Fountains Abbey parkrun #166 Run Report

Fountains Abbey parkrun #166 Run Report

Another beautiful parkrun made possible by an amazing 'dream team' of Volunteers and 346 fabulously photogenic runners. Thank you to the National Trust for including Fountains Abbey parkrun in your updated marketing materials. It was great wasn't it…

I did smile yesterday morning. My co-Run Director; Steve Silver, said ‘this is the best part about parkrun’ as he disappeared at 8am to run around the Water Garden and Abbey grounds by himself to set up the course. It truly is one of the best ‘jobs’ you could ask for - just you, nature at its finest, the seasons, the sounds, sights and smells, your senses alive to the most beautiful of surroundings. You are absolutely right Steve and its a real privilege too.

Ok, some great achievements yesterday:

- well done to Kath Aspin on a new VW50-54 course record of 19:56 age graded at 84.11%. Very nice running Kath.
- our first finishers were Adam Howlett on his way up to the Edinburgh Marathon, and Kath Aspin. Great running both of you. Hope to see you again in the future.
- Running her 100th parkrun yesterday was visitor Sarah Towers. Thank you for joining us for your milestone run Sarah.
- Running their 50th parkruns yesterday were Tim Freeman, Simon Bordewich and Jane Holmes. Excellent running guys.
- Remember to order your tee shirts….

And thats it for this week. Enjoy the rest of your Bank Holiday; we’ll see you next week. Happy running.

Donating to Fountains Abbey parkrun

Its now over three 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 generously 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 special 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:

Thank you very much for your support. 100% of the funds raised are used directly for the benefit of Fountains Abbey parkrun.

Would you like to join the Run Director team at Fountains Abbey parkrun?

We would like to add another two Run Directors to our fabulous team. These are roles that often pick themselves but if you feel you’d like to join us / would like to understand more about what the role involves then please either come and talk to us next Saturday, or drop a line to the usual address: Thank you.

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….

4 vacant volunteer slots on 3rd June 2017
2 vacant volunteer slots on 10th June 2017
0 vacant volunteer slots on 17th June 2017
7 vacant volunteer slots on 24th June 2017

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.

Northallerton 10k 28 May 2017:
Otley 10 Mile: wednesday 7th June 2017:
Bolton Abbey Summer Solstace 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: 12 noon, 9th July 2017:
Dales Trail Series 30k Muker: 15th July 2017:
Burton Leonard 10k 11am 16th July 2017:
James Herriot Country Trail Run 14k 11am 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: 10am 1st 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 10:30am 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.

So that’s it for another week. And now for the official results:

Fountains Abbey parkrun #166: 27th May 2017
Male placings:
Adam HOWLETT (VM45-49) (Unattached) was first over the line in 18:29 - first appearance.
Mark RYDER (VM35-39) of Ripon Runners, was second over the line in 18:46.
Andrew ROBERTSHAW (VM45-49) of Otley AC, was third over the line in 18:56.
Female placings:
Kath ASPIN (VW50-54) of New Marske Harriers AC, was first (14th overall) over the line in 19:56 - first appearance.
Phoebe HALL (JW15-17) of Ripon Runners, was second (40th overall) over the line in 21:27.
Amelie AYLESBURY (JW10) (Unattached) was third (41st overall) over the line in 21:29.
The three highest age grades were recorded by:
Jane HOLMES (VW60-64) – 89.00% for the time 22:26 (57th overall).
Kath ASPIN (VW50-54) – 84.11% for the time 19:56 (14th overall).
Debbie BLAND (VW60-64) – 79.60% for the time 25:05 (102nd 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).
This week we welcomed 346 parkrunners, of whom 61 were first timers and 47 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 34 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.
Fountains Abbey parkrun started on 1st March 2014. Since then 7,360 participants have completed 42,236 parkruns covering a total distance of 211,180 km, including 8,146 new Personal Bests.