Fountains Abbey parkrun Run Report 186


Run Report for Fountains Abbey parkrun 186

Not the most beautiful of mornings at Fountains Abbey, 17 degrees and drizzle, in October?  But the weather largely faded into irrelevance thanks to a hugely enthusiastic band of volunteers from our local running club, Ripon Runners.  A massive collective thank you for providing such amazing support to our parkrun, whether you were a marshal, working in the funnel, barcode scanning, pacing, or just taking the opportunity to promote a wonderfully inclusive club by wearing the club colours around the route.  It seemed rather apt that this week’s finishing reward were called heroes, appropriate for all 327 finishers.

Which leads me on to mention one of our unsung heroes, so step forward Samantha Miles.  Now many of you will know or recognise Samantha.  She is one of those rocks who, week in, week out, is at the abbey every Saturday morning and is part of the parkrun community.  116 parkruns to her credit, 116 at Fountains Abbey, while not forgetting a regular volunteer.  But Samantha is one of those runners who rarely gets a mention in a run report.  She always gives her all when she runs, but won’t get the headlines for being first over the line, or setting a new WAVA age grading.  However, on Saturday, Samantha volunteered to bring up the tail, which might have gone unnoticed apart from a post on our Facebook page from Willie Wilson which I want to quote in full:

Just wanted to say a HUGE thank-you to all the volunteers at Fountains Abbey parkrun for their support this morning.  It was Ruby’s (4 yrs old) first ever parkrun, all the cheering and encouragement means it definitely won’t be her last – but special thanks to Sam from Ripon Runners for staying with us all the way around and giving lots of praise and support to Ruby!  My daughter is still talking about Super Sam – thank you.

The message was accompanied by a fantastic photo of Samantha and Ruby approaching the finish line, hand in hand, to the encouragement of the entire funnel team.  Check it out on our Facebook page, it really is worth a look and encapsulates so much of what we collectively represent.  So well done Samantha from the Run Directing team.  Just brilliant!

Other mentions this week to our first male over the line, Scott Harrington in 17:11 and our first lady, Robyn Wynn in 21:26.  Well done both.  Some pretty notable milestones as Douglas Scott and Ian Powell knocked out their 50th parkruns, Jon Hancock his 100th, and Tim Pocock and Ron Hill their 250th.  Huge congratulations to all!

Volunteering at Fountains Abbey parkrun
For everyone that has already put themselves forward to help out in the coming weeks we are supremely grateful.
4 vacant volunteer slots on 21 October 2017
7 vacant volunteer slots on 28 October 2017

6 vacant volunteer slots on 4 November 2017

As always please drop us a line at if you can assist with volunteering in the future. 

Donating to Fountains Abbey parkrun
It’s 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 (NT)?
If you’d like to join the NT, 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: 

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.

The beautiful play area by the cafe is open from 10am on Saturdays; we politely welcome visitors down to the Abbey for the parkrun and 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 NT members].

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 NT 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 NT by respecting the basis upon which we operate. The gate at the top by the Visitor Centre is now closed at 9am so anyone hoping to get in after this time will be disappointed. The good news is that we look forward to joining you for a coffee in the Visitor Centre café 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 NT site opens.

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 old 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
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.
Guy Fawkes 10 mile 10:30am 5th November 2017:
Leeds Abbey Dash 10k 5th November 2017
Run Bolton Abbey (10k / 10 Mile / Half Marathon) 12 November 2017 hppp://
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.

And now the official bit...

Fountains Abbey parkrun, Event number 186, 14th October 2017

This week 327 people ran the course, of whom 46 were first timers and 49 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 34 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 27 volunteers:

Ian SWINSCOE • Joanne WALLACE • Alex FAWCETT • Oliver LEES • Maggie DRIFFIELD • Bridget BASTOW • David JELLEY • Fiona ALDER • Lindsey FALLOW • Allan HANSEN • Mark RYDER • Neil DRING • Jo HOPE • Steve SILVER • Stuart PENDER • Simon MCCUDDEN • Bob SAMPSON • Samantha MILES • John SKINNER • Sarah STANLEY • Michael HERNANDEZ • Fiona HERNANDEZ • Sally HOUGHTON • Emily HOUGHTON • Nicola SHILLAM • Graham BOYD • Karen LENNOX

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

Male placings:
Scott HARRINGTON (VM35-39) of Otley AC, was first over the line in 17:11 - second time in 2 appearances.
Douglas Andrew SCOTT (VM45-49) of Ripon Runners, was second over the line in 18:16 - was first to finish once before.
Stephen ELLISON (SM25-29) (Unattached) was third over the line in 18:50 - was first to finish once before.

Female placings:
Robyn WYNN (SW20-24) of Claremont Road Runners, was first (33rd overall) over the line in 21:26 - third time in 8 appearances.
Phoebe HALL (JW15-17) of Ripon Runners, was second (36th overall) over the line in 21:29.
Jo STEPHENSON (SW25-29) of Harrogate Tri Club, was third (37th overall) over the line in 21:30.

The three highest age grades were recorded by:
Caleb AYLESBURY (JM10) – 81.95% for the time 19:57 (16th overall).
Scott HARRINGTON (VM35-39) – 78.86% for the time 17:11 (first overall).
Douglas Andrew SCOTT (VM45-49) – 77.65% for the time 18:16 (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 8,653 participants have completed 48,899 parkruns covering a total distance of 244,495 km, including 9,061 new Personal Bests.