St Patrick's Day dawned with flurries of snow and temperatures near zero – so near perfect Yorkshire running conditions for the 247 souls who braved the weather. And a splendid job done by the great team of 16 volunteers who endured the wind and cold to deliver the run – grateful thanks one and all. Particular thanks to Run Director Steve Marks for as ever keeping his cool when he discovered that one of the scanners had failed. (Smoke and mirrors and emailing in to firstname.lastname@example.org is the way ahead if it affected you).
Having been relieved to discover that St Patrick was of course a Yorkshireman, the runners set off across Anglo-Saxon terrain before crossing the Irish Sea (at Rustic Bridge) onto the snake-less, and strangely warmer, Emerald Isle. An ascent of Croagh Patrick (aka Scanner's Hill) then followed. (For those of you who had no idea what I was on about: Croagh Patrick is a mountain site of pilgrimage in County Mayo). Over the Irish Sea once more at the Mill Bridge, past impressive and oppressive remains of English extravagance in both stone and water, before crossing the famously dodgy, no-overtaking, Wooden, Celtic, Brexit, Hard-Border Bridge of no-return to finally find salvation in the Guinness-sponsored shamrock funnel.
It was good to welcome 23 first-timers to Fountains – among them teenager Georgia ANNETTS, running with her Mum Liz and being impertinent enough to beat her in a sprint finish. Do come again. Paddy's Day congratulations to Colin FRY who chose Fountains Abbey to be the site of his 100th different, and to Jessica GREENWOOD, Lesley WILLOUGHBY, Marion CODLING who all earned their 50 milestone t-shirts today. And a happy 7th birthday to Amelie KILFORD!
Top o' the morning for the boys was Reece DALTON in 17:19, and for the girls was Shamiso SISIMAYI in 20:58; in the age-grading stakes it was Mark BRYANT with 78.34%. Impressive, so it is (to be sure). Well done each of you. We look forward to seeing you all again next week. Meanwhile, cry "God for parkrun, Yorkshire and St Patrick"...
Richard & Steve (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.
7 vacant volunteer slot on 24 March 2018
11 vacant volunteer slots on 31 March 2018 – Easter Saturday, large turnout anticipated, so volunteers needed please
11 vacant volunteer slots on 7 April 2018
14 vacant volunteer slots on 14 April 2018
As always please drop us a line at email@example.com if you can assist with volunteering in the future.
Donating to Fountains Abbey parkrun
It’s now over three 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 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.
All dogs must be on a short, hand-held lead to minimise trip hazards. One dog per runner maximum. 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 by a responsible adult at all times (see notes above).
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.
And now the official bit…
This week 247 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 26 were first timers and 19 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 17 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 16 volunteers:
Wendy MARKS • Julian ELLIS • Steve MARKS • Richard HALL • Nicky JOHNSON • Simon MCCUDDEN • Enrique PIEDRAFITA • Christine COOPER • Rod COOPER • Alison TURNER-PARRY • Emily PARRY • Oliver PARRY • Niamh SHAW • Graham BOYD • Sarah ELLIS-LUNN • 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 George MILLS who recorded a time of 15:44 on 22nd October 2016 (event number 136).
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 9,518 participants have completed 55,279 parkruns covering a total distance of 276,395 km, including 9,927 new Personal Bests.