Fountains Abbey parkrun #213 Report

Dear Fountains Abbey parkrunners,

This Run Report begins with a polite request... You may have noticed if you've been coming to Fountains over the last 4 years that the numbers attending have grown some. I've just done a little maths: over the last 8 weeks the average attendance has been 415 runners. In the equivalent 8 weeks in 2014 the average was 198. That's a growth of over 100% in those 4 years. This is fantastic and to be celebrated – but of course it has some significant implications, not least the increasing congestion in the funnel at the finish (and the time it takes to sort the tokens out in the café!). To make things simpler for the time-keepers, the funnel manager and the volunteers handing out finishing tokens we would ask you all please to move well away from the funnel once you've finished your run. This includes the area beside the path in the last fifty yards before the finish. Many thanks for your co-operation. And with those thoughts in mind – particular thanks to all Saturday's volunteers for coping with the pressure and giving us a superb run.

And what of the run – well beautiful sunshine and pleasant warmth on the morning of the royal wedding brought out a mighty 434 runners. Welcome to all those for whom this was your first ever parkrun, and to the many visitors. Come again soon.

Among the 434 were the Childs family – Clare, Aimee and Oliver – all running for the 100th time. Another centurion was Simon Curass, while Gill Edwards (with a PB) and Alison Robbins both clocked 50 runs, and juniors Matthew Fothergill and Chessie Abrahams both ran their 10th run (each also celebrating with a PB). Well done all of you.

The Fountains Abbey first-finishing couple of the moment were Reece Dalton for the men in 17:04, and Emma Sorby for the women in 20:33. Best age-grading of the day was Sheila Illingworth with 84.82%. Congratulations all three.

And to all of you, having made your vows of commitment, and plighted your barcode to Fountains Abbey parkrun for ever – we look forward to seeing you again soon!

This week 434 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 71 were first timers and 88 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 35 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 20 volunteers:

Anne CHEESEMAN • Richard HALL • Andy PURLL • Steve SILVER • Nigel MORGAN • Ann COLLIER • Simon MCCUDDEN • Christine COOPER • Rod COOPER • Alan COLLIER • Emma OATES • Steve OATES • Niamh SHAW • Christine FIELDHOUSE • Tessa RICH • Graham BOYD • Roger TAYLOR • Katie OATES • Kathy GARGAN • Henry RICHARDSON

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 10,148 participants have completed 58,962 parkruns covering a total distance of 294,810 km, including 10,523 new Personal Bests.

 

Fountains Abbey parkrun #212 report

Run Report for Fountains Abbey parkrun 212

It's a hat-trick! For the third week in a row, a new course record was set at Fountain's Abbey. This time Lillian DE LACY reppin' for the VW80-84 category with an incredibly satisfying 39:59 to set a new age graded record of 70.03%.

As a regular volunteer in the finish funnel, I have to say I think I've never seen our runners look happier. From the speedy front end to the still-pretty-speedy tail, the smile count was exceptionally high, particularly among the 30-strong crop of Knaresborough Striders we hosted, who scooped up 6 of the first 10 places but were also supporting each other right through the pack.

First through the finish portal (just the once) was Tom CALVERT of Knaresborough Striders in 17:43, with first female going to Amelie AYLESBURY in 22:19, running in the JW11-14 category (and only 11!) Knocking everybody out of the park in the age gradings was Lenny LENNOX who clocked a new PB of 18:56 for 82.57 in the VM55-59 category.

Apart from smashing records, the other recent trend is Visitor Volunteers. It's a great thing to see so many of our regular runners now also regularly volunteering, but it really puts a smile on your face when an email lands to offer volunteering services from someone who is just coming for the day. Hopefully many of you met Kevin Anthony JONES who was bleeping away at Barcode Bench, going straight there from the finish line, recovering impressively quickly from his 21 minute run - in what was his 367th parkrun at 220 different courses. Scanning is a great way for those of you who are in our top 30 or so finishers to chip in as volunteers (if you don't need to lie on the floor gasping for very long after your run).

Some Milestones and Mentions

On running her 150th parkrun, congratulations to Annabel Hall.
Clocking up 50 parkruns, Helen Rowland, Mary Webber, Jake Greenwood, Willie Wilson and our 25 minute pacer Bruce Willoughby.
And well done on your 10th parkrun, Ed Leverett - all at Fountains - keep it up!

Congratulations to the 66 of you that recorded a PB.

Volunteering at Fountains Abbey parkrun

For everyone that has already put themselves forward to help out in the coming weeks we are supremely grateful. We are still looking to fill...

2 vacant volunteer slots on 26 May 2018

8 vacant volunteer slots on 2 June 2018

7 vacant volunteer slots on 9 June 2018

There are still Tail Walking slots - one of our most popular volunteering roles - towards the end of June, snaffle them while you can!

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

Donating to Fountains Abbey parkrun

It’s now over four years since we set up Fountains Abbey parkrun and we have replaced some of our signage and kit and bought a few new bits and pieces, the latest being a complete new set of finish tokens at a cost of £140. 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.

Local races

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...

This week 384 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 62 were first timers and 66 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 30 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 25 volunteers:

Wendy MARKS • Kevin Anthony JONES • Bruce WILLOUGHBY • Jennifer CARNE • Amelie AYLESBURY • Lindsey FALLOW • Chris BROWN • Sarah SWAN • Charlotte SWAN • Jon HANCOCK • Christine COOPER • Rod COOPER • Emma OATES • Steve OATES • John SKINNER • Marcos MONTANA • Ziva AYLESBURY • Oliver CHILDS • Graham CHILDS • Graham BOYD • John CREEDON • Katie OATES • Peter KILFORD • Amelie KILFORD • Richard KNOWLES

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 10,077 participants have completed 58,528 parkruns covering a total distance of 292,640 km, including 10,435 new Personal Bests.

 

Fountains Abbey parkrun #211 Run Report

Run Report for Fountains Abbey parkrun 211

Saturday 5th May 2018, and the Abbey grounds laid on a proper Yorkshire summer's morning to start the bank holiday weekend for the parkrun that would see us click our 10,000th unique parkrunner over the finish line on the far side of the abbey.

22 volunteers gathered early at the porters' lodge, high-vis tabards glowing in the sunshine, brand new radios (thank you Ripon Runners for the loan!) crackling, timers and barcode scanners freshly charged. Volunteering is addictive: 20 of our team were returners, but we also had a new face in Andrew Dove, thanks Andy, excellent bleeping.

Smiles all round at the start (see if you can spot yourself in Jon's video on our facebook page) and many still smiling as you crossed the finish line... ok, perhaps the odd grimace but there were some great performances to justify those. Our very own run director Richard Hall landed a new PB in 20:02, just behind first female finisher Lisa Maria Mawer, also snapping up a PB in 20 minutes dead (for 82.83%). Among the first timers we also had a fantastic run from Hilda Coulsey, clocking 24:40 in the VW65-69 category for the morning's best age-grading of 83.45%.

First over the line was Reece Dalton, in 16:35, back with us after a stunning first-finisher run at Catterick last weekend, where he clocked his 100th parkrun. Another first was our first British Sign Language interpreted run brief - visitor Jess Heyworth generously doing the honours. Jess has offered to help us find local BSL interpreters if anyone would like to take that up. Just let us know.

So, that 10,000th parkrunner to cross our finish line? Fittingly it was Katie Robertson, a runner from the 'UK parkrun tourists' running club, visiting us from Edinburgh. If you really let that sink in, ten thousand different parkrunners have joined us at Fountains Abbey in 211 runs over 4 years, it's quite amazing.

Also amazing - this week we had 421 runners, and only one attempted to enter the finish portal twice! 26 under 11s made it round our 5k course without abandoning their adult - excellent work. Same again next week? Go on then!

 

Some Milestones and Mentions

On running their 150th parkrun, congratulations to William Metcalfe and Paul Adams.
Clocking up 100 parkruns, all but 3 of them at Fountains Abbey, was our 26 minute pacer Stuart Pender.
And thanks for joining us to celebrate your 50th run, Ruth Albaya.

Congratulations to the 68 of you that recorded a PB, which we hope was used to justify extra ice creams over the bank holiday weekend.

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 12 May 2018 - yay!

5 vacant volunteer slots on 19 May 2018

6 vacant volunteer slots on 26 May 2018

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

Donating to Fountains Abbey parkrun

It’s now over four years since we set up Fountains Abbey parkrun and we have replaced some of our signage and kit and bought a few new bits and pieces, the latest being a complete new set of finish tokens at a cost of £140. 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.

Local races

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...

This week 421 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 86 were first timers and 68 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 41 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 22 volunteers:

Stephen CONSTABLE • Lindsey FALLOW • Lee STANLEY • Phil CHATTERTON • Stuart PENDER • Jon HANCOCK • Christine COOPER • Rod COOPER • Alison TURNER-PARRY • Emily PARRY • Oliver PARRY • Geraldine GRIFFITHS • Emma OATES • Steve OATES • Marcos MONTANA • Tessa RICH • Jess HEYWORTH • Graham BOYD • Maggie WILSON • Katie OATES • Andrew DOVE • Robert EAMES

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 10,015 participants have completed 58,144 parkruns covering a total distance of 290,720 km, including 10,369 new Personal Bests.

 

Fountains Abbey parkrun 210 Run Report

Run Report for Fountains Abbey parkrun 210

Saturday 28 April 2018 will stand out for many as a particularly memorable parkrun. It was a run made possible through a terrific team of volunteers, with a blend of experienced old hands, others who were new to volunteering at Fountains Abbey, or some new to volunteering full stop. So, special mention to Jeff Walker, with a proud record of 100 volunteering events, making his debut to support us at Fountains Abbey. Also to Rachel Cawte, accompanied by Finn (aged 9) and Kitty (aged 4), who were volunteering for the first time ever and accompanied Phil Holden at the tail. As always, a huge thanks to all our volunteers who enabled 380 runners to enjoy their Saturday 5k through the stunning grounds that we are so lucky to be able to run through.

Some of you will have noticed the various pieces of art around the course, all part of the National Trust’s project called ‘folly!’. Yesterday was the opening day of the exhibition that will run through until November, and we do encourage you to enjoy the exhibition at a later date and maybe a slightly slower pace!

Memorable event number one, a new course male record. The previous record of 15:44 was set way back on 22 October 2016 by George Mills, but yesterday it was absolutely smashed by Kris Lecher with a breath-taking time of 15:19. We might expect a few seconds to be shaved off a record time, but those of you who saw Kris running could not have failed to be impressed by a powerful display, and to take 25 seconds off is quite remarkable. Kris did leave a message on our Facebook pace, but understanding that not all parkrunners have an account, it is reproduced below:

‘Thank you Fountains Abbey parkrun for the amazing support. The brilliant team of volunteers were not going to let me take it easy up that hill at the end. Delighted and honoured to hold the course record for the most beautiful parkrun in the country. Myself and girlfriend will be back next year. Kind Regards, Kris.

Thanks Kris for the kind words, well done on yesterday’s superlative run (and also setting the new Age Category Record of 84.22% in the SM 25-29 category) and we look forward to welcoming you back.

While Kris was breaking records, well done to Emma Sorby, first lady home in 19:55, one second off her PB. Sooo close!

Memorable event number 2 was the 300 x 5k challenge, where we were honoured to welcome four friends from Nidd Valley runners. With a cumulative age of 300 years, the four were intending to run with an aggregate time of sub 2 hours, so massive congratulations to: Alan Harby (aged 81, time 36:01); Tony Ledwaba-Chapman (aged 75, time 27:24); Robert Hill (aged 73, time 24:50) and finally Dave Seaman (aged 71, time 24:23), thus completing the challenge with an aggregate time of 112:46! Truly inspirational, and thank you for bringing that inspiration to Fountains Abbey.

Some Milestones and Mentions

On running their 50th parkrun, congratulations to Jenny Featherstone and Sam Lewsey, well done to both of you.

Congratulations to the 79 of you that recorded a PB, hopefully suitable celebrated in the café afterwards.

Volunteering at Fountains Abbey parkrun

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

2 vacant volunteer slots on 5 May 2018

3 vacant volunteer slots on 12 May 2018

6 vacant volunteer slots on 19 May 2018

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

Donating to Fountains Abbey parkrun

It’s now over four years since we set up Fountains Abbey parkrun and we have replaced some of our signage and kit and bought a few new bits and pieces, the latest being a complete new set of finish tokens at a cost of £140. 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.

Local races

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 210, 28 April 2018

This week 380 people ran the course, of whom 38 were first timers and 78 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 28 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 25 volunteers: Wendy MARKS • Simon CAVE • Lindsey FALLOW • Steve SILVER • Phoebe HALL • Jon HANCOCK • Christine COOPER • Rod COOPER • Emily PARRY • Oliver PARRY • Emma OATES • Steve OATES • Jeff WALKER • Niamh SHAW • Philip HOLDEN • Sally HOUGHTON • Emily HOUGHTON • Tessa RICH • Graham BOYD • Katie OATES • Mark OWEN • Susan WILLIAMSON • Rachel CAWTE • Finn CAWTE • Kitty CAWTE T

oday'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 9,929 participants have completed 57,723 parkruns covering a total distance of 288,615 km, including 10,301 new Personal Bests.

 

Fountains Abbey parkrun #209 – 21st April 2018

A beautiful day dawned at the Abbey and we were treated to our first glorious Saturday morning parkrun of the year. After the bumper attendance last week, we were back down to a more modest 393 runners, still a great turnout!

Run Director Graham BOYD had the pleasure of launching our 209th run at Fountains, backed up by a fantastic team of volunteers. First-timer volunteer Alan LINDSAY got the plum draw of being stationed down on the wooden bridge, and was warmly greeted by name by many runners, and thanks go to Alan for stepping up. You did a great job, AlanJ. As ever, the team of volunteers slotted into place beautifully and worked smoothly and efficiently to deliver a stress-free event. Thanks to all again.

Congratulations to our first finishers this week: Tom LEVI 17:54 (PB), and Emma SORBY 20:28 (18th overall). Highest age-grading goes to Lenny LENNOX (82.43% and a PB) who finished 6th overall, and to Lorraine HILES (80.15%), 46th overall. Great running all, showing us all how it’s done.

In keeping with the cricket weather, the crowd warmly applauded the following batsmen as they reached their half-centuries and centuries:

Mother and daughter Helen COX and Beth CONSTANTINE (both running their 50th parkrun), with Helen crowning her 50 in style with a massive PB!

Saffron DUNK (50th parkrun) an under-10 runner!

Caroline HOPKINS (100th parkrun)

Aileen O’KANE (100th parkrun)

Also well done to Mike and Fiona HERNANDEZ who achieved their centuries last week on a bit of parkrun tourism.

 

Aesthetically-pleasing times were recorded by:

21:21 Martin BARRON

22:22 Neil DRING (rumour has it, he does it deliberately!)

25:25 Nick SMITH

26:26 Jessica MERRIN

30:03 Robert PITT and Sarah HARFORD

31:13 Katherine MEDWAY

33:33 Emma RICHARDSON

34:56 Harvey SAVILLE

35:53 Tony SHAW

39:39 Fiona HERNANDEZ

41:14 Dan CAWTE

51:51 Jeff HALLENBECK

 

As well as the round-minute finishers:

22:00 Lorraine HILES

25:00 Ken DUCKWORTH

26:00 Nicola BRADFORD

28:00 Andy PURLL

30:00 Amanda CONNOR

32:00 Sam WILLIAMS

35:00 Mike HODGES

 

Best wishes and I hope you’ve all enjoyed watching the heroics at the London Marathon. See you next week!

Phil & Graham (Run Directors)

 

Volunteering at Fountains Abbey parkrun

For everyone that has already put themselves forward to help out in the coming weeks we are very grateful.

1 vacant volunteer slots on 28 April 2018

6 vacant volunteer slots on 5 May 2018

5 vacant volunteer slots on 12 May 2018

8 vacant volunteer slots on 19 May 2018

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

Donating to Fountains Abbey parkrun

It’s now over 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 call 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; not doing so may risk the NT staff removing the item from the tree.

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.

All dogs must be on a short, hand-held lead (no cani-cross leads) to minimise trip hazards. One dog per runner maximum. Dog walkers who are supporting runners are asked to keep off the paths that the runners use during the run 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 393 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 79 were first timers and 60 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 42 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 22 volunteers:

Jane OUGHTON • Keith RITCHIE • Mark RYDER • Jane HOLMES • Phil CHATTERTON • Dave BINKS • Karen MADDISON • Chris BROWN • Jon HANCOCK • Karen TULLEY • David RITSON • Graham LIVESEY • Elizabeth BOTWRIGHT • Christine FIELDHOUSE • Sally HOUGHTON • Emily HOUGHTON • Clare CHILDS • Aimee CHILDS • Oliver CHILDS • Graham BOYD • Lise SEIERSEN • Alan LINDSAY

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 George MILLS who recorded a time of 15:44 on 22nd October 2016 (event number 136).

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 9,891 participants have completed 57,343 parkruns covering a total distance of 286,715 km, including 10,223 new Personal Bests. Personal Bests.

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