Fountains Abbey parkrun #254 Run Report

We welcomed 422 runners on Saturday – and what a fantastic morning with 45 first timers and no less than an incredible 83 PBs - well done everyone.

You may have noticed quite a few Nidd Valley Road Runners vests on Saturday. As part of a “Nifty at Fifty” Challenge five of them were aiming to finish in a time of under 100 mins and we’re pleased to report that they achieved this recording 97 minutes and 34 seconds – that’s an amazing 5 runners aged 50+ averaging under 20 minutes – well done all. Fantastic work and very inspiring - especially for us more mature runners proving age is only a number.

Now onto the results - first home for the men – Luke Adams in 16.48 and for the ladies – Issie Starkey in 20.27 – well done! Congratulations to Carolyn Potter on reaching her milestone 100 runs – a great achievement!

Following the major medical incident, we had two weeks ago we have decided to make a few minor tweaks to how we run things. To ensure as many people are aware of the changes you’ll find we will be posting and reiterating the message over the next few weeks.

We would really appreciate your support as we continue to work together so we can all continue to enjoy our running at F'Abby. We have summarised the key changes we’ve introduced in this week’s run report below.

We are hugely fortunate to have a strong relationship with the National Trust that means we can enjoy parkrun in such an incredible setting before the grounds open to the general public at 10:00. One of the conditions of our running licence is that all participants and spectators must be on site by 09:00 (would you believe there are unscrupulous folk out there who have used the guise of parkrun to get free access to the site before 10:00).

The gate is manned by a marshal, and is closed at 08:50. From then on, there is no access until it opens to the general public at 10:00, and we cannot make exceptions as it has to apply to all. If you arrive after 08:50, we do ask you to respect this agreement; being rude or aggressive to the marshal or National Trust staff or jumping the wall doesn't help your or parkrun's reputation.
The reason we give is for runners and their spectators to be through the gate by 08:50 latest as it is a 5 minute run to the start line. The mandatory run brief is at 08:55, and we start the run at 09:00 sharp to be off site by 10:00. The Run Director reserves the right to ask you not to run if you have missed the run brief as it includes mandatory safety information, or you are behind the tail walker (another safety role). Previously we did close the gate at 09:00, but a review following a recent major medical incident proved too many participants were arriving too late for the safety brief or starting behind the Tail Walker, thus we have been forced to bring forward the closure time to ensure we are compliant with our safety obligations.

Thank you to everyone for being so supportive of the changes although we did have 46 runners arrive after 08:50. In future weeks unfortunately you will not be able to gain access so we do encourage you to plan to arrive in good time.

Spectators must be through by 08:50 too, which should be no problem as we assume they will be accompanying a runner(s). The gate then closes. The good news is the cafe starts serving at 09:30!

While we welcome spectators, we kindly request they spectate from the natural viewing area around the Abbey and the West Lawn, and signs and marshalls are in place to this effect. The paths are quite narrow, and we have had spectators startled by the speed or numbers of runners passing them, as well as causing an extra hazard by restricting the route.

The West Lawns are a great place for spectating as you can see the runners start and also offer them encouragement as they pass and regain their breath after Barcode Hill!

Once finished, we do ask all runners to stay in line, collect their finish token, and clear the area immediately to Barcode Bench. This is out of respect to the volunteers managing the finish zone and all the runners behind you. Put simply, the area is small and unsuitable for spectating or waiting for other finishers. We also ask finishers not to run back down the course and see others in. It causes confusion with the timekeepers and tokens team, and crossing the line twice induces errors for all other finishers from that point on.

We also request spectators with dogs keep them on a lead and again to restrict themselves to the natural viewing areas, not the running route.

As with the top gate, please respect any request from marshals regarding spectating.

Having only participants and volunteers in the finish area really reduced congestion on Saturday and helped the flow of runners as they crossed the line – especially in the 28-38 minute period when we are very busy and avoided runners backing up over the finish line – thanks for your support everyone.

We would politely reiterate that only parkrun participants should be on and around the run route.

Just one more minor issue to flag. Over the last few weeks we have had a number of runners with dogs gradually edging forward and not starting at the back or edging forward from the back to amongst the runners during the pre run brief. Since introducing this requirement it has been very successful for both runners and dogs keeping them separated at the busiest and most congested part of the course. When we introduced this we did say we would review it if we found that runners were not adhering to the request. At present we have no plans to change things and continue to welcome dogs to run with their humans but we will be keeping this under review as runner numbers increase therefore please do ensure you start at the rear of the field ie crossing the start line at the rear of the field to enable everyone to continue to run safely.

We hope you understand and appreciate the tweaks and bear with us while they bed in. parkrun at Fountains Abbey is such an amazing and beautiful place to run and we look forward to many more great mornings getting our fix of fun and fresh air.

See you all next week

Kathy and Wendy (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 and delighted to see the roster full for next week already thanks to everyone's generous volunteering.

0 vacant volunteer slots on 30 March 2019
4 vacant volunteer slots on 6 April 2019
12 vacant volunteer slots 13 April 2019

As always please drop us a line at fountainsabbeyhelpers@parkrun.com if you can assist with volunteering in the future.

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: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/join-us

Important notices concerning the Fountains Abbey parkrun.
Please do not be offended if we ask you to help us; we can’t run without volunteer support. 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 8.50am 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 8.50am 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 (which opens at 9.30am) 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. We can’t allow kids’ scooters during parkrun, sorry.
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. Be at your most alert to avoid slips and trips please.
All dogs must be on a short, hand-held lead (no cani-cross leads) to minimise trip hazards. One dog per runner maximum. We also ask that dog runners occupy the back of the start area, to minimise the chance of the dog’s lead tripping somebody up. An adult should be running solo, accompanying a child under-11 or in charge of a dog or a buggy but never both please. 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 (i.e. at arm’s length) 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 http://www.parkrun-barcode.org.uk/ 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 2019

30 Mar Croft Circuit 5k
14 Apr Vale of York 10 (miles) www.evensplits/events/voy10
14 Apr Swainby Sweep 7 / 16 Miles www.madraces.co.uk/swainby-sweep
21 Apr Helmsley 10k Multi Terrain www.helmsleysport.org/page15htm
22 Apr Ackworth Half Marathon www.racebest.com
28 Apr Yorkshire Wildlife Park 5k www.curlysathletes.co.uk
5 May Kirkbymoorside 10k www.kirkbymoorside10k.com
12 May Ripon 10 www.riponrunners.org.uk/ripon-10-mile
19 May Fountains 10k www.fountains10k.co.uk
26 May Northallerton 10k www.northallerton10k.co.uk
26 May Melmerby 10k www.melmerbyrun.org
12 Jun Otley 10 (miles) www.otleyac.org.uk
16 Jun Pontefract 10k www.pontefract10k.org.uk
16 Jun Pudsey 10k www.pudseypacers.com
23 Jun Staveley Stampede 10k www.staveleystampede.co.uk
7 Jul Burn Valley Half Marathon www.riponrunners.org.uk/burn-valley-half/
14 Jul Ilkley Half Marathon www.ilkleyhalfmarathon.co.uk
14 Jul Burton Leonard 10k www.burtonleonard10k.co.uk
28 Jul 14k James Herriott Trail Run (Castle Bolton)
www.rotary-ribi.org/clubs/homepage.php?ClubID=254

And now for the official part……

 

Fountains Abbey parkrun #253 Run Report

Run Report for Fountains Abbey parkrun 253, 16 March 2019

It’s been a challenging start to 2019 for Fountains Abbey parkrun. Cancellations due to snow or high winds, refurbishment of the café (though we can now enjoy the benefits of the wonderful new facility), refurbishment of the toilet block (though we will be able to enjoy those refurbished facilities soon) and of course a full run through of our emergency procedures have made it a bit of a stop-start winter.

Thus, to complete yesterday’s parkrun in the smoothest possible manner was quite a cathartic experience for all concerned. Apparently, it was raining? But few people seemed to notice. All our amazing volunteers arrived on time, smiling as always, and dressed for the worst North Yorkshire could throw at them. And all 232 (might have been something to do with the weather) finishers seemed to run with a smile on their face. There is something about running in adverse conditions that seems to reinforce the community spirit that exemplifies parkrun. That said, had we tried to run six hours later, we wouldn’t have been able to such was the flooding around part of the course. Or maybe we would have just done a duathlon instead. But on a serious note for yesterday, due thanks as always to the National Trust staff for managing the grounds so were able to run despite the heavy rain. Furthermore, the sheer amount of fast-running water running through the Skell adjacent to the hill to the finish line and over the weirs reinforces the message that we don’t permit our younger runners to run unaccompanied.

It was a pleasure to welcome back Roger Taylor yesterday as he celebrated his 50th run. Some of you may remember Roger’s horrendous fall at the start a couple of years ago which caused some pretty serious injuries. It has been a long recovery road back, but great to see you with us yesterday Roger. It’s also been noticeable that since we demarcated the start zones with predicted finish times, the starts have been in general much smoother. More akin to a spring gently uncoiling as opposed the free for all previously. One or two runners are still over-ambitious with their positioning; we know who they are and you know who you are!

Milestones and Mentions

First over the line yesterday was Tom Calvert from Knaresborough Striders crossing the line in 17:50. First lady once again was Emma Sorby in 20:02. Well done to you both. Special mention to Jane Holmes, whose 24:28 in the VM65-69 cat equates to a WAVA grading of 84.13%, while Alex Fawcett’s 18:40 in the VM50-54 works out as 80.98%. Wow!

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 slot on 23 March 2019
1 vacant volunteer slot on 30 March 2019
3 vacant volunteer slots on 6 April 2019

As always please drop us a line at fountainsabbeyhelpers@parkrun.com if you can assist with volunteering in the future.

Local Runs


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.

24 Mar Wakefield 10k www.wakefield10k.org.uk
30 Mar Croft Circuit 5k

14 Apr Vale of York 10 (miles) www.evensplits/events/voy10
14 Apr Swainby Sweep 7 / 16 Miles www.madraces.co.uk/swainby-sweep
21 Apr Helmsley 10k Multi Terrain www.helmsleysport.org/page15htm
22 Apr Ackworth Half Marathon www.racebest.com
28 Apr Yorkshire Wildlife Park 5k www.curlysathletes.co.uk

5 May Kirkbymoorside 10k www.kirkbymoorside10k.com
12 May Ripon 10 www.riponrunners.org.uk/ripon-10-mile
19 May Fountains 10k www.fountains10k.co.uk
26 May Northallerton 10k www.northallerton10k.co.uk
26 May Melmerby 10k www.melmerbyrun.org

12 Jun Otley 10 (miles) www.otleyac.org.uk
16 Jun Pontefract 10k www.pontefract10k.org.uk
16 Jun Pudsey 10k www.pudseypacers.com
23 Jun Staveley Stampede 10k www.staveleystampede.co.uk

7 Jul Burn Valley Half Marathon www.riponrunners.org.uk/burn-valley-half/
14 Jul Ilkley Half Marathon www.ilkleyhalfmarathon.co.uk
14 Jul Burton Leonard 10k www.burtonleonard10k.co.uk
28 Jul 14k James Herriott Trail Run (Castle Bolton)
www.rotary-ribi.org/clubs/homepage.php?ClubID=254

Donating to Fountains Abbey parkrun

It’s now over five years since we set up Fountains Abbey parkrun and we have recently replaced our tokens and other pieces of equipment.  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: http://www.parkrun.org.uk/fountainsabbey/aboutus/
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: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/join-us

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 and is reliant on our special relationship with the NT, therefore parkrunners, volunteers & spectators are kindly requested to be through the Visitor Centre gate and down by the Abbey before 8:50 am or you will be denied access as the entry gate will then be closed. This is quite simply because we start the run at 9 o'clock sharp, preceded by the mandatory safety briefing at 08:55.  It takes a least 5 minutes to reach from the start from the visitors centre (and that's by running, not walking), and we have to ensure for safety reasons all participants receive the safety brief and that nobody sets off after the Tail Walker.  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. 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

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 http://www.parkrun-barcode.org.uk/ 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...

Fountains Abbey parkrun, Event number 253, 16 March 2019

This week 233 people ran the course, of whom 37 were first timers and 20 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 22 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 28 volunteers:

Andy TODD • Julian ELLIS • Steve MARKS • Elliot PALMER • Phil CHATTERTON • Jon HANCOCK • Richard GRIFFITHS • Emma OATES • Steve OATES • Richard LEE • John SKINNER • Michael HERNANDEZ • Fred COOPER • Amelia LEE • Jackie KERR • Clare CHILDS • Oliver CHILDS • Patrick HASLAM • Harriet LEE • Graham BOYD • Fiona LEE • Katie OATES • David SISWICK • Macy BRETT • Richard KNOWLES • Hazel RUSSELL • Debra PRIDMORE • James RYDER

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 Kris LECHER who recorded a time of 15:19 on 28th April 2018 (event number 210).

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 12,703 participants have completed 73,759 parkruns covering a total distance of 368,795 km, including 12,559 new Personal Bests. A total of 717 individuals have volunteered 4,765 times.

 

Fountains Abbey parkrun Run Report 9 March 2019

Well, in fact this is a non-run report, in that we didn’t record an event this weekend. As many of you will know, we had our worst ever incident at parkrun yesterday, with a runner collapsing with a serious medical condition and being admitted to A&E. At the time of writing, he remains in hospital although is being kept under close observation.

I feel compelled to write this report, even though I personally took a day off parkrun for a family birthday, though I managed to get to Fountains in the aftermath of the medical emergency. I can safely say that without the intervention of several key players and the superb teamwork exhibited by the core team, the volunteers and the whole parkrun community, we may have had a very unhappy outcome to report on.

Our casualty (Paul) collapsed in the first 1k of the run, just short of Tent Hill on the first lap. The nearest marshal was quickly alerted and raised the alarm via our 2-way radio system, which is a recent acquisition by Ripon Runners, who kindly loan it to parkrun every Saturday for our event. Four Run Directors were on site, two as official RDs and two in other roles, and they co-ordinated the response with great skill, calmness and professionalism. The call to abandon the run was made quickly and decisively and was well received by all the runners, who made an orderly and prompt exit from the Abbey area, in order to allow the ambulance paramedics to access Paul’s position. This also allowed the air ambulance to land unhindered close to him. The comments I heard were that ‘everything slotted into place’ and the whole community played their part.

Runners who arrived at the scene gave immediate assistance, and credit goes to all those who intervened with CPR. The volunteer carrying the first aid kit and defibrillator then ran hard and fast from the Finish Funnel (where we routinely keep those items during a run) to Paul’s location and the defibrillator was deployed on him. An honorary PB award should go to that volunteer!

In summary, the team worked seamlessly to get Paul into the hands of the emergency services, and everyone co-operated with that single goal in mind. Humanity showed its true colours today and I am super-proud to be part of such a wonderful organisation. I have spent the last 24 hours thanking people, and that will continue all week, I’m sure. Whilst our patient’s condition is still not clear (we’re giving the family some space at this stage), I hope strongly that he will be back one day to volunteer or to fulfil his wish to toe the start line again, and I am looking forward so much to welcoming him back.

As a core team we have some important learning points to glean from this experience, although the essential functions all worked to full effect. It’s for a day like this that we meet, risk-assess, negotiate, and generally put in a lot of time behind the scenes as a core team. Credit should also go to parkrun’s head office and ambassador network, who work tirelessly to allow us, at event level, to deliver a great event with top-notch risk management.

So we re-group and we move on. Next week, we run as normal at 9am and I am so looking forward to being back at the Abbey for another instalment of this great thing called parkrun.

The people I want to thank are so numerous that I can’t list them all here, but I hope that I’ve been able to communicate with as many as possible in person, and that process will surely continue in the coming weeks. Thank you everyone; parkrun can only be as good as its people, and you are wonderful people.

Best wishes, Phil Chatterton (Event Director)

 

Fountains Abbey Run Report #252 – 5th Birthday parkrun

The fate of our magnificent 5th birthday cake can be summarised by applying the Laws of Physics: "Entropy is also a measure of the number of possible arrangements the atoms in a system can have. In this sense, entropy is a measure of how organized or disorganised energy is in a system of atoms or molecules". Well, entropy certainly increased as the NT staff served up the slices of cake to hundreds of hungry runners and volunteers; we would have given a plague of locusts a run for their money! Order quickly morphed into disorder as the pristine cake was reduced to a sorry pile of crumbs in mere minutes -  well, that's what it was for! Happy Birthday to us and thanks to all our friends old and new who joined us to celebrate.

Well run to first finishers Luke WAKELIN (17:42) and Emma SORBY (19:53) as well as to the rather splendid 53 new PB holders from yesterday. Chapeaux all! On age-grading, Lenny LENNOX (81.55%) and Oonagh THOMPSON (77.14%) took the honours.

A reminder about dogs - all dog runners start at the back of the pack - this has been a great success since we brought it in back in November, so thanks to all parkrunners for their co-operation. We love our 4-legged run pals and we want to keep them an integral part of parkrun, and that isn't easy with the average (human) attendances going up and up.

Also, it isn't acceptable to apply your own rules and let your under-11 kids run unaccompanied. We asked an unaccompanied 8-year-old to stop running yesterday, and we make absolutely no apology for doing so. I spoke personally with his father and I hope that others will be discouraged from thinking, 'Oh, it'll be all right' Junior parkrun exists at Harrogate and other venues to let our younger runners run solo, so please take them there unless you're prepared to run alongside them.

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

4 vacant volunteer slots on 9 March 2019
3 vacant volunteer slots on 16 March 2019
5 vacant volunteer slots on 23 March 2019

10 vacant volunteer slots on 30 March 2019

 

As always please drop us a line at fountainsabbey@parkrun.com if you can assist with volunteering in the future.
Local Runs
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.

17 Mar Thirsk 10 (miles) www.thirskandsowerbyharriers.co.uk
17 Mar Lightwater Valley 10k www.bookitzone.com
24 Mar Wakefield 10k www.wakefield10k.org.uk
30 Mar Croft Circuit 5k
14 Apr Vale of York 10 (miles) www.evensplits/events/voy10
14 Apr Swainby Sweep 7 / 16 Miles www.madraces.co.uk/swainby-sweep
21 Apr Helmsley 10k Multi Terrain www.helmsleysport.org/page15htm
22 Apr Ackworth Half Marathon www.racebest.com
28 Apr Yorkshire Wildlife Park 5k www.curlysathletes.co.uk
5 May Kirkbymoorside 10k www.kirkbymoorside10k.com
12 May Ripon 10 www.riponrunners.org.uk/ripon-10-mile
19 May Fountains 10k www.fountains10k.co.uk
26 May Northallerton 10k www.northallerton10k.co.uk
26 May Melmerby 10k www.melmerbyrun.org
12 Jun Otley 10 (miles) www.otleyac.org.uk
16 Jun Pontefract 10k www.pontefract10k.org.uk
16 Jun Pudsey 10k www.pudseypacers.com
23 Jun Staveley Stampede 10k www.staveleystampede.co.uk
7 Jul Burn Valley Half Marathon www.riponrunners.org.uk/burn-valley-half/
14 Jul Ilkley Half Marathon www.ilkleyhalfmarathon.co.uk
14 Jul Burton Leonard 10k www.burtonleonard10k.co.uk
28 Jul 14k James Herriott Trail Run (Castle Bolton)
www.rotary-ribi.org/clubs/homepage.php?ClubID=254
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: http://www.parkrun.org.uk/fountainsabbey/aboutus/
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: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/join-us
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. Aim to be through the gate by 08:45 to allow enough time to get to the start, warm up and hear the briefing. 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
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 http://www.parkrun-barcode.org.uk/ 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 405 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 49 were first timers and 53 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 25 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 25 volunteers:

Dewi WINKLE • Steve MARKS • Stephen CONSTABLE • Allan HANSEN • Elliot PALMER • Phil CHATTERTON • Nicole SUTTON • Samuel MADDISON • Lisa QUINN • Tehya SUTTON • Chris BROWN • Jon HANCOCK • Simon MCCUDDEN • Alison TURNER-PARRY • Emma OATES • Steve OATES • Charlotte EADES • John SKINNER • Jackie KERR • Graham BOYD • Katie OATES • Andrew MORTON • Alex BAILEY-GOUGH • Susan WILLIAMSON • Lenny LENNOX

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 Kris LECHER who recorded a time of 15:19 on 28th April 2018 (event number 210).
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 12,666 participants have completed 73,526 parkruns covering a total distance of 367,630 km, including 12,539 new Personal Bests. A total of 711 individuals have volunteered 4,737 times.

 

Fountains Abbey Run Report #250

After a hiatus of two weeks,  the weather finally played ball and allowed us to run our 250th parkrun at Fountains Abbey. As always the Abbey and grounds looked stunning and our thanks to the NT staff who work very hard to keep them in tip top condition. We were greeted with 488 parkrunners  this week of which 25 chose this to be their very first parkrun including two tourists from Japan. You may have noticed a slight delay in the results this week and two very confused RDs sat in the café scratching their heads, unfortunately even though the Run Director asked people not to cross the finish line more than once a number of individuals chose to ignore this request. The newly refurbished café was doing a brisk trade after our run and it was good to see so many enjoying the social side of our wonderful running community afterwards.

The results this week are as follows:

1st finisher Reece Dalton 17:16 (finished 1st 45 times previously)

2nd finisher Istvan Jacso 17:23

3rd finisher Tom Calvert 17:28

1st female finisher Emma Sorby 19:31 (finished 1st 53 times previously)

2nd female finisher Molly Acton 21:27 JW11-14

3rd female finisher Wendy marks 21:54

Top Age Graded percentages

Jane Holmes 84:82%

Lenny Lennox 83:87%

Andy Todd 82:25%
This week 488 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 78 were first timers and 80 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 42 different clubs took part.

Congratulations to the following parkrunners achieving milestones:

Suzy Wood and Iain Clough on joining the 100 club

Jillian Wood on joining the 50 club

The event was made possible by 24 volunteers:

Anne CHEESEMAN • Douglas SCOTT • Phil CHATTERTON • Nicole SUTTON • Steve SILVER • Samuel MADDISON • Chris BROWN • Simon MCCUDDEN • Karen TULLEY • Alison TURNER-PARRY • Emily PARRY • Oliver PARRY • John SKINNER • Graham LIVESEY • Pamela BROWN • Jackie KERR • Suzy WOOD • Clare CHILDS • Graham BOYD • Kathy GARGAN • Alex BAILEY-GOUGH • Susan WILLIAMSON • Lenny LENNOX • James RYDER

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 slot on 23 February 2019
6 vacant volunteer slot on 2 March 2019
12 vacant volunteer slots on 9 March 2019
9 vacant volunteer slots on 16 March 2019
10 vacant volunteer slots on 23 March 2019

As always please drop us a line at fountainsabbeyhelpers@parkrun.com if you can assist with volunteering in the future.
Local Runs
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.
10 Feb Ripon Muddy Boots 10k and Fun Run https://bookitzone.com/muddyboots/mR2FFX
17 Feb Harewood House Half Marathon and 10k www.bhf.org.uk
17 Mar Thirsk 10 (miles) www.thirskandsowerbyharriers.co.uk
17 Mar Lightwater Valley 10k www.bookitzone.com
24 Mar Wakefield 10k www.wakefield10k.org.uk
30 Mar Croft Circuit 5k
14 Apr Vale of York 10 (miles) www.evensplits/events/voy10
14 Apr Swainby Sweep 7 / 16 Miles www.madraces.co.uk/swainby-sweep
21 Apr Helmsley 10k Multi Terrain www.helmsleysport.org/page15htm
22 Apr Ackworth Half Marathon www.racebest.com
28 Apr Yorkshire Wildlife Park 5k www.curlysathletes.co.uk
5 May Kirkbymoorside 10k www.kirkbymoorside10k.com
12 May Ripon 10 www.riponrunners.org.uk/ripon-10-mile
19 May Fountains 10k www.fountains10k.co.uk
26 May Northallerton 10k www.northallerton10k.co.uk
26 May Melmerby 10k www.melmerbyrun.org
12 Jun Otley 10 (miles) www.otleyac.org.uk
16 Jun Pontefract 10k www.pontefract10k.org.uk
16 Jun Pudsey 10k www.pudseypacers.com
23 Jun Staveley Stampede 10k www.staveleystampede.co.uk
7 Jul Burn Valley Half Marathon www.riponrunners.org.uk/burn-valley-half/
14 Jul Ilkley Half Marathon www.ilkleyhalfmarathon.co.uk
14 Jul Burton Leonard 10k www.burtonleonard10k.co.uk
28 Jul 14k James Herriott Trail Run (Castle Bolton)
www.rotary-ribi.org/clubs/homepage.php?ClubID=254
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: http://www.parkrun.org.uk/fountainsabbey/aboutus/
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: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/join-us
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
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 http://www.parkrun-barcode.org.uk/ 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.

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 Kris LECHER who recorded a time of 15:19 on 28th April 2018 (event number 210).
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 12,552 participants have completed 72,649 parkruns covering a total distance of 363,245 km, including 12,385 new Personal Bests. A total of 708 individuals have volunteered 4,687 times

 

*****parkrun Sat-9-Feb is CANCELLED*****

Sorry folks, tomorrow's parkrun has been cancelled on the advice from our friends at the National Trust. The wind is starting to gust and is up to 60mph, with more such to follow overnight and in the morning. With the number of huge trees on site, even though the course is in a relatively sheltered hollow, there is too much risk of dangerous debris flying about.

Thank you to all our fabulous volunteers; it's a great shame as we had a lovely full roster. Still, there's always next week!

Best wishes,

Phil & Graham (Run Directors)

 

Parkrun 2nd February – travel note

Hi folks,

It’s one of those Saturdays when it’s not super-clear whether we should cancel or not, so we’re going to check first thing in the morning and cancel of the paths are too icy. We’re not doing this yet as the forecast is for relatively little snow despite the cold temperatures, and the Trust are reasonably relaxed about the prospects for tomorrow. If you’re planning to travel long distances, our advice would be to stay close to home for your parkrun fix this weekend, as it might still get called off, once we get the chance to look at the course early tomorrow.

If we do cancel, we’ll post here and on Facebook, so if you see no further posts, we run at 9!

Phil & Patrick (Run Directors)

 

Fountains Abbey parkrun #249 Run Report

Technology is great isn’t it?  Up until the point it fails!  Such was the case yesterday when it became obvious while trying to download 446 finishing times that all was not well with the stopwatch port where the lead connects to transfer data into the computer.  The sick stopwatch was rushed home for exploratory surgery, but despite the best efforts with a micro-screwdriver, a head torch and a magnifying glass, it was soon obvious the stopwatch was beyond help.  The sight of the socket literally dropping out of the stopwatch confirmed the diagnosis, and as it was completely detached from the solder plate, it was clear that all attempts to download the data would be futile.

For the second occasion in 249 Fountains Abbey parkruns, all finishers were awarded a 59:59 time. A message to this effect was quickly put on our Facebook page (we are of course fully aware that not all our runners are on Facebook, but it was important to spread the word) followed by a message on our official website news page. The rest of Saturday was not quite as I had planned, manually manipulating the results and responding to a raft of emails after the results were sent to parkrun HQ.

But the response of you, especially on the Facebook page, was amazing.  Thank you for such positive comments and it just proves what a special community our parkrun has engendered.  And it’s not all bad, so here’s ten positives to mull over this Sunday

1. Parkrun is free, so no need to spend hours sorting entrance fee refunds.

2.  We all enjoyed the opportunity to run together in a very special place.

3.  The last finisher can share the same time as the first finisher.

4.  Free membership of the exclusive 59:59 club.

5.  Another accredited parkrun towards the next milestone T-shirt.

6. Those who celebrated a milestone run certainly had a run to remember. And it still counts!

7.  All runners will certainly see a marked improvement in next week’s time.

8.  Nobody had the disappointment of missing their PB by one second.

9.  A timely reminder how important it is to keep all things in perspective.

10.  We can all do it again next week!

Milestones and Mentions

First over the line yesterday was Michael Kallenberg visiting from Camarthen and District Harriers AC with a truly spectacular run.  There was some speculation he had broken the course record of 15:19, but my stopwatch showed Michael crossed the line in 15;22 (unofficial timing).   First lady was Hannah Bateson, again with a storming run, by my stopwatch 18:45.  Well done to you both.

(For information, we have these times as the Run Directors try to manually record as many known finishers with times and places as they cross the line.  You may have seen us doing this, and we do it to try and manually rectify errors before publishing the final results caused by finishers who funnel duck, refuse to take a finish token or go back down the course and cross the line twice, all events that cause finish time and place errors from that point onwards.)

We also celebrated T-shirt milestones for Harry Davenport qualifying for his 10th (juniors), Melissa Thomas Peters and Clare Louise Atkinson qualified for their 50th while Simon Arnold, Joy Fletcher and Ian Crane celebrated their 100 parkruns. Joy is clearly a creature of habit with all 100 runs completed at Fountains Abbey! 

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 slot on 2 February 2019

0 vacant volunteer slot on 9 February 2019

3 vacant volunteer slots on 16 February 2019

As always please drop us a line at fountainsabbeyhelpers@parkrun.com if you can assist with volunteering in the future.

Local Runs

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.

10 Feb           Ripon Muddy Boots 10k and Fun Run                                                                            https://bookitzone.com/muddyboots/mR2FFX

17 Feb           Harewood House Half Marathon and 10k                                  www.bhf.org.uk

17 Mar           Thirsk 10 (miles)                                                                                                                  www.thirskandsowerbyharriers.co.uk

17 Mar           Lightwater Valley 10k    www.bookitzone.com

24 Mar           Wakefield 10k      www.wakefield10k.org.uk

30 Mar           Croft Circuit 5k

14 Apr                        Vale of York 10 (miles)                               www.evensplits/events/voy10

14 Apr                        Swainby Sweep 7 / 16 Miles                                                                                             www.madraces.co.uk/swainby-sweep

21 Apr                        Helmsley 10k Multi Terrain                                                                                                            www.helmsleysport.org/page15htm

22 Apr                        Ackworth Half Marathon    www.racebest.com

28 Apr                        Yorkshire Wildlife Park 5k    www.curlysathletes.co.uk

5 May             Kirkbymoorside 10k                                                www.kirkbymoorside10k.com

12 May           Ripon 10                                                                                                                               www.riponrunners.org.uk/ripon-10-mile

19 May           Fountains 10k       www.fountains10k.co.uk

26 May           Northallerton 10k   www.northallerton10k.co.uk

26 May           Melmerby 10k     www.melmerbyrun.org

12 Jun            Otley 10 (miles)      www.otleyac.org.uk

16 Jun            Pontefract 10k    www.pontefract10k.org.uk

16 Jun            Pudsey 10k      www.pudseypacers.com

23 Jun            Staveley Stampede 10k    www.staveleystampede.co.uk

7 Jul               Burn Valley Half Marathon                                                                                                www.riponrunners.org.uk/burn-valley-half/

14 Jul                         Ilkley Half Marathon                                                www.ilkleyhalfmarathon.co.uk

14 Jul             Burton Leonard 10k                                                www.burtonleonard10k.co.uk

28 Jul             14k James Herriott Trail Run (Castle Bolton)

www.rotary-ribi.org/clubs/homepage.php?ClubID=254

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: http://www.parkrun.org.uk/fountainsabbey/aboutus/
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: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/join-us 

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

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 http://www.parkrun-barcode.org.uk/ 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...
Fountains Abbey parkrun, Event number 249, 26 January 2019

This week 446 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 73 were first timers and 0 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 31 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 23 volunteers:

Douglas SCOTT • Elliot PALMER • Nicole SUTTON • Samuel MADDISON • Lauren BINKS • Jon HANCOCK • Karen TULLEY • Anne HANCOCK • Emma OATES • Steve OATES • Charlotte EADES • John SKINNER • Fred COOPER • Sarah WOFFINDEN • Sarah HASLAM • Graham BOYD • Katie OATES • Macy BRETT • Tim COLLIN • Susan WILLIAMSON • John FOTHERINGHAM • Paul ACKERLEY • James RYDER

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 Kris LECHER who recorded a time of 15:19 on 28th April 2018 (event number 210).

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 12,474 participants have completed 72,161 parkruns covering a total distance of 360,805 km, including 12,306 new Personal Bests. A total of 707 individuals have volunteered 4,663 times.

 

 

 

parkrun #249 59:59

I released this message on our Fountains Abbey Facebook page a few hours ago, along with a photo of the broken stopwatch.

'Well done to all 444 runners this morning. Unfortunately, we don’t have good news. We were down to one stopwatch this morning, only to find the download port has disconnected from the solder plate. Thus it’s impossible to download the finish times.
We are working hard to process the finish places now. These will all default to 59:59. I know many of you will email with your finish times, but as volunteers we also have other commitments this weekend so we would ask for your patience and understanding as we don’t intend to process 444 emails into our in-box and process 444 times manually.

On the bright side, we hope you all enjoyed your run this morning! And of course your run will count towards your next t-shirt.

If you don’t want a 59:59 against your name, we can of course remove your results.
Huge apologies, we too are immensely disappointed to be let down by our equipment, but we do hope you understand.

 

Run Report for Fountains Abbey parkrun 248, 19 January 2019

January weather, somewhat unpredictable at the best of times. Keeping a very close on the Friday’s forecast, it was obvious the prediction computers were finding it a bit tricky too, such were the variations for Friday night / Saturday morning. By Friday evening, it seemed sensible to release a weather advisory, if nothing else to recommend to parkrunners travelling from afar to perhaps keep it local for this weekend rather than face the disappointment of arriving at the Visitors’ Centre to be greeted with news of a late cancellation.

Thus it was with some relief to open the curtains early on Saturday morning to find no more snow had settled in Kirkby Malzeard, and depending on a favourable route check to ensure the course would be clear of ice, the run would be good to go. Our thanks to the National Trust staff for their work in treating surfaces to ensure they would be safe to run on, we really are fortunate to have such amazing support.

Despite the morning being grey and chilly, we were able to run as usual. Look on the bright side, at least it wasn’t raining, snowing or blowing a hooley! A wonderful team of volunteers too, all dressed for the weather, ensured the run ran like clockwork, and we were able to get the results out to all 305 finishers well before 11 o’clock. It seems we are getting a bit more familiar with the interim catering arrangements too; certainly there were more runners in the Aislabie Room afterwards, and it did have a certain buzz about it that was a little more reminiscent of the restaurant than last week’s.

Milestones and Mentions

First over the line yesterday was Chris Oddy in quite impressive form, a first-time visitor from Serpentine running club in 16:42, and for the ladies Phoebe Hall visiting Fountains Abbey parkrun for her 141st outing in 21:31. Well done to you both.

We also celebrated T-shirt milestones for Evelyn Lowes qualifying for her 10th (juniors), while Owen McNair and Tim Tribe qualified for their 50th. On the subject of T-shirts it does seem that the supply situation has improved and runners are now receiving their milestone T-shirt before qualifying for their next one, good news all round!

Special mention to Nicole Sutton. Volunteering to pace 24 minutes, she crossed the line in…… 24:00 dead. Looking at the results, I would also credit that spot-on pacing for helping three other runners achieve PBs, so brilliantly run to you all.

Volunteering at Fountains Abbey parkrun

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

1 vacant volunteer slot on 26 January 2019
0 vacant volunteer slot on 2 February 2019
3 vacant volunteer slots on 9 February 2019

As always please drop us a line at fountainsabbeyhelpers@parkrun.com if you can assist with volunteering in the future.

Local Runs


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.

3 Feb Dewsbury 10k www.dewsburyroadrunners.co.uk

10 Feb Ripon Muddy Boots 10k and Fun Run https://bookitzone.com/muddyboots/mR2FFX
17 Feb Harewood House Half Marathon and 10k
www.bhf.org.uk

17 Mar Thirsk 10 (miles) www.thirskandsowerbyharriers.co.uk
17 Mar Lightwater Valley 10k www.bookitzone.com
24 Mar Wakefield 10k www.wakefield10k.org.uk
30 Mar Croft Circuit 5k

14 Apr Vale of York 10 (miles) www.evensplits/events/voy10
14 Apr Swainby Sweep 7 / 16 Miles www.madraces.co.uk/swainby-sweep
21 Apr Helmsley 10k Multi Terrain www.helmsleysport.org/page15htm
22 Apr Ackworth Half Marathon www.racebest.com
28 Apr Yorkshire Wildlife Park 5k www.curlysathletes.co.uk

5 May Kirkbymoorside 10k www.kirkbymoorside10k.com
12 May Ripon 10 www.riponrunners.org.uk/ripon-10-mile
19 May Fountains 10k www.fountains10k.co.uk
26 May Northallerton 10k www.northallerton10k.co.uk
26 May Melmerby 10k www.melmerbyrun.org

12 Jun Otley 10 (miles) www.otleyac.org.uk
16 Jun Pontefract 10k www.pontefract10k.org.uk
16 Jun Pudsey 10k www.pudseypacers.com
23 Jun Staveley Stampede 10k www.staveleystampede.co.uk

7 Jul Burn Valley Half Marathon www.riponrunners.org.uk/burn-valley-half/
14 Jul Ilkley Half Marathon www.ilkleyhalfmarathon.co.uk
14 Jul Burton Leonard 10k www.burtonleonard10k.co.uk
28 Jul 14k James Herriott Trail Run (Castle Bolton)
www.rotary-ribi.org/clubs/homepage.php?ClubID=254

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: http://www.parkrun.org.uk/fountainsabbey/aboutus/
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: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/join-us

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

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 http://www.parkrun-barcode.org.uk/ 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...

Fountains Abbey parkrun, Event number 248, 19 January 2019

This week 305 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 28 were first timers and 42 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 23 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 24 volunteers:

Douglas SCOTT • Nicole SUTTON • Samuel MADDISON • Lisa QUINN • Linda CADMAN • Tehya SUTTON • Chris BROWN • Lauren BINKS • Jon HANCOCK • Simon MCCUDDEN • Karen TULLEY • Alison TURNER-PARRY • Emily PARRY • Oliver PARRY • Steve OATES • Charlotte EADES • Fred COOPER • Tom OATES • Clare CHILDS • Graham BOYD • Katie OATES • Tim COLLIN • Lise SEIERSEN • Susan WILLIAMSON

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 Kris LECHER who recorded a time of 15:19 on 28th April 2018 (event number 210).
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 12,401 participants have completed 71,715 parkruns covering a total distance of 358,575 km, including 12,306 new Personal Bests. A total of 706 individuals have volunteered 4,640 times.

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