Fountains Abbey parkrun Event number 206 31st March 2018

Well we were expecting a large turnout as last Easter Saturday saw our all-time record; the uninspiring weather (chilly, damp and windy) meant that numbers were a little lower than expected although 397 souls braved the elephants and toed the start line.  The marshals and other volunteers did a splendid job. For my part I was in the finish funnel where things ran like clockwork; kudos to the timekeepers and tokens guys as the cold bit through to the fingers pretty quickly. Great job all round, ably funnel-managed by Anne HANCOCK keeping things flowing through the periods of congestion.  Ditto the scanning team, under Graham BOYD’s watchful eye, who all coped admirably with that important role. Having a great team makes my job easy, and it was (as always) an absolute pleasure to be Run Directing today.

Congratulations to our first finishers this week:

Reece DALTON 16:25, running not far off PB pace (maybe he can do it next time, it’ll be a stylish way to rack up 100 parkruns!); Emma SORBY 20:03 (also only just outside her PB time).

It was great to welcome former Event Director Adam PRENTIS back to Fountains today, along with his family (and new grandchild) -  congratulations to them all, though at just 4 weeks old young Thea can be forgiven for not having her own barcode yet!

Also worthy of thanks is our fantastic Run Director Lindsey FALLOW who came back today after an absence and supervised the top gate; it’s something that we like to do on busy days as it really helps the National Trust staff who are, at that time, setting up for a bumper day, opening at 10am.  Not to forget Steve GRANGE, NT estate staff and parkrunner, who opened the sluices at the Half Moon pond at 8am to drain the area and to allow us all to run on a dry path – great work Steve, thank you.

Well done to our milestone parkrunners today:

Brendan ANGLIM (50th parkrun)

Dave BINKS (100th parkrun)

Grace FENNELLY (50th parkrun)

Kathy GARGAN – one of our team of Run Directors - (50th parkrun)

Amelie KILFORD (50th parkrun) – at the age of 7 – remarkable running!

Paul TATTERSALL (50th parkrun)


Best wishes and a Happy Easter to everyone.  See you next week!

Phil & Graham (Run Directors)


Volunteering at Fountains Abbey parkrun

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

7 vacant volunteer slots on 7 April 2018

6 vacant volunteer slots on 14 April 2018

12 vacant volunteer slots on 21 April 2018

10 vacant volunteer slots on 28 April 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 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 call 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; not doing so may risk the NT staff removing the item from the tree.

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 397 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 68 were first timers and 41 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 38 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 22 volunteers:

David BENTON • Mary BENTON • Douglas Andrew SCOTT • Mathew CHAPLIN • Mark RYDER • Phil CHATTERTON • Donna MITCHELL • Dave BINKS • Jon HANCOCK • Simon MCCUDDEN • Sheila MCCUDDEN • Anne HANCOCK • Alison TURNER-PARRY • Emily PARRY • Oliver PARRY • Emma OATES • Sally HOUGHTON • Emily HOUGHTON • Graham BOYD • Helen COX • Paul HARFORD • Mark GARGAN

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 9,649 participants have completed 56,033 parkruns covering a total distance of 280,165 km, including 10,017 new Personal Bests.