Dulwich parkrun is cancelled on 2020-11-28 – COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Our parkrun is cancelled until further notice due to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) situation

With immediate effect, parkrun has today taken the decision to cancel all events across the UK due to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) situation. All participants have been notified directly and the news has been posted on national and global social media channels. With this announcement, parkrun is now closed in every territory around the world until further notice.

Please follow parkrun's communications channels for ongoing updates via this link: https://www.parkrun.com/news/2020/03/12/covid-19

Remaining active is incredibly important and parkrun is working on ways to encourage and support this. However, please do not arrange group gatherings at parkrun venues whilst events are suspended.

We hope you all stay safe and well in these difficult times.

Dulwich parkrun event team

 

Current position on Covid-19 (Coronavirus) and implications for parkrun events

For those of you not on social media, we are sharing here a link to parkrun HQ’s live update on COVID-19 / Coronavirus:

https://www.parkrun.com/news/2020/03/12/covid-19/

From this you will see that the current overall position is that where specifically recommended or required by health organisations, governments or landowners, events will be closed and this would mean all events in a region regardless of size. Whilst so far all parkruns in 15 other countries have for now been cancelled, we are not (yet) in that position here and as such Dulwich parkrun will continue as normal until and unless the central position changes.

In remaining open we do of course ask you to adhere to government and health advice. Please do not join us to run or volunteer if you have symptoms of Coronavirus infection, however mild, as this action will help protect our community whilst you may be infectious.

As you know, this is a fast moving situation. Please keep checking for further updates to be posted on a daily basis by parkrun HQ.

Thanks for your ongoing support in worrying times.

 

Please remember – You now have to pay to park in Dulwich Park

Today (24th February 2020), Southwark Council started charging for parking in Dulwich Park (and most other Southwark parks). The charge is £2 per hour at all times, payable only via the ‘PaybyPhone’ app and only Blue Badge holders are exempt.

If you hope to use the carpark when joining us on Saturdays for parkrun, please park in designated bays only and don’t forget to pay the charge.

There is currently some free parking on roads outside the park. Please be considerate to our neighbours if trying to park nearby.

 

Blow by blow at Dulwich #419

Thanks to parkrun ‘tourist’ Pippa White for sending through this run report for our event last Saturday 15th February.

Last week it was storm Ciara, this week 171 parkruns were cancelled across the country as we battened down the hatches in preparation for storm Dennis. Along with other parkrunners we nervously checked cancellation pages before setting off for Dulwich on the bus. The directions on the website and google maps were fab and we arrived in plenty of time for a full inspection of daffodils, crocuses, playparks and the toilets.

Dulwich was a planned excursion for Run Talk Run Tooting. Run Talk Run Tooting is one of many RTR groups that do a gentle 5k run during the week offering a space to talk and a space where it’s possible to share the good and bad of a week or day and its effect on mental health and wellbeing. Our RTR group is on Mondays so parkrun can be a time to stretch out.

The first timers briefing ticked (3 laps anticlockwise, wide paths) we joined the throng for the start. It is known as a fast parkrun so I stayed nearer the back. Sadly the wind was making hearing the run brief really difficult but the wind did magically drop so that we could hear the thank you to the volunteers. Indeed, thank you to Shelby Akosa, Carmel Boylan, Gillian Cavell, Jaspal Dhalley, Clare Dunne, Lucy Ferman-Moore, Nick Gibbons, Rosa Jupp, Philip Lawrence, Ashley Middlewick, David Mullany, Anthony Prangley, Eric Richardson, Cath Rooney, Lucy Ross, Peter Sanders, Ian Sippitt, Filippa Sonne-Rudd, David Synnott, Gavin Wagg, Celia Wenban-Smith, Harriet White and Victoria WIDDOWS (who can also now claim her ‘25’ volunteer milestone T-shirt). Together you made it possible for 592 of us to walk, jog or run safely in the wind and weather.

Lap one and I settled into a run/walk combination. It seemed a very quiet run with lots of concentration and not much chatting. Either the weather or everyone focussing on a slightly smaller field than recently and the ability to get out and stretch. In context, the 3rd week in February in 2019 had 523 parkrunners; in 2018, 293; in 2017, 294; in 2016 235; in 2015 174; in 2014 166; and 2013 103. If this trend continues, February next year could see over 600 runners every week…

This week’s first finisher is a parkrunner of mystery (don’t forget your barcode!) but second across the line in 16:06 was George Roux with first female finisher at 19:10 Amy Rollason. Congratulations to them and all finishers, including 67 with new PBs, 121 completing Dulwich parkrun for the first time (with 14 brand new to parkrun) and four with new milestone run T-shirts to claim: Rachel Simmons Richard Baker, Margaret Marston and Lee Marston for completing 50 runs and Chris Williams for 100.

Post parkrun we managed two breakfasts – one at the café in the park where the queue looked big but was cleared really quickly and one at Gails in the village. It’s certainly a parkrun to revisit with those wide, open, fast paths… and double brekkie.

We survived the wind, Dulwich didn’t cancel, RTR Tooting had a lovely morning out – in all a super morning and thank you to everyone for making us so very welcome

Pippa White

Queen Elizabeth

 

Huge attendances at Dulwich parkrun – What we are doing and how you can help

If you've joined us this month you'll know that we've had record-breaking attendances at our parkrun throughout January, an experience repeated across the country. Whilst this is great for parkrun, inevitably it has created new pressures and we are not alone in having challenges managing the larger numbers.

We want to update you on further changes we are making to help keep our parkrun safe and successful for all. This is 'work in progress' and we will continue to review arrangements and make further adjustments as needed.

- We have introduced a longer double finish funnel to ensure everyone can get across the finish line before queueing for their position tokens. Tomorrow (25/1) we'll have extra posts and tape to provide more distinct lanes.

- We are increasing the number of volunteers helping us each week to provide extra help marshalling the event (subject to sufficient offers of help obviously)

- We are moving the weekly pre-event briefing to the start area in the hope that more people will be able to hear it properly and will also listen to it...

- We will be encouraging runners to line up roughly in order of their likely finishing time so as to reduce congestion at the start of our event

We're very grateful for the support and feedback we've had from our community in recent weeks. The ongoing success of our event depends on all our participants remembering these simple messages and your help in spreading these further would be appreciated:

#Remember it's a 'run not a race'
#Bring your printed barcode - we can't give you a time without it
#Keep quiet during our pre-run briefing
#Give way to other park users on the course, showing respect for them and fellow runners
#Stay in order in the finish funnel and return your position token once scanned
#Join our volunteer team when you can - we need more help now to manage bigger events successfully.

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