Fountains Abbey parkrun Event number 202 24th February 2018

Run Report

It’s an offer to be jumped on when Ripon Runners offer to adopt a parkrun. This time, they surpassed themselves with marshals, timekeepers, scanners and some delicious cakes. I can only speak from personal experience about one cake, as that’s the only one I sampled (a delicious lemon drizzle cake, courtesy of Karen Lennox, I believe), so well done all the people who baked and prepared for this parkrun – we want you back every week (though fitness gains may be affected if you do!).

Not to be forgotten, young Oliver PARRY made his debut as a Run Director yesterday, ably stepping into various roles throughout the day. He’s a very mature 17-year-old (although his younger sister may not agree with the ‘mature’ label!) who knows more about all the volunteer roles than anyone, through his regular and selfless attendance at parkrun. The whole Parry family are great supporters of parkrun and we relay appreciate the chance to let Oli step up to this role, which he performed with great skill.

The most impressive part of the adoption was the pacers – under the expert co-ordination of Ripon Runner and great friend of parkrun, Neil DRING. We had a stunning 70 PBs (against a more normal tally of approximately 40), partly due to dry conditions but mainly due to the encouragement given by the pacers.  You all did a stellar job – thank you!

A photojournalist from the Northern Echo was at Fountains yesterday, and he’s taken some stunning action shots with the Abbey as backdrop – see if you can spot yourself!

A few people have asked about the welfare of the young parkrunner who tripped and fell hard at the start. Luckily, this particular 6-year-old was made of tough stuff and his injury was nothing more than a nosebleed. After a quick clean-up he seemed to recover very well, helped by his Mum and brother. The family passed on their good wishes to those that helped out after the incident.  This reinforces the need to watch your feet, and those of others, particularly at the start where the path narrows after around 15 metres, and it gets very congested.

Well done to our first finishers:

Male 1st: Jack BRENNAN 16:03 and a PB!

Female 1st: Sophie CHUMAS 19:52 (9th overall)

It was great to see the following milestones recorded too:

Geoff CORDREY – 150th parkrun

Reuben HARFORD - 50th parkrun

Sarah HARFORD – 50th parkrun

Marcos MONTANA 100th parkrun

See you next week folks!

Phil & Oliver (Run Directors)

Volunteering at Fountains Abbey parkrun


For everyone that has already put themselves forward to help out in the coming weeks we are supremely grateful.


5 vacant volunteer slot on 3 March 2018

8 vacant volunteer slots on 10 March 2018

9 vacant volunteer slots on 17 March 2018

12 vacant volunteer slots on 24 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 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.


All dogs must be on a short, hand-held lead to minimise trip hazards. One dog per runner maximum.  Dog walkers who are supporting runners are asked to keep off the paths that the runners use during the run 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 (see notes above).


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.


And now the official bit…


This week 379 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 33 were first timers and 70 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 28 different clubs took part.


The event was made possible by 44 volunteers:


Wendy MARKS • Joanne WALLACE • Sarah WHITAKER • Jackie TURNER • Oliver LEES • Anne CHEESEMAN • Catherine LYONS • Suzanne RICKARD • Alexandra NICOL • Allan HANSEN • Mark RYDER • Neil DRING • Phil CHATTERTON • Nicole SUTTON • Dave BINKS • Jo THWAITES • Linda CADMAN • John BULL • Jim BERRIMAN • Alison TURNER-PARRY • Emily PARRY • Oliver PARRY • Morag MCDOWALL • Emma OATES • Steve OATES • John SKINNER • Sue SKINNER • Michael HERNANDEZ • Philip HOLDEN • Aimee CHILDS • Oliver CHILDS • Graham CHILDS • Wendy GREEN • Kamilla GORDON • Jackie SCOTT • Kari MUNRO • Jill BARNFATHER • Helen COX • Beth CONSTANTINE • Katie OATES • Peter BARNFATHER • James PARKES • Karen LENNOX • Sally CORNFORTH


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 9,460 participants have completed 54,700 parkruns covering a total distance of 273,500 km, including 9,861 new Personal Bests.