Run Report Fountains Abbey parkrun Event number 172, 8th July 2017

There was a time, back in the day, when a Fountains Abbey parkrun attendance of 249 would have been considered a large turnout. By the standards of recent times, today’s number was less than expected, but it contributed to a really laid-back atmosphere at the Abbey, with everyone enjoying a little more elbow room than usual in the early morning sunshine.  With a healthy smattering of new runners, both new to Fountains and new to parkrun itself, the vibe was great. We hope to see you all again soon!  Those people who were watching the Lions rugby or having a rest day ahead of races tomorrow missed a good morning and also a chance to have a well-earned coffee and cake in the sunshine afterwards. See you back again soon!

Well done Nathan and Catherine, our first finishers today – it was very impressive watching you both run.  And Catherine even stayed behind in the café and helped with token sorting, showing exceptional dedication to duty – thank you Catherine!

A special mention to our junior parkrunner Sam Stanley on achieving his 10th parkrun - well done young man, we're all proud of you!

That’s all folks, we’ll see you down at the Abbey on Saturday – looking forward to it already!

Phil Chatterton & Wendy Marks – Run Directors


Volunteering at Fountains Abbey parkrun

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

4 vacant volunteer slots on 15 July 2017

6 vacant volunteer slots on 22 July 2017

8 vacant volunteer slots on 29 July 2017

15 vacant volunteer slots on 5 August 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 it’s time we replaced some of our signage and kit and bought a few 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.


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...


This week 249 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 30 were first timers and 38 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 21 different clubs took part.


The event was made possible by 20 volunteers:




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


Male placings:

Nathan SMITH (JM15-17) of City of York AC, was first over the line in 16:28 - 6th time in 15 appearances.

Stephen ELLISON (SM25-29) (Unattached) was second over the line in 18:16 - was first to finish once before.

Jim BERRIMAN (VM35-39) of Ripon Runners, was third over the line in 18:18.


Female placings:

Catherine CHARLTON (VW35-39) of Notts AC, was first (12th overall) over the line in 20:20 - first appearance.

Rebecca HOWARD (SW30-34) of Quakers RC, was second (32nd overall) over the line in 22:14.

Anneke IMESON (VW40-44) of Ripon Runners, was third (39th overall) over the line in 22:38.


The three highest age grades were recorded by:

Nathan SMITH (JM15-17) – 83.20% for the time 16:28 (first overall).

David JELLEY (VM60-64) – 78.50% for the time 20:37 (16th overall).

Andy TODD (VM50-54) – 78.25% for the time 19:28 (8th 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 7,675 participants have completed 44,177 parkruns covering a total distance of 220,885 km, including 8,410 new Personal Bests.