Run Report for Fountains Abbey parkrun 253, 16 March 2019
It’s been a challenging start to 2019 for Fountains Abbey parkrun. Cancellations due to snow or high winds, refurbishment of the café (though we can now enjoy the benefits of the wonderful new facility), refurbishment of the toilet block (though we will be able to enjoy those refurbished facilities soon) and of course a full run through of our emergency procedures have made it a bit of a stop-start winter.
Thus, to complete yesterday’s parkrun in the smoothest possible manner was quite a cathartic experience for all concerned. Apparently, it was raining? But few people seemed to notice. All our amazing volunteers arrived on time, smiling as always, and dressed for the worst North Yorkshire could throw at them. And all 232 (might have been something to do with the weather) finishers seemed to run with a smile on their face. There is something about running in adverse conditions that seems to reinforce the community spirit that exemplifies parkrun. That said, had we tried to run six hours later, we wouldn’t have been able to such was the flooding around part of the course. Or maybe we would have just done a duathlon instead. But on a serious note for yesterday, due thanks as always to the National Trust staff for managing the grounds so were able to run despite the heavy rain. Furthermore, the sheer amount of fast-running water running through the Skell adjacent to the hill to the finish line and over the weirs reinforces the message that we don’t permit our younger runners to run unaccompanied.
It was a pleasure to welcome back Roger Taylor yesterday as he celebrated his 50th run. Some of you may remember Roger’s horrendous fall at the start a couple of years ago which caused some pretty serious injuries. It has been a long recovery road back, but great to see you with us yesterday Roger. It’s also been noticeable that since we demarcated the start zones with predicted finish times, the starts have been in general much smoother. More akin to a spring gently uncoiling as opposed the free for all previously. One or two runners are still over-ambitious with their positioning; we know who they are and you know who you are!
Milestones and Mentions
First over the line yesterday was Tom Calvert from Knaresborough Striders crossing the line in 17:50. First lady once again was Emma Sorby in 20:02. Well done to you both. Special mention to Jane Holmes, whose 24:28 in the VM65-69 cat equates to a WAVA grading of 84.13%, while Alex Fawcett’s 18:40 in the VM50-54 works out as 80.98%. Wow!
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 slot on 23 March 2019
1 vacant volunteer slot on 30 March 2019
3 vacant volunteer slots on 6 April 2019
As always please drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org if you can assist with volunteering in the future.
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.
24 Mar Wakefield 10k www.wakefield10k.org.uk
30 Mar Croft Circuit 5k
14 Apr Vale of York 10 (miles) www.evensplits/events/voy10
14 Apr Swainby Sweep 7 / 16 Miles www.madraces.co.uk/swainby-sweep
21 Apr Helmsley 10k Multi Terrain www.helmsleysport.org/page15htm
22 Apr Ackworth Half Marathon www.racebest.com
28 Apr Yorkshire Wildlife Park 5k www.curlysathletes.co.uk
5 May Kirkbymoorside 10k www.kirkbymoorside10k.com
12 May Ripon 10 www.riponrunners.org.uk/ripon-10-mile
19 May Fountains 10k www.fountains10k.co.uk
26 May Northallerton 10k www.northallerton10k.co.uk
26 May Melmerby 10k www.melmerbyrun.org
12 Jun Otley 10 (miles) www.otleyac.org.uk
16 Jun Pontefract 10k www.pontefract10k.org.uk
16 Jun Pudsey 10k www.pudseypacers.com
23 Jun Staveley Stampede 10k www.staveleystampede.co.uk
7 Jul Burn Valley Half Marathon www.riponrunners.org.uk/burn-valley-half/
14 Jul Ilkley Half Marathon www.ilkleyhalfmarathon.co.uk
14 Jul Burton Leonard 10k www.burtonleonard10k.co.uk
28 Jul 14k James Herriott Trail Run (Castle Bolton)
Donating to Fountains Abbey parkrun
It’s now over five years since we set up Fountains Abbey parkrun and we have recently replaced our tokens and other pieces of equipment. 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.
And now the official bit...
Fountains Abbey parkrun, Event number 253, 16 March 2019
This week 233 people ran the course, of whom 37 were first timers and 20 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 22 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 28 volunteers: Andy TODD • Julian ELLIS • Steve MARKS • Elliot PALMER • Phil CHATTERTON • Jon HANCOCK • Richard GRIFFITHS • Emma OATES • Steve OATES • Richard LEE • John SKINNER • Michael HERNANDEZ • Fred COOPER • Amelia LEE • Jackie KERR • Clare CHILDS • Oliver CHILDS • Patrick HASLAM • Harriet LEE • Graham BOYD • Fiona LEE • Katie OATES • David SISWICK • Macy BRETT • Richard KNOWLES • Hazel RUSSELL • Debra PRIDMORE • James RYDER
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 12,703 participants have completed 73,759 parkruns covering a total distance of 368,795 km, including 12,559 new Personal Bests. A total of 717 individuals have volunteered 4,765 times.