Fountains Abbey parkun #185 Run Report.

I'm not sure you can hire a  World Heritage Site for your 13th birthday party - i suppose that highlights just how privileged we are to be able to run around Fountains Abbey and Water Gardens each week!

Yes parkrun turned into a teenager  this weekend and 328 of you joined us to celebrate the fact - even the weather held out for the morning.

Over the thirteen years  parkrun has helped many thousands of people become more active  - however an equally important contribution may be introducing many to volunteering. Encouraging  people to believe they are not 'giving up' their time or making a sacrifice but benefiting from a fulfilling and rewarding role.  Therefore huge thanks to this weeks volunteers  - many regulars but also Gordon Gledson, who is building up to running parkrun for the first time but volunteered as he wanted to be part of a special day . He was joined by Mary Avery - again volunteering for the first time - hope you're all proud to have played a part!

The run itself saw Reece Dalton first back for the boys in 17.36 and Eleanor Haresign first home for the girls in 20.30 - fabulous running by both!

Milestones this week for ...

James Lee 100th run

Sarah Woffinden 100th run

Jonathan Goldsbrough 100th run (and a pb to celebrate!)

Also two of our junior runners with shiny new pb's to celebrate their 10th runs..


Harrisen Crowder & Archie Lawson - excellent running boys!

Also, if you can  allow us to indulge for a moment, to congratulate our Event Director Phil Chatterton on completing his first marathon today and also Run Director Steve Silver on completing the Round Ripon Ultra on Saturday.  Indeed a huge well done to all our regular runners (too many to mention individually!) -  some amazing performances on a big weekend of local races!

Next week we are adopted by Ripon Runners, which can only mean .... lot's of pacers!!

Fountains Abbey parkrun
Event number 185
7th October 2017

This week 328 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 49 were first timers and 43 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 33 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 18 volunteers:

Jonathan MOSLEY • Dewi WINKLE • Lindsey FALLOW • Lee STANLEY • Phil CHATTERTON • Emily PARRY • Oliver PARRY • Karen HOPWOOD • Emma OATES • Steve OATES • Niamh SHAW • Marcos MONTANA • Judith LIVESEY • Roger TAYLOR • Katie OATES • Julia CHARLESWORTH • Gordon GLEDSON • Mary AVERY

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 17:36 - 29th time in 74 appearances.
Archie LAWSON (JM15-17) of Ripon Runners, was second over the line in 18:13.
Tim HOLT (VM35-39) of Steel City Striders RC, was third over the line in 18:20.

Female placings:
Eleanor HARESIGN (VW35-39) of Leeds & Bradford Triathlon Club, was first (25th overall) over the line in 20:30 - first time in 2 appearances.
Emma SORBY (JW15-17) of Ripon Runners, was second (27th overall) over the line in 20:43 - has been first to finish on 32 previous occasions.
Millie LOCK (JW11-14) (Unattached) was third (41st overall) over the line in 22:27.

The three highest age grades were recorded by:
Norman BUSH (VM75-79) – 86.83% for the time 22:39 (46th overall).
Cameron CHOULES (VM45-49) – 78.61% for the time 18:28 (4th overall).
Stephen DONOGHUE (VM55-59) – 76.76% for the time 20:22 (18th overall).

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.

0 vacant volunteer slots on 14th October 2017 (Ripon Runners adopted parkrun )
8 vacant volunteer slots on 21st October 2017
11 vacant volunteer slots on the 28th October 2017

11 vacant volunteer slots on the 4th November 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-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 8,607 participants have completed 48,572 parkruns covering a total distance of 242,860 km, including 9,012 new Personal Bests.