We know it's only just October and the clocks are yet to go back, but we like to plan ahead here to make the most of our parkrun year. We are therefore pleased to confirm that as well as our usual Saturday 5ks at 9am we will once again be hosting extra events on Christmas Day (Tuesday 25th December) and New Year's Day (Tuesday 1st January). Both these events will start at the later time of 10am. More details nearer the time!
All parkruns are special but this week’s event was particularly special, marking the 14th anniversary of parkrun’s creation back in 2004. From humble beginnings parkrun now has over 5 million registered participants and here in Dulwich we are proud to be part of this global phenomenon.
So Saturday was the excuse for a celebration (not that we need much excuse…) and our 380 finishers were treated to cakes and other goodies on completion of their free, timed, walk, run or jog around our beautiful park. Even the weather was kind to us too with torrential rain arriving after we’d all gone home. And those lucky enough to collect a finish token with a ‘14’ in it were lucky winners of spot prizes too . We trust that Ian, Neil, Rachel and Jo have now enjoyed the fizz or chocolates taken home with them and that Stuart McDougall has recovered from the shock of being presented with a prize for being our 70,000th finisher since the Dulwich event started in April 2012!
Our 380 finishers this week included 61 who were joining us in Dulwich for the first time of whom 18 completed their first ever parkrun, 12 with registration numbers of over 5 million! Additionally, 59 runners achieved new PB times. Congratulations to all and we hope to see you again soon. As always, none of our events are possible without volunteers – 16 in total made this week’s event possible – and we do urge you to opt in via your parkrun profile to our weekly emails seeking help with future events.
Finally, a reminder that to continue the celebrations, our core organising committee is meeting for a social drink this Wednesday evening at the Crown and Greyhound Pub (aka ‘The Dog’) in Dulwich Village. Please do join us if you can - We’ll be there from 8pm and will also be using the occasion to draw the ballot for the two places we have in the 2019 London Marathon from those who helped our team at this year’s event.
This Saturday 6th October is parkrun UK’s 14th anniversary event. Yes, 14 years ago 13 people took part in a free 5k timed run in Bushy Park and the rest is history. We are proud to be part of what is now the biggest running event in the world. It’s still free and over 3.2 million people have had their barcodes scannned worldwide since then. This Saturday will see our 70,000 finisher at our own event which started in April 2012.
We will be celebrating parkrun’s birthday ourselves with cake (of course!) and spot prizes and hope for a bumper turnout from our lovely local parkrun community.
As last year, we will also continue the celebrations by meeting up for a social drink next week. Your core volunteer committee will be at the Crown and Greyhound pub (aka ‘The Dog’) in Dulwich Village next Wednesday 10th October from 8pm and it would be lovely to see you there too. And if you volunteered as part of our team at this year’s London Marathon we’ll be using this occasion to draw the lucky winners of the two places we’ve been awarded in the 2019 event too.
Hope to see you on Saturday and next Wednesday
Thanks to this week's volunteer tail walker Paul Cook for also writing up this report on the event:
Today's High Viz Heroes
Today it's a special thank-you to the 17 people who gave up their time to stage our 341st event so you could parkrun:
Angela HODGSON-TEALL, Darren WEI, Dominic HERRINGTON, Errol ROBATHAN, Gillian CAVELL, Jenny KAY, Liam HYLANDS, Louise ROBATHAN, Madelina GORDON, Nicky BARBER, Paul COOK, Peter SANDERS, Richard STANSFIELD, Shona BARKER, Sue FRANKLIN, Tom JENNINGS and Trevor Anthony MOORE
A parkrun can only ever take place if there are enough volunteers so if you haven't volunteered before, or would like to both run and volunteer on the same day or perhaps it's been a long while since you last helped then please email email@example.com and let us know when you can help out.
Don't forget the v25 Volunteer Club rewards anyone who volunteers on 25 different occasions with a free milestone t-shirt, so why not go for this club shirt and encourage your family, friends and children to join us in fetching high viz vests one Saturday morning?
Milestones & Nearly-Milestones
Congratulations to Wilbur ROSE and Jack BARBER, both joined the Junior 10 Club today and are running at over 60% Age Grades, a fantastic achievement. Jack gets around too, he's already a tourist of five different parkruns including Malmö Ribersborg in Sweden, blimey. Wilbur's has run at Blickling and I admit having to look up where that is.
Joanna VINALL ran her 50th today and can now order her red t-shirt whilst Vicky GRIFFITHS, Natalie DAVIS, Celia WENBAN-SMITH are just one run away from their's.
No-one earned their black 100 shirt today but Bushy's parkrunner, Simon SHANKS, is on his 99th, so a big day next week.
There were 340 parkrunners today, 56 Personal Bests, 61 First Timers to Dulwich, 64 of you forgot your barcodes and a special welcome to the 13 participants new to parkrun today, we hop you come back to enjoy our fantastic park.
Congratulations to Hannah Bowe and Archie May who finished with the highest age grades over 78% and 84% respectively in today's 29 Age Grade categories,
Nine of you ran a Personal Best as well as topping your Age Grades (https://support.parkrun.com/hc/en-us/articles/200565263-What-is-age-grading)
A shout out to the Southwark and Burgess tourists who came en masse today. It was also great to welcome back some wheelchair athletes.
Stats of the Day
Participant Age Range <18: 6%, 18-24: 4%, 25-29: 8%, 30-34: 13%, 35-39: 12%, 40-44: 15%, 45-49: 12%, 50-54: 9%, 55-59: 4% and 60-64: 4% and 65-74: 1%
Male:Female participants: 58% : 42%
parkrun Vision: "to create a healthier and happier planet by continually breaking down barriers to participation and bringing people together from all walks of life whenever they want to come along"
Well what fun we had
Saturday 14th April was our 6th birthday. It all started on the same date in 2012 since when 11,000 people have completed 62,000 parkruns with us covering a mind-boggling total distance of 310,000 km (or 186,000 laps of the park). Quite an excuse for a party!
So at 8.30am groups of people could be spotted arriving in Dulwich Park with balloons, bunting, party hats, tables, prizes, cakes and more as well as our normal event kit. But perhaps what made it all the more special was that the sunshine arrived as well which along with hundreds of daffodils planted by Dulwich Park Friends volunteers made the perfect setting for event photos...
Our Event Director, Lucy, kicked off proceedings with a warm welcome to the assembled crowd - a record breaking attendance of 415 participants alongside 20 volunteers, spectators, friends and supporters. In particular we were delighted to welcome visitors from parkrun HQ with their Japanese guests and to hear Tom Williams (parkrun's COO) add his words of support to the briefing.
Naturally we also said a huge 'thankyou' to those of the 511 volunteers present who've helped stage our event over the past six years and acknowledged the many milestones achieved by individual participants with some achieving more today. Indeed we'd put out a request for people to wear their milestone T-shirts if they had one in order to take a mass photo before the start, this now making a nice new profile pic on our twitter feed
And then as normal around 9am every Saturday morning, hundreds of people (with a few dogs and buggies) ran, jogged or walked round our free 5k course, including 52 joining us for the first time and 80 who achieved 'PB' times. We had a collection of spot-prizes donated by our local Intersport shop in Herne Hill (thanks again Pete!) for a lucky number of finishers and we had cake. Lots and lots of cake!
Thank you to everyone who helped make Saturday's event #319 such a success. We look forward to many more years (and parties) to come. And whilst we are in celebratory mood, our core volunteer team is meeting for a drink at the Plough pub on Lordship Lane tomorrow evening (Wednesday 18th April) from 8pm and would welcome you joining us. No running gear required