Fountains Abbey parkrun 201 Run Report

Fountains Abbey parkrun 201 – Run report

What a fantastic day for TeamGB at the Winter Olympics yesterday – three medals in one day! Closer to home at the Fountains Abbey parkrun despite the rather wet, soggy weather we had a staggering 72 medal winning PBs… runners and volunteers alike remained so cheerful in the pouring rain - there was certainly a big buzz in the café afterwards as everyone enjoyed a hot drink!

A big thank you to all our volunteers who clapped and cheered the runners around the abbey grounds – a special thank you to Julie Pratt who volunteered for the first time.

First home for the boys was Tom Calvert in 17.37 (with a WAVA grading of 73.6%), and for the ladies Emma Sorby in 19:59 (with a WAVA grading of 74.9%) and a new PB! Many congratulations to you both. In addition, a special mention to Jane Holmes in 23.19 with an outstanding WAVA grading of 86.92%.

Some Milestones and Mentions
It was a pleasure to mention Lee Stanley, a fellow run director, who recorded his 100th run at Fountains Abbey yesterday.

We also have two juniors who have reached their 10th milestone – Jacob and Isaac Zoing - well done boys reaching your 10th run on such a wet day!

Alan Harby, simply inspirational on your first parkrun.

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 24 February 2018 (adopted by Ripon Runners)
5 vacant volunteer slots on 3 March 2018
10 vacant volunteer slots on 10 March 2018

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 nearly four 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 meters 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.

And now the official bit...
Fountains Abbey parkrun: Event number 201 - 17th February 2018
This week 386 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 54 were first timers and 72 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 33 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 23 volunteers:

Tim POCOCK • Matt PAXTON • Steve SILVER • Alison TURNER-PARRY • Emily PARRY • Oliver PARRY • Emma OATES • Niamh SHAW • Fiona HERNANDEZ • Sarah WOFFINDEN • Pamela BROWN • Sally HOUGHTON • Emily HOUGHTON • Anita OLDHAM • Oliver CHILDS • Graham CHILDS • Graham BOYD • Helen COX • Katie OATES • Kathy GARGAN • Julie PRATT • Lise SEIERSEN • 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 9,427 participants have completed 54,321 parkruns covering a total distance of 271,605 km, including 9,791 new Personal Bests.