February 2019 Newsletter

Greetings and salutations….

…The social occasion that everyone’s been talking about is of course the annual dinner.There was a good turnout for another fab event, with much delicious food, drink and wonderful company; a very good time was had by all. Well done to everyone who made a special effort to incorporate the Burns Night theme into their outfit. Thank you to all who came, brought fabulous food  (plenty of it!), sold and bought raffle tickets, and helped to make the evening such fun.

Upcoming social events

Tuesday 5 February, there will be the usual post handicap drinks at the Dulwich Beer Dispensary.

Save the date:

7 April club picnic after the Paddock Wood Half marathon!  Watch for more details in the next newsletter and on Facebook nearer the time.

Club Championship Races

Make sure you sign up as soon as possible for our 2019 Half Marathon Club Championship Race, the 30th Running of the Paddock Wood Half Marathon on Sunday 7 April.  Entries are open now (only £23.00) and will undoubtedly sell out. This is a well organised, flat race on roads in the Kent countryside which several club members have done before.  Visit paddockwoodhalfmarathon.co.uk for further information and to sign up.

We will be giving you the dates of our other 2019 Club Championship races as soon as possible.

Non-Club Event Race Recommendations

Chislehurst Half – Sunday 19th May

This was a really nice half marathon that a few of us did last year – good mix of road and off-road and fairly local.  If you’re looking for a half marathon in May this one is a good’n’ http://www.chislehursthalf.org.uk/.


We’ve had two well attended races in January. First up was the Tadworth 10 on 6 January. This is always a popular race and this year was no different. We had 9 runners who all turned in very respectable times and enjoyed their time out on the Epsom Downs.

Two weeks later a staggering 27 of us gathered in the Peak District for a weekend of snow, great food and company, swimming, walking, drinking and of course some running. It was lovely to catch up with Katy, Mel and Paul G too.  Sadly the long run was shortened because of the weather but hats off to all those who did it and to the short course runners too.  No doubt we will be back next year.  The official photos are at https://www.chrismeadsphotography.com/p789084529.

DPR parkrun Club Records

We will soon begin compiling our parkrun Club Records. If you think you are the fastest DPR man or woman in your parkrun age category at any parkrun please let Lucy Ross know (lucy.ross@gmail.com).

The Annual Dinner always sees a good number of medals and trophies being awarded, the majority being for attendance. Bronze, Silver and Gold medals were presented for attendance at last year’s Summer League meetings as well as both Ladies and Mens Cross Country. The prestigious Handicap Cup was awarded to Spenser Lane for last year’s monthly Handicap Races with Lucy Ross as runner-up and David Mullany in 3rd place.  The Attendance Shield was awarded to the ever-present Paul Croasdale for overall attendance at Club races and events with Lucy Ross as runner-up and Susan Smith in 3rd. Congratulations to all!

Ladies Cross Country

A reminder of the remaining fixtures:

9 February @ 1pm – Richmond Park (Kingston end), 8km – CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP

2 March @ 11am – Lloyd Park, 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 emmacembleton@yahoo.com.

Men’s Cross Country

We’ve now decided on our final two races of the season.

Next up is the Dash for the Splash! It will be held on 24 February 2019, starting at 9.30am on Wimbledon Common. A really great event that’s cheap (£14) and involves running through a brook in February, what’s not to like? Further details are on the race website:http://dashforthesplash.com/index.html

Our final race will be something a bit different, the Medway Megalith Half Marathon on 24 March starting at 10.30am. This is a new race for us but promises hills, gates, stiles and stunning scenery in a friendly low key race. It’s only a small field so it’s advisable to book your place early. Further details are on the race website:https://www.hitthetrailrunning.com/?page_id=158&fbclid=IwAR1tjfAlD1Px9qXybzIsG6y_-9n6UwpXkk_simaIKl_bFoC_KgcD9V8B4sw

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.

Virgin London Marathon – Sunday 28 April

Marathon marshaling :

The DPR Team of London Marathon Marshals has become a regular fixture every year. It is a way of truly experiencing the Marathon first hand – short of actually running it, and runners of all levels, plus non runners can get involved in the biggest race in London. It also gains the club several places in the Marathon for the following year, and as a Marshal, you would be eligible to be in the club draw for one of these.

It is a long day, so be prepared for that. But you will get to see the elite runners close up, plus friends, family and fellow club mates who are running. There is a cap and t-shirt plus an exclusive badge memento for each Marshal too.

We aim to provide a team of 25 Marshals. Many have done this several times before, so first timers will be well supported.

We are based in the sector between miles 13-14 on High Road (just after Tower Bridge), and also see the runners returning as they exit The Isle Of Dogs for miles 21-22.

If you are interested, or have more questions please email Natalie Villiers at natalie.1@ntlworld.com, or contact her via Facebook

Post-marathon celebration:

28 April – save the date – venue TBC

For all those weary runners, marshals and supporters there will be the opportunity to gather together for food and drink and to share the highlights of your day.Time and venue are still TBC, with details to be revealed in the March newsletter and on Facebook. All DPR members, family and friends will be more than welcome!

Post-post marathon celebration:

Tuesday 30 April – save the date

Join those who’ve taken part with celebratory drinks and nibbles in the clubhouse after our usual run.

Marathon massages:

Post Brighton and VLM marathon massages 30 April: complimentary massages for those taking part in Brighton and VLM marathons. Please contact Clare Dunne to book your free place clare_a_dunne@hotmail.com.


January saw the launch of the new handicap year with a new 2 mile course, new start and finish locations and a new points system designed to make the handicap as competitive as possible.

With staggered starting times, the idea is for everyone to compete for points in a race designed for all participants to finish at almost the same time. Points are accrued over the calendar year with the overall winner being announced next January.

The new season kicked off with no fewer than 25 participants, so do please come along and enjoy the fun.And what fun: the sight of the runner in front who never seems to come closer; the sound of those pattering feet rapidly catching you from behind; the rasping sound of your lungs stretched to bursting point; the exhilaration of giving everything…and maybe even catching those in front of you.

You can of course choose to jog round if you find that more appealing.

There’s a beautiful trophy for the winner each month, plus a spot prize. At the end of the year there will be a fantastic shield for the overall winner and DPR immortality.

First Tuesday in every month, January to December, 7.30pm start. You’ll love it. Just turn up and we’ll add you to the start list.

Beginners Course

Forward notice that the Spring Beginners Course starts on Saturday 30th March. Helpers are very welcome, and applications will open online early February. Please spread the word!

Improvers Squad – Thursday Night Sessions February

If you’d like to get involved in the Improvers Squad for the February sessions please sign up with Susan.  We’ve been concentrating on speed during January, with each session gradually getting tougher. If you start in February you would work on the January schedule. If you are thinking of joining please make sure that you have been regularly running 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.  susan.l.smith@live.com /079499 50291

Strength & Conditioning

Following on from the very well received running performance sessions that Lizzie Fluke delivered for us before Christmas we have booked personal trainer Jack Lynch to run some strength and conditioning sessions.Jack has worked with the club before in a similar capacity and he is now back by popular demand!

There will be two sessions in total delivered twice over two Saturdays, with 10 slots available in each session.You don’t need to have done the first class in order to sign up for the second.The exact content is still being finalised, but it is likely that session 1 will cover the importance of warming up and session 2 will focus more on strength.If you would like to take part please email Sarah Cook secook79@hotmail.co.uk.The training will take place in Dulwich Park and the dates/times are:

23February – 1.30pm and 2.30pm (both session 1)

16March – 1.30pm and 2.30pm (both session 2)

A more detailed email will be sent out on this topic in the next week.

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 or copy below or copy and paste it into your browser to see the next 8 weeks (over 16 weeks) that require volunteers.


Summer League
Dulwich Park – 2 June (confirmed) – 5 miles
Metros (Headstone Manor) – 16 June (provisional)
Ealing Eagles (Perivale) – 30 June
Mornington Chasers (Regents Park) – 21 July (confirmed) – 10k
Serpentine (Battersea Park) – 4 August (confirmed) – 10k

Dates for your diary

7 February – Yoga with Carla, 8pm, Clubhouse

9 February – LADIES CROSSCOUNTRY RACE – 1pm, Richmond Park (Kingston end), 8km – CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP

24 February – MENS CROSS COUNTRY RACE – Dash for the Splash! 9.30am, Wimbledon Common

2March – LADIES CROSS COUNTRY RACE – 11am – Lloyd Park, 8km

7 March -Yoga with Carla, 8pm, Clubhouse

24 March – MENS CROSS COUNTRY RACE – Medway Megalith Half Marathon

7 April – Paddock Wood Half Marathon – CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP

18 April – Yoga with Carla, 8pm, Clubhouse

28 April – Virgin London Marathon.Post marathon drinks venue tbc

30 April – Marathon celebrations, Clubhouse

16 May – Yoga with Carla, 8pm, Clubhouse

13 June – Yoga with Carla, 8pm, Clubhouse