Fountains Abbey parkrun #192 Run Report

Fountains Abbey parkrun #192 Run Report

A very special parkrun yesterday. A beautiful morning. Temperatures hovering around zero degrees. Yet 331 of you still got out of bed and made the conscious decision to see your friends, run around the most beautiful of World Heritage sites in the early winter sun and get your Saturday parkrun fix. Many were still in the cafe at 12:30…..

I was particularly plead to catch up with Justin Scully the National Trust General Manager for Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal and in particular to see a goodly number of staff from the National Trust sporting dark green running tee shirts and joining the parkrun. An excellent initiative and I’d like to thank all of you that spoke generously to the National Trust staff congratulating them and thanking them for everything they do. Wonderful. A special mention if I can to Steve Grange & the team from the NT who helped ensure the parkrun course was good to run yesterday and in particular the safety of the wooden bridge on such a cold morning. Really appreciated Steve.

Lets not forget our Volunteers please. Cold fingers don’t work particularly well on scanner, timers & tokens, and its ffffffreezing standing around the grounds marshalling & funnel managing. A real dream team job yesterday, thank you to everyone. Top marks also to Kathy Gargan making her full Run Director debut, Very well done Kathy.

Nicely done Reece Dalton & Charlotte Vie; our first male & female runners home yesterday.. Super running on a very cold morning. For the 41 runners recording new PB; excellent job. It was still, but not easy to process the air coming into the lungs so very well done.

Particular praise goes to our two new age category course record holders who absolutely excelled:

- VM50-54 Stewart Gregory 17:35 85.21%
- VW65-69 Val Brockwell 24:52 85.32%

Really impressive, and given one of those age groups is the one I’m in, the chance of getting onto the record books has now well & truly gone :).

One final special mention running her 50th parkrun, superstar junior JW10 runner Jessica Lewis. Fantastic Jessica well done.
And that’s its for another week.

Have a great week & happy running……

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 2nd December 2017
2 vacant volunteer slots on 9th December 2017
0 vacant volunteer slots on 16th December 2017
5 vacant volunteer slots on 23rd December 2017
9 vacant volunteer slots on 30th December 2017
14 vacant volunteer slots on 6th January 2018
14 vacant volunteer slots on 13th January 2018

Donating to Fountains Abbey parkrun

Its 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?

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

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.

Just a handful of races left in the 2017 road running season as much of the attention shifts off road and specifically to cross country.

There’s plenty of races open for entry at the start of 2018 and here’s a taster of a few crackers. Looking for a Christmas present for your nearest & dearest? Then look no further…

The Percy Pud 10k: 9am 3 Dec 2017:
The Chevin Chase: 26th December 2017:
Jolly Holly Jog: 11am 31 December 2017:

The Brass Monkey 14th January 2018:
Muddy Boots 10k: 11am 4th February 2018:
Dewsbury 10K: 9am 4th March 2018:
Snake Lane 10 mile: 10am 25th February 2018:
Harewood House Half Marathon: 10am Sunday 25th February 2018:
- Lightwater Valley 10k: TBC March 2018
Dentdale Run: 1pm 10th March 2018:
Bradford 10k: 9am Sunday 18th March 2018:
Locke Park 20 mile 18th March 2018 10.30am:
Thirsk 10 mile 11am 18th March 2018:
Ripon Hornblower Duathlon 25th March 2018:
Trimpell 20: 11am 18th March 2018:

Of course if you know of another race that we should be shouting about then please just let us know.

So that’s it for another week. And now for the official results:

Fountains Abbey parkrun #192 25th November 2017

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Fountains Abbey parkrun Results Page.
This week 331 superstar parkrunners came down to Fountains Abbey, of whom 30 were first timers and 41 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 24 different clubs took part and the event was made possible by 17 volunteers.
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 8,968 participants have completed 51,127 parkruns covering a total distance of 255,635 km, including 9,408 new Personal Bests.