Fountains Abbey parkrun 20th May 2017 Run Report

Well as the sun shone on the Abbey this morning we were expecting another bumper turnout of runners, and so it proved. 402 turned up, and our main concern was that we wouldn’t have a re-occurrence of last week’s injury. We reinforced the messages about being ultra-careful at the start, and thankfully, everyone took that message on board, so the start passed off smoothly. A relief! The injured runner from last week passes on his good wishes and is hoping to be back at parkrun very soon, possibly as a volunteer as he recuperates. We look forward to having him back.
52 runners achieved shiny new PBs, one of whom was the fabulous, 200th parkrun celebrating, Amelie Aylesbury. Not content with achieving this remarkable landmark at the tender age of ten, she then trotted out a PB, destroying her one-week-old previous best by a mind-boggling 40 seconds! Brilliant running; Olympic youth team scouts take note, there is some serious talent in that young lady. That takes nothing away from the other 51 PBs achieved today – a round of applause to everyone!
One other PB deserves a mention. Melanie Young achieved an all-course PB, visiting as she was from Ormskirk parkrun with her partner Darren McMahon. They also volunteered to do one of the less popular volunteer roles, that of token sorting in the café afterwards. We’re super grateful to them both, and we’d love to welcome them back any time 
That’s all for this week – see you on Saturday 27th. Here are the official stats:

This week 402 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 65 were first timers and 52 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 41 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 21 volunteers.
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Fountains Abbey parkrun Results Page.
Male placings:
Reece DALTON (SM18-19) of Ripon Runners, was first over the line in 17:14 - 23rd time in 67 appearances.
Derek MCCREADIE (VM40-44) of Ripon Runners, was second over the line in 18:01.
Guy CLOSE (VM35-39) of Knaresborough Striders, was third over the line in 18:10 - was first to finish once before.
Female placings:
Diane MOORE (VW40-44) of Headington RRC, was first (4th overall) over the line in 18:49 - third time in 3 appearances.
Charlotte VAN ZELST (SW18-19) of Harrogate Harriers & AC, was second (8th overall) over the line in 19:13 - has been first to finish on 3 previous occasions.
Donna RIDDLER (VW35-39) of Ripon Runners, was third (22nd overall) over the line in 19:57 - has been first to finish on 7 previous occasions.
The three highest age grades were recorded by:
Jane HOLMES (VW60-64) – 87.45% for the time 22:50 (67th overall).
Diane MOORE (VW40-44) – 82.37% for the time 18:49 (4th overall).
Wendy MARKS (VW45-49) – 80.23% for the time 20:39 (33rd overall).
The female record is held by Sharon BARLOW who recorded a time of 00:17:36 on 25th July 2015 (event number 72).
The male record is held by George MILLS who recorded a time of 00:15:44 on 22nd October 2016 (event number 136).
The Age Grade course record is held by Maureen LANEY who recorded 91.10% (21:55) on 5th November 2016 (event number 138).
Fountains Abbey parkrun started on 1st March 2014. Since then 7,299 participants have completed 41,890 parkruns covering a total distance of 209,450 km, including 8,099 new Personal Bests.
If you love Fountains Abbey parkrun, why not join the National Trust?

If you’d like to join the National Trust, 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:

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 27th May 2017
8 vacant volunteer slots on 3rd June 2017
8 vacant volunteer slots on 10th June 2017
The run on 17th June will be supported by our friends at Ripon Runners, who will be providing the volunteers on that day.

As always please drop us a line at if you can assist with Volunteering in the future

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.

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 National Trust 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 National Trust by respecting the basis upon which we operate. The gate at the top by the Visitor Centre is closed at 9am so anyone hoping to get in after this time, or anyone who leaves the Abbey grounds and wishes to re-enter before 10am, will be disappointed. The good news is that we look forward to joining you for a coffee in the Visitor Centre cafe 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 National Trust site opens. 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 National Trust members].

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 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 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

The road running season is firmly in full swing. There’s some great races below and they fill up fast so if you want to take part then you know what to do.

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.

Melmerby 10k 28 May 2017 11.30am:
Northallerton 10k 28 May 2017:
Otley 10 Mile: Wednesday 7th June 2017:
Bolton Abbey Summer Solstice Saunter: 21 June 2017:
Ripon Triathlon 1st July 2017:
Eccup 10 Mile 9:30am 2nd July 2017:
Harrogate 10k: 9am 2nd July 2017:
Darlington Pitstop 10k Wednesday 6:30pm 5th July 2017:
Burn Valley Half: 10am 9th July 2017:
Kilburn Feast 7 mile: 9th July 2017:
Dales Trail Series 30k Muker: 15th July 2017:
Burton Leonard 10k TBC
James Herriot Country Trail Run 14k 30th July 2017
Burnsall Feast Fell Race August 2017:
Burnsall Feast 10 mile August 2017:
Tholthorpe 10k 11am 3rd September 2017:
Harrogate Triathlon 8am 3rd September 2017:
Wetherby 10k 2pm 3rd September 2017:
Vale of York Half Marathon 9:30 10th September 2017:
The Great North Run 10th September 2017:
Dales Trail Series 40k Semer Water 23rd September 2017:
Redcar Half Marathon: TBC October 2017
‘Round Ripon’ Ultra 35 mile: 7th October 2017:
The Plusnet Yorkshire 10 mile: 8th October 2017:
The Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon: 8th October 2017:
The Panoramic Peaks 13k Multi-terrain Race [Grewelthorpe] TBC October 2017
Shaun Lee Johnstone 10 at Boroughbridge: TBC October 2017:
Guy Fawkes 10 mile 5th November 2017
Leeds Abbey Dash 10k 5th November 2017
The Percy Pud
The Chevin Chase: 26th December 2017
Jolly Holly Jog: 11am xx December 2017:

Of course if you know of another race that we should be shouting about then please just let us know.