Fountains Abbey parkrun #179 Run Report

Fountains Abbey parkrun #179 Run Report

Bank Holiday weekends are always approached with a mild sense of trepidation as it’s simply impossible to predict the number of runners that will descend on Fountains Abbey. Will it be around 300? Easily manageable and not too crowded on the course. Or nearer the 500 mark which can cause congestion in both the car park and around the route, and can have the funnel team operating at a manic pace as stopwatch fingers overheat, the funnel director endeavours to keep all the finishers in line, and the token team start to look concerned as they worry whether they will have enough tokens to issue to all the finishers.
So it was a great pleasure and a mild sense of relief to welcome 370 fantastic runners to take part in parkrun #179 in wonderful running conditions, matched by an outstanding team of volunteers. Indeed, the finish area seemed to operate like a well-oiled machine which allowed the Run Director to stand back and observe all the runners cross the line. It’s quite a privilege, as it reveals such a variation in human emotion and effort displayed on each runner’s face – perfection from some of the speedsters; pride from those who have achieved an individual goal such as a first parkrun, a personal best, or pacing a friend or family member around the course; pain from some who have given their all, and perhaps a little bit more; and finally persistence from those who will not be defeated by the last gradient towards the finish line. So when we send out that brief Facebook message just after the run congratulating all the runners, we really do mean it.

It was also a pleasure to welcome back Roger Taylor, accompanied by his daughter Cate. Many of you will recall Roger’s nasty accident at the start line a few months ago, and having returned to volunteer for us recently, yesterday marked Roger’s return to running the course. Intending to take it relatively easy and target a 30 minute time, Roger ran an excellent 26:55! Well done indeed.

So from our 370 runners, 22 made their parkrun debut while an incredible 56 runners scored PBs. Although we had a large number of welcome visitors, our local teenage superstars showed the way; first over the line for the men was Reece Dalton making it look oh so easy in 16:31, while for the ladies, Emma Sorby in 20:19. Great running both of you

Mentions and Milestones...

A large number celebrated their 50th parkrun yesterday, so congratulations to: Richard Wilson; Gary Maxwell; Brian Robertson; Mish Margison and Matthew Rowley. Double congratulations to Darren Hall, visiting with a family contingent from Shrewsbury to combine his 50th run and wedding anniversary with Sarah Hall. Hope you enjoyed your visit. Finally, a big shout for Emma Oates who completed her 50th once again visually guiding son Tom. You continue to inspire us.

Volunteering at Fountains Abbey parkrun
For everyone that has already put themselves forward to help out in the coming weeks we are supremely grateful.
1 vacant volunteer slot on 2 September 2017
4 vacant volunteer slots on 9 September 2017
4 vacant volunteer slots on 16 September 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 café 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.

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 Panoramic Peaks 13k Multi-terrain Race [Grewelthorpe] 1 October 2017
The Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon: 8th October 2017:
Shaun Lee Johnstone 10 at Boroughbridge: 15 October 2017
Guy Fawkes 10 mile 10:30am 5th November 2017:
Leeds Abbey Dash 10k 5th November 2017
Run Bolton Abbey (10k / 10 Mile / Half Marathon) 12 November 2017 hppp://
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.

And now the official bit...
Fountains Abbey parkrun / Event number 179 / 26 August 2017
This week 370 people ran of whom 86 were first timers and 56 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 42 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 19 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 16:31 - 27th time in 71 appearances.
Ryan KAVANAGH (SM30-34) of Tadcaster Harriers, was second over the line in 17:41.
Stephen ELLISON (SM25-29) (Unattached) was third over the line in 18:21 - was first to finish once before.

Female placings:
Emma SORBY (JW15-17) of Ripon Runners, was first (26th overall) over the line in 20:19 - 31st time in 118 appearances.
Jo STEPHENSON (SW25-29) of Harrogate Tri Club, was second (37th overall) over the line in 20:57.
Ella COLBOURN (JW11-14) (Unattached) was third (43rd overall) over the line in 21:28.

The three highest age grades were recorded by:
Reece DALTON (SM18-19) – 80.73% for the time 16:31 (first overall).
Joshua James BLEVINS (JM11-14) – 80.65% for the time 18:26 (5th overall).
Stephen TOMASZEWSKI (VM55-59) – 80.45% for the time 19:26 (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 8,255 participants have completed 46,517 parkruns covering a total distance of 232,585 km, including 8,703 new Personal Bests.