Fountains Abbey parkrun #173 Run Report

Fountains Abbey parkrun #173 Run Report

"The more I run, tiddly pom, the more it's fun, tiddly pom, the more I go on running..." (with apologies to A.A.Milne). Well, it wasn't perhaps the most beautiful of days in the Hundred Acre Wood at Fountains Abbey on Saturday, but beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and a little gentle drizzle might for some make, yes, you guessed it, perfect running conditions. And a mighty 372 of Rabbit's friends and relations set off in good cheer to look for the North Pole. They did not linger in the gloomy place, rather boggy and sad, where Eeyore lives (Rustic Bridge) but optimistically and Tigger-like ran on in search of that PB. Through the Hundred Acre Wood, past Rabbit's House (Porter's Lodge) with it's tight up-hill squeeze, down past the Six Pine Trees and not pausing to play silly games or even try overtaking at Pooh-Sticks Bridge, all 372 made it to the finish and the opportunity for a party at Christopher Robin's café.

There may have been one or two under 11 year old Roos who became a little detached from their adult Kangas – perhaps a spoonful of extract of malt will sort that problem out – but, fortunately there was no need for a shrill squeak, or a whistle, from any of the Piglet volunteers – to whom grateful thanks; you were a splendid team. Special mention to Run Director Jon Hancock for preparing the kit, briefing the volunteers, showing how to do very professional voice procedure on the radio, and processing the results.

Congratulations to Libby Rickard on her 100th run, and to Jane Connor, Michael Grewer and Kerry Boddy on their 50th – and Happy 40th Birthday to you Kerry! To our younger parkrunners on achieving their 10th run and thus qualifying for the white T-shirt: Hannah Reinsch and Alec Goulding Ortegon. You may need to remind your responsible running adult to ‘manage your profile’ and order your T-shirt. It was good to welcome a big crowd of Social Running Group runners from Darlington and visitors from all over including Edinburgh and Stratford upon Avon – do come again.

Well done to the 46 of you who clocked a PB: no need ever to be an Eeyore again; and to the 18 of you who did your first ever parkrun on Saturday: brilliant and come again. And three deep and bold Pooh Bear cheers for Christian Brown, first home for the boys in 17:14, for Amy Foster, first home for the girls in 19:27, and Caleb Aylesbury with the best age-grading of 80.54% (and a new PB to boot). Wow.

See you next parkrunday at probably the most beautiful parkrun in the world ("What day is it today", says Pooh. "It's parkrunday" squeaks Piglet. "My favourite" says Pooh...)

Volunteering at Fountains Abbey parkrun

For everyone that has already put themselves forward to help out in the coming weeks we are supremely grateful.
3 vacant volunteer slots on 22 July 2017
4 vacant volunteer slots on 29 July 2017
6 vacant volunteer slots on 5 August 2017
As always please drop us a line at if you can assist with volunteering in the future.

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 (NT)?

If you’d like to join the NT, 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:

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.
The beautiful 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 NT 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 NT 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 NT 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 NT 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.


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 173 / 15 July 2017

This week 372 people ran the course, of whom 104 were first timers and 46 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 30 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 22 volunteers:

Tony SHAW • Richard HALL • Neil DRING • Hayley WHIPP • Emma SORBY • Michael MORGAN • Chloe FLETCHER • Jon HANCOCK • Christine COOPER • Andrew PARRY • Emily PARRY • Emma OATES • Steve OATES • Martin WHIPP • Will IANSON • James SIMMERSON • Anita OLDHAM • Nicola SHILLAM • Katie OATES • Helen BOWLES • 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:
Christian BROWN (SM18-19) of Quakers RC, was first over the line in 17:14 - first appearance.
Adam DYSON (SM30-34) (Unattached) was second over the line in 17:19.
Tom CALVERT (SM30-34) of Knaresborough Striders, was third over the line in 17:30 - has been first to finish on 3 previous occasions.

Female placings:
Amy FOSTER (SW18-19) of Teesdale AC, was first (13th overall) over the line in 19:27 - first appearance.
Eleanor May BARROW (SW18-19) (Unattached) was second (36th overall) over the line in 21:03.
Phoebe GREENSIT (SW18-19) (Unattached) was third (38th overall) over the line in 21:13.

The three highest age grades were recorded by:
Caleb AYLESBURY (JM10) – 80.54% for the time 20:18 (22nd overall).
Paul Crabby CRABTREE (VM45-49) – 79.98% for the time 18:09 (5th overall).
Amelie AYLESBURY (JW10) – 79.38% for the time 21:30 (43rd 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 7,779 participants have completed 44,549 parkruns covering a total distance of 222,745 km, including 8,456 new Personal Bests.