Run Report for Fountains Abbey parkrun 212
It's a hat-trick! For the third week in a row, a new course record was set at Fountain's Abbey. This time Lillian DE LACY reppin' for the VW80-84 category with an incredibly satisfying 39:59 to set a new age graded record of 70.03%.
As a regular volunteer in the finish funnel, I have to say I think I've never seen our runners look happier. From the speedy front end to the still-pretty-speedy tail, the smile count was exceptionally high, particularly among the 30-strong crop of Knaresborough Striders we hosted, who scooped up 6 of the first 10 places but were also supporting each other right through the pack.
First through the finish portal (just the once) was Tom CALVERT of Knaresborough Striders in 17:43, with first female going to Amelie AYLESBURY in 22:19, running in the JW11-14 category (and only 11!) Knocking everybody out of the park in the age gradings was Lenny LENNOX who clocked a new PB of 18:56 for 82.57 in the VM55-59 category.
Apart from smashing records, the other recent trend is Visitor Volunteers. It's a great thing to see so many of our regular runners now also regularly volunteering, but it really puts a smile on your face when an email lands to offer volunteering services from someone who is just coming for the day. Hopefully many of you met Kevin Anthony JONES who was bleeping away at Barcode Bench, going straight there from the finish line, recovering impressively quickly from his 21 minute run - in what was his 367th parkrun at 220 different courses. Scanning is a great way for those of you who are in our top 30 or so finishers to chip in as volunteers (if you don't need to lie on the floor gasping for very long after your run).
Some Milestones and Mentions
On running her 150th parkrun, congratulations to Annabel Hall.
Clocking up 50 parkruns, Helen Rowland, Mary Webber, Jake Greenwood, Willie Wilson and our 25 minute pacer Bruce Willoughby.
And well done on your 10th parkrun, Ed Leverett - all at Fountains - keep it up!
Congratulations to the 66 of you that recorded a PB.
Volunteering at Fountains Abbey parkrun
For everyone that has already put themselves forward to help out in the coming weeks we are supremely grateful. We are still looking to fill...
2 vacant volunteer slots on 26 May 2018
8 vacant volunteer slots on 2 June 2018
7 vacant volunteer slots on 9 June 2018
There are still Tail Walking slots - one of our most popular volunteering roles - towards the end of June, snaffle them while you can!
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 384 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 62 were first timers and 66 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 30 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 25 volunteers:
Wendy MARKS • Kevin Anthony JONES • Bruce WILLOUGHBY • Jennifer CARNE • Amelie AYLESBURY • Lindsey FALLOW • Chris BROWN • Sarah SWAN • Charlotte SWAN • Jon HANCOCK • Christine COOPER • Rod COOPER • Emma OATES • Steve OATES • John SKINNER • Marcos MONTANA • Ziva AYLESBURY • Oliver CHILDS • Graham CHILDS • Graham BOYD • John CREEDON • Katie OATES • Peter KILFORD • Amelie KILFORD • Richard KNOWLES
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 10,077 participants have completed 58,528 parkruns covering a total distance of 292,640 km, including 10,435 new Personal Bests.