Fountains Abbey parkrun Event number 196 – 6th January 2018

Run Report


It was very kind of the Met Office (on behalf of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency) to provide us with a run brief on Saturday morning, but less well-received was a chilly and heavy shower of rain, that did not appear to have been forecast, at 0845hrs. However the spirits of the superb team of volunteers and the mighty 392 runners who gathered (at Portland, Plymouth, Porter's Lodge) were of course not dampened. I did not spot any Shetland or Fair Isle jerseys, but there were a fair few milestone t-shirts on show and plenty of Lycra (sometimes good, occasionally poor...)

We are always appreciative of our volunteers but on days such as Saturday when it's both cold and wet (backing southerly, four or five, poor) we are doubly so. Thank you for your time, effort and good humour. Particular thanks to Phil Chatterton for a very slick processing of the results (whether there was smoke, mirrors or Greenwich Light Vessel Automatic fog involved - I couldn't possibly say).

It is great to have supporters come and cheer everyone on each week, however, we do need to reiterate the guidelines that we have for spectators:

We fully understand that for families and friends accompanying parkrunners, the opportunity to walk the grounds and paths, often with a dog or two, can be very hard or even impossible to resist. However, with several hundred runners progressing along what in places can be quite narrow paths, the combination of spectators walking along line abreast and dogs navigating from side to side on long leads can cause an obstruction that prevents the run from progressing smoothly and certainly increases the risk of injury to runner and spectator. Those monks knew a thing or two, and had the foresight to create, in the West Lawn, the most marvellous area clear of the course for spectators to watch and encourage their family or friends, with a line of sight extending along several hundred metres of the course from the barcode scanning area to around the abbey ruins. The ruins over the bridge by the mill also provide a superb area to watch runners descending from the barcode scanning area, once again, clear of the route. So runners, we would really appreciate it if you could encourage your family and friends to keep the route clear for runners, and watch from the areas described above. It really would help in the smooth running of the course (if you excuse the pun) and reduce the risk of an injury. Of course, spectators are more than welcome to enjoy the wonderful grounds after parkrun, but must ensure they return to and enter through the Visitors' Centre or the West Gate past Fountains Hall, once the site is open to the public at 10:00. A final brief word on spectators with dogs; they must be on a lead. There are many signs on the site to remind owners of this, and spectators that let their dogs off the lead create a situation that is rightly associated with parkrun but unfortunately reflects badly on our community. Again, for runners with friends and family with dogs, we really do need your support on this so please help us the spread the message, thank you!

And what of the run? There were 23 folk who made their parkrun debut with us - well done, hope to see you again, and if it was part of a New Year's resolution - good luck! Congratulations to the 19 of you who made it a new PB for a new year, and to the day's Fastnets: Donna RIDDLER first home for the women in 20:06, Tom CALVERT first home for the men in 17:43; and Geoffrey HOWARD with the best age-grading of 81.50%.

A notable mention must go to our 39th placed runner, in a time of 22:39 on his 259th parkrun, achieving an age-graded score of 69.61%. Impressive enough, but really worthy of a mention in the Run Report, amongst so many equally impressive performances? Step forward Tim POCOCK MBE, recently named in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours list for his services to education. Massive congratulations to you Tim, our caps are suitably doffed! Tim loves his running and we’re fortunate that he’s recently moved to the Ripon area so we’ll see plenty of him at Fountains; a nicer bloke, you would never meet.


It was great to see the following milestones recorded too:


Niamh FALCONER - 50th parkrun

Darren GLEGG – 50th parkrun

Bill KIRKPATRICK – 50th parkrun

Elizabeth LISTER – 100th parkrun

Jonathan MOSLEY – 100th parkrun

Lisa SORBY – 100th parkrun

Sam WILLIAMS – 50th parkrun


For those of you for whom running at Fountains is an addiction (or just something fun), don’t forget the National Trust are holding a night run this Tuesday (9th January), which a 5k run around the floodlit Abbey, raising money for the Trust and the preservation of some of its historic assets. Details:


See you next, weather permitting, and remember: Rockall barcode, Rockall time!

Richard (Run Director)

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 13 January 2018

8 vacant volunteer slots on 20 January 2018

8 vacant volunteer slots on 27 January 2018

11 vacant volunteer slots on 3 February 2018




As always please drop us a line at 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:

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:


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 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 392 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 58 were first timers and 19 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 27 different clubs took part.


The event was made possible by 19 volunteers:


Joanne WALLACE • Andy TODD • Richard HALL • Suzanne RICKARD • Libby RICKARD • Ben RICKARD • Neil DRING • Phil CHATTERTON • Annabel HALL • Phoebe HALL • Rory HALL • Karen TULLEY • Alison TURNER-PARRY • Emily PARRY • Oliver PARRY • Tim TRIBE • Sally HOUGHTON • Emily HOUGHTON • Graham BOYD


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 9,162 participants have completed 52,513 parkruns covering a total distance of 262,565 km, including 9,536 new Personal Bests.