Run Report for event #440 13th Nov 2021 – with thanks to Karen Cole

When we arrived at the start line, a cheery band of volunteers, were massing and being briefed as to their duties which lifted our spirits as they do each parkrun morning. The parkrun fairies had been kind to us today and managed to keep the rain clouds away and even some wintry sunshine tried to come out towards the end of our run. It was quite warm out on the course too, which saw many of us quickly shedding outer layers and gloves as we went on our way.

Thank you to Emily for the new runner’s briefing where new runners were warmly welcomed and introduced to the course layout at Dulwich. This 3 lapper meanders around Dulwich Park along the Carriage Drive affording us spectacular views of the park in all its Autumnal finery. This type of course provided lots of opportunities for the faster runners to overtake and to receive and indeed give encouragement as they whipped past us slower mortals on their final laps. At the park area for the young or indeed young at heart, there is the opportunity to burn off some of that extra energy.

Today, tourists from Burgess, Crystal Palace, Havant (Portsmouth) and as far away as Brockwell (Herne Hill) were using Dulwich as their tourist venue. There were a couple of seasoned tourists as well today, which allowed the perfect opportunity to catch up on where we had been over the last couple of weeks and where we were heading off to in the next coming weeks.

Pete, our RD for the day, gave a big thank you to the other volunteers, who also gave up their time to ensure that we were able to run this morning. There were certainly a cheery band of marshals around the finish funnel, all supporting by giving encouragement and clapping. Don't forget if you are unable to run, have a race coming up or are just generally a good egg, then volunteering is a great way to give back to the Dulwich parkrun community. Head over to the Dulwich parkrun webpage for details of the next few weeks roster and sign up for a position that suits you- you get to wear a pink hi- vis jacket! -what more incentive do you want?

The trick when working towards your milestones is #DFYB- Don’t Forget Your Barcode they all count towards those milestone tees.  That’s the great thing about parkrun isn’t it, that each person has their own individual journey to talk and share about. 41 finishers out of 404 forgot theirs today though, which means no barcode- no result, were you one of them? Especially pertinent though to also remember to hand in your finish token, parkrun needs them for next week as they unfortunately are not a souvenir, medal or indeed your own version of Bingo!

There were a fair few people staying at the finish to cheer in their fellow runners. This easy and relaxed finish, allowed perfect opportunity to catch up on how all of our runs had gone and what we thought of the course. Then it was back to the Colicci's Dulwich Clock cafe afterwards for the apres parkrun, with refreshing drink options and a chance to purchase hot and cold food options to go with them which helped warm us back up again. I can particularly recommend the sausage baguette and hot chocolate ☺️

Thank you again Dulwich parkrun, for getting our weekend off to a great start. Look forward to seeing you all again.

Karen Cole (Havant parkrun).


We are back! Dulwich parkrun restarts on 24th July :)

We’re delighted to confirm that our parkrun restarts this Saturday 24th July along with other events locally and across the country :)

It’s been a long and difficult 17 months and there's no doubt that parkrun has been sorely missed. Whilst many of you have carried on running or exercising in other ways throughout the pandemic, that's not been possible for others and nothing can replace parkrun's social wellbeing benefits.

So, we’re really looking forward to welcoming our community back to run, jog, walk or volunteer with us again. There will be a few tweaks to our start and finish arrangements to comply with parkrun's Covid-safe framework but our simple 3-lap course remains the same.

As you know, parkrun’s success depends on volunteers and we need lots more help than previously to make the finishing process smooth and enable participants to disperse without delay. This includes more help scanning barcodes and keeping finishers moving (in the correct order!) through an extended finish funnel. We’ve had a lovely response for this Saturday’s restart event (thank you!) but need to sustain this going forward. Please do drop us an email ( if you are able to help us at any time and check the ‘opt-in’ link on your parkrun profile to receive our weekly emails on the state of the volunteer roster. You can also check that your emergency contact details are up to date there.

Whilst obviously no-one should attend our parkrun with any Covid-19 symptoms or if exposed to the risk of infection, we do hope that many of you will be able to join us again. Please arrive in time for a prompt 9am start. We're moving our gathering area to half way down the driveway to the Queen Mary Gate which is where our first-timers briefing will be at 8.50am. Look out for the parkrun flag. It will be 71 weeks since it was last on display!

See you all soon – and don’t forget your printed barcode :)


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:

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:

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.


Run Report for event #407 7th December 2019 – with thanks to Steve Waters :)

Happy December everybody! The parkrun festive period is always that bit extra-special due to the bonus Christmas and New Year events (more about those later) and the final month of 2019 got underway in style today.

Apart from the slight chill that descended on Dulwich, the conditions were great out there for the 519 people (and dogs!) who completed our course this morning. The proof is in the Christmas pudding however, as 91 runners lit up the timing system with a new Dulwich PB - nearly a quarter of them being returning runners - including Simon Bold, who set a new PB at his 221st event. Alongside those who have frequented the park on many Saturdays were 97 first timers - no doubt hunting PBs on the course which has become renowned for its speed. We also welcomed 19 participants who ran, jogged or walked their first parkrun today - getting a head start on their new years resolutions? One of whom only went and took the number 1 finish token: not a bad start for Elliott McGaughran. Amelia Pettitt led the female field home, also with a PB time, and she along with Liam Collins, Vicky Almey, Helen Couchman and Fazlur Rahman can now claim the red milestone T-shirt for completing 50 parkruns. Rachel Cheek and Emma Holmes earned the black milestone T-shirt with their 100th runs. Gary Slater and Ken Wright were also amongst us today, both on over 400 parkruns and both having volunteered on over 40 occasions. Nice segway...

The volunteers were fantastic today, as they always are, with Pete adding the usual sense of humour to his briefing. These events don't happen without the high-vis heroes, so make sure to thank them over the holiday season. Why not volunteer and do your bit towards keeping parkrun going? A massive thank you goes to today’s team of 20 Gillian CAVELL • Trevor Anthony MOORE • Derek HODGSON • Victoria WIDDOWS • Robert BRUSHFIELD-HODGES • Ann COLEY • Peter SANDERS • Dominic HERRINGTON • Anthony WYNN-RUFFHEAD • Andy BLADON • Catherine BARBER • Nick GIBBONS • Filippa SONNE-RUDD • Barnaby ELLIS • Oliver MUNN • Emily WILLIAMS • Isaac MIELL • Leo KESSARIS • Elena ROSTAN. Steven WATERS

But now's time for an exciting reminder! We are set to run to the sound of sleigh bells on Christmas morning at 9am and will host our New Years' event at 10am. This either gives you the option to roll out of bed in time to get all the glitter and party poppers out of your hair before running - or make a mad dash from either Burgess park or Peckham Rye who are hosting 9am NYD parkruns. Why not make the most of the annual Double-parkrun day? Could there be a better way to see in 2020?

Either way, every Saturday over December we will be parkrunning as normal.

Congratulations to all our finishers today and see you all next week. Only 7 sleeps till parkrun!


Run Report for event #404 on 16th November 2019

Thanks to Aqasa Nu, one of a group of 'tourists' from Burgess parkrun, for sending us this write-up of Saturday's event:

Rewind to 1890 when this park was created from farmland and meadows, known as the 'five fields'. Could the designers have known what a feast for the eyes they were creating for the first parkrun in the London Borough of Southwark? At Dulwich parkrun participants are treated to a wide concrete, three lap, anti-clockwise, bean shaped course, with very little elevation. The event has a great start area which allows people to find their preferred stride rate. With such a wide running path it seemed ideal for people running with buggies; single or double.

Go too fast and you could miss the striking bloomage all around. The vivid yellow leaved Indian Beans and evergreen Blue Atlas Cedars are gorgeous to look at. There are lawns housing bronze knot sculptures and you go around a boating lake too. This parkrun is set in a park which is a treat for the eyes.

Of the 517 participants on the day there were some notable highlights;
- 20 people completing their first ever parkrun
- Paul Croasdale joined the 50 club and Joanne Vinall joined the 100 club.
- a whooping 105 people securing personal bests!
- 73 first timers to Dulwich (perhaps to get a personal best?)
- 25 runners completed the third part of the 2019 Southwark Slam (all the parkruns in the London Borough of Southwark in one calendar month).

Parkruners are often brightly dressed, however there needs to be a special mention to the chap who ran in the psychedelic two-piece combo and the lady with the matching pink trainers, leggings and headband; both unforgettable.

Of course parkrun can not happen without the volunteers, therefore a huge thank you to the 19-strong team who put on the event this week. Please do get in touch with the Dulwich parkrun team at: or approach someone in a hi-viz on the day who can put your name down for a following week, there are lots of different roles people can do.


Extra events on Christmas Day (9am) and New Year’s Day (10am)

We are pleased to confirm that as well as our usual Saturday 5ks at 9am we will once again be hosting extra events on Christmas Day (Wednesday 25th December) and New Year's Day (Wednesday 1st January). The Christmas Day event will start at 9am this year (as will all parkruns this year). Our NYD event will start at the later time of 10am allowing you a lie-in or (if so inclined) the opportunity to ‘do the double’ by joining our friends at Peckham Rye parkrun for their 9am event beforehand.

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