Fountains Abbey parkrun Run Report #188

Another beautiful morning at Fountains Abbey: autumn colours looking fantastic, holly trees in berry - perhaps a little early for the festive season, and wildlife, particularly squirrels, everywhere when we did the course set-up. And when I said that the Cistercian brothers, if they'd still been in residence, might not have taken kindly to 350 lycra-clad runners disturbing their Saturday morning peace - what I didn't know was that there was actually a mighty 442 of you. That's the third highest number of runners we've ever had - only surpassed by the Easter week-end this year and the most recent New Year's Eve. So - a huge thank-you to the splendid and cheery team of volunteer angels who handled the large numbers with aplomb - particular thanks to Run Director Graham "St Peter" Boyd and to Funnel Manager Steve "Archangel of IT" Marks for processing the results.

As we know, parkrun salvation is attained purely by participation - so that includes all the spectators, and the volunteers, and the runners (minus the unhappy few who forgot their bar-codes). And as we know participation is indeed enough in itself. But some of us, being human (and possibly a bit geeky) like numbers, and times, and positions, so: Well done to the 29 of you for whom this was your first ever parkrun (we hope it's the first of many); and to the amazing 51 of you who smashed a new PB for yourselves. And congratulations for the best age-grading  - by Paul Stockburn with 83.68%, and to Allen Bush, first home for the men in 17:23 and to Joanne Lee, first home for the women in 20:52. Martin Luther would have been proud of you all...


Some Milestones and Mentions

We can celebrate four junior parkrunners for achieving their 10th run this week, so a huge well done to Takuma Sanderson, George Leahy, Oliver Hearn and Neve Imeson.

And for four grown-ups running their 50th parkrun, congratulations to Robert Howard, Matthew Jones, Kate Naylor and Lisa Fletcher.

Volunteering at Fountains Abbey parkrun

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

0 vacant volunteer slots on 4 November 2017
5 vacant volunteer slots on 11 November 2017
6 vacant volunteer slots on 18 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 188, 28th October 2017

This week 442 people ran the course, of whom 91 were first timers and 51 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 38 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 16 volunteers:

Joanne WALLACE • Steve MARKS • Richard HALL • Lindsey FALLOW • Joe RICKARD • Dave BINKS • John BULL • Marcos MONTANA • Sally HOUGHTON • Emily HOUGHTON • Suzy WOOD • Carrie PRIDEAUX • Graham BOYD • Jill BARNFATHER • Roger TAYLOR • Gordon GLEDSON

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

Male placings:

Allen BUSH (VM35-39) (Unattached) was first over the line in 17:23 - 6th time in 9 appearances.
James HUGHES (SM25-29) of Fareham Crusaders, was second over the line in 17:43.
Ben HOLMES (VM35-39) (Unattached) was third over the line in 17:48 - has been first to finish on 2 previous occasions.

Female placings:

Joanne LEE (VW40-44) of Tyne Bridge Harriers, was first (36th overall) over the line in 20:52 - first appearance.
Anna STOCKS (SW20-24) of Hyde Park Harriers, was second (39th overall) over the line in 21:01.
Emma SORBY (SW18-19) of Ripon Runners, was third (41st overall) over the line in 21:02 - has been first to finish on 32 previous occasions.

The three highest age grades were recorded by:

Paul STOCKBURN (VM55-59) – 83.68% for the time 19:00 (11th overall).
Caleb AYLESBURY (JM10) – 80.28% for the time 20:22 (27th overall).
Allen BUSH (VM35-39) – 77.95% for the time 17:23 (first 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 8,794 participants have completed 49,707 parkruns covering a total distance of 248,535 km, including 9,166 new Personal Bests.