Fountains Abbey parkrun #167 Run Report

Fountains Abbey parkrun #167 Run Report

If you’ve never heard of the ‘Bob Graham Round’, or even if you have heard of it but don't know much else, it is a seriously tough challenge. It demands the challenger to run over 42 of the Lake Districts highest peaks, with some 27,000 ft of ascent, covering 66 miles in under 24 hours. Starting and finishing beneath the clock at Keswick Moot Hall it can be run clockwise or anti clockwise across 5 distinct consecutive legs of the Lake District, there are winter & summer records, and you can start during the day or during the night - your choice. It’s helpful if the weather is kind; wind and low cloud being stern enemies. High skills in mountaincraft and a brilliant support team are a huge advantage. Many of you will know that this weekend our dear friend and Ripon Runner; Alex Fawcett smashed his way round the BGR completing his epic adventure in a staggering 20 hours, 39 minutes 52 seconds. Truly truly astonishing performance and we all send our best wishes to Alex and the fantastic team that helped him on his journey.

Alex’s Bob Graham Round set off at midnight on friday night from Keswick Moot Hall. Leg 1 takes you straight up Skiddaw, across Great Calva, Halls Fell, Blencathra and down to Threlkeld. This section is around 12.28 miles, total ascent 1,562M with the steepest gradient being 1:3. Think of that running down or up, either way it trashes your legs. I’ve done Leg 1 at night and I can honestly say it was one of the bleakest 4 hours of my life. So it was with some surprise that we saw Jim Berryman at parkrun at 9am on saturday morning. Jim had been supporting Alex on leg 1 which arrivied in Threlkeld just before 3:30am. I’m guessing a cup of soup and a 2 hour drive back home - I mean the obvious thing to do is to go to bed, but as we know runners, challenges and friendship are all funny things. Jim ran a not too shabby 19:38 on saturday finishing in 13th position - clearly a touch of fatigue in the legs!!! Good to see you on saturday Jim - and well done on your part in supporting Alex. Top effort.

Ok, some great achievements on Saturday including 58 PBs:

our first finishers were Euan Brennan and Ruth Moran one of a good contingent of visiting Horsforth Harriers. Great running from both of you. Euan you had to do it all by yourself and finished just outside of your course PB. Tough effort - well done.

Running her 50th parkrun on saturday was Hilary Gilliam. Wonderful Hilary - well done.
Running his 10th parkrun on saturday was junior Harry Edwards. Top run Harry.
Remember to order your tee shirts and wear them with pride.

And thats it for this 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 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:

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?

Thank you to the three parkrunners who have stepped forward to talk with us about becoming a Run Director. As we said last week, 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:

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.

Volunteering at Fountains Abbey parkrun

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

1 vacant volunteer slots on 10th June 2017
0 vacant volunteer slots on 17th June 2017
4 vacant volunteer slots on 24th June 2017
13 vacant volunteer slots on 1st July 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.

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 #167: 3rd June 2017
Male placings:
Euan BRENNAN (JM15-17) of Ilkley Harriers AC, was first over the line in 16:20 - second time in 7 appearances.
Tom CALVERT (SM30-34) of Knaresborough Striders, was second over the line in 18:00 - has been first to finish on 2 previous occasions.
Phil BOYNTON (SM25-29) of Horsforth Harriers, was third over the line in 18:03.
Female placings:
Ruth MORAN (SW30-34) of Horsforth Harriers, was first (8th overall) over the line in 19:08 - first appearance.
Lindsey CLEGG (VW35-39) of Horsforth Harriers, was second (21st overall) over the line in 20:23 - was first to finish once before.
Robyn WYNN (SW20-24) of Claremont Road Runners, was third (36th overall) over the line in 20:58.
The three highest age grades were recorded by:
Jane HOLMES (VW60-64) – 86.50% for the time 23:05 (90th overall).
Euan BRENNAN (JM15-17) – 83.88% for the time 16:20 (first overall).
Stuart THOMPSON (VM65-69) – 79.36% for the time 21:58 (64th 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 7,423 participants have completed 42,644 parkruns covering a total distance of 213,220 km, including 8,205 new Personal Bests.
This week we welcomed 408 parkrunners, of whom 63 were first timers and 58 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 32 different clubs took part. The event was made possible by 20 volunteers.