddy run!

DPR Club Kit
Please see Anne Cheeseman on Tuesdays if you would like to purchase any club kit.

**The new style ladies’ t-shirt is now available, priced at £20**

The following items are also available:

Summer t-shirts and vests

Short sleeve t-shirts (unisex): size 30, 32, 34, 36, 38, 40, 42
Ladies’ vests: size 30, 32, 34, 36, 38

Men’s vests: size 36, 38, 40, 42

Price: £15 (free to new members)

Long sleeve t-shirts (unisex): S (36”), M (38/40”), L (42”), XL (44”), XXL (46/48”)
Price: £17

Sweatshirt hoodies (pre-order only)
Size: 30, 32, 34, 36, 38, 40 and 42 choose with or without zip

Price: £20

All club kit items are subsidised by the club.