Fountains Abbey park run Run Report 187

Run Report for Fountains Abbey parkrun 187 Those 13 monks in 1132 knew a thing or two, especially when it came to choosing a valley with natural protection from the weather.  And so while much of the country was suffering the first effects of storm Brian, and in some cases cancelling their local parkrun, we were able to witness another wonderful autumn spectacle as 376 runners enjoyed the course through the wonderful National Trust grounds.  I never fail to be amazed by the cross-section of runners who participate every Saturday morning, nor by the enthusiasm and dedication of wonderful volunteers who enable to run to take place at all!  A huge thank you to all who made the event happen, and those non-running through injury, hope to see you back on the course soon. Leading the way for the boys this week was Reece Dalton, again impressive running with a time of 16:28, while our first lady over the line was Shona Fletcher in 20:06.  Well done to you both.  We also are delighted to report a new WAVA Age Grading Record, to Pauline Davies, a first timer who finished in 26:22, thus scoring 79.27% in the VW65-69 category.  Simply outstanding! But max style points yesterday must go to Peter and Jill Barnfather, who celebrated their golden wedding anniversary by running in a top hat and veil respectively.  Contrary to tradition, the groom kept the bride waiting at the finish line, but warmest congratulations to the both of you! One issue has come to the attention of the Run Directing team over the last few weeks though, and this has been spectators on the running route.  We fully understand that for families and friends accompanying parkrunners, the opportunity to walk the grounds and paths, often with a dog or two, can be very hard or even impossible to resist.  However, with several hundred runners progressing along what in places can be quite narrow paths, the combination of spectators walking along line abreast and dogs navigating from side to side on long leads can cause an obstruction that prevents the run to progress smoothly and certainly increases the risk of an injury to runner and spectator. Again, those monks knew a thing or two, including foresight.  In the West Lawn, they created the most marvellous area clear of the course for spectators to watch and encourage their family or friends, with a line of sight extending along several hundred metres of the course from the barcode scanning area to around the abbey ruins.  The ruins over the bridge by the mill also provide a superb area to watch runners descending from the barcode scanning area, once again, clear of the route. So runners, we would really appreciate it if you could encourage your family and friends to keep the route clear for runners, and watch from the areas described above.  It really would help in the smooth running of the course (if you excuse the pun) and reduce the risk of an injury.  Of course, spectators are more than welcome to enjoy the wonderful grounds after parkrun, but must ensure they return to and enter through the visitors' centre once it is open to the public at 10:00. A final brief word on spectators with dogs; they must be on a lead.  There are many signs on the site to remind owners of this, and spectators that let their dogs off the lead create a situation that is rightly associated with parkrun but unfortunately reflects badly on our community.  Again, for runners with friends and family with dogs, we really do need your support on this so please help us the spread the message, thank you! Some Milestones and Mentions We can celebrate one junior parkrunner for achieving her 10th run this week, so huge well done to Annabelle Crossland. On running their 50th parkrun, congratulations to Shirley Boyd and Peter Sloan. And huge cheers for Millie Lock and Jim Berriman on recording their 100th run.  It’s brilliant to see one of our younger runners achieving 100 parkruns (Millie runs in the JW11-14 age group) while Jim, great to see you back, even if just for a couple of weeks.  We’ve missed you! Volunteering at Fountains Abbey parkrun For everyone that has already put themselves forward to help out in the coming weeks we are supremely grateful. 7 vacant volunteer slots on 28 October 2017 5 vacant volunteer slots on 4 November 2017 5 vacant volunteer slots on 11 November 2017 As always please drop us a line at if you can assist with volunteering in the future. Donating to Fountains Abbey park run 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. 2017 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: 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 187, 21th October 2017 This week 366 people ran the course, of whom 50 were first timers and 54 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 31 different clubs took part. The event was made possible by 20 volunteers: Wendy MARKS • Alexander AYLESBURY • Lindsey FALLOW • Nicky JOHNSON • Caleb AYLESBURY • Phil CHATTERTON • Donna MITCHELL • John BULL • Jon HANCOCK • Anna GREENWOOD • Sara CHATTERTON • Karen HOPWOOD • Emma OATES • Steve OATES • Niamh SHAW • Tim TRIBE • Anna GARGAN • Graham BOYD • Katie OATES • 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 16:28 - 30th time in 75 appearances. Ryan KAVANAGH (SM30-34) of Tadcaster Harriers, was second over the line in 17:18. Mark BRYANT (VM45-49) of Harrogate Harriers & AC, was third over the line in 17:20 - has been first to finish on 3 previous occasions. Female placings: Shona FLETCHER (VW35-39) of Richmond & Zetland Harriers, was first (18th overall) over the line in 20:06 - first time in 3 appearances. Niamh FALCONER (SW30-34) of Knaresborough Striders, was second (32nd overall) over the line in 21:18. Phoebe HALL (JW15-17) of Ripon Runners, was third (40th overall) over the line in 21:59. The three highest age grades were recorded by: Jane HOLMES (VW60-64) – 86.00% for the time 23:13 (61st overall). Martin MURRAY (VM50-54) – 83.29% for the time 17:51 (6th overall). Mark BRYANT (VM45-49) – 81.83% for the time 17:20 (third 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 8,703 participants have completed 49,265 parkruns covering a total distance of 246,325 km, including 9,115 new Personal Bests.