Fountains Abbey Run Report #199

Run Report for Fountains Abbey parkrun #199

It was very kind of that tremendously humble and stable genius, Donald Trump, to help us out with a State of the parkrun Union Address - in what must be a busy schedule in between the rounds of golf. (NB parkrun is an apolitical organisation.) Grateful thanks to the fantastic team of volunteers who ran a very slick show on a rather cold and drizzly morning. Particular thanks to those volunteering for the first time - among them the pacers who did a superb job. Thanks also to Mr Run Director Steve Silver for processing the results - with no smoke or mirrors necessary - but with assistance from Jon Hancock who not only manned the top gate but also helped out at the scanning point. And well done to my fellow 305 American parkrunners who braved the elements, one or two coming from as far afield as Harrogate. Despite Donald's somewhat aggressive tone towards Harrogate, we at Fountains are deeply aware of our heritage - and know that without Harrogate parkrun there would have been no Fountains parkrun - so thank you one and all. We will try to prevent the building of a wall at Ripley - it would not add beauty to parkrun's soul.

Congratulations to all the parkrun dreamers who ran for the first time (14 of you) and to those who got a PB (an amazing 53 folk - despite not exactly perfect running conditions). And to the two who were incomparably fearless, daring and determined and came in as front-runners (Toby Osman in 16.08 and with the best age-grading of 83.68%, and Emma Sorby in 20.03 - and a new PB) - treat yourselves to an honorary Congressional Medal of Honour. Well done too to loyalists Jonah Wild, on his 10th parkrun, and Sarah Hurchinson, who ran her 50th parkrun, - all of them achieved at Fountains Abbey - no running round the Stray for them!

And once again (it came from Donald so it bears repeating) to to every parkrunner – no matter where you have been, or where you come from, (even Harrogate) this is your time. If you believe in yourself, if you believe in parkrun, if you're prepared to put on lycra and get a bit sweaty then you can dream anything. And so together we will make our parkrun safe and strong and proud and mighty and free. Thank you, and God bless you, and God bless Fountains Abbey parkrun.
This week 305 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 54 were first timers and 51 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 24 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 23 volunteers:

Lucy PREECE • Tony SHAW • Simon CAVE • Paul STOCKBURN • Louise MCLEMAN • Lesley WILLOUGHBY • Richard HALL • Paul RICHARDSON • Lindsey FALLOW • Mark RYDER • Dave BINKS • Steve SILVER • Jon HANCOCK • Alison TURNER-PARRY • Emily PARRY • Oliver PARRY • Emma OATES • Steve OATES • Rob KINGSTON • Graham CHILDS • Katie OATES • Karen LENNOX • Robert EAMES

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 9,321 participants have completed 53,553 parkruns covering a total distance of 267,765 km, including 9,667 new Personal Bests.