Run Report – 6th Anniversary event Saturday 14th April 2018

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...

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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.

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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 :)

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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 :)

 

It’s our Birthday and we’re having a party…!

Remember, remember - Dulwich parkrun will be 6 years old this Saturday 14th April.

Please join us if you can to help us celebrate in style! There will be guest speakers, bunting, balloons, party hats, spot prizes and of course cake. And please wear a parkrun milestone T-shirt if you have one as we'd like to take a mass photo before the start. It promises to be a lovely occasion and we're even trying to organise for it not to rain;)

Whilst we're in party mood, your event team are also meeting for a drink next Wednesday evening,18th April. We'll be in the Plough pub at 381 Lordship Lane (top of Barry Road opposite the Library) from 8pm and would be delighted if you could join us too. Anyone volunteering with our team at the London Marathon on Sunday 22nd will also be able to collect their accreditation kit from Andy then.

We hope to see you on either or both these occasions :)

 

Wow – A stunning new course record. Eggciting! Run report: Event #317

What a day to remember! It was Easter Saturday and our Run Director Pete hoped we'd be 'eggcited' to be taking part in another three lap course of our lovely park. Little did most know that amongst those lining up was GB athlete Alex Yee who at just 20 years old already jointly held our course record in a previous best time of 14:32.

We set off as normal, thankful that at that point it wasn't raining and paying particular attention to other park users after a serious reminder about the need to be considerate to all.

Those used to observing the usual spot for being lapped by the front runners knew something was up when Alex whizzed past far earlier than is normal in another record breaking time. And what a time - a huge 27 seconds faster than his previous best, clocking 14:05 to set a new course record that we suspect only the likes of Alex will be capable of improving on. Congratulations Alex. We are honoured that you chose us to achieve what is the fastest parkrun time worldwide since 2012. We hope you'll come back soon, although we can't promise there'll be chocolate eggs as a reward!

Of course parkrun is by no means just about records. On the contrary. We, like all events, welcome runners, joggers and walkers of all ability and everyone who finishes our free, timed 5k course is a hero. So well done to the other 245 finishers yesterday too however long it took you, including the 46 participants who were with us for the first time and the 35 others who recorded new PBs. That included at least one who is still smiling in the knowledge that her improvement of 27 seconds exactly matched Alex Yee's. Congratulations Lucy O'Connell!

As always, none of our events would be possible without a volunteer team and this week proved particularly challenging when we put out the call for helpers. We got there in the end (thank you again to yesterday's team of 13) but would love it if our rota for future weeks started filling up further in advance. If you have not opted in to receive the emails we send appealing for help, please do consider doing so via the link to your parkrun profile. And then let us know when you can help. As this week's event proved, it's really fun seeing things from the volunteer's perspective too!

Finally, a quick reminder that in two weeks time (14th April) we'll be celebrating our 6th Anniversary. We do hope you can join the party then as well as our last event of year next Saturday the 7th.

 

It’s our Birthday on Saturday 14th April – Please help us celebrate!

Dulwich parkrun will be 6 years old on Saturday 14th April and as always want to celebrate our anniversary in style :)

Please join us on the day if you can. There will be bunting, balloons, party hats, spot prizes and of course cake, even more of that if any of you are able to bring some too. It's always a lovely occasion, subject to the parkrun weather fairy keeping any rain at bay which is surely possible!

If you are joining us then, please also wear a parkrun milestone T-shirt if you have one as we'd like to take a mass photo before the start with those featured. 14th April will be our 319th event and by then nearly 11,000 different people will have completed around 62,000 Dulwich parkruns between them, collecting a good few milestone shirts on the way. That's a mind-boggling 186,000 laps of our lovely park and has all been possible due to over 500 individual volunteers. Surely worth a celebration!

And whilst we're in party mood, your event team are also meeting for a drink the following Wednesday evening, 18th April. We'll be in the Plough pub at 381 Lordship Lane (top of Barry Road opposite the Library) from 8pm and would be delighted if you could join us too. Anyone volunteering with our team at the London Marathon on Sunday 22nd will also be able to collect their accreditation kit from Andy that evening.

We hope to see you on either or both of these occasions if not before :)

 

EVENT CANCELLED SATURDAY 3RD MARCH

Sadly there will be no Dulwich parkrun this Saturday 3rd March. There is already ice on the course with more snow and freezing conditions forecast for the next few days. This combined with the ongoing challenge of the resurfacing works in the park makes it too risky for us to 'run' the event this week. We hope all will be well for next week's event and to see you then. Meanwhile, stay warm and safe.

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