Fountains Abbey Run Report #171

As the great Brenda from Bristol said: "there's too much politics going at the moment"; so with the British Lions playing the All Blacks in Wellington yesterday as the run brief was delivered, we had a rugby theme. And the idiot giving the brief was of course immediately hit by the commentator's curse. While he was suggesting that the British Lions, 20 minutes or so into the game, would have already fallen behind, what in fact was happening was Sonny Bill Williams getting himself a red card, a decisive turning point in the game. Basically, in parkrun terms he forgot his barcode and got sent home in disgrace. No barcode, no time. And in fact he's not even allowed to run next week. Or the week after. Let that be a lesson to you.

What a great day for running, and what an amazing team of volunteers! Grateful thanks to each and every one of them for their various contributions. It was the slickest funnel I've yet experienced (many thanks to stalwart volunteer Graham Boyd); and as no-one crossed the try-line twice, no-one ran with three dogs on long leads, and no-one overtook during the line-out on the wooden bridge, there were no yellow cards awarded – and so we sadly didn't get the opportunity to add ten minutes to anyone's time. Particular thanks to Steve Silver for smashing the results processing time trial, ably assisted by Oliver Parry.

Congratulations to Caroline Lambert, first home for the women with 17.52, a PB for her; to Stephen Ellison, first home for the men with 17.46, a PB for him; and to Lucy Woolhouse, highest age-grading with 86.31%. It was wonderful to welcome lots of visitors from diverse parts and a good load of first-timers. And a great big well done to the 39 of you who clocked a PB. Have a good week and see you again soon at probably the best parkrun in the world (though I think I might be tempted away by the great decider in the rugby next week...).

This week 303 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 56 were first timers and 39 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 32 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 22 volunteers:

Sarah SWINSCOE • Joanne WALLACE • Tony SHAW • Ben PEASE • Richard HALL • Douglas Andrew SCOTT • Mathew CHAPLIN • Steve SILVER • Anna GREENWOOD • Oliver PARRY • Morag MCDOWALL • Marcos MONTANA • Philip HOLDEN • Graham BOYD • Maggie WILSON • Jill BARNFATHER • Helen COX • Beth CONSTANTINE • Peter BARNFATHER • Kathy GARGAN • Finbar HEELY • Karen LENNOX

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

Male placings:
Stephen ELLISON (SM25-29) (Unattached) was first over the line in 17:46 - first time in 7 appearances.
Ben PEASE (SM18-19) of Ripon Runners, was second over the line in 17:52 - has been first to finish on 20 previous occasions.
An unknown runner was third.

Female placings:
Caroline Louise LAMBERT (SW20-24) of Wetherby Runners, was first (third overall) over the line in 17:52 - second time in 2 appearances.
Lucy WOOLHOUSE (VW55-59) (Unattached) was second (25th overall) over the line in 20:42.
Tara DONNELLY (VW40-44) (Unattached) was third (26th overall) over the line in 20:46.

The three highest age grades were recorded by:
Lucy WOOLHOUSE (VW55-59) – 86.31% for the time 20:42 (25th overall).
Caroline Louise LAMBERT (SW20-24) – 82.84% for the time 17:52 (third overall).
Brian LEES (VM50-54) – 79.21% for the time 19:05 (9th 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 7,645 participants have completed 43,928 parkruns covering a total distance of 219,640 km, including 8,372 new Personal Bests.