COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Statement

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation, in line with latest government advice and guidance from England Athletics, we have taken the difficult decision to postpone our next beginners course.

If you have signed up for the course we will be in touch as soon as possible. 

DPR Chair


DPR Beginners Course


So you want to start running? This course is for absolute beginners and runners returning after injury or a long absence. If you have a little running experience this may also be suitable should you wish to progress.  

The beginners’ course is a proven formula. You may already have heard about ‘couch to 5k’ programmes but the DPR beginners’ course beats them all.

The programme takes place twice a year in spring and autumn. Following a simple but proven approach, you discover the joy of running by developing a simple weekly routine, with the main group session taking place at 9.00am on eight consecutive Saturday mornings in Dulwich Park.

You are guided by expert coaches who provide advice, motivation and a simple and easily understandable schedule and you are accompanied on the Saturday morning runs by a number of DPR members.

The course is truly transformational. Over several years the course has given new or returning runners the confidence to continue on their own, to join the club, or simply reach a point where the thought of running seems less daunting and more enjoyable.

Lots of our members completed this remarkable programme and many comment not just on how it radically improved their fitness but also on how they formed new friendships, and met like-minded people with whom they can carry on running (and socialising). And some have even gone on to run a marathon!

Frequently Asked Questions

When is the next course? 

Due to the ongoing Covid-19 situation our next course, due to commence on 21 March, will be postponed. We hope to be able to commence the course in the summer but we hope you will understand that we cannot give any further guidance at this time.

Who is the course for? 

It is suitable if you are new to running, or if you have a little running experience and want to progress, or if you are returning to running.

What Does It Cost? 

£40 for the entire 8-week course.

When Is It? 

The course takes place twice a year (spring and autumn) for 8 consecutive weeks with a group session on each Saturday.

What time on Saturdays?

Arrive by 8.50am for a 9.00am start.

How long does each session last?

Each Saturday morning session lasts between 1 to 1.5 hours. But don’t worry, you’re not running for all of this period! There is also a little ‘homework’ to be completed during each week in your own time.

Where does it take place? 

Meet in Dulwich Park by the entrance to the car park, inside the main College Road entrance. (See a map here.)

What should I do if I have any more questions?

If you’ve got any further questions, please feel free to email us at