August 2017 Newsletter

Dates for your diary

1 August and every first Tuesday of the month: Handicap race

20 August: Summer League – Battersea Park

3 September: River Relay

7 September: Yoga

10 September: Eridge Park 10 Trail Challenge

16 September: Autumn beginners course starts

24 September: Knole Park run and picnic

1 October: Titsey Trail 10km cross country race

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

19 October: Yoga

12 November: 10km cross country race – Beckenham Place Park

23 November: Yoga

14 December: Yoga


Summer League 2017

The final fixture in this year’s competition takes place on 20 August in Battersea Park, hosted by Serpentine Running Club.  The main race is a 10km race starting at 9.30am.

Club Championship race results

We held three club championship races in July and the medal winners are listed below.

We started with the 5 mile race, which was also the DPR Summer League fixture.  This was a brilliant morning, well-attended with racers and helpers, followed by a DPR feast.  Thank you to everyone who came along to run or help and a particular thank you to Jo Hepworth and Paula McMahon for organising the day for us.


  Name Time Age-Graded Score
1 Susan Smith 38.24 82.41%
2 Will Simpson 33.17 70.57%
3 David Mullany 37.38 69.01%
4 Diane Suter 41.55 68.19%
5 Derek Hodgson 39.20 67.82%
6 Bernard Simmons 43.13 65.93%
7 Anna Gregorowski 41.54 65.82%
8 Louise Fernandez 41.30 64.21%
9 Brian O’Neill 35.10 63.74%
10 Santos Diana 36.12 62.88%


This was followed by the 1 mile championship race.  On a frankly grim evening, 20 runners braved the run for yet another run around Dulwich Park, followed by a very enjoyable mini social in the Crown & Greyhound.


  Name Time Age-Graded Score
1 Anna Gregorowski 07:11 70.26%
2 Derek Hodgson 06:51 68.54%
3 Louise Fernandez 07:12 67.49%
4 Brian O’Neill 05:52 67.42%
5 Clare Dunne 07:00 65.36%
6 Oghene Aaron 07:41 63.24%
7 Linda Griffiths 08:21 62.87%
8 Eszti Takacs 07:20 60.99%
9 Philippa Badnell 08:18 60.80%
10 Penny Andreou 07:36 58.85%


The final championship race of the month was another Summer League fixture, this time a 10km race in Regent’s Park.  This was a very pleasant run in the park, past the animals in the zoo if you kept your eyes open, followed (for some!) by a look at the sculptures, which was a very pleasant end to the morning.


  Name Time Age-Graded Score
1 Susan Smith 00:51:03 78.29%
2 Derek Hodgson 00:49:35 67.40%
3 Bernard Simmons 00:54:22 65.78%
4 Diane Suter 00:56:11 64.04%
5 Paula McMahon 00:53:55 62.82%
6 Linda Griffiths 00:58:37 61.39%
7 Sue Woodhead 00:55:52 61.35%
8 Clare Dunne 00:53:25 59.70%
9 Eszti Takacs 00:53:07 59.17%
10 Tim Griffiths 00:55:43 58.87%


 Club 10 Mile Championship Race Sunday 15 October

We’re heading back to the Cabbage Patch 10 for this year’s 10 mile championship race.  This is a really well-liked race and we are told that places have now sold out.  If you’ve entered the race but can no longer attend please could you let other club members know as there may be people who would like to take part who didn’t manage to sign up in time.  Please note that any transfer of your race number to another person must be notified to Sport Systems before 12 October.


 River Relay – Sunday 3 September

Thank you to those who have responded to our posts about the River Relay.  I’ll be letting the organisers know about our entries in the next few days, so if you’re still undecided, now is the time to let me know if you would like to come along.  Just send an email to, all runners are welcome!  In the next few days we’ll be sorting out the teams and logistics.  If you’re able and willing to drive on the day, and content for someone else to drive your car for one of the legs, it would be really helpful if you could let us know.  Send an email or respond to the facebook post, thanks.

For those of you who missed it in the last newsletter, the river relay is an event we entered last year which covers a marathon distance along the Thames in teams of 5 (so each runner races around 5.5 miles).  It was a really popular event and in typical DPR fashion was followed by a fantastic picnic which we’d hope to replicate this time around.


Men’s Cross Country Race Fixtures

Titsey Trail 10km – Sunday 1 October

We’re starting the cross country season early this year for the men and our first race will be the Titsey Trail 10km race on 1 October at 10.30am.  We’ve never done this course before but it looks to be a beautiful run through woodlands.  The race is a single lap course with a long downhill at the end and you get a free bottle of beer at the finish.  What more could you want?

As with all men’s cross country races, as we’re not part of a league you’ll need to sign up online and further details are on the race website:  Race entry is around £16 (including a processing fee) for England Athletic members.

As it’s a public race all DPR members, both male and female, are very welcome to sign up and come along.  It looks as though it will be a lovely morning run so the more the merrier!

Beckenham Place Park 10km – Sunday 12 November

Although it hasn’t been announced yet, we’re expecting the second men’s cross country race to be in Beckenham Place Park on 12 November at 11.02am.  After a two minute silence the race is a two lap course around the park.  We’ve done this a couple of times now and this is a really lovely race, all off-road with plenty of hills and mud.  After the race there’s even free tea and cakes.  We’ll include a link once further details are available.


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 ( 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!
  • Also on 10 September, a few of us have signed up for the Eridge Park 10 Trail, an off-road 10 mile race in Tunbridge Wells run by the Tunbridge Wells Harriers.  This is a traffic-free, one lap course on tracks, grass and woodland trails.  We’re promised lots of mud and hills and a complimentary pint at the end!  Further details are on the race website:
  • Race company Maverick 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


 Improvers Squad – Thursdays in August

Summer is still here, and so is your annual opportunity to join the Improvers Squad without the basic minimum of 15 miles a week!  We’re halfway through the schedule but it’s not too late to join us for the second month.

Besides the hard work and very little running, some of it is strange, but hopefully some of it is fun, informative, inspiring, and well worth your effort!  We’ll cover motivation, technical/style, agility & mobility, balance, core work and specific strength.

Members are asked to sign up for the month, with an opt-out by text if you are unable to come for one of the sessions, rather than the other way around.  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.

Most sessions will start at 7.30pm on the track, but maybe not all, so please make sure to sign up if you are not already a regular.

Please chat with Susan if you are interested in taking part.  If you have any queries, please ask. / 079499 50291


Autumn Beginners Course

The course will start on Saturday 16 September and run for 8 weeks.  Anyone who is available to help for one or more weeks will be welcome, with the usual thank you breakfast at the end of the course!  (Please wear club kit so everyone knows who is who).  The club website will have information on how to apply from early August so please encourage any relatives, friends, colleagues and neighbours who may be interested in joining the course to do so online.

This is an excellent way to get into running (and also for lapsed, injured or new Mum members to get back), and of course helps with club funds for other events.  For further information please have a chat with Di or Susan.


 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 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

Save the date for the fourth annual informal run and picnic at Knole Park in Sevenoaks on Sunday 24 September.  More details to follow.

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.


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