Fountains Abbey parkrun #169 Run Report

Fountains Abbey parkrun #169 Run Report

We are often guilty as charged of overusing superlatives when writing a Fountains Abbey parkrun report, and this week will be no exception. Blessed with glorious June sunshine though perhaps slightly warmer than ‘perfect running conditions’, run #169 was extra-special in being adopted by our amazing friends from Ripon Runners. Ripon is incredibly well served with a variety of sports clubs, and in Ripon Runners we are hugely fortunate to have such a vibrant, inclusive and successful running club in our locality. Thus it was no surprise that the amazing Anneke Imeson was able to use all her previous Run Director’s skills and powers of encouragement to generate a superb team of 27 volunteers to support this weekend’s event. The club colours were in evidence all around the course, and from my own perspective it was some pride that I was also able to represent my running club that has done so much to support Fountains Abbey parkrun from inception, but has also seen its numbers swell as parkrunners have channelled their love of running by joining their local running club.

So 365 runners, 8 making their parkrun debut, and 36 PBs. First over the line for the men was Reece Dalton in 18:04, while for the ladies, Jennie Guard in 19:52. But for every finisher yesterday, there was a well done and admiration for each individual effort, all rewarded with some goodies in the scanning area, again provided by Ripon Runners. If only every Saturday morning could be like this (sshh, it’s a secret, but at Fountains it is!).

Mentions and Milestones...

Richard Allatt, visiting from Skipton, and Bill Wade. Congratulations on celebrating your 50th parkruns yesterday. Well done, here’s to the next 50, and don’t forget to order your t-shirts!

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 24 Jun 2017
9 vacant volunteer slots on 1 July 2017
6 vacant volunteer slots on 8 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.

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.

The beautiful new 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 National Trust 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 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 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 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.

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 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
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.

And now the official bit...

Fountains Abbey parkrun / Event number 169 / 17th June 2017

This week 365 people ran, of whom 57 were first timers to Fountains Abbey and 36 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 35 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 27 volunteers:

Wendy MARKS • Joanne WALLACE • Sarah WHITAKER • Iain WALLACE • Anneke IMESON • Bob SMITH • Suzanne RICKARD • Kim HOLDEN • Allan HANSEN • Lee STANLEY • Neil DRING • Nicole SUTTON • Steve SILVER • John BULL • Jon HANCOCK • Simon MCCUDDEN • Jim BERRIMAN • Samantha MILES • Sarah STANLEY • Michael HERNANDEZ • Fiona HERNANDEZ • Clare CHILDS • Oliver CHILDS • Jill BARNFATHER • Peter BARNFATHER • Frances VENTRESS • Karen LENNOX

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 18:04 - 24th time in 68 appearances.
Douglas Andrew SCOTT (VM45-49) of Ripon Runners, was second over the line in 18:24 - was first to finish once before.
Jaysson SAWYER (VM40-44) of Harrogate Harriers & AC, was third over the line in 18:32.

Female placings:
Jennie GUARD (SW30-34) of Baildon Runners, was first (20th overall) over the line in 19:52 - first appearance.
Emma SORBY (JW15-17) of Ripon Runners, was second (23rd overall) over the line in 20:12 - has been first to finish on 29 previous occasions.
Shamiso SISIMAYI (VW35-39) of Harrogate Harriers & AC, was third (34th overall) over the line in 21:20 - was first to finish once before.

The three highest age grades were recorded by:
Andy TODD (VM50-54) – 77.72% for the time 19:27 (11th overall).
Douglas Andrew SCOTT (VM45-49) – 77.08% for the time 18:24 (second overall).
Paul BAINBRIDGE (VM65-69) – 75.31% for the time 23:09 (57th 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 7,530 participants have completed 43,306 parkruns covering a total distance of 216,530 km, including 8,282 new Personal Bests.