Saturday 25th March 2017 was definitely a day to be sporting an apricot t-shirt with "Fountains Abbey (slightly smug)" emblazoned across the front of it. An absolutely beautiful morning and, except perhaps for the treacherously slippy wooden bridge, it genuinely was perfect running conditions! We had 318 happy runners, a wonderfully cheery team of volunteers, the ever-efficient and calm Phil Chatterton in charge, and a goodly group of spectators who provided great support to the two-way traffic of runners. Thanks to all for participating, volunteering and supporting. The cheering spectators were led by none other than Alex (I breathe so loudly it's amazing I can run so fast) Fawcett. Amongst those being cheered on were the Aylesburys ("50 parkruns in a calendar year is not an obsession, it's just a way of life") and Chris Brown (who last year clocked his 100th parkrun on his 70th birthday, and who I'm hereby challenging to clock his 250th on his 75th - or maybe 74th - birthday!). Their surnames are now in the Fountains Abbey parkrun lexicon.
At the front of the field for the boys it was Reece Dalton in 16:31 (also topping the age-gradings with 80.73%), and for the girls it was Olivia Mulligan in 20:44. Congratulations to both. Well done too to the amazing 62 people who clocked a PB yesterday - wow! A huge welcome to the 11 folk who dipped their toe in the parkrun water for the first time (this is the place to do it), and to all our parkrun tourists. Who hope you enjoyed it and that we'll see you again. We did actually have a couple of Funnel Duckers - but the volunteers in the funnel were very restrained and did not resort to any spoonerisms.
The challenge was to come up with a term to describe the person in front of you who can hear that are about to over-take them and who veers slightly into your path, just to make your manoeuvre that little bit harder. The answers, that are publishable, included a Shoulder Dipper and a Cold Shoulderer. But my favourite was Veerer - or should that just be a Vera?
See you next week at probably the most glorious parkrun in the world. And #dfyb - don't (under any circumstances) forget your barcode (you muppet).
Volunteering at Fountains Abbey parkrun
For everyone that has already put themselves forward to help out in the coming weeks we are supremely grateful….
2 vacant volunteer slots on 1st April 2017
7 vacant volunteer slots on 8th April 2017
7 vacant volunteer slots on 15th April 2017
8 vacant volunteer slots on 22nd April 2017
As always please drop us a line at email@example.com if you can assist with Volunteering in the future
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.
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 National Trust 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 National Trust by respecting the basis upon which we operate. The gate at the top by the Visitor Centre is closed at 9am so anyone hoping to get in after this time, or anyone who leaves the Abbey grounds and wishes to re-enter before 10am, will be disappointed. The good news is that we look forward to joining you for a coffee in the Visitor Centre cafe 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 National Trust site opens. 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 National Trust members].
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 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.
The road running season is firmly in full swing. There’s some great races below and they fill up fast so if you want to take part then you know what to do.
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.
Dales Trail Series 20k Reeth 1st April 2017: http://www.dalestrailseries.uk/dt20/
Fountains 10k 2nd April 2017: https://racebest.com/races/fountains-10k
Vale of York 10 Mile 9:30am 9th April 2017: https://racebest.com/races/vale-of-york-10
The Nidderdale 20 mile Run 7th May 2017: http://www.runnidderdale.com
Kirkbymoorside 10k TBC May 2017: http://www.kirkbymoorside10k.co.uk
Leeds Half Marathon 14 May 2017: http://www.runforall.com/half-marathon/leeds/
Ripon 10M May 2016: http://www.riponrunners.org.uk/ripon-10-mile
Melmerby 10k 28 May 2017 11.30am: http://www.melmerbyrun.org
Northallerton 10k 28 May 2017: www.pendragon-ct.org
Kirkby Malzeard 10k TBC
Otley 10 Mile: wednesday 7th June 2017: http://otleyac.org.uk/otley-10-mile-road-race/
Bolton Abbey Summer Solstace Saunter: 21 June 2017: https://www.sueryder.org/get-involved/events/event-registration-form?eventId=591f6044-258c-47e2-9347-fe52f2dde06d&eventSource=1
Ripon Triathlon 1st July 2017: http://www.ripontriathlon.co.uk
Eccup 10 Mile 9:30am 2nd July 2017: https://racebest.com/races/eccup-10
Harrogate 10k: 9am 2nd July 2017:
Darlington Pitstop 10k wednesday 6:30pm 5th July 2017: https://racebest.com/races/pitstop-10k
Burn Valley Half: 10am 9th July 2017: http://www.riponrunners.org.uk/burn-valley-half/
Kilburn Feast 7 mile: 9th July 2017:
Dales Trail Series 30k Muker: 15th July 2017: http://www.dalestrailseries.uk/dt30/
Burton Leonard 10k http://www.burtonleonard10k.co.uk/
James Herriot Country Trail Run 14k 30th July 2017
Burnsall Feast Fell Race August 2017: http://www.burnsallsports.co.uk
Burnsall Feast 10 mile August 2017: http://www.burnsallsports.co.uk
Tholthorpe 10k 11am 3rd September 2017: http://www.tholthorpe10k.co.uk
Harrogate Triathlon 8am 3rd September 2017: https://racebest.com/races/harrogate-triathlon
Wetherby 10k 2pm 3rd September 2017: https://racebest.com/races/wetherby-10k
Vale of York Half Marathon 9:30 10th September 2017: https://racebest.com/races/vale-of-york-half-marathon
The Great North Run 10th September 2017: http://www.greatrun.org/great-north-run
Dales Trail Series 40k Semer Water 23rd September 2017: http://www.dalestrailseries.uk/dt40/
Redcar Half Marathon: TBC October 2017
‘Round Ripon’ Ultra 35 mile: 7th October 2017:
The Plusnet Yorkshire 10 mile: 8th October 2017: https://y10mile.eventdesq.com/org
The Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon: 8th October 2017: https://yorkshiremarathon2017.eventdesq.com
The Panoramic Peaks 13k Multi-terrain Race [Grewelthorpe] TBC October 2017
Shaun Lee Johnstone 10 at Boroughbridge: TBC October 2017:
Guy Fawkes 10 mile TBC November 2017
Leeds Abbey Dash 10k TBC November 2017
The Percy Pud
The Chevin Chase: 26th December 2017
Of course if you know of another race that we should be shouting about then please just let us know.
So that’s it for another week. And now here’s the official results…
This week 318 people ran the course, of whom 24 were first timers and 62 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 27 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 21 volunteers.
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Fountains Abbey parkrun Results Page.
Reece DALTON (SM18-19) of Ripon Runners, was first over the line in 16:31 - 20th time in 64 appearances.
Rob SCOTT (SM20-24) of Richmond & Zetland Harriers, was second over the line in 16:48 - was first to finish once before.
Tom CALVERT (SM30-34) of Knaresborough Striders, was third over the line in 18:30 - was first to finish once before.
Olivia MULLIGAN (SW20-24) of Thirsk & Sowerby Harriers, was first (16th overall) over the line in 20:44 - third time in 7 appearances.
Emma SORBY (JW15-17) of Ripon Runners, was second (20th overall) over the line in 21:00 - has been first to finish on 27 previous occasions.
Naomi BRIGHT (SW25-29) of City of Hull AC, was third (25th overall) over the line in 21:11.
The three highest age grades were recorded by:
Reece DALTON (SM18-19) – 80.73% for the time 16:31 (first overall).
David JELLEY (VM60-64) – 79.11% for the time 20:16 (12th overall).
Caleb AYLESBURY (JM10) – 77.55% for the time 21:05 (22nd overall).
The female record is held by Sharon BARLOW who recorded a time of 00:17:36 on 25th July 2015 (event number 72).
The male record is held by George MILLS who recorded a time of 00:15:44 on 22nd October 2016 (event number 136).
The Age Grade course record is held by Maureen LANEY who recorded 91.10% (21:55) on 5th November 2016 (event number 138).
Fountains Abbey parkrun started on 1st March 2014. Since then 6,777 participants have completed 38,859 parkruns covering a total distance of 194,295 km, including 7,455 new Personal Bests.