This week we were fortunate enough to have been supported by NYP Tristars, one of our excellent local clubs. Here’s their report…
“After a few days of deluge, or perhaps a month, it was a lovely sunny autumnal morning for our weekly run at Fountains Abbey. Golden leaves and blue sky made it feel like a November scene from a calendar; we are very lucky to have such a gorgeous location for our weekly exercise. Numbers of parkrunners were swollen by refugees from the flooded Harrogate and Wetherby parkruns, so it was great to welcome some new faces in our grand total of 451 participants.
Volunteers from NYP Tristars, Ripon’s Junior Triathlon club, manned the various marshalling positions. NYP Tristars provides triathlon coaching and experience for 8 to 15-year olds in the Ripon and dales area. Our volunteers and coaches also did a great job with various pacing levels and thanks to the senior Tri club, NYP Tri, for lending their support as well. It is always good to see a number of youngsters tackling the 5km with such determination, and a delight to their coaches to see the large numbers of blue jumpers turning out to run! James CLYNE takes the prize for being the first Tristar back. There were a lot of happy faces in the café afterwards. Thanks as always to the National Trust staff and parkrun organisers who help to keep this event running in all weathers and conditions.”
This week, our first finishers were Ben HOLMES (17:02) and Katrina HARTLEY (21:58, 51st overall). Age-grading honours were taken by Andy TODD (81.4%) and one of our Run Directors, Wendy MARKS (77.9%). Talking of Run Directors, it was great to see another of the core team, Patrick HASLAM, destroying his PB by around 30 seconds after some intense training, crossing the line in 21:38! He wasn’t alone though, no fewer than 51 others recorded a new PB, which is stunning! I’m just jealous as my two-year old PB is beginning to gather dust – these guys are certainly giving me some motivation. Well done to all.
Milestones were racked up by junior Rowan SCOTT (10th parkrun); Rebecca ELLISON, Sophie NEWBOULD, Sarah WHITTON and Michael GISBOURNE (50th parkrun); Andrew WEBSTER, Saffron DUNK and veteran Ian CODLING (100th parkrun). Congratulations all, I hope the T shirts arrive soon for you to wear with pride.
Phil & Graham (Run Directors)
Volunteering at Fountains Abbey parkrun
For everyone that has already put themselves forward to help out in the coming weeks we are supremely grateful. There are plenty of slots to fill, so any help is much appreciated.
3 vacant slots on 16th November 2019
10 vacant slots on 23rd November 2019
9 vacant slots on 30th November 2019
12 vacant slots on 7th December 2019
As always please drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org if you can assist with volunteering in the future, and even if the list appears full, we never turn down volunteers.
If you would like to hand out any race literature at Fountains Abbey parkrun, you’d be welcome to, although we would place a condition that you seek permission from the Run Directors as there are some specific rules that govern us here at Fountains Abbey.
Donating to Fountains Abbey parkrun
It’s now over five years since we set up Fountains Abbey parkrun and we recently bought a few new bits and pieces, including a new laptop for processing results, a megaphone and a complete set of tokens. Some of the kit gets provided by parkrun HQ. Some of it doesn’t and on those occasions we make an appeal 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 £11 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 8:50am; this is important as it takes at least five minutes to get to the start from the Top Gate, and we like runners to be in place for the 8:55 safety brief and to start ahead of the Tail Walker. 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, noting that the Top Gate then may be closed from 9:00 until 10:00, and abuse or threats from latecomers unable to enter will not be tolerated. 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 parkrun 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. Marshals will be in place with signs to guide you where to stand. 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.
And now the official bit:
This week 451 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 65 were first timers and 52 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 32 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 32 volunteers:
Ben IMESON • Dewi WINKLE • Ian CHAPMAN • Anneke IMESON • Andy BAGOT • Deborah YEWDALL • Allan HANSEN • Mark RYDER • Neil DRING • Phil CHATTERTON • Dave BINKS • Chris BROWN • Elaine RISBEY • Joshua RISBEY • Ella WILLOUGHBY • Christine COOPER • Neve IMESON • Georgina BORDEWICH • Magnus BORDEWICH • Beth BORDEWICH • Tom OATES • Andrea SWAINE • Jackie KERR • Graham BOYD • Louise MILLAR • Shelley DENBY • Felix DENBY • Lenny LENNOX • Shirley HILL • Michael CROPPER • Rachel DODD • Jonathan FALLIS
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 15:17 on 8th June 2019 (event number 265).
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 15,255 participants have completed 86,927 parkruns covering a total distance of 434,635 km, including 14,422 new Personal Bests. A total of 819 individuals have volunteered 5,675 times.