Fountains Abbey parkrun #253 Run Report

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 fountainsabbeyhelpers@parkrun.com if you can assist with volunteering in the future.

Local Runs


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)
www.rotary-ribi.org/clubs/homepage.php?ClubID=254

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.

 

Fountains Abbey parkrun Run Report 9 March 2019

Well, in fact this is a non-run report, in that we didn’t record an event this weekend. As many of you will know, we had our worst ever incident at parkrun yesterday, with a runner collapsing with a serious medical condition and being admitted to A&E. At the time of writing, he remains in hospital although is being kept under close observation.

I feel compelled to write this report, even though I personally took a day off parkrun for a family birthday, though I managed to get to Fountains in the aftermath of the medical emergency. I can safely say that without the intervention of several key players and the superb teamwork exhibited by the core team, the volunteers and the whole parkrun community, we may have had a very unhappy outcome to report on.

Our casualty (Paul) collapsed in the first 1k of the run, just short of Tent Hill on the first lap. The nearest marshal was quickly alerted and raised the alarm via our 2-way radio system, which is a recent acquisition by Ripon Runners, who kindly loan it to parkrun every Saturday for our event. Four Run Directors were on site, two as official RDs and two in other roles, and they co-ordinated the response with great skill, calmness and professionalism. The call to abandon the run was made quickly and decisively and was well received by all the runners, who made an orderly and prompt exit from the Abbey area, in order to allow the ambulance paramedics to access Paul’s position. This also allowed the air ambulance to land unhindered close to him. The comments I heard were that ‘everything slotted into place’ and the whole community played their part.

Runners who arrived at the scene gave immediate assistance, and credit goes to all those who intervened with CPR. The volunteer carrying the first aid kit and defibrillator then ran hard and fast from the Finish Funnel (where we routinely keep those items during a run) to Paul’s location and the defibrillator was deployed on him. An honorary PB award should go to that volunteer!

In summary, the team worked seamlessly to get Paul into the hands of the emergency services, and everyone co-operated with that single goal in mind. Humanity showed its true colours today and I am super-proud to be part of such a wonderful organisation. I have spent the last 24 hours thanking people, and that will continue all week, I’m sure. Whilst our patient’s condition is still not clear (we’re giving the family some space at this stage), I hope strongly that he will be back one day to volunteer or to fulfil his wish to toe the start line again, and I am looking forward so much to welcoming him back.

As a core team we have some important learning points to glean from this experience, although the essential functions all worked to full effect. It’s for a day like this that we meet, risk-assess, negotiate, and generally put in a lot of time behind the scenes as a core team. Credit should also go to parkrun’s head office and ambassador network, who work tirelessly to allow us, at event level, to deliver a great event with top-notch risk management.

So we re-group and we move on. Next week, we run as normal at 9am and I am so looking forward to being back at the Abbey for another instalment of this great thing called parkrun.

The people I want to thank are so numerous that I can’t list them all here, but I hope that I’ve been able to communicate with as many as possible in person, and that process will surely continue in the coming weeks. Thank you everyone; parkrun can only be as good as its people, and you are wonderful people.

Best wishes, Phil Chatterton (Event Director)

 

Fountains Abbey Run Report #252 – 5th Birthday parkrun

The fate of our magnificent 5th birthday cake can be summarised by applying the Laws of Physics: "Entropy is also a measure of the number of possible arrangements the atoms in a system can have. In this sense, entropy is a measure of how organized or disorganised energy is in a system of atoms or molecules". Well, entropy certainly increased as the NT staff served up the slices of cake to hundreds of hungry runners and volunteers; we would have given a plague of locusts a run for their money! Order quickly morphed into disorder as the pristine cake was reduced to a sorry pile of crumbs in mere minutes -  well, that's what it was for! Happy Birthday to us and thanks to all our friends old and new who joined us to celebrate.

Well run to first finishers Luke WAKELIN (17:42) and Emma SORBY (19:53) as well as to the rather splendid 53 new PB holders from yesterday. Chapeaux all! On age-grading, Lenny LENNOX (81.55%) and Oonagh THOMPSON (77.14%) took the honours.

A reminder about dogs - all dog runners start at the back of the pack - this has been a great success since we brought it in back in November, so thanks to all parkrunners for their co-operation. We love our 4-legged run pals and we want to keep them an integral part of parkrun, and that isn't easy with the average (human) attendances going up and up.

Also, it isn't acceptable to apply your own rules and let your under-11 kids run unaccompanied. We asked an unaccompanied 8-year-old to stop running yesterday, and we make absolutely no apology for doing so. I spoke personally with his father and I hope that others will be discouraged from thinking, 'Oh, it'll be all right' Junior parkrun exists at Harrogate and other venues to let our younger runners run solo, so please take them there unless you're prepared to run alongside them.

Volunteering at Fountains Abbey parkrun
For everyone that has already put themselves forward to help out in the coming weeks we are supremely grateful.

4 vacant volunteer slots on 9 March 2019
3 vacant volunteer slots on 16 March 2019
5 vacant volunteer slots on 23 March 2019

10 vacant volunteer slots on 30 March 2019

 

As always please drop us a line at fountainsabbey@parkrun.com if you can assist with volunteering in the future.
Local Runs
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.

17 Mar Thirsk 10 (miles) www.thirskandsowerbyharriers.co.uk
17 Mar Lightwater Valley 10k www.bookitzone.com
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)
www.rotary-ribi.org/clubs/homepage.php?ClubID=254
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. Aim to be through the gate by 08:45 to allow enough time to get to the start, warm up and hear the briefing. 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:

This week 405 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 49 were first timers and 53 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 25 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 25 volunteers:

Dewi WINKLE • Steve MARKS • Stephen CONSTABLE • Allan HANSEN • Elliot PALMER • Phil CHATTERTON • Nicole SUTTON • Samuel MADDISON • Lisa QUINN • Tehya SUTTON • Chris BROWN • Jon HANCOCK • Simon MCCUDDEN • Alison TURNER-PARRY • Emma OATES • Steve OATES • Charlotte EADES • John SKINNER • Jackie KERR • Graham BOYD • Katie OATES • Andrew MORTON • Alex BAILEY-GOUGH • Susan WILLIAMSON • Lenny LENNOX

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 12,666 participants have completed 73,526 parkruns covering a total distance of 367,630 km, including 12,539 new Personal Bests. A total of 711 individuals have volunteered 4,737 times.

 

Fountains Abbey Run Report #250

After a hiatus of two weeks,  the weather finally played ball and allowed us to run our 250th parkrun at Fountains Abbey. As always the Abbey and grounds looked stunning and our thanks to the NT staff who work very hard to keep them in tip top condition. We were greeted with 488 parkrunners  this week of which 25 chose this to be their very first parkrun including two tourists from Japan. You may have noticed a slight delay in the results this week and two very confused RDs sat in the café scratching their heads, unfortunately even though the Run Director asked people not to cross the finish line more than once a number of individuals chose to ignore this request. The newly refurbished café was doing a brisk trade after our run and it was good to see so many enjoying the social side of our wonderful running community afterwards.

The results this week are as follows:

1st finisher Reece Dalton 17:16 (finished 1st 45 times previously)

2nd finisher Istvan Jacso 17:23

3rd finisher Tom Calvert 17:28

1st female finisher Emma Sorby 19:31 (finished 1st 53 times previously)

2nd female finisher Molly Acton 21:27 JW11-14

3rd female finisher Wendy marks 21:54

Top Age Graded percentages

Jane Holmes 84:82%

Lenny Lennox 83:87%

Andy Todd 82:25%
This week 488 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 78 were first timers and 80 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 42 different clubs took part.

Congratulations to the following parkrunners achieving milestones:

Suzy Wood and Iain Clough on joining the 100 club

Jillian Wood on joining the 50 club

The event was made possible by 24 volunteers:

Anne CHEESEMAN • Douglas SCOTT • Phil CHATTERTON • Nicole SUTTON • Steve SILVER • Samuel MADDISON • Chris BROWN • Simon MCCUDDEN • Karen TULLEY • Alison TURNER-PARRY • Emily PARRY • Oliver PARRY • John SKINNER • Graham LIVESEY • Pamela BROWN • Jackie KERR • Suzy WOOD • Clare CHILDS • Graham BOYD • Kathy GARGAN • Alex BAILEY-GOUGH • Susan WILLIAMSON • Lenny LENNOX • James RYDER

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 February 2019
6 vacant volunteer slot on 2 March 2019
12 vacant volunteer slots on 9 March 2019
9 vacant volunteer slots on 16 March 2019
10 vacant volunteer slots on 23 March 2019

As always please drop us a line at fountainsabbeyhelpers@parkrun.com if you can assist with volunteering in the future.
Local Runs
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.
10 Feb Ripon Muddy Boots 10k and Fun Run https://bookitzone.com/muddyboots/mR2FFX
17 Feb Harewood House Half Marathon and 10k www.bhf.org.uk
17 Mar Thirsk 10 (miles) www.thirskandsowerbyharriers.co.uk
17 Mar Lightwater Valley 10k www.bookitzone.com
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)
www.rotary-ribi.org/clubs/homepage.php?ClubID=254
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.

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 12,552 participants have completed 72,649 parkruns covering a total distance of 363,245 km, including 12,385 new Personal Bests. A total of 708 individuals have volunteered 4,687 times

 

*****parkrun Sat-9-Feb is CANCELLED*****

Sorry folks, tomorrow's parkrun has been cancelled on the advice from our friends at the National Trust. The wind is starting to gust and is up to 60mph, with more such to follow overnight and in the morning. With the number of huge trees on site, even though the course is in a relatively sheltered hollow, there is too much risk of dangerous debris flying about.

Thank you to all our fabulous volunteers; it's a great shame as we had a lovely full roster. Still, there's always next week!

Best wishes,

Phil & Graham (Run Directors)

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