Fountains Abbey parkrun Run Report #243

Fountains Abbey parkrun
Event number 243
15th December 2018

The weather was very chilly indeed – sub- zero with the wind chill – but we had a fantastic team of volunteers who ensured all 227 runners made their way safely round the Abbey grounds. A huge thank you to all our volunteers; everyone was able to thaw out in the café afterwards with large cups of coffee/tea and some delicious National Trust mince pies!

Ben Wimpory came home first for the boys in 18.35 and Emma Sorby led the girls in at 20.15.
We had two milestones today – Emily Andrews and Alan Barrett both achieved their 50th parkrun - many congratulations to you both and hopefully red T shirts will arrive soon.

The top age-related scores were achieved by Morag McDowall and Andy Todd – very impressive!

We look forward to seeing you all next week for our Christmas themed parkrun.

Kathy and Graham (parkrun 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.

2 vacant volunteer slots on 22 December 2018
3 vacant volunteer slots on 29 December 2018
5 vacant volunteer slots on 5 January 2019
2 vacant volunteer slots on 12 January 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 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. 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. No 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

Tue 1 Jan 2019 Double parkrun day! Not at Fountains unfortunately!
Sun 10 Feb 2019 Muddy Boots 10k, Ripon https://bookitzone.com/muddyboots/mR2FFX

The official part....
This week 227 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 24 were first timers and 26 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 17 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 24 volunteers:

Andy TODD • Tony SHAW • David JELLEY • Douglas Andrew SCOTT • Elliot PALMER • Neil DRING • Samuel MADDISON • Lauren BINKS • Jon HANCOCK • Simon MCCUDDEN • Rod COOPER • Emma OATES • Steve OATES • John SKINNER • Michael HERNANDEZ • Matt COOPER • Fred COOPER • Helen SMITH • Graham BOYD • Katie OATES • Kathy GARGAN • Miles STANYARD • John SMITH • 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 12,090 participants have completed 69,522 parkruns covering a total distance of 347,610 km, including 12,080 new Personal Bests. A total of 695 individuals have volunteered 4,507 times.

 

Fountains Abbey parkrun Event number 242 8th December 2018

At 7am the day ahead looked unpromising, with wind and rain lashing the windows, so I expected a relatively low attendance at parkrun as we set up the course at 8. In fact, the day turned out dry and bright, although very windy, as experienced by 274 stout-hearted runners and walkers this morning. I got a very strong push past the Abbey on my course set-up lap, and had to battle into its teeth as I stepped off the wooden bridge and turned for home. The fact that 24 of those runners posted a PB is terrific – those were tough conditions, particularly the final km up the draggy hill, into the wind. I was also impressed that 16 runners were first-time parkrunners (anywhere), so a huge welcome to all of you, we hope to see you again.

Today we said farewell to a stalwart parkrunner and all-round great lady Shamiso SISIMAYI (she’s known as Shami) as she completed her 240th UK parkrun, her last one for a while as she prepares to emigrate to New Zealand. It was great to see a good turnout of her Harrogate Harrier friends there to see her off. Come back and see us again soon Shami!

Well done to our first finishers Lee STANLEY who came roaring over the line in jubilation as he saw off his nearest challenger Tom BORROWDALE in 18:38 – great running by both guys and great sport to watch too! First finisher for the ladies, Olivia MULLIGAN had less of a challenge from fleet-footed opponents but was no less impressive in 20:08 (12th overall). In the age-graded results, the evergreen Lenny LENNOX posted 80.72% (19:32) and Wendy MARKS 74.58% (22:45). Congratulations to all!

Well done to Patrick HASLAM, our most recent addition to the Run Director team, on his 50th parkrun today.

Thanks to the National Trust for warning us about the civil work going on around the wooden bridge, we were well prepared for that and there were no issues from it. Results processing was a breeze, so we managed to get everyone their emails well before 12 noon.

See you all next week.

Lisa and Phil (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.

4 vacant volunteer slots on 15 December 2018
6 vacant volunteer slots on 22 December 2018
4 vacant volunteer slots on 29 December 2018
10 vacant volunteer slots on 5 January 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 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. 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. No 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
Sun 30 Dec Jolly Holly Jog http://www.riponrunners.org.uk/jolly-holly-jog-10k/
Tue 1 Jan 2019 Double parkrun day! Not at Fountains unfortunately! :(
Sun 10 Feb 2019 Muddy Boots 10k, Ripon https://bookitzone.com/muddyboots/mR2FFX

And now the official bit:
This week 274 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 25 were first timers and 24 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 23 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 20 volunteers:

Bill WADE • Elliot PALMER • Phil CHATTERTON • Steve SILVER • Samuel MADDISON • Lisa QUINN • Lauren BINKS • Jon HANCOCK • Simon MCCUDDEN • Simon CHILDS • Rod COOPER • Emily PARRY • Oliver PARRY • Emma OATES • Steve OATES • Fred COOPER • Graham BOYD • Katie OATES • Shirley HILL • 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 12,066 participants have completed 69,295 parkruns covering a total distance of 346,475 km, including 12,054 new Personal Bests. A total of 693 individuals have volunteered 4,483 times.

 

Run Report for Fountains Abbey parkrun 241, 1 December 2018

Well as Fountains Abbey parkruns go, number 241 qualified as one of the slightly damp ones. Notwithstanding the weather, we were still able to host 245 valiant finishers, although would you believe that was our lowest number since parkrun number 174, way back in July 2017?  But it meant a relatively calm start and a nice flow of runners in the finish area.  And ironically, the lower numbers and wind free morning enabled a brilliant 27 runners to take advantage of the perfect running conditions and clock up a PB, well done! It did seem most of the runners migrated to the café afterwards though to dry out and warm up a bit!

What truly impressed us yesterday though was out of our volunteering team of 26 (and each and every one of you retained warm smiles despite the conditions, thank you), 10 were under 18 years old, that’s nearly 40% of our volunteers and we think that’s quite amazing.  We welcomed a number volunteering as part of their Duke of Edinburgh programme, but we also had a number of our much younger and regular runners helping the event run smoothly, so huge round of applause please to: Alex, Fred, Macy and Sam for some magnificent marshalling; Lauren, Tehya and James for fantastic work with timekeeping and tokens in the finish area, and superstars Cara, Reuben and Faith who were simply bursting with enthusiasm as our brilliant barcode scanners.

I sometimes think our younger generations get some unfair criticism from various quarters, so for this week I’m also going to highlight some of our younger runners who perhaps never quite get to see their name in a run report. So again, applause please for yesterday’s younger finishers:

Niamh Robinson (JW10 / 26:09)
James Anderson (JM10 / 35:09)
Iestyn Atkin (JM10 / 26:06)
Nosang Limbu (JM10 / 31:07)
Namyo Limbu (JM10 / 29:29)
Harry Davenport (JM10 / 32:30)
Kaelin McCooke (JW11-14 / 23:16)
Amelie Winter (JW11-14 / 27:27)
Nicole Cooney (JW11-14 / 31:11)
Ben Linscott (JM11-14 / 18:52)
Jason Cooney (JM11-14 / 25:44)
Jake Rickard (JM11-14 / 32:21)
Katrina Lewis (JW15-17 / 36:07)
Phoebe Hall (JW15-17 / 22:19)
Holly Newby (JW15-17 / 25:16)
Chloe Kyle (JW15-17 / 36:07)
Chloe McCooke (JW15-17 / 48:16)
Jack Ibbotson (JM15-17 / 22:29)
Ben Rickard (JM15-17 / 21:54)
Michael Sorby (JM15-17 / 26:40)

Well done all!

Milestones and Mentions

First over the line yesterday was Andy Brodziak, a first-time visitor in 18:05, and for the ladies Emma Sorby, currently in superb form in 19:46.

We also celebrated milestones for Simon McCudden’s 50th parkrun, warmly received as the Chair of Ripon Runners and an stalwart supporter of Fountains Abbey, while Karen Rayner and Diane Foster recorded their 100 runs. Diane has a magnificent record at Fountains Abbey, 98 runs in total, with just a couple of excursions to Middlesborough.

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 slots on 8 December 2018
4 vacant volunteer slots on 15 December 2018
5 vacant volunteer slots on 22 December 2018

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

Local Runs

Sun 9 Dec South Leeds Bah Humbug 10k https://racebest.com/races/rasxh
Sun 30 Dec Jolly Holly Jog http://www.riponrunners.org.uk/jolly-holly-jog-10k/
Tue 1 Jan 2019 Double parkrun day! Not at Fountains unfortunately!
Sun 10 Feb 2019 Muddy Boots 10k Ripon https://bookitzone.com/muddyboots/mR2FFX

Donating to Fountains Abbey parkrun


It’s now nearly five 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 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.

Local races

If you would like to hand out any race literature at Fountains Abbey parkrun we would appreciate you seeking permission from the Run Directors as there are some specific rules that govern us here at Fountains Abbey.

And now the official bit...


Fountains Abbey parkrun, Event number 241, 1 December 2018

This week 245 people ran the course, of whom 23 were first timers and 27 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 21 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 26 volunteers:

Dewi WINKLE • Douglas Andrew SCOTT • Steve SILVER • Samuel MADDISON • Lisa QUINN • Tehya SUTTON • Lauren BINKS • Jon HANCOCK • Ann HARRINGTON • Rod COOPER • Steve OATES • Fred COOPER • Charles FLETCHER • Sally HOUGHTON • Emily HOUGHTON • Graham BOYD • Cara Ann HARRINGTON • Katie OATES • Reuben HARFORD • Paul HARFORD • Sarah HARFORD • Faith HARFORD • Macy BRETT • Alex BAILEY-GOUGH • Alan DOCHERTY • 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 12,041 participants have completed 69,021 parkruns covering a total distance of 345,105 km, including 12,030 new Personal Bests. A total of 692 individuals have volunteered 4,463 times.

 

Fountains Abbey parkrun Event number 240 24th November 2018

Firstly, many thanks to everyone for helping us manage the new arrangements re dogs to good effect; the level of co-operation was testament to the excellent team ethos of the community we have at this Event. We received many favourable comments about the calmness of the start. Lindsey, who is one of our Run Directors and a committed dog owner and runner, made a very valid point, even though she has been unable to attend parkrun for some weeks now. Her point was that starting away from the main pack of runners benefits the dogs too, in that close proximity to large crowds can set dogs on edge. It was noticeable how calm everything was yesterday, without the usual loud barking that normally precedes the “3-2-1-GO!”  The only drawback is that our loudhailer is now a bit puny for the job as the start pack is longer; we’re getting hold of a more powerful one!

 

The start placards were also a hit – as I watched from the stone pillar, I noticed that everyone set off in a very tidy way yesterday. Normally, I stand there with heart in mouth, praying that no-one comes a cropper as runners, dogs and buggies crowd onto the path up the first little hill. Let’s hope we can build on this good start to keep everyone out of harm’s way as much as possible.

 

Well done to our first finishers, Ted MASON (a very handy fell runner by all accounts) in 16:32 and regular Emma SORBY with a swift PB of 19:36 (19th overall). Great running by both. Milestones were racked up by: Leigh ELLAR (50th), Jody BREEZE (50th) and Shirley BOYD (100th), wife of stalwart Run Director Graham. Even though it’s not an official milestone run, Michelle DINSDALE of Nidd Valley Road Runners notched up 150 parkruns, accompanied by some enthusiastic clubmates. 1970s pop fans may have thought that Michael Jackson reincarnated himself to run parkrun, but that was just our very own thriller Mike HERNANDEZ and his zombie crew celebrating his 50th birthday. Happy birthday Mike!

 

See you all next week – that’ll be in December already!

 

Kathy and Phil (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.

 

3 vacant volunteer slots on 1 December 2018

5 vacant volunteer slots on 8 December 2018

6 vacant volunteer slots on 15 December 2018

10 vacant volunteer slots on 22 December 2018

 

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 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. 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. No 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 edge of the start area, with the dog on the outside, 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

Sat 1 Dec York Yuletide Trail https://www.seeyorkrunyork.co.uk/events
Sun 9 Dec South Leeds Bah Humbug 10k https://racebest.com/races/rasxh
Sun 30 Dec Jolly Holly Jog http://www.riponrunners.org.uk/jolly-holly-jog-10k/
Tue 1 Jan 2019 Double parkrun day! Not at Fountains unfortunately! :(
Sun 10 Feb 2019 Muddy Boots 10k, Ripon https://bookitzone.com/muddyboots/mR2FFX

 

And now the official bit:

This week 364 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 45 were first timers and 57 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 31 different clubs took part.

 

The event was made possible by 31 volunteers:

 

Ray JOHNSTONE • Paula JOHNSTONE • Douglas Andrew SCOTT • Elliot PALMER • Phil CHATTERTON • Nicole SUTTON • Dave BINKS • Samuel MADDISON • John BULL • Chris BROWN • Jon HANCOCK • Rod COOPER • Alison TURNER-PARRY • Emily PARRY • Oliver PARRY • Emma OATES • Steve OATES • Fred COOPER • Sally HOUGHTON • Emily HOUGHTON • Graham BOYD • Katie OATES • Peter BARNFATHER • Kathy GARGAN • Robert EAMES • Alan DOCHERTY • Lenny LENNOX • Shirley HILL • Fiona BOLAND • Karen BOLAND • 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 12,018 participants have completed 68,776 parkruns covering a total distance of 343,880 km, including 12,003 new Personal Bests. A total of 684 individuals have volunteered 4,437 times.

 

Dogs at Fountains Abbey parkrun

The continued growth of parkrun and its increasing popularity have caused us as a core event team to come to a decision that we’re announcing here.

We’re starting (on Saturday 24 November 2018) to start runners with dogs from the back of the start pack. That is, way back behind the main bunch. This includes dogs whose runners run at all speeds, from 15 to 55 minutes.  Marshals will be on hand on Saturday to assist in getting everyone to the start in the right place.

This action is to minimise incidents where dogs and their leads get caught up with other runners, risking injury. Dog runners are asked to use their judgement to begin overtaking others only when the pack of runners ahead has thinned out sufficiently – maybe around the 1km mark depending on conditions.

Current parkrun UK rules about leads remain in place (no cani-cross leads or long extendable leads, one dog per runner, no running with a dog and a buggy at the same time).

We have not had a major dog-related injury yet at Fountains Abbey, so you may ask why we’re doing this. Well, we’ve had one first-aid case involving a child runner, as well as numerous near-misses, so it’s designed to avert what several of us can see happening if we don’t take pre-emptive action. Put simply, we have a duty of care to all runners and every runner/volunteer has the right to go home in the same (or a better) state of health as they arrived in.

National Trust Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal is a noted dog-friendly attraction, so we wish to avoid an outright ban on dogs at this stage. Please help us in this regard by starting at the back, or leaving your dog at home.  We’ll review how this works over the next few weeks though if we find that people ignore/abuse the arrangement then we’ll have to bring in an outright ban on dogs, as many parkruns have done nationally.  At present we want to maintain inclusivity and to allow dog runners to run, albeit with conditions. One thing we can’t do, is increase the amount of physical space that we have to run in, so we’re doing this to allow more people to participate in a safe way.

If any runners wish to seek further clarification, please contact us at fountainsabbeyoffice@parkrun.com.

Thank you for your co-operation.

 

Run Report for Fountains Abbey parkrun 239, 17 November 2018

Sometimes being the Run Director can be easy. Sometimes, not always. Yesterday was easy! Not only were we once again blessed with a truly outstanding team of volunteers (representing the entire Fountains Abbey parkrun community), I had an offer to good to turn down! One of our visitors, Andrea Towse, a Run Director from Lancaster parkrun offered to write our Run Report. So for two successive weeks I could give my keyboard a rest! It’s really interesting to get some external feedback on our parkrun, and I found her report truly heartening. As Run Directors, we don’t always get everything right, but it was terrific to hear that Andrea received the usual brilliant welcome from fellow Fountains Abbey parkrunners and volunteers. Her report follows:

This morning I had the joy of running my first parkrun at Fountains Abbey. Usually found at Lancaster parkrun, my husband and I had made the most of a generous offer from my mum to look after the children so that we could have a romantic weekend away. I hadn’t told my husband that Ripon was my choice of destination as Fountains Abbey was the top of my parkrun to-do list but I don’t think it took him long to figure it out!

We ran with 362 other runners on this typical British autumnal morning. We weren’t the only Fountains Abbey first timers, there were 60 other first timers, some of whom were running their absolute first parkrun (we all hope you loved it!) and some of whom were really experienced park runners - Andrew Stockwell and Danny Smith have nearly 500 parkruns between them! And what a treat we had.

Some great running from Fountains Abbey regulars too. Speedy Callum Robinson was celebrating his junior 10 milestone today and did so in style with a new PB. Also with a new PB was Jim Jakes running his 50th, Tim Benson ran his 50th too with Angela Norton running her 100th parkrun. Well done to you all!

If any of you have been to Lancaster parkrun you’ll know that you don’t often get to see other runners due to the trees and hills. As a slower runner here I loved seeing the faster runners on the other side of the water today, I loved the multi coloured reflections in the lakes and seeing the first runner finish from afar. The marshals were all lovely and I was lucky to run with Fountains Abbey regular Jane Cummins who encouraged me to keep going up the hills and gave me top tips about running single file over the bridge and how to avoid the cobbles! It was also fab to see so many people in the cafe after the run (you have delicious scones!!).

I am sure you all know what an amazing location you have and it really was everything I had hoped for. Thank-you for making us feel welcome.

Thank you Andrea.

Volunteering at Fountains Abbey parkrun


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

0 vacant volunteer slots on 24 November 2018
3 vacant volunteer slots on 1 December 2018
6 vacant volunteer slots on 8 December 2018

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

Local Runs

Sun 25 Nov Great Santa Skipton Fun Run http://skiptonsantafunrun.com
Sat 1 Dec York Yuletide Trail https://www.seeyorkrunyork.co.uk/events
Sun 9 Dec South Leeds Bah Humbug 10k https://racebest.com/races/rasxh
Sun 30 Dec Jolly Holly Jog http://www.riponrunners.org.uk/jolly-holly-jog-10k/
Tue 1 Jan 2019 Double parkrun day! Not at Fountains unfortunately!
Sun 10 Feb 2019 Muddy Boots 10k Ripon https://bookitzone.com/muddyboots/mR2FFX

Donating to Fountains Abbey parkrun


It’s now nearly five 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 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.

Local races


If you would like to hand out any race literature at Fountains Abbey parkrun we would appreciate you seeking permission from the Run Directors as there are some specific rules that govern us here at Fountains Abbey.

And now the official bit...


Fountains Abbey parkrun, Event number 239, 17 November 2018

This week 364 people ran the course, of whom 62 were first timers and 55 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 33 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 26 volunteers:

Joanne WALLACE • Iain WALLACE • Lee STANLEY • Phil CHATTERTON • Dave BINKS • Samuel MADDISON • John BULL • Chris BROWN • Jon HANCOCK • Joanne BELL • Alison TURNER-PARRY • Emily PARRY • Oliver PARRY • Michael HERNANDEZ • Fiona HERNANDEZ • Fred COOPER • Graham BOYD • Jill BARNFATHER • Peter BARNFATHER • Karen LENNOX • John GARRAWAY • Lise SEIERSEN • Millie BELL-DALE • George BELL-DALE • Robert EAMES • 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 11,973 participants have completed 68,412 parkruns covering a total distance of 342,060 km, including 11,946 new Personal Bests.

 

Run Report for Fountains Abbey parkrun 238, 10 November 2018

I wasn’t at Fountains Abbey yesterday to participate in parkrun #238, but fortunately I have two wonderful contributors to help write this week’s report. Of course, you cannot have failed to notice that yesterday’s event was adopted by our incredible local club, Ripon Runners. Once again, a brilliant team of volunteers throughout the course made it all happen, and an amazing group of pacers proudly wearing the club colours helped you on your way around the circuit. Not to mention the provision of yummy cakes (so I am led to understand). For this week’s initial part of the report, I am indebted to the man who does such a fine job in gathering together those Ripon Runners’ volunteers, Neil Dring:

‘Glorious autumn sunshine lit up the grounds of Fountains Abbey with a blaze of red and orange foliage greeting the 395 runners excitedly making their way down the hill to the start line by the Porters Lodge. These truly were perfect running conditions. 

The morning was made all the more special by the support of Ripon Runners who provided 35 marshals and volunteers at all points on the course and 15 pacemakers running from 20 minutes right through to 35 minutes, helping a remarkable 70 parkrunners achieve shiny new pbs.

Richard Hall's pre-run brief was, as always, much anticipated and on this occasion, the day before Remembrance Sunday, was especially poignant. Rarely, if ever before, have I known a crowd of keen and eager parkrunners caused to fall completely silent. Just thoughtful for a moment. Thank you Richard.

And then we were off! This week's first finishers were Byron Edwards, a veteran of Bury AC visiting Fountains for the first time running 17:17 for a VM40-44 age grading of 81.39% and first lady Jo Stephenson from Harrogate Tri Club speeding round in 21:56.

Top age grade performances of the day from the usual suspects, Andy Todd (VM55-59) running 18:51 for 81.52% and Morag McDowell (VW55-59) in 22:27 for 80.62%.

18 runners chose an exceptional day to experience parkrun for the first time. We hope to see you all back soon.

At the other end of the scale Robert Fairbanks (Sale Harriers) and Michael Connaughton (Prestwich AC) joined us to celebrate their fabulous 250th milestone runs.

Other milestones for Adrian Canlett and Matt Brookes, both earning their 50 shirts, and Harvey Hooley joining the junior 10 club running an impressive 21:15. Certainly one to watch for the future!’

Our second contribution for the report comes from one of our Run Directors, Richard Hall. We are so lucky to have Richard as one of the RD team for a multitude of reasons, not least his talent for delivering superb pre-run briefings, normally infused with a liberal serving of humour. But the tone for yesterday’s brief was in keeping with the weekend of remembrance, and held the crowd captivated in silence. For those who were unable to join us, Richard has kindly agreed for his message to be included in the report, and it is reproduced below:

‘Over the last couple of years I’ve claimed one or two folk as our predecessor parkrunners at Fountains Abbey – there was the founder 13 benedictine monks from York who established the abbey here in 1132. There’s Robin Hood and Friar Tuck, who had a bit of set to in the River Skell before making up and having a latte together, there’s Abbot Marmaduke Huby who built the modest little tower over there to the glory of God and possibly himself, there was John Aislabie, dodgy Chancellor of the Exchequer in the 18th century who established the Studley Royal water gardens, and not forgetting Octavia Hill, one of the three founders of the National Trust. A diverse bunch: they may not have had barcodes, but I’m pretty sure they knew the route, and I think they could all manage 5 ks.

Today on the eve of the centenary of the Armistice I’m adding one more to their number. Arguably the greatest of the WW1 poets, Wilfred Owen was commissioned in the Manchester Regiment in 1916. Having served on the Western Front he was diagnosed with shell shock and sent to Edinburgh for treatment. In March 1918, he was posted to the Northern Command depot here in Ripon. He wrote of it: ‘’an awful camp, huts, dirty blankets, in fact War once more”. He was in a hut of fourteen men “thirteen too many”, he wrote; and so found a room for rent in a cottage on Borrage Lane. There he wrote some of his best-known poems. On his 25th and last birthday he spent the afternoon in the cathedral. By July he was back in France, and in October he won the Military Cross for conspicuous gallantry. He was killed on the 4th November. His mother received the news of his death on the 11th November as the bells were ringing out to celebrate the armistice.

He had begun to collect some poems into a book with the hope of publication. In the preface he wrote this: ‘’This book is not about heroes, nor is it about deeds or lands, nor anything about glory honour might, majesty dominion or power, except war. Above all I am not concerned with poetry. My subject is war and the pity of war. The poetry is in the pity’’.

My claim that he was a parkrunner comes from the biography by Jon Stallworthy who wrote that having had a fever while in Ripon, Owen recovered sufficiently to “walk across the dales to Fountains Abbey and back”. I’m not convinced that Stallworthy knew the local geography too well but nonetheless – we can be sure that Wilfred Owen was here before us, and perhaps imagine that before his return to the horrors of the front he was able to relish the peace and tranquillity of this place.

Thank you Richard.

Volunteering at Fountains Abbey parkrun

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

0 vacant volunteer slots on 17 November 2018
3 vacant volunteer slots on 24 November 2018
9 vacant volunteer slots on 1 December 2018

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

Local Runs

Sun 25 Nov Great Santa Skipton Fun Run http://skiptonsantafunrun.com
Sat 1 Dec York Yuletide Trail https://www.seeyorkrunyork.co.uk/events
Sun 9 Dec South Leeds Bah Humbug 10k https://racebest.com/races/rasxh
Sun 30 Dec Jolly Holly Jog http://www.riponrunners.org.uk/jolly-holly-jog-10k/
Tue 1 Jan 2019 Double parkrun day! Not at Fountains unfortunately!
Sun 10 Feb 2019 Muddy Boots 10k Ripon https://bookitzone.com/muddyboots/mR2FFX

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 few new bits and pieces. Some of the kit gets provided by parkrun HQ. Some of it doesn’t and on those occasions we turn 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.

Local races

If you would like to hand out any race literature at Fountains Abbey parkrun we would appreciate you seeking permission from the Run Directors as there are some specific rules that govern us here at Fountains Abbey.

And now the official bit...

Fountains Abbey parkrun, Event number 238, 10 November 2018

This week 395 people ran the course, of whom 75 were first timers and 65 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 40 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 47 volunteers:

Wendy MARKS • Stephen REILLY • Dewi WINKLE • Mel DUTKA • Alex FAWCETT • Jackie TURNER • Anne CHEESEMAN • Bruce WILLOUGHBY • Lesley WILLOUGHBY • Richard HALL • Fiona ALDER • Alexandra NICOL • Kim HOLDEN • Mark RYDER • Neil DRING • Dawn SIMMONS • Dave BINKS • Jo THWAITES • Linda CADMAN • John BULL • Annabel HALL • Simon MCCUDDEN • James STUART-MILLS • Jim BERRIMAN • Richard BINKS • John SKINNER • Sue SKINNER • Sarah STANLEY • Trish GARBUTT • John GARBUTT • Fiona HERNANDEZ • Nicola SHILLAM • Wendy GREEN • Kamilla GORDON • Kate Taylor REILLY • Graham BOYD • Paul HEYWOOD • Helen COX • Peter BARNFATHER • Ann-Marie BROWN • James PARKES • Karen LENNOX • Alex MACEY • Andrea RICHARDSON • Lenny LENNOX • Tori EASEY • Andrew HARKER

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 11,911 participants have completed 68,048 parkruns covering a total distance of 340,240 km, including 11,890 new Personal Bests.

 

Christmas and New Year 2018/19 at Fountains Abbey parkrun

Please note that we won't be parkrunning on Xmas Day or New Year's Day this festive season (2018/19). We will however be running as per usual on the two Saturdays in the festive period, Sat-22-Dec and Sat-29-Dec.

 

Run Report Fountains Abbey parkrun #237

Fountains Abbey parkrun
Event number 237
3rd November 2018

Saturday saw 368 athletes assemble on the start line by the Porters Lodge in various shades of lycra with some even looking wide awake, the volunteers on setup reported the course was in perfect condition for running with the leaves on the trees looking their glorious Autumn best. As the Run Director started his brief the luck ran out with loudhailer failure so apologies if you missed out on any key information, although it would appear everyone heard the invitation to join us for coffee and cake afterwards.

A huge thanks to all who volunteered this week as the roster was full early on allowing the Run Director one less thing to worry about as Saturday approached.

Our first finisher for the Gents this week was Tom Mason from Wharfdale Harriers in an impressive 16:48 for his first ever parkrun, and for the Ladies Emma Sorby bagged a super new PB of 19:40 taking her Ladies first finishes to an impressive 48 separate occasions.

Our top Age Graded performances this week were:

Ben Grant VM70-74 87.15%

Andy Todd VM55-59 81.16%

Ted Mason VM35-39 80.65

Morag McDowall VW55-59 80.62%

Congratulations to the runners below who achieved the following milestones:

250 Run Club Richard Baker

100 Run Club Jake Rickard & Graham Childs

50 Run Club Anna Ashfield & Richard Green

Junior 10 Run Club Abbie Ramsay & Sam Linscott

This week 368 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 54 were first timers and 52 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 31 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 29 volunteers:

Paul STOCKBURN • Martin SHAW • Paul RICHARDSON • James LEE • Mathew CHAPLIN • Elliot PALMER • Phil CHATTERTON • Dave BINKS • Steve SILVER • John BULL • Jon HANCOCK • Matthew HARMAN • Rod COOPER • John ASHFIELD • John SKINNER • Michael HERNANDEZ • Anita OLDHAM • Graham BOYD • Peter BARNFATHER • Helen BOWLES • Linz MCCOOKE • Kaelin MCCOOKE • Karen LENNOX • Chloe MCCOOKE • David FREEMAN • Ellie IRWIN • Susan WILLIAMSON • Robert EAMES • Lenny LENNOX
Thank you to everyone else who also volunteered this week, it wouldn’t happen without you.
We still have plenty of spaces for volunteers over the next few weeks so just send us an email if you would like to have a go.
Volunteering at Fountains Abbey parkrun
For everyone that has already put themselves forward to help out in the coming weeks we are very grateful.

0 vacant volunteer slots on 10 November 2018 (Ripon Runners seniors adopted parkrun)
5 vacant volunteer slots on 17 November 2018
8 vacant volunteer slots on 24 November 2018
16 vacant volunteer slots on 01 December 2018

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 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. 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. No 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 edge of the start area, with the dog on the outside, 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
Sun 25 Nov Great Santa Skipton Fun Run http://skiptonsantafunrun.com
Sat 1 Dec York Yuletide Trail https://www.seeyorkrunyork.co.uk/events
Sun 9 Dec South Leeds Bah Humbug 10k https://racebest.com/races/rasxh
Sun 30 Dec Jolly Holly Jog http://www.riponrunners.org.uk/jolly-holly-jog-10k/
Tue 1 Jan 2019 Double parkrun day! Not at Fountains unfortunately!
Sun 10 Feb 2019 Muddy Boots 10k Ripon https://bookitzone.com/muddyboots/mR2FFX
And now the official bit.

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 11,835 participants have completed 67,653 parkruns covering a total distance of 338,265 km, including 11,825 new Personal Bests.

 

Fountains Abbey parkrun # 236 Run Report

Despite the temperature gauge plummeting and the decidedly chilly breeze 339 intrepid parkrunners completed Saturday’s parkrun. It was a privilege to enjoy the autumnal colours as we ran around the Abbey and Water Gardens. As always it was great to see a whole range of ages competing and having fun together and catching up in the cafe afterwards. A huge thank you to all our amazing volunteers who braved the cold to cheer all the runners on and make the run happen. Special thanks to Iain and Jo Wallace who stepped in to marshall after a particularly late night the night before

The eagle eyed of you may have spotted the highly prized, and very rare, blue 500 milestone T shirts - congratulations to Heather and Martin Pearson on passing the 500 parkruns milestone – amazing.

Congratulations to our first finishers this week – both of who achieved PBs in less than ideal PB weather - Chris Ovenden in a time of 16:52 (76.88%) and Shamiso Sisimayi in 19:46 (76.14%) - fantastic running.

Caron Thwaites and Laura Woodhead completed their 50 milestone run on Saturday and juniors Archie Ison and Alfie Couttie achieved their 10 completed runs milestone – well done all.

This weekend looks set to be a typical autumn morning with wet and windy temperatures forecast so it might be time to dig out that colder temperature run kit. Whatever the weather we look forward to welcoming you all.

Looking further ahead, Ripon Runners will be adopting parkrun on 10 November. As well as providing all the marshalls they will be providing a range of pacers from 20 mins to 35 mins plus so if you are looking to go for that PB that could be your week. They will be around after the run too so if you’ve ever wondered what goes on at a running club or want to find out more about joining they’d be happy to answer any questions you may have.

And so to the official results

This week 339 people ran, of whom 59 were first timers and 43 recorded new Personal Bests.
The highest age graded runs this week were Andy Todd (81.38%) and Caroline Glover (78.89%).
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).

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