We are launching Dulwich College Parkrunners to help promote running as a healthy lifestyle choice and to link together members of the College Community (boys, parents, OAs and staff) to get out and run at the weekends. For those who are unaware, parkrun is a global charity that organises timed runs in parks across the world at weekends (parkrun global website). It is free to join and free to participate. Currently there are over 400 events in the UK, over 120 000 people are doing it each weekend and over four million people signed up across the world. Local to Dulwich we have numerous parks that people can go to for the 5km runs at 9am on Saturdays (e.g. Dulwich, Brockwell, Crystal Palace, Peckham Rye, Bromley, Tooting Common - see parkrun UK Events map). Anyone can enter - old, young, beginner or serious runner. People run, jog or walk. It doesn’t matter. It is crucial to remember to use the parkrun slogans - ‘run not a race’ and ‘participation not pace’. So you really are only competing against yourself. You turn up, start the race, collect your pre-printed barcode read at the end and then away you go. All done before 10am and then you receive a text/email with links to the website. Week-on-week you can see how you do. You can be a parkrun tourist and visit different parks, and even when you are on holiday take the opportunity to visit one in an exotic location (see parkrun countries website). In addition, there are 2km Junior parkruns that take place on Sunday mornings which are ideal for children age 4 to 14 years (e.g. Crystal Palace, Brockwell, Wimbledon Park – see parkrun Junior events map).
We have registered Dulwich College Parkrunners as a club and the idea is that anyone connected to the College (boys, parents, OAs or staff) can change their profile to make this their club. All those who do this will be linked together and see each week how other members of the community are getting on; where they have run, personal bests, different milestones completed (10, 50, 100 runs etc). Initially we want to see how this takes off and if we can grow this community to then consider further events or ways of bringing people together.
If you are new to parkrun have a look at any of the links above and then go to the registration page to sign up. See parkrun registration link.
To join the Dulwich College Parkrunners please email me on the following email address: firstname.lastname@example.org. I will add you to the list and send you a verification email (this confirms that you are a member of the College community and that are on our list). Once you receive that email then go into your parkrun settings and add Dulwich College Parkrunners as your affiliated club.
Remember it is completely free! See you out parkrunning soon. If you have any queries contact me via email@example.com