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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.