Run Report – Fountains Abbey parkrun #287 – Saturday 9th November 2019

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 fountainsabbey@parkrun.com if you can assist with volunteering in the future, and even if the list appears full, we never turn down volunteers.

 

Local Runs

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.

 

Run Report for Fountains Abbey parkrun 285, 26 October 2019

It’s just impossible trying to estimate the attendance for Fountains Abbey parkrun, but the alignment of a weather forecast indicating persistent heavy rain and a Rugby World Cup semi-final featuring England v New Zealand hinted at a lower number than we usually see. My guess of 200 runners wasn’t too far from the mark, and our actual number of 218 was indeed our lowest since 11 Jun 2016, (parkrun number 117, with a turnout of just 215). Now that England have advanced to next Saturday’s final with a 09:00 kick-off, I predict next week’s turnout will be even lower!

The heavy rain could have caused us serious problems yesterday, so we really are indebted to the National Trust ground staff. As the intrepid course set-up team were checking out the course and placing cones and signs, the NT staff were opening sluice gates to allow water to flow into Studley lake to reduce the water levels around our route. After all, it’s parkrun not parkswim, but if the water is over the path around Half-Moon pond or the wooden bridge is unsafe, then clearly we can’t run. As it was, the Crescent and Moon ponds nearly flooded into one!

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In parallel with the NT staff, a huge vote of thanks to our brilliant team of volunteers. We are incredibly lucky at Fountains Abbey parkrun, and our smiling and cheerful team did magnificent work yesterday to ensure that despite the best efforts of the deluge, all the times and places were recorded and everybody got their results in good time.

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We were privileged to have to Community Golden Baton at Fountains Abbey. Travelling on a journey that originated in Leeds, this baton has an integral GPS that will track its national (and maybe global) journey as it is handed on from parkrun to parkrun. Thank you to Kaelin McCooke who safely sped the baton around the course in a very impressive time of 21:58. The honours to hand on the baton fell to Jackie Kerr on her full debut as a member of the Run Director team, handing to Bryan and Deborah. As Event Director for the Fire Service College parkrun, Bryan will take safe ownership of the baton as it makes its way to Gloucestershire.

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Some Milestones and Mentions

Leading the field, Ben Linscott in a very impressive 17:39, (running in the JM15-17 age category, with a WAVA grading of 78.85% and a new PB, one to watch), while for the ladies, Helen Thurston in 19:04, (WAVA grading 78.93%, the highest of the day), terrific running.

No milestone t-shirts yesterday, a very rare event. But congratulations on the 23 that achieved a new PB. In fact, every runner should take a bow for yesterday for the dedication in turning out in the conditions.

Volunteering at Fountains Abbey parkrun

For everyone that has already put themselves forward to help out in the coming weeks we are supremely grateful.
4 vacant volunteer slots on 2 November 2019
0 vacant volunteer slots on 9 November 2019 (Ripon Junior Tri-Club takeover)
7 vacant volunteer slots on 16 November 2019

As always please drop us a line at fountainsabbeyhelpers@parkrun.com if you can assist with volunteering in the future, and even if the list appears full, we never turn down volunteers.

Local Runs


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.

3 Nov Guy Fawkes 10k http://niddvalleyroadrunners.co.uk/guy-fawkes-10/
10 Nov Dalby Dash 10k http://www.dalbydash.com
14 Nov Even Splits York 5k Series http://www.evensplits.events/york-5k
17 Nov Tadcaster 10 miles http://www.tad10.com
27 Nov Even Splits York 5k Series http://www.evensplits.events/york-5k
30 Nov Croft Circuit 5k

Donating to Fountains Abbey parkrun


It’s now over five years since we set up Fountains Abbey parkrun and occasionally we need to replace some of our signage and kit. 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 start area 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 08:50 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.

And Now The Official Bit:

Fountains Abbey parkrun, Event number 285, 26 October 2019

This week 218 people ran the course, of whom 40 were first timers and 23 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 31 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 25 volunteers:

Rosie GATENBY • Paul RICHARDSON • Marie PILLAR • Dave BINKS • Nigel MORGAN • John ALDER • Chris BROWN • Jon HANCOCK • Colleen GRUENWALD • Ella WILLOUGHBY • Alison TURNER-PARRY • Andrew PARRY • Emily PARRY • Adam STANLEY • Emma OATES • Sarah STANLEY • Fiona HERNANDEZ • Jill GATHERCOLE • Jackie KERR • Sam STANLEY • Tessa RICH • Graham BOYD • Katie OATES • Karen LENNOX • Susan WILLIAMSON

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 15,130 participants have completed 86,191 parkruns covering a total distance of 430,955 km, including 14,347 new Personal Bests. A total of 810 individuals have volunteered 5,620 times.

 

Fountains Abbey parkrun Run Report #284

Super Saturday!

337 smiling runners and walkers, and 24 cheerful volunteers, only slightly damp by the finish - an excellent morning! Thanks as always to our team of volunteers, especially those who were visiting us from further afield. Three big milestones were run today - Rob WHITAKER completed his 250th, Marie PILLAR clocked up 200 and Jonny GAUKRODGER (JM11-14) visited us from Whitley Bay to celebrate his 100th. Many thanks too to Jonny's dad Lee who did a fantastic job pacing 24 minutes.

You'll be happy to know that your meaningful results have not been deferred! If you signed up to volunteer over the next few weeks at barcode bench, thank you. If you would like a Saturday off from running - maybe you're doing Abbey Dash or the Guy Fawkes 10 - check the volunteer roster and drop us a line with your preferred spot.

Thanks so much for lots of warm words about our run briefing. A few folks asked if they could share the text, so here it is - thanks to Richard Hall for setting the standard for these briefings at Fountains Abbey, and creating the opening line template...

See you all soon! #dfyb

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parkrun is an apolitical organisation, but... on this Super Saturday, when our MPs are gathered in Westminster, giving up their chance to run, walk or volunteer, we would like to clarify our non-position.

Firstly, the fact that parkrun in Northern Island begins at 9:30 does not represent approval of diversion in regulatory alignment.

Our 3 key safety rules: under-11s must run within arms reach of their responsible adult, dogs must be kept on a short hand held lead, and no overtaking on the Wooden Bridge, are not EU red tape, but locally adopted bylaws and will not change in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

Our course - which has been variously described as both hard and soft - consists of two laps: the short lap takes you a sharp left, then a sharp right - both of which represent opportunities for disaster so take care! Press on round the pond and up the gentle slope at which point the finish line appears to be in sight... but this is not the full deal!

Continue on round for the long lap, back to where you started, past the abbey, left down the hill, and this time straight on into the sunlit uplands of the water gardens. Carefully cross the wooden bridge, and please take a moment to marvel at the kind of great British achievement that can be easily achieved through conviction and the removal of workers' rights - before returning to the character building challenge of the approach to the finish funnel.

Read nothing about our position on a second referendum into the fact that you must not cross the finish line twice. There will be no checks at this particular border, nor in the finish funnel itself. Instead we ask that you stay in order, keep on moving, take your finish token, looking to the future, not the past, and produce your parkrun ID at barcode bench - where we have a novel technical solution that avoids the need for a backstop. As always - no barcode, no entry into the results.

Enjoy your 5k - remember it's a run not a race, take care to avoid trips and slips at the start, and if you prefer to think of it as 3.1 miles we fully support your right to do so.

Please thank your volunteers on the way around. We encourage you to join us in the cafe where we will be attempting to have our cake and eat it. Rumours that come November the only coffee available will be Maxwell House are project fear. Now let's get parkrun done!

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Volunteering at Fountains Abbey parkrun


For everyone that has already put themselves forward to help out in the coming weeks we are supremely grateful.

3 vacant volunteer slot on 26 October 2019

6 vacant volunteer slots on 2 November 2019

0 vacant volunteer slots on 9th November 2019  (It's a parkrun takeover week!)

10 vacant volunteer slots on 16th November 2019

As always please drop us a line at fountainsabbeyhelpers@parkrun.com if you can assist with volunteering in the future, and even if the list appears full, we never turn down volunteers.

Local Runs


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.

20 Oct Yorkshire Marathon http://www.runforall.com
20 Oct Yorkshire 10 Mile http://www.runforall.com
23 Oct Even Splits York 5k Series http://www.evensplits.events/york-5k

3 Nov Guy Fawkes 10k http://niddvalleyroadrunners.co.uk/guy-fawkes-10/
10 Nov Dalby Dash 10k http://www.dalbydash.com
14 Nov Even Splits York 5k Series http://www.evensplits.events/york-5k
17 Nov Tadcaster 10 miles http://www.tad10.com
27 Nov Even Splits York 5k Series http://www.evensplits.events/york-5k
30 Nov Croft Circuit 5k

Donating to Fountains Abbey parkrun

It’s now over five years since we set up Fountains Abbey parkrun and occasionally we need to replace some of our signage and kit.  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 start area 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 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 try to 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.

And Now The Official Bit:


This week 337 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 56 were first timers and 39 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 35 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 24 volunteers:

Joanne WALLACE • Paul RICHARDSON • Lindsey FALLOW • Dave BINKS • Caroline GLOVER • Ella WILLOUGHBY • Rod COOPER • Steve OATES • Jackie KERR • Suzy WOOD • Lee GAUKRODGER • Judith LIVESEY • Katie OATES • James PARKES • Kathy GARGAN • Chantal IRELAND • Karen LENNOX • Lenny LENNOX • Shirley HILL • Michael INGHAM • Ruth DODSWORTH • William PARKES • Oscar PARKES • Margaret INGHAM

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 15,090 participants have completed 85,973 parkruns covering a total distance of 429,865 km, including 14,324 new Personal Bests. A total of 810 individuals have volunteered 5,595 times.

 

Fountains Abbey parkrun Run Report 283

Many thanks to   Emily Garner  who has written this weeks report.

A beautiful crisp Autumnal morning in North Yorkshire for this weeks parkrun. My first parkrun around Fountains Abbey, my 20th parkrun (also 20th different parkrun) and my first volunteer stint all in one day! What a great morning it was.

Back in the Summer I invited 2 keen parkrunning friends to come and visit me in West Yorkshire for the weekend with the view to run at Fountains Abbey, a 40 minute drive from where I live. Having heard, and seen, how gorgeous it was they jumped at the chance - and we weren’t disappointed today! Beautiful sunshine (but not too hot), blue sky, crunchy autumn leaves underfoot and glowing golden trees. What a wonderful season to run here.

The glorious Autumn sunshine shining down on the abbey proved to be a beautiful backdrop for our parkrun start today. A very structured start line with timing zones to head to (my friends and I all in the 30+ section!) and one of the RDs for the day giving the run briefing from a megaphone, on a ladder, in the middle of the pack. There were a few mentions today - Notably a special shoutout to Barbara and Alison who had cycled 52 miles to parkrun this morning, were going to do the parkrun and then were going to cycle 52 miles home again! Wow.

After the run briefing hundreds of us set off from the start with the abbey on our right running along the well maintained paths around the grounds. The only obstacles for me were the little hills - I’m not a fan of hills! What a stunning place to run, walk or jog and we’re very thankful to The National Trust for allowing us free use of this beautiful space every Saturday morning.

Yes Autumn can be hit and miss with the weather but today it was perfect. If you’ve not ticked Fountains Abbey parkrun off your to do list yet then you must. No need to wait until next Autumn though there are a few weeks of Autumn left before Winter arrives & I’m pretty sure it’s just as gorgeous in any season. Also if you’ve not volunteered before then writing run reports might be right up your street - I hope you’ve enjoyed reading this - it really wasn’t hard to write whilst sitting in the gorgeous National Trust cafe post parkrun with a cream scone and a cup of tea.

Here’s to my next parkrun & next volunteering stint. Have a good week everyone.

 

Milestone congratulations go to Danielle Wilson on her 10th run.
Lee Davis, Claire Davis, Christopher Shaw and Robin Dearden all completed their 50th.
Karen Rawlings, Amelie Kilford, Hilary Gilliam and Eleanor Broadbent who all completed their 100th parkrun.

First male finisher this week was Ben Holmes in 16.52 and first female was Emma Sorby in 20.21

 

Volunteering at Fountains Abbey parkrun
For everyone that has already put themselves forward to help out in the coming weeks we are supremely grateful.

6 vacant volunteer slots on 19 October 2019
6 vacant volunteer slots on 26 October 2019
10 vacant volunteer slots on 02 November 2019
As always please drop us a line at fountainsabbeyhelpers@parkrun.com if you can assist with volunteering in the future, and even if the list appears full, we never turn down volunteers.
Local Runs
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.

20 Oct Yorkshire Marathon http://www.runforall.com
20 Oct Yorkshire 10 Mile http://www.runforall.com
23 Oct Even Splits York 5k Series http://www.evensplits.events/york-5k
3 Nov Guy Fawkes 10k http://niddvalleyroadrunners.co.uk/guy-fawkes-10/
10 Nov Dalby Dash 10k http://www.dalbydash.com
14 Nov Even Splits York 5k Series http://www.evensplits.events/york-5k
17 Nov Tadcaster 10 miles http://www.tad10.com
27 Nov Even Splits York 5k Series http://www.evensplits.events/york-5k
30 Nov Croft Circuit 5k

 

Donating to Fountains Abbey parkrun

 

It’s now over five years since we set up Fountains Abbey parkrun and occasionally we need to replace some of our signage and kit.  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 start area 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 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 try to 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.
And Now The Official Bit:
Fountains Abbey parkrun, Event number 283, 12th October 2019

 

This week 383 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 46 were first timers and 53 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 40 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 23 volunteers:

 

Iain WALLACE • Suzanne RICKARD • Allan HANSEN • Dave BINKS • Steve SILVER • Lisa QUINN • Amanda BELL-WALKER • Chris BROWN • Karen TULLEY • Andrew PARRY • Emily PARRY • Steve OATES • Jill GATHERCOLE • Jackie KERR • Patrick HASLAM • Graham BOYD • Katie OATES • Jane PENNY • Shirley HILL • Emily GARNER • Christy IRISH • Anna PARK • Eve PARK

 

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 15,034 participants have completed 85,636 parkruns covering a total distance of 428,180 km, including 14,285 new Personal Bests. A total of 804 individuals have volunteered 5,571 times.

 

Run Report for Fountains Abbey parkrun 282, 5th October 2019

The ruins in the mist

The ruins in the morning mist - perfect running conditions!

This week's run report is brought to you by guest report writer Richard Knowles, clocking up his 100th parkrun - thank you Richard!

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On October 2nd 2004, 13 intrepid joggers ran a 5km route around Bushy Park in South West London. As they finished, their results were jotted down on a scrap of paper and then they headed off to the local café… parkrun had been born. Fifteen years on, there are now 635 parkruns across the UK with the number growing every week.

Today saw me complete my 100th parkrun. My first was on 4th February 2017. I remember it well. I arrived at 8.58, jogged down to the start - only to see everyone else disappearing into the distance! (things seem to have evolved more these days with the ‘on course’ by 8.50 rule). From that day I was bitten by the parkrun bug and have attempted to run, jog, walk or volunteer every week. 78 of my parkruns have been at Fountains Abbey and I truly believe there is no better course in the UK. I have sampled the delights of parkrun as far away as Padua (Italy) where only 15 runners turned up... a far cry from the 400+ who regularly attend at Fountains! A national newspaper recently named Fountains Abbey in the top ten most scenic parkruns and most runners/visitors would definitely agree with this (perhaps not the Scottish lady mentioned by our run director!) So what’s the attraction of our parkrun? Firstly, the setting… where else would you have the chance to run around the dramatic ruins of a Cistercian abbey, past beautiful water gardens and finish at Robin Hoods well, a mysterious monument! Secondly, the magnificent team of volunteers, always so positive and supportive no matter what the weather. Last, but not least, the visitor-centre café with its buzzing atmosphere and amazing cherry and almond scones. If you haven’t yet sampled the delights of our wonderful parkrun, come and join us!

Today we welcomed “tourists” from all corners of Yorkshire and further afield, including Chester, Durham, Grantham, Newcastle, Nottingham, Stratford, Sweden and the USA. We hope that you all enjoyed your visit to Fountains.

On the fifteenth anniversary of parkrun, it was great to welcome 16 ‘new starters’ for whom today was the start of their parkrun journey. I can’t mention you all in this short report, but well done and we hope to see you again next week!

Notable milestone runs this morning were Eve Park clocking up her 10th run, while Emma Donnellan, Fred Pidgeon, Hilary Philpott and Valerie Langham all joined the 50 club. Sarah Jones and myself joined the 100 club – congratulations Sarah on your PB, quite an achievement! Special mention, too, to David Womersley who today completed his 550th parkrun!                                                                                                                                                                          Richard Knowles

Volunteering at Fountains Abbey parkrun


For everyone that has already put themselves forward to help out in the coming weeks we are supremely grateful.

1 vacant volunteer slot on 12 October 2019

7 vacant volunteer slots on 19 October 2019

8 vacant volunteer slots on 26 October 2019

As always please drop us a line at fountainsabbeyhelpers@parkrun.com if you can assist with volunteering in the future, and even if the list appears full, we never turn down volunteers.

Local Runs


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.

10 Oct Even Splits York 5k Series http://www.evensplits.events/york-5k
12 Oct Round Ripon 35 mile Ultra https://www.riponrunners.org.uk/ripon-ultra/
13 Oct Richmond Castle 10k http://www.swaledalerunners.co.uk/richmond-castle-10k
20 Oct Yorkshire Marathon http://www.runforall.com
20 Oct Yorkshire 10 Mile http://www.runforall.com
23 Oct Even Splits York 5k Series http://www.evensplits.events/york-5k

3 Nov Guy Fawkes 10k http://niddvalleyroadrunners.co.uk/guy-fawkes-10/
10 Nov Dalby Dash 10k http://www.dalbydash.com
14 Nov Even Splits York 5k Series http://www.evensplits.events/york-5k
17 Nov Tadcaster 10 miles http://www.tad10.com
27 Nov Even Splits York 5k Series http://www.evensplits.events/york-5k
30 Nov Croft Circuit 5k

Donating to Fountains Abbey parkrun

It’s now over five years since we set up Fountains Abbey parkrun and occasionally we need to replace some of our signage and kit.  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 start area 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 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 try to 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.

And Now The Official Bit:


Fountains Abbey parkrun, Event number 282, 5th October 2019

This week 390 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 61 were first timers and 55 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 37 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 22 volunteers:

Stephen CONSTABLE • Fiona ALDER • Lindsey FALLOW • Mathew CHAPLIN • Phil CHATTERTON • Dave BINKS • Chris BROWN • Karen TULLEY • Hannah CONSTABLE • Andrew PARRY • Emily PARRY • Steve OATES • Graham CHILDS • Katie OATES • Richard KNOWLES • John GARRAWAY • Susan WILLIAMSON • Alan DOCHERTY • Tracey DOCHERTY • Shirley HILL • Alison GARRAWAY • Geoffrey HARRISON

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 14,988 participants have completed 85,253 parkruns covering a total distance of 426,265 km, including 14,232 new Personal Bests. A total of 798 individuals have volunteered 5,548 times.

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