February 2018 newsletter

DPR February 2018 Newsletter

Dates for your diary

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

10 February: Ladies’ cross country race – Richmond Park

18 February: Half marathon club championship race – Richmond Old Deer Park

22 February: Yoga

25 February: Men’s cross country race – Dash for the Splash

22 March: Yoga

24 March: Start of the Spring Beginners Course

14 April: 5 mile club championship race

26 April: Yoga

24 May: Yoga


Roy Poultney

We are saddened to announce the death of long-time friend of the Club, Roy Poultney, who passed away last week at St Christopher’s Hospice.  Many DPR members will be familiar with Roy, who was a top-class athlete with the famous Tipton Harriers, once running a mile in 4 minutes 30 seconds.  It is also Roy who has enabled us to do the annual Bank of England cross country run in Richmond Park.  He joined DPR in about 1996 and many will remember him for his sponsored 5km run at the age of 80 in Dulwich Park in 2015, when he raised a considerable sum for St Christopher’s Hospice.

Our thoughts are with his family at this sad time.


Election of vacant Committee  positions 

Several members have served their 3 or more years in post. If you are interested in taking up a post or would just like to find out more, please see Derek or any other committee member, at your soonest convenience, to express your interest.


Men’s Cross Country Race Fixtures

We’ve got one more men’s race this season.  Our final fixture will again be the Dash for the Splash.  The race will take place on Sunday 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. https://www.sportsentrysolutions.com/new_race_page.php?recordID=200663  Sign up early as the race normally sells out.   As with the other men’s races this is an open race so DPR ladies are very welcome to join us.


Ladies’ Cross Country Race Fixtures

The fourth ladies’ cross country race will take place on 10 February in Richmond Park, starting at 11am and hosted by Ranelagh Harriers.  The course distance is 8.3km (2 laps).

COURSE: The race will be held in Richmond Park. The start/finish area will be near Sheen Cross roundabout, close to Sheen Gate and Roehampton Gate. This is a new location, at the request of the Royal Parks Agency.  Winter rain has made the ground soft and the surface slippy.  Spikes are recommended, though trail shoes may be worn.

TRANSPORT: There are five vehicle entrances to Richmond Park: Roehampton Gate (north east), Sheen Gate (north), Richmond Gate (north west), Ham Gate (west) and Kingston Gate (south west).  The closest railway stations are at Richmond, Mortlake, Barnes and Kingston and are part of the South Western Railway network.  From Richmond or Kingston stations, take the 371 bus to the American University bus stop.  Richmond Gate is around the corner and from there it is approximately 1¼ miles to Sheen Cross roundabout.  From Mortlake Station, Sheen Cross roundabout is approximately 1¼ miles via Sheen Lane and from Barnes Station approximately 1¾ miles via Priory Lane.

PARKING: The nearest car parks are at Sheen Gate and Roehampton Gate.  Both are within ½ mile of the start.

FACILITIES: There are no changing facilities, please come ready changed.  Toilets are available at Sheen Gate, Roehampton Gate and Robin Hood Gate car parks.  Some of the toilets in the park may incur a 20p charge for use.  There is a café at Roehampton Gate car park

OTHER: Please let Emma know if you will be attending and also if you can offer a lift.  You need to wear club kit.  Tea and coffee will be provided, please bring a flask of hot water if you have one and also do bring along cake/biscuits/brownies etc if you are a baker for everyone to enjoy after the run.  Finally this will be the club championship race so medals will be up for grabs!


2018 Club Championship Races

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 (http://southernrunningguide.com/race/old-deer-park-richmond-half-marathon) 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 last year and really enjoyed it.

It is only a small race though, so there is a good chance the race will sell out.  We would really recommend that you enter early to avoid disappointment.  We’ve been told that there are multiple ways to enter the race and that there is quite a difference in the race entry fee.  If you go via this link

https://www.activetrainingworld.co.uk/events/2018/02/18/richmondhalf entry should cost you about £25, with a processing fee.


5 Mile Race – Saturday 14 April 2018

This year we’re moving the 5 mile championship race to the Victoria Park race on 14 April, starting at 2.30pm.  It’s one of the very few 5 mile races around, should be easy to get to and costs only £12 for affiliated runners.  Details are on the race website: http://vphthac.org.uk/open5/


Winter parkrun Ladder

There are 3 more parkruns left on the Winter parkrun ladder.  These take place on 3, 17 and 24 February.  No ladder points will be awarded on 10 February as that is a ladies cross country day.

The final point score after 12 runs will be based on your 9 best parkruns and a maximum of 1 volunteer slot.


Non Club Event Race Recommendations

Many DPR members take part in races outside the club calendar which 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.


The Spring 2018 DPR Beginners Course starts Saturday 24 March

Meeting on Saturday mornings, over 8 consecutive weeks, the course aims to take the new or returning runners, and help them to build up their running to a stage where they are confident to continue on their own, to join a club (preferably Dulwich Park Runners!), or reach a point where the thought of running a 10km race for charity or simply getting out and enjoying the health benefits that running can bring seem less daunting.  If you have friends or relatives who may be interested, please encourage them to look at our website www.dulwichparkrunners.com for more information and to send for an application form.

The course starts at 9.00am and lasts for about an hour.  As always, we would really appreciate helpers – we cannot do it without you!  We are happy if you join us for just one week, or as many as you can, with reward of breakfast at a local cafe after the week 8 run.  And of course this is the ideal way for members returning after injury or babies or just laziness to get back into running.  Please talk to Susan or Di about what we would like you to do.


Improvers – Thursday night sessions

2018 got off to a good start with an impressive team of runners with regulars, recovering and newcomers attending to the sessions.  If you’d like to join the Improvers Squad for February, please sign up with Susan.  We’ll be working on endurance to get you ready for the spring halfs and marathons, so some long sessions with not much hanging around to recover!

In order to get the best out of the sessions, members are asked to sign up for the 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 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.  This is particularly important as we are running distance rather than short and sharp, 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 / 07949 950291.


London Marathon Marshalling

If anyone is interested in marshalling at the London Marathon, please email Natalie on nataliev.1@ntlworld.com  There are more details on the DPR Facebook page.


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 2018 yoga sessions are 22 February, 22 March, 26 April and 24 May.  The sessions are free for DPR members.  Improvers Squad will move to 7.00pm on those days so that runners can attend both sessions.


 Regular Yoga with Carla

Currently Carla comes to the Club for free yoga for DPR members once a month.  If you want to practise yoga weekly, she has recently started a class in West Wickham on a Monday evening 8.00–9.30pm.  Arrive any time from 7.40pm for herbal tea and a chat.  Medhurst Hall, Sussex Road, West Wickham BR4 0JX.  New students – the first class is free when you email Carla to book at Carla@healthourfocus.com.  Drop in Class £11.50, no need to book just turn up, or pay 6 weeks £55.

Carla is also trying to set up a weekly class at our clubhouse but at the moment there is no availability.  We will let you know if she is successful.


 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 fundraising

The total donations, including £130 cash collected on the night of the Quiz, to Natalie’s Movember page come to £285.  This is a great amount to raise from one of our events and Natalie would like to thank all who donated to such a good cause.

Annual Dinner

The DPR annual dinner on Saturday 27 January was a great success with 48 attendees and plenty of glamour and sparkle – the highlight of the DPR social calendar!  The clubhouse was transformed into a sparkling venue, the food was as delicious as ever (a discerning guest commented it is the one occasion a year she can guarantee the food will be excellent!), the company was superlative, and line-up of medals and trophies impressive.  Very well done and a big thank you to all who attended, brought food, helped before, during and after, and made it such a success!  A fun time was had by all.

Nutella Cheesecake Recipe

Gillian has been asked for the recipe for the Nutella cheesecake which was on the pudding menu at the Annual Dinner.  Here is the link:

http://www.womanandhome.com/recipes/537207/nutella-cheesecake  Hopefully you won’t have to fight to get a jar of Nutella!  http://abc7ny.com/food/nutella-causes-riots-in-french-supermarkets/2992150/


Tadworth Ten

As well as the annual dinner we have been doing some running this January and the highlight for many has got to be the Tadworth 10.  We had a brilliant turnout on the day, clear weather (although very windy at times) and plenty of hills made for a tough but genuinely enjoyable race.  A likely contender for 2019’s 10 mile club championship race!!

 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:



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)



S (36”), M (38/40”), L (42”), XL (44”), XXL (46/48”)

Price: £17



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.