Beginners Course

Welcome to the Dulwich Park Runners’ Beginners Course.

If you are new to running, or are looking to come back to running, then the Dulwich Park Runners’ Beginners Course is the ideal way to get started.

Meeting on Saturday mornings, over 8 consecutive weeks, the course helps new or returning runners to build up their running to a stage where they are confident to continue on their own, to join a club, or reach a point where the thought of running a 10k race for charity, or simply getting out and enjoying the health benefits that running can bring will seem less daunting.

Our previous beginners have told us that it is not just the running that they found enjoyable, but the fact that they form new friendships, and meet like-minded people with whom they can carry on their running. We hope you’ll find the next course just as enjoyable.

Applications for the Autumn course commencing Saturday 7th September course are open from 7th July. This course is for absolute beginners and runners returning after injury or long absence. If you have a little running experience this may also be suitable should you wish to progress. If you have recently had a baby please speak to your GP before signing up. Please contact us if you are unsure whether this course is right for you. Each session lasts 1 – 1.5 hrs (not all of it running!). The course is structured so that you can miss a couple of sessions but please note that it is a cumulative course, so each session builds on the last. It’s very low-key, and we provide a safe social environment with experienced runners and ex-beginners as companions.

Who Is It For? – Anyone new to running, with a little running experience who wants to progress, or returning to running.

What Does It Cost?£40 for the entire course.

When Is It? Every Saturday for 8 weeks – Arrive by 8.50am for a 9.00am start.

Where Is It?  Meet by the entrance to the new car park, inside the College Road entrance. (See a map here.)

How Do I Join?  Fill out the REGISTRATION FORM and pay via PayPal (or cheque) and we’ll be in touch.

Can I ask A Question? – Hopefully we’ve answered all the questions in our FAQ below, but if not then drop us an email at

Do I need Special Clothes or Running Shoes?

  • There’s no need to buy anything special until you’re sure you want to run.
  • Wear trainers if you have them, soft-soled shoes if you haven’t, with socks.
  • When you do decide to invest, trainers are the most important part of your kit.
  • Wear something light and comfortable e.g. T-shirt, loose shorts or trousers.
  • Ladies please wear a good-fitting bra that doesn’t ride up.
  • Bring an extra layer of clothing to wear before we start, and to put back on afterwards. We’ll lock it in a car while you are running.
  • Please note that there are no changing facilities in the Park, other than the toilets which are not always open by 9am.
  • Apply vaseline to all moving parts!


If any of the following apply to you, please check with your G.P. before continuing with the course. None will necessarily prevent you from running, and indeed running may help  but it’s best to check first: recent surgery / high blood pressure / diabetes / heart disease / circulatory problems / pregnancy / asthma / back pain / overweight / underweight / any condition requiring regular checks and or medication / if you have taken no exercise for 20 years or more.

Please don’t run if you have a cough or a cold.


You should try eat a light breakfast at least an hour before running a slice of toast with honey works well. Some people find they have an intolerance to dairy produce, and anything too heavy will not be digested in time. Try to avoid tea or coffee, but drink plenty of water. You may need to experiment to see what works for you. Bring water to drink after the session.

Any Questions For Us?

Please don’t hesitate to ask if you have any queries or problems, however silly they may seem. We can advise on runner friendly shoe shops, give a wide variety of opinions on eating, drinking, etc., and try to sort you out if you’re struggling or it’s not fun any more. Don’t forget we were all beginners once!