Fountains Abbey parkrun #170 Run Report


Fountains Abbey parkrun #170 Run Report

Late June weather continued to be kind to us as Fountains Abbey hosted parkrun #170; at least the hot conditions from earlier in the week had dropped to make the running conditions more comfortable for the 319 runners who enjoyed another glorious morning. The level of support from the volunteers was once again amazing, many thanks to you all, and special mention to the teenage contingent who covered off timing, token and the majority of the scanning roles; you really are brilliant and it was no surprise that (poor wifi in the cafe excluded) the results tallied perfectly first time (always a relief for the Run Director).

So from our 319 runners, 20 made their parkrun debut while 51 scored new PBs. We were also assisted by three superb pacers yesterday who ran for predicted times of 27:00, 30:00 and 32:00, so many thanks to Phil Chatterton, Brian Alker and Dave Williamson for helping other achieve individual running goals. First over the line for the men was Tom Calvert in 17:50, while for the ladies, Ella Towers in 20:01 (with a new PB and an impressive WAVA grading of 80:93%). On the subject of WAVA grades, congratulations to Norman Bush, 23:51 and a grading of 82:46%. Norman runs in the VM75-79 category!

Mentions and Milestones...

Christine Fieldhouse, Magnus Bordewich and Judith Livesey, congratulations on celebrating your 50th parkruns yesterday while Stephanie Walker joined us from Durham to run her 100th. Well done to all of you, don’t forget to order your t-shirts!

Jenni Cooper and hen party kicking off proceeding at Fountains Abbey parkrun. Congratulations to Jenni for putting down a new PB of 26:00 and best wishes for the big day!  Is it me, or is it only hen parties that we see at Fountains Abbey parkrun?  I guess the stags are confined to Studley deer park (OK, I'll get my coat, stick to the day job, shelve illusions of becoming a comedian).

Volunteering at Fountains Abbey parkrun

For everyone that has already put themselves forward to help out in the coming weeks we are supremely grateful.
5 vacant volunteer slots on 1 July 2017
4 vacant volunteer slots on 8 July 2017
7 vacant volunteer slots on 15 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

It's 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.

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 170 / 24th June 2017

This week 319 people ran, of whom 58 were first timers and 51 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 35 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 26 volunteers:

Dave John WILLIAMSON • Anne CHEESEMAN • Brian ALKER • Paul RICHARDSON • Carys DICKSON • Neil DRING • Phil CHATTERTON • Hayley WHIPP • Michael MORGAN • Jon HANCOCK • Rod COOPER • Oliver PARRY • Karen HOPWOOD • Steve OATES • Martin WHIPP • Niamh SHAW • Gemma ESCOTT • Pamela BROWN • James SIMMERSON • Sally HOUGHTON • Emily HOUGHTON • Helen COX • Katie OATES • Kathy GARGAN • Frances VENTRESS • Oliver ROLPH

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Fountains Abbey parkrun Results Page.

Male placings:
Tom CALVERT (SM30-34) of Knaresborough Striders, was first over the line in 17:50 - third time in 14 appearances.
Spike AMBERY SMITH (SM30-34) (Unattached) was second over the line in 18:09 - was first to finish once before.
Mark RYDER (VM35-39) of Ripon Runners, was third over the line in 18:45.

Female placings:
Ella TOWERS (VW45-49) (Unattached) was first (14th overall) over the line in 20:01 - third time in 3 appearances.
Wendy MARKS (VW45-49) of Harrogate Harriers & AC, was second (26th overall) over the line in 21:05 - has been first to finish on 3 previous occasions.
Phoebe HALL (JW15-17) of Ripon Runners, was third (35th overall) over the line in 21:37.

The three highest age grades were recorded by:
Norman BUSH (VM75-79) – 82.46% for the time 23:51 (70th overall).
Ella TOWERS (VW45-49) – 80.93% for the time 20:01 (14th overall).
Caleb AYLESBURY (JM10) – 80.34% for the time 20:21 (17th 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 7,589 participants have completed 43,625 parkruns covering a total distance of 218,125 km, including 8,333 new Personal Bests.