Fountains Abbey parkrun Event number 191 18th November 2017

Run Report

Whilst the early morning temperatures were not quite a chilly as we had thought, it was still a brisk morning for setting out the course. There was one short but intense shower at around 8am, which may have deterred some runners from setting out from home, but it gave way to a beautiful morning. However, that’s when the Abbey and Water Gardens sometimes appear at their best, and it was a calm and beautiful part of the day.

349 runners arrived and enjoyed the run which passed off in great style. Congratulations to our fabulous first finishers; for the guys,

1 Dominic LOCKWOOD 17:59
2 Matthew LEWIS 18:19
3 Alex FAWCETT 18:37

…and the gals…
1 Sarah GRAHAM 20:06 (20th overall)
2 Emma SORBY 20:35 (24th overall)
3 Phoebe HALL 21:31 (38th overall)
Well done one and all, great running.

It was great to see the following milestones recorded too:
Oliver GOLDFIELD – 10 parkruns completed!
Ray JOHNSTONE – 50th parkrun today
Steven SMITH – 50th parkrun today
Kate CRAGGS – 100th parkrun today and a PB!

The prize for the best running gear goes to junior runner Millie DELL-DALE, sporting a matching 3-piece outfit of bright colours. I also noticed some female runners wearing magnificent pink running shoes too, visible from across the course! A brilliant enhancement to the natural colours of a bright autumn morning.

For those of you who are slightly obsessive, the following aesthetically-pleasing times were recorded today:

Steve WEBSTER 20:02
Amanda KING 27:27
Emma MOORE 27:27
Jane WILKINSON 28:28
Annabel HALL 28:28
Lisa SORBY 29:29
Jill STANDISH 31:13
Tom OATES 32:23
Rory HALL 32:32
Matt PODD 33:45
Francesca PEASE 35:53

And the ‘x-minutes-dead’ club…

John CHATWIN 19:00 PB!
Alex AYLESBURY 20:00
Mel DUTKA 28:00
Andy WRIGHT 30:00
Susan Elizabeth BURTWISTLE 30:00

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 25 November 2017
10 vacant volunteer slots on 2 December 2017
5 vacant volunteer slots on 9 December 2017
0 vacant volunteer slots on 16 December 2017 (run being adopted by NYP Tri)
7 vacant volunteer slots on 23 December 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.

Here is a list of some of the local races taking place in the next few months:

Date Event Details
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

Sun-14-Jan-18 Brass Monkey Half, York

Sun-4-Feb-18 Muddy Boots 10k, Ripon

Sun-25-Feb-18 Harewood House 10k and Half Marathon, Leeds

Sun-18-Mar-18 Thirsk 10 mile

Sun-29-Apr-18 Fountains 10k

And now the official bit…
This week 349 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 40 were first timers and 70 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 31 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 22 volunteers:

John FENWICK • Vikki FRENCH • Susan STREATHER • Lindsey FALLOW • Lee STANLEY • Phil CHATTERTON • Dave BINKS • Steve SILVER • John BULL • Sarah NEWBY • Simon MCCUDDEN • Oliver PARRY • Karen HOPWOOD • Geraldine GRIFFITHS • Steve OATES • Niamh SHAW • Diana FOSTER • Graham BOYD • Helen COX • Beth CONSTANTINE • Miles STANYARD • Nicola PULLAN

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

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 8,938 participants have completed 50,796 parkruns covering a total distance of 253,980 km, including 9,367 new Personal Bests.