June 2017 Newsletter

Summer’s Here!

DPR June 2017 Newsletter

Dates for your diary

4 June: Summer League – Gunnersbury Park, Ealing

6 June and every first Tuesday of the month: Handicap race

18 June: Summer League – Headstone Manor Park, Harrow

21 June: Dino Dash – Crystal Palace

22 June: Yoga

27 June  Summer relays and BBQ at 7,30

2 July: Summer League – Dulwich Park *club championship 5 mile race*

11 July: Club championship 1 mile race

16 July: Summer League – Regent’s Park *club championship 10km race*

20 July: Yoga

20 August: – Summer League – Battersea Park

7 September: Yoga

15 October: Cabbage Patch 10 mile race *club championship 10 mile race*

19 October: Yoga

23 November: Yoga

14 December: Yoga



Welcome, new members to DPR and thank you everyone else for renewing your membership.  England Athletics are very slow sending out their affiliation packs so if you need to know your EA number for entering races please remember it is the same number as last year.  If you are new and you need to know the number please ask.  You can email me lindagriffithsldc@hotmail.com.  Enjoy your running everyone.


Beginners Course

Very many thanks to everyone who helped out with the Spring 2017 Beginners Course, and who continue to support the ‘graduates’ as they join the club.  We couldn’t do it without you! Hope you all enjoyed breakfast at our new venue!  Any feedback is always useful.  Susan & Di.


Summer League 2017

The Summer League is an annual 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/  Dates for this year’s competition are as follows (all starting at 9.30am):


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 Regent’s Park 10km** Mornington Chasers
20 August Battersea Park 10km Serpentine  


The first Summer league event is this Sunday – please contact Jo Hepworth if you need a lift or can offer a lift.  Jo 07908092113  Jhepworth112@gmail.com


* We are hosting this fixture and volunteers will be required to help marshal the course.  Please ask family and friends to lend a hand as a marshal.  They will need to be in the park for 8.45am.


Please bring a bottle of water and a plate of cakes or savouries to add to the post run picnic.  We need to keep our reputation as the host club offering the best spread!


**The Dulwich Park and Regent’s Park fixtures will be used as this year’s club championship races for 5 miles and 10km respectively.


Summer League Relays

It would be really helpful if at some point you could get yourself on to Dulwich College track, or into Dulwich Park where the 100mt markers are set out, and time yourselves on a fast run over 400mts.  If you do this on the track, you need to run from the start line for a full circuit plus the first straight again to the finish line of the 100mts (the track is only 300mts).  Please email your times to susan.l.smith@live.com.  If it’s not in time for the first event, no problem – please still do it!!  Even if you are not planning to come to the Summer League fixtures (what??!), please still do it in case you change your mind……….  All results, whatever the pace, gratefully received.


Dino Dash – Wednesday 21 June

Having enjoyed it so much last year, we will again be taking part in the mid-summer Dino Dash relay race on Wednesday 21 June in Crystal Palace Park.  The race starts at 7.30pm.  It’s for teams of 3, with each team member completing a 3km lap, and it’s cheap as chips to enter – only £15 per team with all proceeds going to local charities.  You can organise your own teams and register at



Summer Barbecue and Relay Races – Tuesday 27 June

The summer bbq and relays are an annual club event.  Instead of our usual Tuesday run, club members enjoy friendly relays (watch out for the skipping) followed by a bbq at the club house.  Despite being a running club there’s little serious running in the relays  The club sorts out meat / vege things to grill, and encourages members to bring home made salads or home made cakes/desserts to share.  In previous years we have used the club bar, but based on feedback will not be doing so this year – please bring your own drinks.  Family, friends and helpers all welcome!  7.30pm as per usual Tuesdays.

Anna is particularly keen to receive offers of help in seeting up, BBQing and being willing to help clear up after this event. Please speak to her on Tuesday evenings to offer your support.


Club Championship 1 Mile Race – Tuesday 11 July

This year’s 1 mile Club Championship will take place on 11 July in Dulwich Park.  As we did last year, we’ll do a warm up lap of the park followed by the race itself.  We’ll then aim to head to a nearby pub for post-race drinks.


River Relay – Sunday 3 September

Last year we participated in a river relay race along the Thames.  It was a really popular event, enjoyed by all the participants and we were able to put four teams forward.  This year the race will take place on 3 September and we’ve been asked by the race organisers whether we would like to put forward any teams again.


To gauge interest, wee have put up a poll on the DPR Facebook page.  Assuming the course is similar to last year’s, then each team of 5 will cover a marathon distance in total, with the individual legs around five and a half miles.  If you’d be interested in taking part please fill in the poll or speak to Paul or Derek on a Tuesday.


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.


Non Club Event Race Recommendations

Many DPR members take part in 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 Philippa (philippa_badnell@hotmail.com) 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.  It was well-signposted with food and drinks on the course with beer and a bottle opener medal at the end.  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.  More details at www.maverick-race.com/races/theoriginalkent2017


Improvers Squad – Thursdays in June

In June we continue our speed training sessions – good  for anyone looking to improve their 5 mile and 10km time in the Summer League races.  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 22 June, 20 July, 7 September, 19 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.