Fountains Abbey parkrun #177 run report

Fountains Abbey parkrun #177 Run Report

Glued to the World Athletics Championships all week? I bet you have… It really has been fantastic. Some highs & lows as always, but away from the Mo’s and the Usain’s, there’s a whole new pool of young talent coming through and its going to fabulous to see these superstars of the future develop over the coming years. My bet is by the next World Championships. possibly even the next Olympics there’ll be guys coming through who cut their teeth at the local parkrun, or used it as weekly time trial to sharpen their game and I find that really exciting. I mean for me its really simple - I am never going to get the chance to take part in the Olympics but week in week out across the country and around the world we get to run alongside some super talented young athletes, we get to know them pretty well, and you’re going to see some of them on television as household names in the world of athletics or triathlon in the future. We’re all positively invested in that - so raise a glass to the speedy guys……..

Some great achievements on Saturday including 40 spectacular PBs - well done to each of you. Thats the fastest you've ever, ever run at Fountains Abbey parkrun, and maybe the fastest you've ever, ever run a 5k anywhere. Round of applause for your brilliance :).

  • This week our first finishers were and Adam Dyson & Shamiso Sisimayi. Really great running from both of you. Top of the class. Please take a bow.
  • and running his 50th parkrun on Saturday was Philip Holden - very well done.

Happy running……

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 19th August 2017
  • 8 vacant volunteer slots on 26th August 2017
  • 9 vacant volunteer slots on 2nd September 2017
  • 13 vacant volunteer slots on 9th September 2017

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:

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.

  • 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 closed at 9am so anyone hoping to get in after this time, or anyone who leaves the Abbey grounds and wishes to re-enter before 10am, 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. 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].
  • 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 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

The autumn running season is almost upon us. Where does time go? There’s some great races below and they fill up fast so if you want to take part then you know what to do.

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.


Of course if you know of another race that we should be shouting about then please just let us know.

So that’s it for another week. And now for the official results:

Fountains Abbey parkrun #177: 12th August 2017

This week there were 317 runners, of whom 68 were first timers and 40 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 46 different clubs took part. The event was made possible by 19 volunteers:

Male placings:

Adam DYSON (SM30-34) (Unattached) was first over the line in 16:59 - second time in 4 appearances.

Tom CALVERT (SM30-34) of Knaresborough Striders, was second over the line in 18:00 - has been first to finish on 3 previous occasions.

Simon CAVE (VM40-44) of Ripon Runners, was third over the line in 18:37.

Female placings:

Shamiso SISIMAYI (VW35-39) of Harrogate Harriers & AC, was first (16th overall) over the line in 20:09 - second time in 10 appearances.

Jessica JONES (JW11-14) (Unattached) was second (17th overall) over the line in 20:15 - has been first to finish on 5 previous occasions.

Jo STEPHENSON (SW25-29) of Harrogate Tri Club, was third (25th overall) over the line in 21:11.

The three highest age grades were recorded by:

Jane HOLMES (VW60-64) – 86.13% for the time 23:11 (55th overall).

Jessica JONES (JW11-14) – 78.85% for the time 20:15 (17th overall).

Andy TODD (VM50-54) – 77.59% for the time 19:38 (12th overall).

The female record is held by Sharon BARLOW who recorded a time of 17:36 on 25th July 2015 (event number 72).

The male record is held by George MILLS who recorded a time of 15:44 on 22nd October 2016 (event number 136).

The Age Grade course record is held by Val NAYLOR who recorded 94.76% (25:08) on 22nd July 2017 (event number 174).

Fountains Abbey parkrun started on 1st March 2014. Since then 8,040 participants have completed 45,761 parkruns covering a total distance of 228,805 km, including 8,605 new Personal Bests.

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