DPR February Newsletter

Hello everyone – welcome to your DPR February newsletter! There is a huge amount of events, news and running on this Spring – so get out your calendars and lace up your trainers for it all!

Annual Dinner
Our wonderful annual dinner takes place on Friday 8 March on International Women’s Day.

The dinner starts at 7.15pm for 7.45pm at the Lordship pub on Lordship Lane, East Dulwich. The club is subsidising so it’s great value: 3-course dinner, plus welcome drink, coffee and chocolates. Plus an entertaining ice-breaker, club awards, and dancing until 12.30pm.  And great company!

All for just £29.50 pp.

Wine and other drinks will be available to buy at the bar .
Tickets are now available. There is a strict limit on numbers so first come, first served. More details and tickets here.

Cross Country – Saturday 10 February
Well done to those who ran at Oxshott and Beckenham – results lower down the email. 

Our final cross-country fixture of the season is at Lloyd Park in Croydon on Saturday 10 February – so nice and local. Our current understanding is that the the men’s race will start at 12pm, followed by the women’s at 2pm. 

Both our squads have had successful seasons – so do come along to help push us up the final league tables. All you need to do is let Alan or Fran know you’re coming via the relevant Cross Country Whatsapp group (and turn up and run!).
DPR men's squad at Oxshott Cross Country (yes it really was that cold!)
Parkrun takeover
Before cross country, we’re also doing another one of our takeovers of Dulwich parkrun. Come along in the morning to be part of the volunteer group that runs the parkrun. We will need lots of volunteers – email dulwich@parkrun.com if you’re able to help out.
Club Championships
If you thought you had missed your chance to win DPR 2023 silverware, then you’d be wrong! Our postponed 2023 10k club championships are taking place at the Runthrough 10k in Hyde Park on Saturday 17 February. Entries are here , and you can use a discount code HYDEPARKFEB24SONIAGROUP to get a reduced price entry. The race is a 9.30 start. It was a great event last year on a fast course, so plenty of opportunity for a 10k PB.
Our first club championship for 2024 is the half marathon on Sunday 31 March at Kew – a lovely course which runs partway through Kew Gardens. You can sign-up here. If you use the discount code DULWICHPARKRUNNERS20 you will get 20% off the entry fee, and members should get an extra £2 off as EA members. The race is on track to sell out, so make sure you tick entering off your to-do list today!
Other upcoming races
Lots of upcoming races as the cross country season starts to bleed into Spring half- and full-marathon season:
  • Dash for the Splash (4 February): a regular DPR favourite, this trail race on Wimbledon Common returns this Sunday. Entries available here.
  • Wokingham Half Marathon (25 February): several DPRers have entered this, but it is now full, so if you’re looking for a half and you’ve already entered the club event at Kew…
  • Paddock Wood Half Marathon (3 March): …is a well-regarded half and still has spaces. Flat and fast, the race starts at 9.30am. Entries here.
A reminder that this year’s club AGM will be on Tuesday 26 March.

The arrival of Spring also means the arrival of our Spring beginners and 5k-5miles courses, which start on Saturday 2 March in Dulwich Park. Applications are now open so if you know someone who might be interested in getting into running, please do point them in the direction of the courses. As previously our Beginners have a choice of 8am or 9am start, 5k-5milers at 10am. We meet inside Queen Mary’s Gate. More information and the signup link is here

As usual we’ll be asking for volunteers to help out as running buddies. There’s no need to do a whole morning, or any more Saturdays than suit you, but we couldn’t do it without you!  If you’re new to this and would like to know more, please email beginners@dulwichparkrunners.com.

Attendance Award
We are delighted to reintroduce the club’s attendance award for 2024. This will be awarded based on points scored throughout the year, which are available for attending cross-country, club championships, summer league, beginners, our 40th anniversary event in October and Dulwich Dash events.
Eligibility for the ballot for the club’s England Athletics place(s) for the 2025 London Marathon will also depend on securing a minimum of two points under the 2024 attendance award before the ballot is drawn.
More details on the award are available here.

Thursday coaching courses
Our Thursday track sessions are continuing on the newly laid Dulwich College track, with an emphasis on improving your endurance and speed.

The sessions are free. We don’t know of any other clubs who offer free sessions of this nature, so it is a fantastic opportunity to improve your running. You need to be running at least 10 miles per week to take part.

If you are not already in Susan’s list for Thursdays, please email her at coach@dulwichparkrunners.co.uk for more info. Or if you would like help with race schedules, or coaching tips for general running please drop Susan an email.

Dulwich Dash – 13 February
This month’s Dulwich Dash is on the later-than-usual date of 13 February – as usual, it’s a 7.30pm meet at the Rosebery Gate.

The Dash got off to a great start for 2024 with a fantastic turnout of 30 runners in January. It’s Zsuzsannah who leads the way on the early 2024 leaderboard – full results here.
DPR Socials
Three social events over the next month:
– Club member Hayley Martin is hosting a quiz night at Westow House at Crystal Palace on 22 February as part of her fundraising for London Air Ambulance for London Marathon. Tickets are available here, and there will be a raffle for a terrific range of prizes.
– We’re next going to cheer on Dulwich Hamlet in their home fixture against Cheshunt on 24 February – tickets available here.
– And for thespian club members, we’re going to see the Sobcentre at the Brockley Jack on Friday 1 March – tickets here.
Recent racing results
Recent racing has focussed on cross country. We started 2024 with our third Surrey League fixture at Oxshott, including a super turnout of 27 women and 13 men. The women’s A team came in 14th and the B team 20th in Division 2, while the men’s team were 8th in Division 4. Full results are here.
With one fixture left to go (Lloyd Park – see above), this leaves the women’s teams in 15th and 22nd overall, and the men’s team 8th overall. Both teams can still move up (or down…), so plenty to run for! Full rankings are on the Surrey League website here
The other cross country was the South of England Championships on a tough course at Beckenham Place Park. 15 women and 13 men participated from DPR, with us being one of the few clubs to have full men’s and women’s squads. Full results here. Well done to all who participated and thanks to Nat and Becky for supporting as marshals. 
Clare, Jess and Lucy on the charge down one of (the many) hills at BPP
Edinburgh – May 2024
We’ve got a good group of us going to Edinburgh for our club weekend away, but there is still time if you are interested in coming along. The marathon and half marathon have now sold out of standard entry places, but there are places on the 10k and 5k still available. Please refer to previous newsletters or email James for more information on the trip.
Parkrun Ladder
The parkrun ladder is back this week after a break for cross-country. Bonus points galore available as we enter the final weeks – can anyone catch Shannan and David? Latest standings here.
40th anniversary kit
Thank you to everyone who ordered a DPR 40th anniversary T-shirt – the orders are now in and we expect the kit to arrive in March.
Volunteering in Dulwich Park
Dulwich Park Friends are always looking for help in keeping the beautiful park we love to run around neat and tidy – their next volunteering session is Sunday 3 February; meet at the Francis Peek building and bring strong shoes/wellies and gloves.
Phew – that’s all the news for February. Making a (welcome?) comeback for 2024 is the newsletter joke:
“My partner said I should do lunges to keep in shape. That would be a big step forward.”
Quality of jokes remains a work-on for 2024.

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