Fountains Abbey parkrun #178 – 19th August 2017

A magnificent 386 runners toed the line this week, no doubt tempted out by the early morning sunshine. We did get a couple of heavy downpours, but generally everyone enjoyed the special atmosphere of the Abbey and Water Gardens. One of our tail walkers was a parkrun tourist from the inaugural parkrun venue of Bushy Park, and she was blown away by the beauty of Fountains Abbey. It makes us realise that we are incredibly lucky to have this event to take part in every week.

A particular shout-out should go to the first-time volunteers this week. Many were taking on new roles, with a certain amount of apprehension in some cases. However, the team worked smoothly and efficiently and all contributed to a successful event. Big thanks to Tom WILLIAMS, Chief Operating Officer of parkrun for manning the top gate so cheerfully before slotting in as one of the tail walkers. It was great to welcome the Bramley Breezers running group visiting us today too, resplendent in their yellow tops and having plenty of good-natured banter.

Well done to Reece and Shamiso, our first finishers today – strong running from both these regulars. Also, the 47 people who are basking in the glory of a new PB – superstars one and all.

Finally, at the time of writing, our event founder and former Event Director Adam Prentis is in the final 5km of the Copenhagen Ironman triathlon. Imagine the world of pain he is in right now, but he just has to think, it’s only a parkrun to go! No doubt we’ll be posting again to celebrate what will be a magnificent achievement by Adam. STOP PRESS – he has finished in 11hrs 54mins 26sec. An unbelievable achievement by him, what a guy!


Volunteering at Fountains Abbey parkrun


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


6 vacant volunteer slots on 26th August 2017

6 vacant volunteer slots on 2nd September 2017

11 vacant volunteer slots on 9th September 2017

7 vacant volunteer slots on 16th September 2017


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 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.




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:

Haverah Trail Race, Harrogate 24th September 2017:

Redcar Half Marathon: 10am 1st October 2017:

‘Round Ripon’ Ultra 35 mile: 9am 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: 11am 1st October 2017:

Shaun Lee Johnstone 10 at Boroughbridge: 11am 15 October 2017:

Guy Fawkes 10 mile 10:30am 5th November 2017:

Leeds Abbey Dash 10k 5th November 2017:

The Percy Pud 10k: 9am 3 Dec 2017:

The Chevin Chase: 26th December 2017:

Jolly Holly Jog: 11am 31 December 2017:


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 the official bit:


This week 386 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 129 were first timers and 42 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 47 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:

Reece DALTON (SM18-19) of Ripon Runners, was first over the line in 17:22 - 26th time in 70 appearances.

Jonathan GILROY (SM30-34) of Jarrow and Hebburn AC, was second over the line in 17:35.

Tom CALVERT (SM30-34) of Knaresborough Striders, was third over the line in 17:51 - has been first to finish on 3 previous occasions.


Female placings:

Shamiso SISIMAYI (VW35-39) of Harrogate Harriers & AC, was first (17th overall) over the line in 20:00 - third time in 11 appearances.

Jessica JONES (JW11-14) (Unattached) was second (24th overall) over the line in 20:24 - has been first to finish on 5 previous occasions.

Emma SORBY (JW15-17) of Ripon Runners, was third (33rd overall) over the line in 21:17 - has been first to finish on 30 previous occasions.


The three highest age grades were recorded by:

Caleb AYLESBURY (JM10) – 78.61% for the time 20:48 (29th overall).

Jessica JONES (JW11-14) – 78.27% for the time 20:24 (24th overall).

Tim CROSSLAND (VM40-44) – 77.16% for the time 18:06 (4th 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 8,169 participants have completed 46,147 parkruns covering a total distance of 230,735 km, including 8,647 new Personal Bests.