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

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: dulwichhelpers@parkrun.com 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.

 

Run Report for Event #378 on 18th May 2019 (with thanks to Simon Grigor)

Saturday mornings don’t get much better for running. An ideal temperature, maybe just a little cool for standing about but not too hot for those on the go. Summer definitely in the air with the first swifts to arrive from Africa wheeling overhead, while on the pond the coot parents were proudly showing off their offspring.

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425 participants lined up for Dulwich parkrun Number 378. But before the starting whistle was blown, there was a special Runners’ Briefing, delivered on Eurovision Day, in Eurovision theme, by today’s Run Director Hayden Judd, dressed in Euro-flag shirt, who wished everyone ‘Bienvenu a la parc de Dulwich’, before proceeding with gems such as 'There’s no need to Russia, you can go as Slovenia as you like, or run like Greece lightning'; ‘Remember to keep the Sandy Shaw on your left’; 'When you've Finnished, if you're Hungary, you can go the café and have a Bucks Fizz while You're Making Your Mind Up what to eat'; and ‘Czech Republic our Facebook page and TwItaly-er site’. There were more along the same lines: great stuff, Hayden – were we supposed to laugh or groan? (!)

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Completing the Euro theme, Gillian Cavell, who gave me a friendly welcome when I arrived, had brought along some Euro-flag bunting which was stretched across the finish area. Loved your jacket, Gillian!

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James Bentley got a well-deserved round of applause for doing his 50th parkrun: get that red tee-shirt ordered, James! And there was applause too for the first-timers and visitors, one of whom had come all the way from Australia: cue another Eurovision remark ‘you are allowed to take part, whatever others might think’. And most importantly, there was applause for the wonderful volunteers, 20 of them today, without whom parkrun couldn’t happen: do have a look at the rota and consider helping in the coming weeks.

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On to the results. First home today was Edward Chuck 16:18, and first female was Teresa Murphy in 18:36. Well done to them and to everyone who clocked up personal bests, one being second man home, Nick Twin-Buggy – oh, I’d love it if that really is your name, Nick!

Finally, what am I, a visitor from Harrow parkrun, doing writing this report? Well, I was in Zielona Gora, western Poland, last Saturday, completing my parkrun alphabet with the letter "Z". There were at least a dozen like-minded souls from the UK there, among them a minibus load from Dulwich: Hayden, Philip and Jenny (all of whom I saw again today), plus Dan, Becky and Karen. I was told about today’s ‘Eurovision special’ and thought it would be fun to come along. It certainly was! Good wishes to everyone at Dulwich parkrun, and special wishes to Hayden who I understand celebrates his 50th birthday soon.

Simon Grigor

 

Run Report for Event #375 on Saturday 27th April 2019 (with thanks to Mark Pinney)

Whilst other parts of the UK were being blown about in the storm, Dulwich stayed remarkably calm. Just a few spots of rain greeted our arrival for my first time visit to Dulwich parkrun. Along with many other parkrunners, I chose to visit Dulwich on 27th April to ensure I could pick up my London Marathon race number. Unfortunately, I had been ill all week and had to withdraw from the marathon, which also meant I was walking at the back today. Special mention should go to Rebecca Jasper, the volunteer ‘Tail Walker’, who was wonderful company for almost an hour and kept my mind off feeling quite so ill.

I'd like to say a big thank you to all of the volunteers for running such a great event and ensuring it went smoothly and safely. There were 26 volunteers on Saturday including a number of marathon runners resting up before the big day:

Gillian Cavell (Run Director), Shelby Akosa, Joni Arthur, Joshua Belchem, Robert Brushfield-Hodges, Lucy Ferman-Moore, Alison Foots, Sarah Gaskell, Daisy Herrington, Chris Ince, Rebecca Jasper, Juliet Matovu, Julia McDougall, Andrew McDougall, Lucy O'Connell, Christopher Oakes, Phoebe Parton, Mark Pinney, Olga Rayner, David Robbins, Pete Sanders, Kate Searle, Helen Simmons, Clare Sutherland, Rosslyn Turner, Dan Watts.

On to the stats....

This week we had 417 runners, joggers and walkers comprising 153 Females and 227 Males and sadly 37 ‘unknowns’ who we hope won’t forget to register and bring their printed barcodes next week…

First 3 Males to finish were Andy Bond in a fantastic 16:33 (who even had enough puff left to comment on my bobble hat when he lapped me twice!), Sam Holland in 17:34 and Rob Hollands in a new PB of 17:35. First 3 Female finishers were Jo Williams in 17:45, Teresa Murphy in 19:07 and Hannah Somani in a new PB of 19:20. The best age-graded result this week was achieved by Pamela Iannella whose time of 21:53 in the VW60-64 age category will be the envy of many half her age!

63 parkrunners were new to Dulwich (no doubt including more marathoners?) with 21 doing their first ever parkrun and an amazing 51 recording PBs. Well done to everyone and we hope to see you back next week.

The "most runniest runner" was Gary Slater on 442 parkruns, but there were 8 other members of the 250 Club, 76 members of the 100 Club, 62 members of the 50 Club and 9 members of the 10 Club present. Official milestones achieved today were Victoria Widdows who joined the 100 Club and Jack Elton-Walters who joined the 50 Club.

The people who have run at Dulwich more often than anyone else are Alexander Baker and Marilyn Cook who have run an amazing 256 times here each out of a possible 375. Well done Alexander and Marilyn, that's commitment!!

Other news....

Did you know there are now two excellent parkrun podcasts available each week? "Free Weekly Timed" is the official parkrun podcast with Vassos Alexander and Louise Ayling. We also have "With Me Now" with Danny Norman and Nicola Forwood which is an independent parkrun-based podcast (and some of you may remember Danny and Nicola from the much loved "The parkrun Show"). I thoroughly recommend them both.

Mark Pinney (A2522444)

Editor’s note:

Huge congratulations to all our Dulwich parkrun regulars and tourists who completed the London Marathon the following morning. We hope to see you running, jogging, walking or volunteering with us again once you’ve recovered! Along with other London parkrun events, we had a team of volunteers collecting bags from the marathon runners early in the morning and loading them on to the baggage lorries in Greenwich Park and Blackheath. This was superbly organised by Andy O’Connell and in return we will receive a donation for our event fund and two places in next year’s event, to be selected by ballot from amongst this year’s team. The winners of last year’s ballot, Lucy O’Connell and Sarah Gaskell, both finished successfully and had a great day.