November 2018 newsletter

It’s a bumper issue this month with lots of social events and races to add to your calendar…

October highlights and shout-outs

Well done to Sarah Cook, who ran the Chicago Marathon on 7thOctober.

Good luck to Penny and her husband in this weekend’s New York Marathon.

And thank you to Katy for all of her hard work with the Club and we wish her well in her house move at the end of this month.  I’m sure we’ll continue to see her at some of the social events coming up in the festive season….

Upcoming social events

Lots to look forward to in DPR Social Calendar!

DPR Quiz Night – 1 December 2018 – 7pm

Tickets are on sale via DPR website for our popular annual Quiz Night, which was over subscribed last year. Click on ‘Events and Information’ then ‘DPR Social Events’ and find ‘Quiz Night’. Tickets – £6 for fish and chips, £5 for veggie option. Soft drinks supplied. Please bring your own alcohol.We are very lucky to have Ian and Natalie, fabulous quiz masters, with us again for what promises to be a hugely fun evening of amusement, eating and much entertainment! Book soon to avoid disappointment!! Queries contact Anna / 07970074039.

Christmas Trot and Social, Tuesday 18th December, 7.30pm

The club’s annual Christmas party will be on Tuesday 18thDecember after a short festive run followed by food and drink!

Christmas Runs/ Walks

Sunday 16th December: please hold the date for a club outing to local countryside. We will plan a run of about 5-6 miles which is accessible by train, and will finish with lunch in a pub before returning home. We will also look at a walking route for non-runners, and will have at least one volunteer driver so that runners can leave warm clothes at the start / finish. If you’ve enjoyed Knole Park you’ll enjoy this!

Anyone wanting to join Polesden Lacey’s Tinsel 10K on Sunday 23rdDecember please let Anna know.There may be a car or two going if enough keen!

Anna and Lucy are planning a local Christmas lights club run (possibly Thursday 27thDecember at 7pm). Anyone interested, let us know.

Save the date – DPR Annual Dinner – Saturday 26 January 2019

The DPR event of 2019! Save the date and get a ticket early for DPR’s annual dinner at the clubhouse. Cost will be £10 (£5 for children up to 15 years old) and pays for Prosecco on arrival, wine for the table, and soft drinks. More information in the December newsletter, on the website and tickets will be on sale via DPR website.

Virgin London Marathon 2019 – DPR ballot reminder

Each year DPR receives two sets of places in the London Marathon, one from our affiliation with England Athletics and the other in recognition of the number of marshals we supplied for the previous marathon. Members who qualify under the rules below may enter the ballot for these places which will be drawn at the Quiz Night in December.

If you are unsuccessful in the VLM ballot you will be sent an email or a magazine with a covering letter showing your name and address. You will need to show this proof of rejection in order to qualify for the DPR ballot.

Please see below for our club rules on entering the club ballot. And please see the website for the latest offers / promotions for our club!


  1. The draws are as follows:
    1. (Draw 1) to receive London Marathon place allocated to DPR as part of our membership of England Athletics. We shall draw the successful candidate plus three reserves.
    2. (Draw 2) to receive any places offered to the club in recognition of our marshalling the race earlier this year. We shall draw the list of names in order as we do not know how many places we will be allocated.
  2. Rules for entering Draw 1:
    1. you ran the marathon last year (even if this was for a charity) or
    2. you were successful in the Draw 1 in either of the last two years.
    3. To enter Draw 1 you must provide proof of entry and rejection.
    4. To enter Draw 2 need only provide your name.
    5. You must have applied for a ballot place in the 2019 London marathon and been unsuccessful.
    6. You must have been a paid-up senior member of the club when you applied for the place.
    7. You cannot apply to be in the draw if
    8. To enter Draw 2 you must have been a member of the marshalling team for the 2018 marathon.
    9. Members who qualify for both draws may enter both. If they are successful in Draw 1 their name will be withdrawn from Draw 2. If they are drawn as a reserve for Draw 1 their name can still be entered into Draw 2.
    10. The lists for both draws will operate separately.
    11. The deadline to enter both draws is Sunday 25th November 2018. No entries will be accepted after this date. Entries must be sent to Juliet Shillingford (
    12. Both draws will take place at the Club Quiz Night on Saturday 1st December 2018.

Running with Carrie

We invite you to run with Carrie from the club and back to either the club or the top of Fireman’s Alley.The ideal distance is 4.5-5 miles at about a 12 min/mile pace.Without guides, Carrie is not able to share the joy of running.Please offer your commitment to support Carrie once or twice over the 9 weeks (no matter what your usual pace) so Carrie is confident she has someone to run with.

Ideally 2+ runners sign up each week, who make every effort to commit to run.It would be lovely to have some new volunteers signing up.

Please click the link below to see the next 8 weeks that require volunteers.

Monthly Club Handicap

We’re down to the penultimate old-style handicap before it all (not really all) changes in 2019; Tuesday 6thNovember.The post-run drinks will be at the Dulwich Beer Dispensary this month from 8.30pm.

parkrun Winter Ladder

It’s back!

parkrun Winter Ladder starts on November 17th!

Our tried and tested points formula remains in place with one minor amendment: we will now be awarding FIFTEEN points for a home run PB (recognising that such an achievement at Dulwich parkrun really is worth celebrating!)

So the points will be:

10 points for running at any parkrun

5 points for being a first timer at any parkrun

10 points for a personal best (15 at Dulwich)

Age graded points for the highest 4 runners (5,4,3,2 and 1 point for everyone else)

20 points for volunteering up to 3 times over the 12 weeks

Bonus points as advertised  on Facebook

Your best 9 parkruns will count towards the final score

parkruns on Ladies Cross Country competition days, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day will not be included

Scores will be posted weekly on Facebook

Good luck everyone

Club Championship Races

Our Club Championship 5k race will be held at Dulwich parkrun at 9am on Saturday 17th November.  This will also be the first date of the Winter parkrun ladder giving you a double incentive to get your skates on.  If you’ve never done a parkrun before please visit and register as a new parkrunner, making sure you put Dulwich Park Runners as your club and print off your barcode, bringing it with you on the day.  Also remember your club kit! Medals will be given out at the Quiz Night on Saturday 1st December.

Club Championship Results

On Sunday 14th October we held our 10 Mile Club Championship as part of The Cabbage Patch 10 in Twickenham. The rain almost held off giving us good running conditions for a really lovely run.  Well done to the DPR runners who produced some impressive times including Susan Smith with a near 80% age grading and Martha Brownlow running her first 10 mile race in a very impressive time of 1.21.07 (all times gun to chip).  Full results on the website.  Medals will be given out at the Quiz Night on Saturday 1st December. Wishing all our injured non-runners speedy recoveries and thank you for all your hard work transferring places so that as many people as possible could run.

Non Club Event Race Recommendations

The 2nd Bedgebury Forest Half Marathon & 10k – Sunday 18th November at 9.00am.  The 10k has now sold out but there are still places for this popular half marathon in Kent which uses the undulating forest paths and trails in and around Bedgebury National Forest – register at

The ever-popular Tadworth 10 will be back on Sunday 6th January at Epsom Racecourse to help us see in the New Year. Described as ‘scenic and challenging’ it’s never too early to sign up for this fun 10-miler.

If you’ve enjoyed an event in the past and think other members would too, please let the committee know and we’ll include it in future newsletters.

Ladies Cross Country

Well done to the small turnout of six runners who enjoyed balmy October sunshine and delicious home baking at the first fixture on Wimbledon Common on the 13th of October.

The remaining fixtures are as follows:

10th November @ 11am –Nonsuch Park, Cheam, 6km
12th January @ 1pm –Happy Valley, Coulsdon, 8km *CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP*
9th February @ 11am –Richmond Park (Kingston end), 8km

The races are open to all female members and we always enjoy tea and homemade cake afterwards! You must wear club kit and we will co-ordinate travel arrangements nearer the time. More details will be sent out the week before each fixture. If you have any questions please email Emma on

Men’s Cross Country

A small but select group made their way to Oxted for the Titsey 10k. Despite the beer running out (before we got to it!), it was still a lovely morning out and a really enjoyable start to the cross country season.

Next up will be the Beckenham 10k race and this will also be the men’s cross country championships race. This will take place on Sunday 11 November at 11:02 (after a two-minute silence). Due to the building works in the park it’s going to be a different course this year and details have yet to be finalised but it will remain wholly in the park and so should still be a really great race. Entry is £12 (with vast amounts of tea and cake after the run included), the race is very close by and thoroughly enjoyed by those who have entered in the past. Further details are on the race website

As DPR men aren’t part of a cross-country league it means we go along to public entry trail races for our cross-country fix instead. This means that DPR ladies are very welcome to join us if you want to get in some extra trail running.

Finally, if anyone knows of any good, close by (and ideally cheap) trail runs December – March please let Paul know as we’re always looking out for new fixtures.

Improvers Squad – Thursday Night Session November/ December

If you’d like to get involved in the Improvers Squad for the sessions in November and December to carry you over the dark winter months please sign up with Susan.  We’ll be concentrating on endurance in preparation for the longer winter races, and it’s a good grounding for anyone planning to start a marathon or half marathon schedule in the New Year. These are longer sessions so those already on the Squad, as well as those thinking of joining really need to make sure that your monthly mileage is up to 18 miles minimum per week over three runs. If you have not quite reached this please chat with Susan anyhow if you are interested in taking part.

In order to get the best out of the sessions, members are asked to sign up for the whole month at a time (though ideally for the 2 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.  If you have any queries, please ask / 079499 50291

Beginners Course

Saturday 3rdNovember sees that last and longest run of the Autumn Beginners course.  As a “Thankyou so much” to everyone who has turned out to help please join us for breakfast in a local cafe after this last session.

Marathon training

Anyone who has applied for a Spring / London marathon place and who would like help in preparing for and setting out a schedule, please contact Susan / 079499 50291

Skills sessions

The skills sessions that we are running with performance coach Lizzie Fluke on 10thand 24thNovember are now full.Thanks for such an enthusiastic response.

Christmas gift ideas

Family and friends stumped as to what to get you for Christmas?Why not point them towards our website and the myriad of DPR branded clothing choices!

DPR kit

And finally….

David Mullany will be leading a guided run on Sunday, 4th November. Meet 12.30pm (change from previously publicised 12 noon) at Victoria Station near platform 3.
It will be a lovely route, with shorter stops than usual to keep warm; run at a gentle pace to suit all and will last about 90 minutes.
The run will finish at the Phoenix Pub in Palace Street, very near Victoria station.

For an advance glimpse click on the link