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 email@example.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)
And now for the official part……