Fountains Abbey parkrun #181 Run Report

Fountains Abbey parkrun #181 Run Report

No doubt about it there’s a hint of autumn in the air. You can feel the early morning chill and the dampness, you can smell the change, you can see the trees beginning to turn, and of course down at the Water Gardens you can hear the beautiful sound of raindrops hitting the canal and the lake. An atmospheric awakening of the senses on another stunning morning down at Fountains Abbey. Would you want to be anywhere else on a Saturday at 9am….

A really nice number of runners at 290 - not too crowded at the start or as we got the run underway and a very respectable 33 PBs - well done to all of you.

As always some special mentions:

- Our first finishers this week were very familiar faces. Congratulations to Reece Dalton & Emma Sorby both running very well & in fine form.

- running their 100th parkruns, please take a bow were the fantastic Katherine Fenny & James Silvester - very well done.

- running his 50th parkrun, superstar Mark Ryder. Fantastic Mark well done.

- running their 10th parkruns, the fabulous junior runners Katie Ratcliffe & Joshua Risbey who also landed himself a new PB - very well done to you both.

…and of course our massive thanks to the National Trust, to our wonderful dream team of Volunteers, and to Graham Boyd yesterdays’s wonderful Run Director. Another very special Fountains Abbey parkrun.

Have a great week & 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….

1 vacant volunteer slots on 16th September 2017
9 vacant volunteer slots on 23rd September 2017
11 vacant volunteer slots on 30th September 2017
13 vacant volunteer slots on 7th October 2017
0 vacant volunteer slots on 14th October 2017
16 vacant volunteer slots on 21st October 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 here & its very nearly the Cross Countries. 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.

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 for the official results:

Fountains Abbey parkrun #181 9th September 2017
Male placings:
Reece DALTON (SM18-19) of Ripon Runners, was first over the line in 16:42 - 28th time in 72 appearances.
Ben HOLMES (VM35-39) (Unattached) was second over the line in 18:03 - has been first to finish on 2 previous occasions.
Simon CAVE (VM40-44) of Ripon Runners, was third over the line in 18:30.
Female placings:
Emma SORBY (JW15-17) of Ripon Runners, was first (17th overall) over the line in 20:31 - 32nd time in 119 appearances.
Niamh FALCONER (SW30-34) of Knaresborough Striders, was second (35th overall) over the line in 22:00.
Amelie AYLESBURY (JW11-14) (Unattached) was third (38th overall) over the line in 22:10.
The three highest age grades were recorded by:
Stephen TOMASZEWSKI (VM55-59) – 79.90% for the time 19:34 (8th overall).
Reece DALTON (SM18-19) – 79.84% for the time 16:42 (first overall).
Caleb AYLESBURY (JM10) – 79.05% for the time 20:41 (19th 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 8,365 participants have completed 47,159 parkruns covering a total distance of 235,795 km, including 8,789 new Personal Bests.
This week there were 290 runners of whom 47 were first timers and 33 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 22 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 22 volunteers:

Adam PRENTIS • Julian ELLIS • Richard HALL • Dave BINKS • Katherine FENNY • Sarah SWAN • Jon HANCOCK • Emily PARRY • Oliver PARRY • Geraldine GRIFFITHS • Steve OATES • Michael HERNANDEZ • Fiona HERNANDEZ • Pamela BROWN • James SIMMERSON • Sally HOUGHTON • Emily HOUGHTON • Suzy WOOD • Jillian WOOD • Graham BOYD • Katie OATES • Karen LENNOX
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Fountains Abbey parkrun Results Page.