DPR October Newsletter

Hi everyone! Welcome to our October newsletter. We had an excellent running September, and there’s lots to look forward to in October, with cross-country, the continuing beginners course and our trip to Sussex at the end of the month.

Cross Country
It’s very nearly time for Cross Country season again! Our first fixture is on 14 October at Epsom Downs* –  nice and easy to get to via Tattenham Corner station. The women’s race is at 1pm, and the men’s is at 2.30pm.

More details will be posted on the relevant WhatsApp groups (you can join these from our new WhatsApp ‘community’), or contact Alan and Fran as our cross-country captains. And please wear your club vest when coming!

There is of course more cross country coming this autumn. Our second league fixture and our club cross country championships is on Saturday 11 November (venue tbc).  We are also planning to submit teams for the London Cross Country Championships at Parliament Hill on Saturday 18 November. More details on those to follow.

*the horse racecourse is on the flats, so that should be promising, right?!

Some DPR members took a trip out to Sussex to practise our trail running ahead of XC season - thanks to Tim and Linda for hosting!

Run Leaders
We’re always thinking about how we can improve our Tuesday evening club nights. One thing we would like to do is to start a cohort of ‘run leaders’, who can help guide the different running groups on the Tuesday evening runs, with the aim to reduce the risk of members of a group separating or becoming detached mid-run. 

The expectations on run leaders will not be heavy: just to make sure that they can navigate the route, and to make sure everyone in their group is accounted for – either at the club house, or peeling off to run home, or splitting into a smaller sub-group. To aid this, we’ll make sure there is always a suggested route posted on WhatsApp earlier on Tuesday – or a run leader could pick their own route. 

We’d like to get together a group of 12-15 volunteers. There is no expectation that run leaders must come to a minimum number or proportion of Tuesdays, or that if you put yourself forward you would be a run leader every time you come. If you’re willing to put yourself forward, please email IB (treasurer@dulwichparkrunners.co.uk) or Nicole with your name and the pace you normally run at.

2023 Club Championships
A small reshuffle in the line-up for the remaining club championships, with the 5k club championship now taking place on Saturday 4 November at Dulwich parkrun.

As above, this year’s cross country club championship will be our Surrey League fixture on Saturday 11 November.

The 10k championship will be on the Runthrough 10k at Greenwich Park on Sunday 17 December, with a 10am start. But don’t enter the race yet – we’re hoping to have access to a discount code.

We’ve also already started planning for 2024, and can announce that the half marathon club championship for 2024 will be the Kew Gardens Half Marathon on 31 March 2024.

Club mid-year forum feedback
Thank you to everyone who came along to club’s mid-year forum on 19 September – the discussion and ideas are very useful. We’ve listed the items written onto post-it notes here – if you’d like to give further feedback, you can do that by emailing comms@dulwichparkrunners.co.uk by 15 October. The committee will then be discussing next steps. 

The Autumn beginners course is halfway through, marked with parkrun at the end of September. The 5k-5 mile group have just finished their course. It’s a small group by comparison to previous courses, but some have already committed to or have run 10k races! As usual we will welcome your support as running buddies on Saturdays – if you can help please respond to Facebook posts, or email beginners@dulwichparkrunners.com marking your email ‘running buddy’. Remember there’s a cooked breakfast at a local cafe as a big ‘thank you’ at the end of the course for all helpers.

Thursday October Sessions
The Thursday improvers group are still on the Dulwich College Track for October working on speed over longer distance. These speed sessions are not progressive, so you can plan to run the October sessions without joining us in September. Nights are drawing in so you’ll need to have eaten your carrots, and be wearing light coloured kit. This is the last opportunity for track running this year as we’ll likely move onto hills next ready for cross country!

As usual you need to have been regularly running 10+ miles/16k a week to take part in the Thursday sessions. If you are keen to join or would like to know more, or if you’re not quite there and would like to chat about a plan to progress your running so you can be ready for future sessions, or to prepare for a race, please get in touch with Susan.

September Races and Results
A truly bumper month of running activity in September and early October – so forgive me if I go on a bit!

Let’s start with the Big Half on 3 September – we had a superb turnout of 33 runners – well done to Adam, Alex, Amanda, Anna, Becky, Beth, Catherine, Chris, Ciaran, Clare S, David, Dominic, Eva, Fiona, Fran, Gary, Hannah, IB, Jackie Y, Jess, Jules, Linda T, Mark, Martha, Mohsen, Nat, Ollie, Rob, Ronnie, Shannan, Sonia, Steve L, Surya, Tim, Will and Zach (phew!). There were some fantastic times in steamy conditions, with Zach and Amanda as fastest male and female finishers. Full results are here

The following weekend the weather was even hotter, but our members still got out and about. Gareth was in Oxfordshire participating in the White Horse Ultra and scoring an impressive 2nd place male finisher, while Jill and and Maggie were up in the North East joining Mo Farah in completing the Great North Run.

Our club 5 mile championships took place on 17 September, with Ronnie and Alicky our fastest finishers. Well done to everyone who took part! Full results are here.

DPR runners at our 5 mile championships!

On we went, with the Vitality London 10000 on 24 September and another super turnout from the club. Well done to Angela, Alison, Kim, Shannan, Lizzie, Claire, Nina, Hayley, Pamela, Ronnie, Lynne, Linda and Rachel who all finished the race. Full results are here.

And….lastly a couple of sneaky highlights from early October with DPR members venturing to the other nations of the UK – well done to Shannan on finishing the Cardiff half marathon last weekend, and to Anton for a mega effort finishing the six-day *100+ mile* Isles Ultra in the Hebrides.

Hopefully I haven’t missed anyone! Well done to everyone who got out and running in super September!

Member News
Congratulations to DPR member Clare Stephen, who tied the knot in September to her partner Tom!

Website Design Help
We’re looking to do a bit of work on our club website – if you have some experience or expertise in website design, please do email David at chair@dulwichparkrunners.co.uk.

Inclusion Data
A reminder that we are keen to monitor how well the club’s membership reflects the local community and to do this effectively we obviously require certain data. We are therefore asking members to update their individual profiles on the England Athletics website.

The information is only accessible to the Chair, Secretary, Membership Secretary and Treasurer. Details of how individual data can be used is contained in the club’s data protection and privacy policy here.
To update your information, you should go to the England Athletics website, and click on ‘Our Sites’ > ‘My Athletics Portal’. You will need to log in using your England Athletics URN (stated within the email you received when joining or renewing your membership). Once logged in, click on ‘My Profile’ and then ‘Edit’.
Updating your information will be much appreciated, and help us monitor how the club reflects the local community.

October Joke
Finally, I’ve had some feedback that members would like more jokes in the newsletter – so, given it’s October, here goes:

“How did the skeleton know it was going to rain on Halloween? He felt it in his bones.”

Any feedback on the quality of the joke will be ignored!

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