Fountains Abbey parkrun Event number 182 16th September 2017

Fountains Abbey parkrun Event number 182 16th September 2017

A notable first today at the Abbey – it took us 182 runs to organise a loudhailer for the pre-run brief! Well, fewer actually, as in the early days everyone could hear us. With typical attendances of 300+ now, we need some amplification, and thank you very much to everyone for listening attentively to the briefing. We’re glad that people at the back gave us good comments that at last, they could hear. That means that the next time Run Director Richard Hall takes to the plinth, everyone will be able to enjoy his unique wit! It feels a little like how airline cabin crew must feel in the pre-flight safety announcement; most of you have heard it all before, several times, but there is always someone new to parkrun or who is visiting from other areas. Thanks all!


Congratulations to Rob and Donna, our first finishers today – you were both flying! It’s one thing to finish first, but this pair have managed that feat 11 times between them – magnificent stuff! Anneke Imeson equalled her PB and Angela Benson set a new PB in racking up their 50th parkruns. Craig Robinson made it to 250 – well done all! Also, the afore-mentioned Richard HALL, Run Director and orator supreme, made it to 100, but kept it quiet so no one knew! Such a modest chap, but well done to you too Richard!


Congratulations to all 51 new PB holders – I hope you’re all basking in the glory and thinking about doing it all again.


It’s testament to the ‘pulling power’ of Fountains Abbey that 38 runners (over 10% of our runners today) were first timers, either their first parkrun anywhere or else visitors from other areas. You are most welcome one and all, and make sure you come back again soon (having told all your running friends about it, of course!). For the remaining regulars like me, that just reinforces how lucky we are to have this one our doorstep.


See you next week – we do it all again on Saturday 23rd September, same time, same place J



Volunteering at Fountains Abbey parkrun


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


9 vacant volunteer slots on 23rd September 2017

11 vacant volunteer slots on 30th September 2017

17 vacant volunteer slots on 7th October 2017

0 vacant volunteer slots on 14th October 2017 (Ripon Runners adopted parkrun J )

17 vacant volunteer slots on 21st October 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 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.




Date Event Details
Sat-23-Sep-17 Dales Trail Series 40k Semer Water
Sun-24-Sep-17 Harrogate Haverah Trail Race
Sun-24-Sep-17 Sutton Park 10k, Sutton-in-the Forest nr York
Sun-24-Sep-17 Hull Marathon
Sun-1-Oct-17 Grewelthorpe Multi-terrain Race
Sun-1-Oct-17 Knaresborough Crag Rat Run 5 miles
Sun-1-Oct-17 Redcar Half Marathon
Sat-7-Oct-17 ‘Round Ripon’ Ultra 35 mile
Sun-8-Oct-17 The Plusnet Yorkshire 10 mile
Sun-8-Oct-17 The Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon, York
Sat-14-Oct-17 Inflatable 5k, Ripon
Sun-15-Oct-17 Shaun Lee Johnstone 10 at Boroughbridge
Sun-5-Nov-17 Guy Fawkes 10 mile, Ripley
Sun-5-Nov-17 Leeds Abbey Dash 10k
Sun-3-Dec-17 The Percy Pud 10k, Sheffield
Tue-26-Dec-17 The Chevin Chase, Otley
Sun-31-Dec-17 Jolly Holly Jog, Ripon


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 311 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 38 were first timers and 51 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 33 different clubs took part.


The event was made possible by 21 volunteers:


Bill WADE • Bruce WILLOUGHBY • Lesley WILLOUGHBY • Richard HALL • Phil CHATTERTON • Marie PILLAR • Karen MADDISON • John BULL • Jon HANCOCK • Emily PARRY • Oliver PARRY • James SIMMERSON • Sally HOUGHTON • Emily HOUGHTON • Anita OLDHAM • Tessa RICH • Judith LIVESEY • Graham BOYD • Lisa FLETCHER • Dawn LEADER • Kathy GARGAN


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


Male placings:

Rob SCOTT (SM20-24) of Richmond & Zetland Harriers, was first over the line in 16:27 - third time in 7 appearances.

Mark BRYANT (VM45-49) of Harrogate Harriers & AC, was second over the line in 17:26 - has been first to finish on 3 previous occasions.

Kevin FRANCIS (VM40-44) of Ware Joggers, was third over the line in 17:35.


Female placings:

Donna RIDDLER (VW35-39) of Ripon Runners, was first (19th overall) over the line in 20:17 - 8th time in 20 appearances.

Amelie AYLESBURY (JW11-14) (Unattached) was second (35th overall) over the line in 22:08.

Anneke IMESON (VW40-44) of Ripon Runners, was third (41st overall) over the line in 22:22.


The three highest age grades were recorded by:

Geoff KING (VM60-64) – 83.06% for the time 19:29 (12th overall).

Paul STOCKBURN (VM55-59) – 82.17% for the time 19:21 (11th overall).

Mark BRYANT (VM45-49) – 81.36% for the time 17:26 (second 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 8,403 participants have completed 47,470 parkruns covering a total distance of 237,350 km, including 8,840 new Personal Bests.