Fountains Abbey parkrun #168 Run Report

Fountains Abbey parkun #168...

A rainy start to parkrunday this week-end, and perhaps not entirely perfect running conditions. However, as we checked out the course first thing there was loads of wildlife, particularly rabbits, out in force as well as a medieval tented village to admire. What more could you want? A ruined medieval Cistercian monastery? Strong and stable leadership?

A fantastically big thank you to the wonderful team of volunteers who maintained and shared high morale despite the weather. There was great good humour going on in the funnel (despite a handful of runners who crossed the finishing line twice - you know who you are - go to the naughty step immediately and start negotiating with the DUP as a punishment). And particular thanks to Emma, unflappable as ever in processing the results, and to scanners Emily and Sally who once again went beyond the call of duty and dried and counted nearly 300 tokens. It was good to welcome a load of first-timers, and visitors - not least the purple-clad members of Kirkstall Harriers out in force to support Sam who is getting married in August - congratulations and good luck! And brilliant long-term effort by three milestoners: Luca Sutton on 50, Justin Lock on 100 and Alison Rolfe on - wait for it - 300. Wow!

It was heartening, if a tad surprising, to get a message from the Great Westminster parkrun run directors (T.May and J.Corbyn) who reminded us that "it's not the winning, but the taking part that counts". Absolutely. Winning is over-rated. 297 members of the electorate rocked up for polling day in good heart, and set off along the new, vibrant, fresh left-wing of the course. They quickly covered the tiny area of centre ground, before heading back to the porter's lodge, for another lap. "Not another one; you're joking; for God's sake, I can't stand this". Then a run down to Brexit Bridge - not as sturdy as it once was - and on to the newly faded grandeur of the once dominant right wing - towards the line and the returning officer, ready to thank their fellow candidates and start analysing where their parkrun campaign went wrong. In fact for an amazing 41 of you, it went right - clocking new PBs. Three cheers for you!

First past the post for the men was Douglas Andrew Scott in 18:15, and for the women was Emma Sorby in 20:44. Best age-grading with 78.42% was Caleb Aylesbury. Congratulations and cabinet posts to all three. Have a great week, and see you at a parkrun or a polling station in the next short while...

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.

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….
0 vacant volunteer slots on 17th June 2017
1 vacant volunteer slot on 24th June 2017
10 vacant volunteer slots on 1st July 2017
9 vacant volunteer slots on 8th 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.
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
Event number 168
10th June 2017
This week 297 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 50 were first timers and 41 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 36 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 18 volunteers:

Emma Jane APPLETON • Mark DAVID • Emma MOORE • Richard HALL • James LEE • Simon CURRASS • Rory HALL • Pamela BROWN • Evie GILMORE • Sally HOUGHTON • Emily HOUGHTON • Graham BOYD • Martyn JACKSON • Roger TAYLOR • Kathy GARGAN • Finbar HEELY • Ellie GARGAN • Helen TAYLOR
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Fountains Abbey parkrun Results Page.
Male placings:
Douglas Andrew SCOTT (VM45-49) of Ripon Runners, was first over the line in 18:15 - first time in 34 appearances.
Stuart CLARK (SM30-34) (Unattached) was second over the line in 18:29 - has been first to finish on 2 previous occasions.
Jaysson SAWYER (VM40-44) of Harrogate Harriers & AC, was third over the line in 18:40.
Female placings:
Emma SORBY (JW15-17) of Ripon Runners, was first (17th overall) over the line in 20:44 - 29th time in 112 appearances.
Jessica LOWE (SW25-29) (Unattached) was second (27th overall) over the line in 21:56.
Niamh FALCONER (SW30-34) of Knaresborough Striders, was third (30th overall) over the line in 22:08.
The three highest age grades were recorded by:
Caleb AYLESBURY (JM10) – 78.42% for the time 20:51 (18th overall).
Douglas Andrew SCOTT (VM45-49) – 77.72% for the time 18:15 (first overall).
Oonagh THOMPSON (VW60-64) – 76.89% for the time 24:53 (74th 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 7,473 participants have completed 42,941 parkruns covering a total distance of 214,705 km, including 8,246 new Personal Bests.