Fountains Abbey parkrun #184

30th September 2017

Wow! 438 runners and a mighty team of volunteers; visitors from South Africa and Australia, members of running clubs including the Swift-Tees, Queensbury Running Club, and, celebrating their 40th anniversary, the Thirsk and Sowerby Harriers. Particular thanks to them for bringing volunteers as well as runners - and a mighty amount of cake. This great gathering was a fitting back-drop to us saying thank you to the wonderful Adam Prentis, who handed over as our event-director earlier this summer. Adam was presented with a beautiful photo of the abbey, complete with parkrunners in the background, taken by our very own Sarah Swinscoe.
Now Adam being a modest sort of a bloke hates all this fuss, and typically wanted to divert our attention from himself. He rightly reminded us of the contribution of Ian Swinscoe to everything that we enjoy at FA parkrun week after week.
In Adam's words: "I remember quite clearly going down to Harrogate parkrun and having a chat with Swinny about setting up a parkrun at Fountains and that we needed RDs on board and without any hesitation he said 'I'm in' and the rest as they say is history. We couldn't do anything without a team on board and Ian was straight in and a partner in crime. We both went to Fountains, we both measured various courses, we agreed on what we all now know as our parkrun course, and the reverse route, and through Ian we were able to build close ties with Ripon Runners and develop the Community we have today.... it all happened because Mr Swinscoe jumped straight in, never wavered and has always been there with at times some very simple views of the world that have given clarity when my mind became foggy."
'Hear, hear' say all of us. Thank you Ian.

And what about the actual run?! Well, first in for the men was Rob Scott in 16:21, first in for the women was Charlotte van Zelst in 19:21, and the hightest age-grade was Geoffery Howard with 83.85%. Well done all three, and I am sure you gladdened the heart of the Lord God! Congratulations to the 77 stars amongst you who enjoyed the fruit of the PB tree, and a big warm welcome to the parkrun community to the 23 folk who were initiated into the experience on Saturday. Come again soon.

This week 438 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 98 were first timers and 77 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 44 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 20 volunteers:

Wendy MARKS • Richard HALL • Beverley DAVIES • Steve SILVER • Nigel MORGAN • John BULL • Jon HANCOCK • Gillian CRANE • Emily PARRY • Oliver PARRY • Steve OATES • Rebecca BURGESS • Paul ADAMS • Emma ADAMS • James STEPHENSON • Clare CHILDS • Patrick HASLAM • Jill BARNFATHER • Katie OATES • Peter BARNFATHER

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 16:21 - 4th time in 8 appearances.
Reece DALTON (SM18-19) of Ripon Runners, was second over the line in 16:30 - has been first to finish on 28 previous occasions.
Mark BRYANT (VM45-49) of Harrogate Harriers & AC, was third over the line in 17:15 - has been first to finish on 3 previous occasions.

Female placings:
Charlotte VAN ZELST (SW18-19) of Harrogate Harriers & AC, was first (16th overall) over the line in 19:21 - 5th time in 6 appearances.
Donna RIDDLER (VW35-39) of Ripon Runners, was second (20th overall) over the line in 19:39 - has been first to finish on 8 previous occasions.
Olivia MULLIGAN (SW20-24) of Thirsk & Sowerby Harriers, was third (29th overall) over the line in 20:13 - has been first to finish on 3 previous occasions.

The three highest age grades were recorded by:
Geoffrey HOWARD (VM70-74) – 83.85% for the time 21:53 (59th overall).
Caleb AYLESBURY (JM10) – 82.58% for the time 19:48 (23rd overall).
Mark BRYANT (VM45-49) – 82.22% for the time 17:15 (third overall).

We will be doing it all again next Saturday 7th October 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.

5 vacant volunteer slots on 7th October 2017
0 vacant volunteer slots on 14th October 2017 (Ripon Runners adopted parkrun )
16 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
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.

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 8,558 participants have completed 48,244 parkruns covering a total distance of 241,220 km, including 8,969 new Personal Bests.