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.

 

Run report – Event #312: Phew!

We are very excited that Dulwich was recently named the second fastest parkrun. But for the next couple of months, forget you heard that!

You’re probably already aware that resurfacing works began in Dulwich Park this week – and will continue for the next 5 at least – with half the carriageway blocked off at certain sections providing us with several potential headaches. So it was with some trepidation that we headed into this week’s parkrun.

Would the workers be running plant machinery down the carriageway during the run? Would the sunshine bring out hoards of additional park users? Could we comfortably fit 300+ runners along a reduced carriageway without bumping into cyclists, dog walkers, other runners bearing in mind we don’t have right of way?

We needn’t have been concerned. Having met with the workmen during the week, we knew they were very friendly, very accommodating and aware of parkrun. As it happens they weren’t even working on Saturday so moving diggers wasn’t an issue this week.

We also took on more volunteers with four marshals along the reduced carriageway ensuring runners took to the bridlepath where they were able, making other park users aware of what was going on and keeping them out of harm’s way. This included tourist Liam Egan from Reigate who’d come to run but decided to help out instead. Thank Liam!

There were also slightly less runners than of late (293 – a combination of half term and runners avoiding the works) but we were delighted that all the runners brought their Dunkirk spirit and did their best to make sure that everyone enjoyed the park safely on a beautiful sunny morning. The true ethos of parkrun was on display.

In the melee we didn’t realise that we had our 60,000th finisher this week with Emma Less doing her first Dulwich parkrun.

As the works move round the park we’ll continue to reassess the situation and adjust the run as necessary so do keep an eye on social media and this news page for announcements. After this week, we know that everyone in our parkrun community is on board and will help us minimise the disruption.

We’ll need marshalls every week during the works in addition to our core team of helpers, so if you’re able to volunteer, please get in touch. Meanwhile, kudos to Phil, this week's Run Director, and his team (17 in total) whose hard work before, during and after yesterday's event ensured its success.

 

Temporary works in Dulwich Park – Impact on our event

A 6-week project to resurface all the pavements and footpaths in our park has started, beginning with the stretch from the College Road gates to our parkrun finish area. In order to leave space for transporting materials and waste, the contractors have erected barriers along the length of the affected carriageway, significantly reducing the width of our course and also removing use of our usual gathering and pre-event briefing area. The works will continue at weekends and once this section is finished the contractors will move on around the park with further restrictions in place.

In order to keep our event going throughout the works we will need to make adjustments and be even more careful than usual about leaving space for fellow runners and other park users. We will do what we can to avoid cancelling our event but will need to keep this under review particularly if there are incidents or increased safety risks.

To start with we have agreed the following:

1. We will need additional volunteers as Marshalls in the areas of the park with width restrictions.

2. We will assemble and do our pre-event briefings in the 'start' area. There is a bench here for bags / coats etc. too.

3. We will ask all runners to keep to the left on the horse track where the carriageway is reduced in order to leave room for other park users.

4. We will finish in the normal place for now, with barcode scanning done at the end of the island near the start area.

5. We will need to consider moving the start / finish to other parts of the park and / or running the course in reverse as the works progress if this will help reduce congestion in narrowed areas.

Please keep a look out for further announcements of any changes needed, listen carefully to the pre-event briefings and give us any feedback you have. The pavements are long overdue for repair and disruption is unavoidable when undertaking such a project.

Thank you

 

Run report – Event #311 Saturday 10th February 2018

Today's event included a visit from the Zero to Heroes group based at Norman Park in Bromley who run free courses for those wishing to get running and train for a 5k parkrun in nine/ten weeks. The group have helped over 300 non runners to parkrun and beyond (even to marathons) and now organise an "awayday" about monthly.

This was their first visit to Dulwich and Ian Smith sent us this review :)

"We brought 28 runners along and a small group of supporters to cheer us on. The weather was dry but chilly and it was easy to park either in the park or in roads close by. I met a few other tourists, just one of the great things about parkrun. Some places we visit have limited facilities but Dulwich has everything we needed. A bonus for Dulwich is that there is little marshalling required on the course and the course is nice and wide, providing the opportunity of a fast time.. [Ed. note: this may change in coming weeks due to works in the park...]

On arrival at the starting area our group was made to feel very welcome by Pete (Run Director) and Lucy (Event Director) and the rest of the volunteers. The organisation was first class including a briefing for new parkrunners and those new to Dulwich by Phil, another member of the core volunteer team.

We have Zero to Hero runners who started from scratch and have now completed over 100 parkruns. This included two of our group today who deserve particular mention, the amazing George Frogley who now runs in the 80-84 age category with this being his 381st event and John Isaacs in the 75-79 completing his 294th!  Of the 314 finishers at Dulwich today our group had some other notable results with John Williams getting his best time after a 12 stone weight loss and others rewarded with PBs. Well done all!

The running completed it was now time to head to the cafe. And what a cafe you have! Refreshments are an important aspect of touring and there was an excellent selection available. Whilst in the queue, Prosecco was spotted in the fridge but as it had been our group's quiz night the previous evening, abstaining this morning made sense...

Thanks to the volunteer team working hard in the cafe to process the event, the results were out quickly, providing a target for the next trip to Dulwich.

On behalf of the Zero to Hero running group, thank you Dulwich parkrun for your hospitality. We look forward to returning in due course hopefully when it will be a shade warmer and possibly with a larger number as the success of this trip spreads."

 

News from #parkrun13 – 7 October 2017

parkrun celebrated its 13th anniversary this week and today across the world the parkrun community marked International parkrun day with their own celebrations, including here in Dulwich. It all started with 13 runners led by Paul Sinton-Hewitt completing a 5k run in Bushy Park back in 2004. Paul had a dream and the rest is history. 13 years later, there are almost 1300 parkrun events in 17 countries around the world, with around 120,000 people joining in each Saturday morning in the UK alone.

Amongst those who joined us this morning was our local MP Helen Hayes who said a few words during our pre-event briefing and thanked today's Run Director Lucy for having encouraged her to come along to parkrun's 12th anniversary event this time last year. Helen spoke of her family's surprise when having never run before she kept wanting to come back(!) and of her personal understanding of the benefit parkrun has for our community and for individual physical and mental health. We could all relate to that and were delighted to see Helen complete her 41st parkrun with us today.

We had cakes (with particular thanks to Gillian for the yummy homemade apricot cupcakes!), balloons, banners and spot prizes (well large gold chocolate bars!) for Oliver Wyncoll, Aidan Sheppard and Sarah Greene, our 13th, 113th and 213th finishers. And, along with three other participants today, Aidan had just completed his 13th parkrun!

So, congratulations to the 295 people who ran, jogged and walked our 291st event today, 39 of whom were first timers, 51 of whom recorded new Personal Bests and 2 of whom (Will Forbes and Tom Jennings) can now claim their 50 milestone shirt . We hope to see you all again soon.

And thanks of course to our volunteer team without whom the event would not have been possible. There were 13 (of course!) today: Ali, Andy, Catherine, Claire, Louise, Gillian, Hayden, Johanne, Lucy, Peter, Raluca, Robert and Vic.

Our event team will be continuing the celebrations by meeting for a drink this coming Wednesday evening 11th October. Please do join us if you can. We'll be in the Crown and Greyhound pub in Dulwich Village (aka "The Dog") from 8.30pm.

 

 

Extra parkruns on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day

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 (Monday 25th December) and New Year's Day (Monday 1st January). Both these events will start at 10am. More details nearer the time!

 

News from Dulwich parkrun – 1st July 2017 – event 277

Run report with thanks to Jas Dhalley

253 people turned up to Dulwich parkrun this Saturday morning on what looked like perfect running conditions as the sun was not blazing hot as it has been recently.

The morning began with myself arriving with two visually impaired runners, one of whom I was guiding and hoping to achieve a personal best, no pressure then!

As we arrived at Dulwich we met the lovely run director Gillian who made us feel more than welcome, and was soon introduced to other regular runners. We were looking for our other VI Guide, a chap called Errol Robathan and soon found him and introduced him to Haren Thillainathan as he was to guide him whilst I was guiding Lynn Cox.

Not long after that runners from all directions appeared to gather around the bench like a swarm of bees, the new runners briefing began and soon afterwards the Run Director began her pre-run speech. A round of applause was given for a few milestone runs being achieved, and soon we were lining up to get ready to run or walk our 5km!

This was my second run at Dulwich and I recalled how I really enjoy the wide path throughout the duration of the 5km course, not only does it mean no bottlenecks but it also meant guiding a visually impaired runner was much easier than usual. With this we managed to get through the parkrun course with a new personal best for Lynn Cox of 30:16...!! She was so chuffed at the end with her result and being overhauled with a great big hug showed how much it meant as well as putting a big smile on each of our faces!

Haren (the other VI runner) had already completed the course with Errol and I have to say a big congratulations to them both as again another PB!! Haren came in at 25:12 so well done to both him and Errol.

VI runners July 2107

A huge thanks goes out to all the volunteers for making event 277 at Dulwich parkrun go smoothly, in total 17 volunteers helped out. Please do volunteer every so often, roles are simple and easy to perform, some allowing you to run and volunteer too! To volunteer simply email in at dulwichhelpers@parkrun.com it gives a great sense of satisfaction knowing that you are able to give back something, take it from me having volunteered 171 occasions and loving it everytime!!

 

See the placings from Saturday’s run:

 

Male placings:
Edmund ADIGWE (VM40-44) (Unattached) was first over the line in 16:51 - first time in 2 appearances.
An unknown runner was second.
Ryan DAVIDSON (SM20-24) (Unattached) was third over the line in 17:25.

Female placings:
Betty BOHANE (SW25-29) (Unattached) was first (12th overall) over the line in 18:54 - first time in 5 appearances.
Ellie BALFE (SW30-34) of Dulwich Runners AC, was second (26th overall) over the line in 20:25.
Alice HOSKING (SW25-29) of London Heathside Runners AC, was third (36th overall) over the line in 20:58.

The three highest age grades were recorded by:
Edmund ADIGWE (VM40-44) – 81.60% for the time 16:51 (first overall).
Betty BOHANE (SW25-29) – 78.31% for the time 18:54 (12th overall).
Jason THORBURN (VM45-49) – 75.49% for the time 19:23 (16th overall).

The female record is held by Katie SNOWDEN who recorded a time of 00:16:28 on 4th February 2017 (event number 256).
The male record (14:32) is jointly held by Paul Martellettti (Event 205 -20/02/16) and Alexander Yee (Event 251 - 01/01/2017)
The Age Grade course record is held by Ros TABOR who recorded 95.44% (21:34) on 31st January 2015 (event number 149).

30 first timers turned up and 54 recorded new personal bests!!

Thank you for a truly lovely day Dulwich and hope to see you soon, both volunteering and running of course ;)