Run Report for Fountains Abbey parkrun 211
Saturday 5th May 2018, and the Abbey grounds laid on a proper Yorkshire summer's morning to start the bank holiday weekend for the parkrun that would see us click our 10,000th unique parkrunner over the finish line on the far side of the abbey.
22 volunteers gathered early at the porters' lodge, high-vis tabards glowing in the sunshine, brand new radios (thank you Ripon Runners for the loan!) crackling, timers and barcode scanners freshly charged. Volunteering is addictive: 20 of our team were returners, but we also had a new face in Andrew Dove, thanks Andy, excellent bleeping.
Smiles all round at the start (see if you can spot yourself in Jon's video on our facebook page) and many still smiling as you crossed the finish line... ok, perhaps the odd grimace but there were some great performances to justify those. Our very own run director Richard Hall landed a new PB in 20:02, just behind first female finisher Lisa Maria Mawer, also snapping up a PB in 20 minutes dead (for 82.83%). Among the first timers we also had a fantastic run from Hilda Coulsey, clocking 24:40 in the VW65-69 category for the morning's best age-grading of 83.45%.
First over the line was Reece Dalton, in 16:35, back with us after a stunning first-finisher run at Catterick last weekend, where he clocked his 100th parkrun. Another first was our first British Sign Language interpreted run brief - visitor Jess Heyworth generously doing the honours. Jess has offered to help us find local BSL interpreters if anyone would like to take that up. Just let us know.
So, that 10,000th parkrunner to cross our finish line? Fittingly it was Katie Robertson, a runner from the 'UK parkrun tourists' running club, visiting us from Edinburgh. If you really let that sink in, ten thousand different parkrunners have joined us at Fountains Abbey in 211 runs over 4 years, it's quite amazing.
Also amazing - this week we had 421 runners, and only one attempted to enter the finish portal twice! 26 under 11s made it round our 5k course without abandoning their adult - excellent work. Same again next week? Go on then!
Some Milestones and Mentions
On running their 150th parkrun, congratulations to William Metcalfe and Paul Adams.
Clocking up 100 parkruns, all but 3 of them at Fountains Abbey, was our 26 minute pacer Stuart Pender.
And thanks for joining us to celebrate your 50th run, Ruth Albaya.
Congratulations to the 68 of you that recorded a PB, which we hope was used to justify extra ice creams over the bank holiday weekend.
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 12 May 2018 - yay!
5 vacant volunteer slots on 19 May 2018
6 vacant volunteer slots on 26 May 2018
As always please drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org if you can assist with volunteering in the future.
Donating to Fountains Abbey parkrun
It’s now over four years since we set up Fountains Abbey parkrun and we have replaced some of our signage and kit and bought a few new bits and pieces, the latest being a complete new set of finish tokens at a cost of £140. 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.
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...
This week 421 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 86 were first timers and 68 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 41 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 22 volunteers:
Stephen CONSTABLE • Lindsey FALLOW • Lee STANLEY • Phil CHATTERTON • Stuart PENDER • Jon HANCOCK • Christine COOPER • Rod COOPER • Alison TURNER-PARRY • Emily PARRY • Oliver PARRY • Geraldine GRIFFITHS • Emma OATES • Steve OATES • Marcos MONTANA • Tessa RICH • Jess HEYWORTH • Graham BOYD • Maggie WILSON • Katie OATES • Andrew DOVE • Robert EAMES
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 10,015 participants have completed 58,144 parkruns covering a total distance of 290,720 km, including 10,369 new Personal Bests.