Fountains Abbey parkrun #19? run report

The one that didn't happen!

Unfortunately heavy frost resulted in large stretches of ice on course which meant that it was just not possible to run on Saturday - if you look at the official section of the website Saturday's run never happened - cancelled- 'no event'!

That's the official part -  what we should remember was the fabulous team of volunteers who, despite having to be on site early, all supported the decision and with good humour vowed to return again. Many of the team were from the NYP Tri club, adopting for a second time - a huge thanks for the support yesterday and throughout the year.  If you check the race listings below we have listed the Hornblower Duathlon on the 25th  March 2018 which may be worth planning into your diary for next next season!

It was also brilliant to see  Ripon Runners and the NYP Tri group running off into the Deer Park for an alternative Saturday morning - encouraging regular parkrunners and visitors alike to join them  run before returning to the warmth of the cafe. New routes explored and new friendships made - perhaps showing just how strong our Fountains Abbey parkrun community is and how much the local clubs play their part.

This week keep an eye on the  National Trust  Fountains Abbey website for news on a 'Night Run' - to be held on the 9th January 2018!!  We'll post a link on our Facebook page during the week.

Next week promises milder weather so the last parkrun before Christmas is our Santa Run'!!  Festive costumes highly recommended, bells , tinsel whatever you fancy.  Next weeks RD Steve Silver is already raiding his legendary dressing up box!


Thanks for the support , two cancellations in 194 runs isn't a bad record - Enjoy your week!


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 23rd December 2017
3 vacant volunteer slots on 30th December 2017
9 vacant volunteer slots on 6th January 2018
10 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 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.