DPR is a friendly and sociable club with numerous social events throughout the year, ranging from informal drinks in the pub after our monthly handicap, to camping and trail running trips, to our more formal annual dinner. Some of these are longstanding traditions of the club and others are newer events in response to member requests or enthusiasm! All ideas and suggestions are really welcome, and members often organise their own events in addition to those listed below.
Post HANDICAP drinks
A monthly drink in the pub (normally The Crown & Greyhound) after the HANDICAP on the first Tuesday of each month.
Our Annual Dinner is the night of the year where we get rid of the lycra, dress up and have a fantastic evening. As well as a brilliant meal we also hand out various awards and medals members have won in the previous 12 months, from the coveted Handicap Trophy and Attendance Shield to summer league and cross country attendance medals.
Summer BBQ & fun relays
An annual event, usually in June, our summer family BBQ is a really fun event, involving a series of fun relays (think primary school rather than the summer Olympics!) followed by a superb BBQ with drinks. Family and friends are very welcome to attend.
Our annual quiz night, usually in November, is a great opportunity to get together with teammates for the chance of glory or shame! Either are fine when complemented by fish / chips and beer!
Christmas Run and pub trip
Maybe a local ‘Christmas lights’ run, or a stunning National Trust 10k trail run at Polesden Lacey, or perhaps an improvised run through the Kent countryside, combined with a tasty bite to eat and a drink, these events are always a perfect preparation for the festive season.
London Marathon Drinks & Post Marathon Party
Members meet in a pub after the marathon to celebrate the amazing achievements of those members in completing the marathon.
On the Tuesday club night after the London marathon we celebrate the achievements of those who completed Spring marathons. Massages for those who put themselves through the agony of 26 miles and food and drink for everyone!
Each year a number of special events take place providing additional social opportunities for members. These are sometimes one-offs; sometimes repeated. Recent examples include:
Peak District Trail Running Weekend
Well what a weekend that was! A staggering 27 of us headed to the peak district for an amazing weekend of snow, great food and company, swimming, walking, drinking and of course some running.
Heading north from London, some members took the opportunity to get extra parkrun ladder points while others were diverted by the prospect of a visit to the Chatsworth farm shop (not to mention the last minute purchase of mandatory kit!). We had arranged for the majority of us to stay in a farmhouse a short walk from the race start and the post-race pub. While the accommodation may have been a little rustic in parts, it had ample space for us all to get together the evening before the run and made getting to the start of the run an absolute doddle.
Although in the end the event organisers had to make changes to the route to reflect running conditions (it was January after all!), the run was absolutely fantastic, with stunning scenery and a really friendly atmosphere throughout.
As an inaugural winter trip this was a huge success and one we hope to repeat in future years!
New Forest Camping and Trail Running Weekend
Introduced in 2019! The weekend included camping in the New Forest, a parkrun on the Saturday morning, a cycle ride in the forest on Saturday afternoon, a Saturday evening BBQ, a trail run designed by members on Sunday morning, a Sunday pub lunch and some games in the forest on Sunday evening. A brilliant weekend.
Knole Park Picnic
Beautiful setting in a stately home park, surrounded by deer, a beautiful club-designed trail run followed by a picnic.
One of the club’s major attractions. Whether it’s a feast for 200 runners after the DPR hosted summer league event, or a well-earned spread after the Paddock Wood half marathon or refreshments after the beginners’ course, our club is famous for the quality of its cakes! Picnics are a frequent feature of the club’s social calendar.