November 2017 Newsletter

Save the Date- 18th November: Race and Quiz!

Dates for your diary
7 November and every first Tuesday of the month: Handicap race
11 November: Ladies’ cross country race – Nonsuch Park,Cheam
12 November: Men’s cross country club championship race – Beckenham Place Park
18 November: 5km club championship race & start of winter parkrun ladder – Dulwich Park
18 November: Quiz night
23 November: Yoga
14 December: Yoga
17 December: Christmas cross country run – Polesden Lacey 10km
7 January: Tadworth 10
13 January: Ladies’ cross country race – Wimbledon Common OR Richmond Park
10 February: – Ladies’ cross country race – Wimbledon Common OR Richmond Park
18 February: Half marathon club championship race – Richmond Old Deer Park
25 February: Men’s cross country race – Dash for the Splash

Ladies’ Cross Country Race – Saturday 11 November in Nonsuch Park, Cheam
The details for the next ladies cross country race are as follows:

Start Time: Division 1 & 2 Senior Ladies (incl. U20 and Vets) – 11.00am
Distance: Senior Ladies (incl. U20 and Vets) – 6km

Transport/Parking: Nonsuch Park is situated in the northern part of the Borough of Epsom & Ewell between Cheam and Ewell Village. There are a number of access points to this large site:
• Two entrances in London Road each leading to car parks
• Ewell Road, Cheam, which also leads to car parking facilities
• Cheam Park Café, car parking and access through Tudor Drive (SM4) off B279
• Use residential roads off Bramley Road, SM2 7LR for a quick exit from the event – access park via railway tunnel on Bramley Road, follow footpath for about 800m in a straight line into Nonsuch park and the Mansion House.

Please note that the Mansion House car park is for disabled parking only.

Nonsuch Park is within a ten minute walk of Cheam railway station. The park is accessible to pedestrians from the main entrances off London Road and Ewell Road, Blue Gates, Beaufort Way, the public footpath off Holmwood Road, which leads across Warren Farm to Nonsuch Park. There is other street parking available in these areas.

Course: the race start/finish is approximately 150m from the Mansion House Café (see the map on Facebook). Recommended footwear will be off road shoes/spikes. The routes are comprised of mixed terrain of short grass and park/wooded trails. The route will be marked with flags and there will be marshals at key junctions.

Changing/toilets: please note there are no changing facilities within the park. There are toilets within the park café (150m from the start) and in Cheam Park Café. Any belongings are left at your own risk.

Tea and coffee will be provided, please bring a flask of hot water if you have one and please do bring along cake/biscuits/brownies etc if you are a baker, for everyone to enjoy after the run.

Please wear club kit.

Men’s Cross Country Race Fixtures
First Fixture
Beckenham Place Park 10km – Sunday 12 November

The men’s second cross country race will be the Beckenham 10km race which takes place on 12 November in Beckenham Place Park. This race will also be the men’s cross country championship race. This is a beautiful course, which takes you through woods, across fields and up hills. You can also expect some mud if we’ve had any rain, so trail shoes are recommended.

The race is super cheap at £10, starts at 11.02 (after the two minutes’ silence and the Last Post is played), is close enough to run to and there is free (yes, free!) tea and cake afterwards. There is no excuse not to do this race! You can get further details and sign up at

As with all of the men’s cross country races, this is an open race, so DPR ladies are very welcome to join us for what should be a lovely run!

Third and Fourth Fixtures

Although we’re still looking into the men’s third cross country race, we’re very happy to confirm that our final fixture will again be the Dash for the Splash. The race will take place on 25 February 2018. This is a fantastic cross country race around Wimbledon common taking in all the hills (even ones you didn’t know were there) through the woods with plenty of mud thrown in for good measure and at the 9km point you even get to run through the brook. What better way is there to finish a cross country run? Details of how to enter are on the website

Sign up early as the race normally sells out. As with the Beckenham run this is an open race so DPR ladies are very welcome to join us

Club Championship 5km Race – Saturday 18 November
It’s that time again for the 5km club championship race. We’ll be using Dulwich parkrun (we couldn’t really do anything else could we?) so make sure you’re down on the parkrun website as a member of DPR (otherwise your time won’t be counted), come along at 9am and remember to wear club kit. This will also be the first week of the winter parkrun ladder so hopefully there will be a raft of PBs and bonus points!

2018 Club Championship Races
In a startling display of organisation, which is sure not to last, we thought we would let you know of the first 2018 championship race (so you’ve plenty of time to train!) and the likely date of the second.

Old Deer Park Half Marathon – Sunday 18 February 2018
For the club half marathon race we’ll be heading over to Richmond for the Old Deer Park race ( on 18 February. This is a lovely course which spends a lot of time next to the river, is really well organised and has a great atmosphere; a few club members did it earlier this year and really enjoyed it.

5 Mile Race – April 2018

For the 5 mile race we’re going to use the Victoria Park 5 mile race. This usually takes place the first weekend of April (so don’t book a place on the Paddock Wood Half!) and we’ll confirm the details nearer the time.

Club Championship 10 Mile Race
11 of us ventured over to Twickenham for the Cabbage Patch 10. As promised it was a flat well marshalled course and although I’m not convinced about the tot of beer at mile 9.5, it was a thoroughly enjoyable morning race. The results for the race are below. As always, the first 10 runners (ranked through the magic of age-grading, which I haven’t attempted to change from the ones based on the slightly iffy race timing) receive a medal. Against my better judgement/desire to win a medal fairly, I have included the three runners who were down in the results as belonging to ‘Dulwich Runners’ as well. Paul

Name Time Age Graded Result
Derek Hodgson 01:21:38 67.43%
Anna Gregorowski 01:30:58 62.59%
David Mullany 01:26:04 62.14%
Tim Griffiths 01:30:54 59.97%
Paula McMahon 01:33:13 59.41%
Linda Griffiths 01:38:02 59.21%
Laura Griffin 01:32:27 56.39%
Katy Denny 01:34:13 55.33%
Emma Embleton 01:29:22 55.26%
Sophie Taysom 01:43:26 52.14%
Paul Croasdale 01:29:37 49.84%

Parkrun Summer Ladder 2017
Thank you to everyone who participated in what felt like the friendliest and most fun DPR ladder to date. Between 18 June and 19 August, 45 parkrunners ran 210 parkruns and volunteered 30 times. Those of you who were watching the points each week and the ups and downs as the ladder was climbed will have worked out who finished on the top.

The final results and awards will be presented at the Quiz Night on 18 November.

Parkrun Winter Ladder 2017-18
And 18 November will be the start of the winter parkrun ladder. The first run will be Dulwich parkrun – unlikely to be many first-timers at Dulwich but there will be bonus points for Moustache Selfies! It is Movember after all!

The current points system for the ladder has evolved into one which works well. However the ‘rules’ have changed slightly for the winter ladder.
1. The ladder will run for 12 weeks. (Christmas Day and New Year’s Day runs are not included as not all events take place on these days)
2. Points will be added up weekly
3. The winner of the DPR parkrun shield will be the person with the highest score from their best 9 runs
4. Points will be awarded as follows:
1. 10 points for completing a parkrun
2. 5 points for running for the first time at any parkrun (listed as ‘First timer’ in the parkrun results)
3. 10 points for a PB at any parkrun
4. 5,4,3,2,1,1,1,……points for age-graded % scores
5. 20 points for volunteering (but only one can be included in your 9 best runs)
6. Bonus points as suggested by the membership and accepted e.g. selfies, hosted runs, buddy-runs, themed runs. Details will be posted on Facebook and announced on Club Nights
(the new bits are in bold)

Everyone who is a member of DPR qualifies for this friendly ladder. It is a very personal competition because the points that are awarded are solely based on your own run, and not compared to anyone else. It is therefore perfect for experienced and beginner runners alike.

You don’t need to do anything to take part other than be a full member of DPR, make sure you are registered with parkun (, and you have named DPR as your club in your parkrun profile. Then as long as your barcode is scanned after your run you will be awarded points.

I hope lots of you will join in and make the Winter Ladder as much fun as the Summer Ladder was. Gillian

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:

• Tinsel10 run at Polesden Lacey, Surrey – Sunday 17 December 9.00am. The National Trust organises a series of low key, free 10km trail runs in some of their properties on the fourth Sunday of the month. Details can be found here: After a successful trial in October, we’ve decided to have a Christmas excursion to Polesdon Lacey for their special Tinsel10 run on Sunday 17 December. This will be instead of the Christmas lights run this year. It will be a festive stress-free pre-Christmas 10km trail run in a magical setting on varied terrain… followed by mince pies and a warm beverage with DPR friends!

It is a very low key event with no marshals or timing and only a small number of runners expected to take part. What it lacks in race paraphernalia it makes up for in beautiful scenery with lots of hills and plenty of mud thrown in too – trail shoes are definitely advisable if you’ve got them (or if you don’t – ask Paul about getting old trainers converted). It’s a bit exposed in the car park at the start so dress up warm! Lifts will be co-ordinated nearer the time via DPR FB page or speak with / email Anna Gregorowski,

• Tadworth 10 – it’s the time of year again for the Tadworth 10! The race will take place on Sunday 7 January 2018 and is popular with members who have done it previously. Further details are on the race website

Improvers Squad – Thursdays in November and December
If you’d like to get involved in the Improvers Squad for the sessions in November and December please sign up with Susan. We’ll be working on strength to get you into shape for winter!

In order to get the best out of the sessions, members are asked to sign up for the whole month at a time, though preferably two months 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 session 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 3 times a week in order to maximise the 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. / 079499 50291

Autumn Beginners Course
Our Autumn beginners course is almost over. Thank you so much to everyone who has turned out on Saturday mornings to run with and encourage our Beginners. Anyone who has not yet been able to run with us has got just one more chance on the final session on 4 November, and to join us afterwards for the usual free breakfast for all helpers.

Marathon 2018
Anyone with a place, or hoping for a place, or maybe might have a place, or is just thinking about a place in a Spring marathon or the London marathon who would like help with a schedule, please see Susan or email asap to get yourself schedule ready!
Please see additional email for DPR ballot entry conditions, remembering to contact Juliet Shillingford by 12th November if you would like to be considered for a place in the 2018 Marathon
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.

The dates for the last two running-specific yoga sessions of the year are Thursdays 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 social events or would like to get involved with organising these, please contact Anna Gregorowski, Social Secretary. All ideas and support are welcome!

Quiz Night – Saturday 18 November

This year’s DPR Quiz Night will be held on Saturday 18 November at 7.00pm at the DPR Clubhouse. There will be a change of host after many years of Eric and Cheryl Richardson’s splendid quiz events. Natalie Villiers and Ian Teelan have taken up the challenge and are bringing you a quiz appropriately themed for MOVEMBER. Please grow or fake a moustache for this; prizes for best endeavours and creativity will be awarded! The questions themselves will follow the theme…but think broadly.

Tickets are on sale via the website. Click on ‘Events and Information’ then ‘DPR Social Events’ and find ‘Quiz Night’. Tickets are £6 for fish and chips or a veggie alternative. Please indicate when you buy your ticket if you want the veggie option or email Please bring your own alcohol. Soft drinks will be supplied. It promises to be an evening of amusement, eating and entertainment!

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.