Run Report for Fountains Abbey parkrun 222, 21 July 2018
It is always difficult to predict the number of runners that we’ll welcome to Fountains Abbey, but we now seem to have a trend that as the school summer holidays start in earnest, we see a small dip in the number of runners as many of our regular parkrunners set off on their break, although it gives us an opportunity to welcome tourists who are taking advantage of a visit to North Yorkshire to indulge in a parkrun in our wonderful setting. Yesterday we hosted 346 amazing runners, including an incredible 57 first timers! Equally amazing, the team of volunteers who once again did a superb job to make it all happen, thank you all. I know that several parkruns found it difficult to fill key roles yesterday and had to resort to making appeals from the start line, and although we have on occasion come close, we have never had to call on such desperate measures. I will mention Derek and Finn McCreadie who were marshalling at Rustic Corner, as they are about to leave North Yorkshire. Best of luck to the move north of the border.
Sadly, the Run Director’s Terms of Reference should not involve offering profuse apologies on behalf of parkrun to members of staff from the National Trust, nor spending precious time on a Saturday filling in incident reports. Be in no doubt, if it wasn’t for their wholehearted support, there would be no parkrun at Fountains Abbey. It is a relationship that the Run Director team do not take for granted, and work extremely hard to foster. We all know that there is an agreement that the Top Gate is closed at 0900, and is open for entry to the general public who use their NT membership or pay to get access via the Visitors’ Centre from 1000. It is a condition we understand and respect, and completely share the National Trust’s wish to prevent people gaining early access under the guise of parkrun, and thus avoid paying the entrance fee. It is mentioned on our website, we cover it on every Friday Countdown Message, we even put a sign on the gate! So to the two members of the public who arrived at 09:20 expecting access to meet friends or family who were partaking in parkrun, and resorted to abusing National Trust staff (and threats to just jump over the wall) who politely explained that access to the site was closed to 1000, we find your behaviour utterly unacceptable. I am sorry to have to come across to strongly on this matter, but it is just not what we expect or will accept. I am hopeful that it may have been visitors who were unaware on the conditions we operate to (though that does not excuse their behaviour), but we really do need your collective support on this one. Thank you!
Some Milestones and Mentions
Lots of exciting runs to report on from yesterday, and first over the line for the men was Reece Dalton in 17:16 and for the ladies Emma Sorby in 20:39. Well done to both of you, now can you please go on holiday and give others a chance?
It was a genuine pleasure during the brief to give shout outs to a wonderfully supportive family who give so much to our parkrun. Warmest congratulations to Lolly Hernandez and Jill Barnfather on both achieving your 50th parkruns, and as a granddaughter / grandmother occasion, a truly special one. Jill is really an inspiration to us all, running in the VW75-79 category, but also because she has volunteered on no less than 22 occasions! We love the enthusiasm you and Peter bring to Fountains Abbey.
Also on 50 runs, well done to Andrea Balance, visiting from Pontefract parkrun and claiming a terrific PB.
While quietly paying us visits from the West Midlands was Eleanor Linford chalking up her 100th run, and from Albert parkrun, Middlesborough, Mark Symmonds achieving a PB on his 250th run. Very well done to you all.
There were 52 PBs yesterday, and no apologies for a few mentions: Andy Todd goes from strength to strength, 202 runs and a new PB of 18:35 set yesterday. Lenny Lennox continues to impress, another PB (18:45) but, and there’s no competition that we can openly talk about here because that’s not parkrun, Lenny’s WAVA age graded record in the VM55-59 band was taken yesterday by…..Andy Todd, and now stands at 82.69%. But my PB of the day, the one that really warmed my heart, was Lisa Sorby’s. Lisa selflessly puts so much into local running, coaching and development. So to cross the line yesterday in 24.54 was I hope a very special moment, thoroughly deserved, and well done Allan Hansen for running stride for stride to the line with Lisa. The Run Director noticed.
Ripon Runners’ Adopted parkrun
A special parkrun next Saturday, adopted once again by our great friends from Ripon Runners. Lots of volunteers all around the course, and with pacers from 20 to 35 minutes, a fantastic opportunity to go for that elusive time! And if you’ve thought about joining the club but never quite got around to it or been a bit hesitant, please speak to any runner proudly wearing the claret shirt and discover what a friendly and inclusive running club we are so lucky to have on our doorstep.
Volunteering at Fountains Abbey parkrun
For everyone that has already put themselves forward to help out in the coming weeks we are supremely grateful.
0 vacant volunteer slots on 28 July 2018 (Ripon Runners)
8 vacant volunteer slots on 4 August 2018
11 vacant volunteer slots on 31 March 2018
As always please drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org if you can assist with volunteering in the future.
Date Event More Information
Sunday 29 July: 14k James Herriott Country Trail Run, Leyburn: http://www.rotary-ribi.org/clubs/page.php?PgID=248055&ClubID=254
Wednesday 22Aug:SessaySwift,6k, Thirsk http://www.thirskandsowerbyharriers.co.uk/sessay-swift
Sunday 2 September Tholthorpe 10khttp://www.tholthorpe10k.co.uk/
Sunday 2 September Wetherby 10k https://racebest.com/races/ff2y2
Sunday 23 September Sutton Park 10k, Sutton-in-the-Forest near York http://northernrunningguide.com/race/the-sutton-park-10k
Sunday 30 September Beck Busters 10k and 2k, Bishop Monkton http://www.bishopmonkton.n-yorks.sch.uk/news/detail/beck-busters-10k-and-2k-races/
Sunday 28 October Whixley 5k and 10k
Sunday 4 November Guy Fawkes 10 mile http://niddvalleyroadrunners.co.uk/guy-fawkes-10/
Donating to Fountains Abbey parkrun
It’s now nearly four years since we set up Fountains Abbey parkrun and its time we replaced some of our signage and kit and bought a fee new bits and pieces. Some of the kit gets provided by parkrun HQ. Some of it doesn’t and on those occasions we do reach out to the community and ask for donations to help keep & our wonderful parkrun and improve its facilities and functioning.
If you would like to make a donation to Fountains Abbey parkrun please simply click on the link below: http://www.parkrun.org.uk/fountainsabbey/aboutus/
Thank you very much for your support. 100% of the funds raised are used directly for the benefit of Fountains Abbey parkrun.
If you love Fountains Abbey parkrun, why not join the National Trust (NT)?
If you’d like to join the NT, which for a family is only around £9 per month, the link below provides more information, or you can go to the Visitor Centre at Fountains Abbey: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/join-us
Important notices concerning the Fountains Abbey parkrun.
Please do not be offended if we ask you to help us. Many thanks for your co-operation & support in looking after the beautiful environment in which we run each week.
The beautiful play area by the cafe is open from 10am on Saturdays; we politely welcome visitors down to the Abbey for the parkrun and if you’d like to stay and spend more time in the beautiful grounds please just head back through the Visitor Centre once the grounds open to the public [free to NT members].
A polite reminder to all parkrunners that the trees at the start area are not clothes pegs. Please would runners leave their kit on the ground during the run.
Fountains Abbey parkrun takes place before the NT site opens to the public, therefore parkrunners, volunteers & spectators are kindly requested to be through the Visitor Centre gate and down by the Abbey before 9am or you will be denied access. We politely ask that all visitors to Fountains Abbey parkrun help us and our special relationship with the NT by respecting the basis upon which we operate. The gate at the top by the Visitor Centre is now closed at 9am so anyone hoping to get in after this time will be disappointed. The good news is that we look forward to joining you for a coffee in the Visitor Centre café as soon as we possibly can. Thank you for your support in this important matter.
All parkrun visitors must vacate the Abbey grounds before 10am when the NT site opens.
Visitors arriving at Fountains Abbey by bicycle are asked to leave their bikes in the racks at the Visitor Centre please. Bikes are not allowed in the grounds beyond this point.
There are toilets by the Visitor Centre and these are well signposted. There are additional toilets around 50 metres behind the old start line by Fountains Hall. Please use them - no exceptions; we need your fullest support with this. Thank you.
Please stand in the correct place at the start of the run according to your ability. If you are slower than the runners behind you this will cause a bottleneck at the start of the parkrun. Please mind your feet particularly at the start of the run. No slips and trips please
A reminder about one of the key rules that govern parkrun. For your, our and your children's protection could parents please help us by making sure that any children under 11 are accompanied by a responsible adult at all times.
Why not order yourself a printed plastic barcode?
A range of tough and durable plastic parkrun barcode ID tags are available via http://www.parkrun-barcode.org.uk/ These are the only UK authorised and professionally printed tags and feature the parkrun branding and logo, your athlete details and can also be personalised with your ICE (In Case of Emergency) telephone number and additional information including specific medical details. They come in a range of options and can be attached to a key ring, laces, and running vest zip or worn on a lanyard.
If you would like to hand out any race literature at Fountains Abbey parkrun we would appreciate you seeking permission from the Run Directors as there are some specific rules that govern us here at Fountains Abbey.
And now the official bit...
Fountains Abbey parkrun, Event number 222, 21 July 2018
This week 346 people ran the course, of whom 57 were first timers and 52 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 30 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 22 volunteers:
Derek MCCREADIE • Bill WADE • Mathew CHAPLIN • Andy PURLL • Steve SILVER • Chris BROWN • Jon HANCOCK • Rod COOPER • Alison TURNER-PARRY • Andrew PARRY • Emily PARRY • Oliver PARRY • Emma OATES • Steve OATES • Christine FIELDHOUSE • Graham BOYD • Katie OATES • Diane WELSH • Caron THWAITES • John GARRAWAY • Lise SEIERSEN • Finn MCCREADIE
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Fountains Abbey parkrun Results Page.
The female record is held by Sharon BARLOW who recorded a time of 17:36 on 25th July 2015 (event number 72).
The male record is held by Kris LECHER who recorded a time of 15:19 on 28th April 2018 (event number 210).
The Age Grade course record is held by Val NAYLOR who recorded 94.76% (25:08) on 22nd July 2017 (event number 174).
Fountains Abbey parkrun started on 1st March 2014. Since then 10,739 participants have completed 62,241 parkruns covering a total distance of 311,205 km, including 11,029 new Personal Bests.