Run Report – Fountains Abbey parkrun Event number 198 27th January 2018

After what seemed like ages (well only one missed week due to ice) we found ourselves back at Fountains at 7:50 on a chilly, dry morning admiring a beautiful red sunrise across the Dales. New Run Director Lindz FALLOW arrived bang on time to help set up the run along with the more established Graham BOYD, and they were able to welcome the super crowd of volunteers to their roles. This included Mark OWEN, who fulfilled his first volunteering role with aplomb down at the important marshalling station at the Wooden Bridge – thanks a million Mark! Apologies for the lack of a functioning megaphone at the briefing this morning; I think its batteries had died abruptly, even though I tested it at home on Thursday (much to the annoyance of my cat, Mr Parker!).

356 runners turned out in force, and were led home by habitual first finishers Tom CALVERT (17:21) and Donna RIDDLER (20:20 and 15th overall) – great running both! Tom was having a good tussle with an unknown runner after the first lap, but managed to build quite a gap on lap 2 to finish well ahead of him. 44 PBs were achieved, a stat I look upon with envy as my own PB fades into the distant memory. In fact, it’s so old, I see it in black & white!

As I stood at the finish line cheering everybody home, I got the familiar satisfaction from seeing people laying it all out there, grimacing through the pain and overcoming their own goals – heroes, each and every one. A special mention should go to the RED (Run Every Day) January crew, many of whom have topped 100 miles and it’s not even the end of January.

Particularly good to see is the younger end of the age range, enjoying the final few metres, possibly spurred on by the prospect of an edible treat in the café afterwards. The under-11s are an integral part of parkrun, and we love to see them here with their families. However, two marshals witnessed something a little distressing, where a young girl was apparently abandoned by the adult supposedly in charge of her. Parkrun is not an organisation that likes to make rules up for rules’ sake or to employ petty bureaucracy to make runners’ lives inconvenient. So the rule about an adult sticking with the under-11 runners is absolutely non-negotiable, folks. To abandon a child on the course and run on, that is really not okay. Aside from the feelings of the young girl, it was a distressing experience for the marshals concerned. Steps are being taken to contact the family to hear their side of the story and to emphasise the message. In the words of our former Event Director, Adam Prentis, whilst referring to our youngest runners, “…if they’ve been brought along to a parkrun, it’s their run and not yours”. So, if you start it with them, you finish together or you retire together. Thanks to everyone for their co-operation on this.

It was great to see the following milestones recorded too:

Alex AYLESBURY - 250th parkrun

Francesca PEASE - 50th parkrun – and a new PB!

See you next week folks!

Phil & Lindz (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.

0 vacant volunteer slot on 3 February 2018 – thanks all!

5 vacant volunteer slots on 10 February 2018

8 vacant volunteer slots on 17 February 2018

0 vacant volunteer slots on 24 February 2018 (Ripon Runners adopting the run and providing volunteers and lots of pacers)

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 almost four 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 (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 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 355 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 42 were first timers and 44 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 29 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 21 volunteers:

Vikki FRENCH • Fiona ALDER • Lindsey FALLOW • Phil CHATTERTON • Dave BINKS • Sara CHATTERTON • Karen TULLEY • Alison TURNER-PARRY • Oliver PARRY • Emma OATES • Steve OATES • Sally HOUGHTON • Emily HOUGHTON • Graham CHILDS • Graham BOYD • Maggie WILSON • Jill BARNFATHER • Katie OATES • Peter BARNFATHER • Mark OWEN • Alan DOCHERTY

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 9,267 participants have completed 53,248 parkruns covering a total distance of 266,240 km, including 9,616 new Personal Bests.