Dulwich Parkrun sub 20 mins

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18/08/2012 at 09:47
Hi, I hope I'm posting this in the right board. Is there anyone on here that regularly runs Dulwich Parkrun in just sub 20? I'm looking for someone to pace with. I've run a 21.35 but had to stop to tie a shoe and I've run a 20.50 or thereabouts with splits of 6.20, 6:40 and 7:30 per mile. I'm certain if I have someone reliable to pace me I can crack sub 20. I would like to do one in the next couple of weeks if anyone can help? Thanks
25/12/2012 at 01:11

Hi J1m, just stumbled across your post ...

I've been running Dulwich parkrun since August this year and have completed 9 or 10 now I think. The last three that I've run competitively have all been just sub 20 - 19:50, 19:47, 19:51 ... I wonder if you're still aiming to get under 20 or if you've already done it now? I'll next be running Dulwich on 29/12. Send me a message if you like or post here in the forums as you prefer.

29/12/2012 at 07:05
Hi Cicero,

I recently had a break from running for two months due to being out the country so I'm not fit enough to going for 20 just yet.

I will be going for it again in 2013 though.

Always looking for someone to train with locally though if your interested?
29/12/2012 at 11:37

I was at Dulwich parkrun this morning. Were you I wonder? I finished in 16th in  20:29 TBC - at the time of writing I'm an "uknown", but that should change shortly. Definitely feeling a bit worse for Christmas eating and I backed off from 20 minute pace at about 3.5k / 4k. I'm hoping to be making a PB attempt sometime in late January or February.

I have other commitments on Saturday mornings during school terms, but will check my diary and post again with a view to perhaps meeting up at Dulwich parkrun and running together?

Edited: 29/12/2012 at 11:38
29/12/2012 at 18:59

I'll be at Dulwich parkrun on 5 Jan 2013 and then 16 Feb and 23 Feb 2013 after that ...

I won't be ready for 20 myself on 5 Jan so happy to pace some other time if you like?

30/12/2012 at 08:32
I can run 5th Jan. not sure about a quick time but happy to introduc e myself.

I'll pm you before next weekend.
05/01/2013 at 13:50

Afternoon Jim

Did you make it this morning? How did it go? I managed 20:07 which, considering my recent mince pie intake, I'm very happy with


06/01/2013 at 09:43
Hi Cicero,

I've been unwell all weekend so didn't make it on Saturday.

Next due to do in anger on 2nd or 9th feb.

I might use it as a tempo run before that if your around on a different Saturday?
06/01/2013 at 12:05

16th Feb still most likely to be my next one

Will update if that changes.

21/01/2013 at 22:45

Last minute cancellation of my Saturday work commitment meant I ran Crystal Palace on 19 January. Were you there I wonder? [Goes to check results page for Jims ...]

23/01/2013 at 09:13
I was in Crystal Palace park on Saturday but not until later.

Ran best part of 12 miles, thought Dulwich park and Sydenham woods up to Crystal Palace park and back.

Loads of kids on sledges.

G3 10k in Surrey this weekend.
23/01/2013 at 16:03

Hi J1M, Cicero,

I just sumbled accross your posts as well

I did my first ever Dulwich Parkrun on Saturday. I managed to get round in under 20mins, despite the snow. --- There is a good picture here - http://youcantrunaway.com/anyone-notching-a-pb-in-this-is-due-a-chat-with-oprah/

There's a good crowd down there but three laps is a little bit repetitive. Have you done the one in Brockwell Park?

Edited: 23/01/2013 at 16:04
23/01/2013 at 23:17


No, not done Brockwell Park yet, but it's on my list

If either of you use twitter I'm @cicerunner ...

24/01/2013 at 22:56
I've done Brockwell. Not as quick as Dulwich but a nice route.

I prefer Dulwich though and even quite like the 3 laps format.
09/04/2013 at 11:30

To anyone else stumbling across this who'd like to join/continue the conversation, I'm @CiceRunner on Twitter. Potentially a much better forum for communication than this.

Edited: 09/04/2013 at 14:26
09/10/2013 at 22:59

Just resurrecting this: one of my friends who normally runs Brockwell is likely to run Dulwich. How much faster is it and what is it like underfoot?
Any help would be appreciated.

09/10/2013 at 23:18

alehouse - I've done both. I'd say Dulwich is one of the quickest parkruns there is, maybe half a minute quicker than Brockwell Park.  (I beat my 5,000m track PB the only time I did it!)  Very smooth tarmac underfoot, much nicer than Brockwell Park which can be quite rough in places. Basically 3 x 1M anti-clockwise laps with gently curving left hand bends all the way round.

09/10/2013 at 23:33

Thanks Phil! Thought you might reply!

10/10/2013 at 19:16

Dulwich is my local and I have done it about 6 or 7 times - PB is 19:49. It is obviously quick. What are the other good parkruns in SE London? How do Brockwell, Crystal Palace, Hilly Fields etc compare?

10/10/2013 at 21:42

Dan - depends what you're looking for in a parkrun. Dulwich is easily the quickest of those. Actually I've not done the parkruns at either Hilly Fields or Crystal Palace but I'm familiar with the places themselves.  Our club regularly uses Hilly Fields for, er, hill sessions.  The clue's in the name but it's quite hilly!  You've also got the "Greenwich" parkrun which is actually run in Avery Hill Park over Eltham way.  That's sort of flattish with the odd rise, but mainly grass and some tarmac surfaces, maybe 40-45 secs slower than Dulwich, nice park.

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