Fountains Abbey parkrun Event number 183 23rd September 2017

A misty morning greeted the 336 runners and 21 Volunteers to Fountains Abbey on Saturday but none were deterred and by the end the sun was making an attempt to break through enhancing the beauty of the Abbey for all to see. Of these 57 were first timers either at any parkrun or visitors to Fountains, we hope you enjoyed the experience, you are all very welcome and we all hope to see you again in the not too distant future. Amongst these 57 where several members of Leeds University Alumni, you don’t need a special occasion to join us you are welcome anytime.

As usual, a special thank you to the volunteers who make these runs possible week after week and enliven the experience for all who participate. For those who have yet to participate as a volunteer, you will find it a most pleasurable experience so why not give it a try soon.

52 of you achieved new PB’s, a staggering 16%, give yourselves a well-deserved ‘pat on the back’ and we hope this will spur you on to returning soon.

Our first 3 male runners crossing the line were, 1st Unknown, 2nd Tom Calvert and 3rd Archie Lawson. The first 3 female runners were Charlotte Van Zelst, Donna Riddler and Emma Sorby. Congratulations to all of you on an amazing achievement.

We will be doing it all again next Saturday 30th September so hopefully we will see many of you back again.

Volunteering at Fountains Abbey parkrun

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

For those of you who have yet to try volunteering there are plenty of opportunities in the coming weeks.

6 vacant volunteer slots on 30th September 2017

12 vacant volunteer slots on 7th October 2017

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

17 vacant volunteer slots on 21st October 2017

17 vacant volunteer slots on the 28th 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 well under way. 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.

2017 Season

Date Event Details
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.


This week 336 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 57 were first timers and 52 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 30 different clubs took part.


The event was made possible by 21 volunteers:


Ben IMESON • Andy GAMMACK • Imogen MOORE • Mathew CHAPLIN • John BULL • Jon HANCOCK • Simon MCCUDDEN • Rod COOPER • Oliver PARRY • Karen HOPWOOD • Niamh SHAW • James SIMMERSON • Sally HOUGHTON • Emily HOUGHTON • Clare CHILDS • Oliver CHILDS • Madison CURZON • Kamilla GORDON • Graham BOYD • Kathy GARGAN • Louise WILLIAMSON


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


Male placings:


An unknown runner was first.


Tom CALVERT (SM30-34) of Knaresborough Striders, was second over the line in 17:46 - has been first to finish on 4 previous occasions.


Archie LAWSON (JM15-17) of Ripon Runners, was third over the line in 18:14.


Female placings:


Charlotte VAN ZELST (SW18-19) of Harrogate Harriers & AC, was first (5th overall) over the line in 19:14 - 4th time in 5 appearances.


Donna RIDDLER (VW35-39) of Ripon Runners, was second (9th overall) over the line in 19:46 - has been first to finish on 8 previous occasions.


Emma SORBY (JW15-17) of Ripon Runners, was third (14th overall) over the line in 20:13 - has been first to finish on 32 previous occasions.


The three highest age grades were recorded by:


Adam PRENTIS (VM50-54) – 77.26% for the time 19:43 (8th overall).


Charlotte VAN ZELST (SW18-19) – 77.21% for the time 19:14 (5th overall).


Donna RIDDLER (VW35-39) – 76.90% for the time 19:46 (9th 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 8,460 participants have completed 47,806 parkruns covering a total distance of 239,030 km, including 8,892 new Personal Bests.