April 2017 Newsletter

Dates for your diary
4 April and every first Tuesday of the month: Handicap race
9 April: Grand Union half marathon and club championship race
20 April: Yoga
23 April: London Marathon
25 May: Yoga
4 June: Summer League – Gunnersbury Park, Ealing
18 June: Summer League – Headstone Manor Park, Harrow
22 June: Yoga
2 July: Summer League – Dulwich Park
16 July: Summer League – Regents Park
20 July: Yoga
20 August: – Summer League – Battersea Park
7 September: Yoga
10 October: Yoga
15 October: Cabbage Patch 10 mile race and club championship race
23 November: Yoga
14 December: Yoga

DPR Annual General Meeting
At the AGM on 21 March the new DPR committee members for 2017/18 were elected unopposed:

Position Nominee
Chair Derek Hodgson
Club Secretary Juliet Shillingford
Membership Secretary Linda Griffiths
Stock Secretary Anne Cheeseman
Treasurer Jacqueline Jarvis
Communications Secretary Philippa Badnell
Race Secretary Paul Croasdale
Social Secretary Anna Gregorowski
Other member (1) Melanie Greer Walker
Other member (2) Oghene Aaron

Many thanks to our retiring committee members – Gareth Hepworth, Laura Griffin, Carrie Kidd and Harriet English.

Membership Subscriptions
All members, including those who joined part way through our last club year, are invited to renew their membership for the year 1 April 2017 to 31 March 2018.

Benefits of membership
As well as enjoying the encouragement and company of your running buddies on club nights, you benefit from advice and support from our qualified coach (Susan), participation in races with the chance to win medals, inclusion in our Summer League and cross country seasons, yoga sessions and other workshops or training sessions provided during the year. Enjoy and unwind at social events during the year such as picnics, Summer BBQ, Quiz Night and Annual Dinner.

How to renew
From 1 April please go to our website and you will find on our membership page a button to pay your subs. You may also receive a reminder email from Active with a link to renew. There are different types of membership, click the one that is relevant for you, complete the form and make your payment. It is possible to enter details and make payment for more than one member; this will make it easier for our parents to pay junior membership at the same time.

If you were at the AGM on 21 March you will already know that subs are going up by £1. This is due to EA fees going up from £13 to £14.

Senior renewal is now £56.
Senior Long Distance renewal is now £26. If you have moved away during the year and are unable to attend club nights but still would like to represent the club in races and attend our social events then please renew as a Long Distance member.
Senior Concession renewal £31. For people who are out of work, in full time education or retired (evidence may be requested).
Intermediates renewal (16-17 year olds) £26 and Juniors (1-15 year olds) stays at £5.
Social membership stays at £5. If, for whatever reason, you are not running any more but would like to stay in contact with the club through social media and join us for social events then please renew as a Social member. If you start running later during the year you can revert to Senior membership then.

Any questions please email me lindagriffithsldc@hotmail.com
Thank you, Linda

Summer League 2017
The Summer League is a series of four-to-five friendly fixtures held by a group of eight like-minded London running clubs each summer. We compete for the Summer League trophy, which we have won several times in previous years. Each fixture consists of an all-abilities 5 mile or 10km race for adults (ages 15+); a fun run aimed at children under 6; a ‘tenderfoot race’ aimed at 6–14 year olds; relay races in which each leg is about 300-400m long and a picnic provided by the host club. More details are available here: http://www.thesummerleague.uk Provisional dates for this year’s competition are:

Date Location Distance Host Club
4 June Gunnersbury Park, Ealing 10km Ealing Eagles
18 June Headstone Manor Park, Harrow 10km Metros
2 July Dulwich Park 5 miles DPR*
16 July Regents Park 10km Mornington Chasers
20 August Battersea Park 10km Serpentine

* We are hosting this fixture and volunteers will be required to help marshal the course.

We are looking for someone to take over organising our participation in the Summer League. Please speak to Jo Hepworth if you are interested or would like more information.

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.

Online entries close on 2 April. Details can be found on the race website.

Most people will be travelling to the race by public transport – the start is about 20 minutes walk from Uxbridge station on the Metropolitan line. You can drop your bags off at the start and the organisers arrange for them to be taken to the finish, which is a short walk to Watford Metropolitan station.

Cabbage Patch 10 Mile Race and Club Championship Race – Sunday 15 October
For this year’s 10 mile club championship race, we’ll be going back to the Cabbage Patch 10. The race will be held on 15 October 2017 and entries are open now. Further details are on the race website: https://www.cabbagepatch10.com/home This is a popular race so it’s a good idea to sign up early if you are interested in taking part.

Beginners Course
The Spring 2017 course started on Saturday 25 March and will last for 8 weeks. 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!

London Marathon Marshalling Opportunity – Sunday 23 April
There is still time to join our team of marshals at the London Marathon. Each year we provide the marshals for a stretch of the route. It’s great fun and earns us places in next year’s race – and only those in the marshalling team are eligible to enter the ballot for these places. Natalie Villiers is organising our team so, if you would like to be a marshal this year, please contact her at natataliev.1@ntlworld.com

Non Club Event Race Recommendations
Many DPR members do races outside the club calendar so this section lists 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:

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!

Mel Greer-Walker did a fantastic trail run in the New Forest in March with a company called Maverick. They are holding an event at Groombridge in Kent on 30 September. There are 7, 14 and 21km distances so it would be a great introduction for anyone fancying their first trail run or wanting to take on the challenge of a longer route. It was well-signposted with food and drinks on the course and you got beer and a bottle opener medal at the end. More details at http://www.maverick-race.com/races/theoriginalkent2017

Improvers Squad – Thursdays in April
In April we continue this 2 monthly set with strength training. This will form a good base for anyone looking to improve their times over distance. 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 benefit, i.e. over 15 miles per week, but if you have not quite reached this, 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.

Dates for running-specific yoga sessions are Thursdays 20 April, 25 May, 22 June, 20 July, 7 September, 10 October, 23 November and 14 December 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 Anna Gregorowski, Social Secretary. All ideas and support are welcome!

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.