Fountains Abbey parkrun #246


A Happy New Year to everyone and we hope that you enjoyed your first parkrun of 2019. 462 runners rocked up to run, and grateful thanks to the superb team of volunteers who made it all possible. Thank you particularly to Run Director Steve Silver who managed everything as slickly as ever, and also to John Fotheringham - a visiting volunteer all the way from the Kingdom of Fife.
It genuinely was perfect running conditions; dry underfoot and not too cold - and an impressive 64 runners took advantage and clocked a PB. And of course they and everyone else clocked their fastest time of 2019! I don't know how many people made New Year's resolutions relating to running in general or parkrun in particular - but 30 people ran their first ever parkrun with us on Saturday. Well done to each of them - and we hope it's the beginning of a life-changing journey for you as it has been for many of us!
Congratulations especially to first finishers Ted Mason (16:54) and Amy Young (19:16) and to Geoffrey Howard who got the highest age-grading of 83.81%. Milestone shout-outs to Robert Thew and Derek Calvert who both ran their 100th and to junior Jack Kennerley who ran his 10th. Well done all.

NB The National Trust cafe is going to be closed over the coming weeks - but refreshments will still be available from a pop-up cafe in the the courtyard of the visitor centre. What a relief - the large latte "because I'm worth it" is still going to be available...
Have a great parkrunning 2019.

This week 462 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 73 were first timers and 64 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 36 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 28 volunteers:

Andy TODD • Richard HALL • Douglas Andrew SCOTT • Nicole SUTTON • Dave BINKS • Steve SILVER • Samuel MADDISON • Tehya SUTTON • Annabel HALL • Phoebe HALL • Rory HALL • Lauren BINKS • Jon HANCOCK • Alison TURNER-PARRY • Emily PARRY • Oliver PARRY • Emma OATES • Steve OATES • John SKINNER • Fred COOPER • Suzy WOOD • Graham BOYD • Katie OATES • Macy BRETT • Susan WILLIAMSON • Shirley HILL • John FOTHERINGHAM • James RYDER
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 15:19 on 28th April 2018 (event number 210).
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 12,323 participants have completed 70,946 parkruns covering a total distance of 354,730 km, including 12,214 new Personal Bests. A total of 698 individuals have volunteered 4,588 times

Volunteering at Fountains Abbey parkrun


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

0 vacant volunteer slots on 12 January 2019

2 vacant volunteer slots on 19 January 2019

11 vacant volunteer slots on 26 January 2019

11 vacant volunteer slots 2 February 2019

13 vacant volunteer slots 9 February 2019

As always please drop us a line at if you can assist with volunteering in the future.

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; we can’t run without volunteer support. 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; not doing so may risk the NT staff removing the item from the tree.

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. We can’t allow kids’ scooters during parkrun, sorry.

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. Be at your most alert to avoid slips and trips please.

All dogs must be on a short, hand-held lead (no cani-cross leads) to minimise trip hazards. One dog per runner maximum. We also ask that dog runners occupy the back of the start area, to minimise the chance of the dog’s lead tripping somebody up.  An adult should be running solo, accompanying a child under-11 or in charge of a dog or a buggy but never both please.  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 (i.e. at arm’s length) by a responsible adult at all times.


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Local Races 2019

13 Jan Temple Newsam 10 (miles)
13 Jan York Brass Monkey Half Marathon

3 Feb Dewsbury 10k

10 Feb Ripon Muddy Boots 10k and Fun Run
17 Feb Harewood House Half Marathon and 10k

17 Mar Thirsk 10 (miles)
17 Mar Lightwater Valley 10k
24 Mar Wakefield 10k
30 Mar Croft Circuit 5k

14 Apr Vale of York 10 (miles) www.evensplits/events/voy10
14 Apr Swainby Sweep 7 / 16 Miles
21 Apr Helmsley 10k Multi Terrain
22 Apr Ackworth Half Marathon
28 Apr Yorkshire Wildlife Park 5k

5 May Kirkbymoorside 10k
12 May Ripon 10
19 May Fountains 10k
26 May Northallerton 10k
26 May Melmerby 10k

12 Jun Otley 10 (miles)
16 Jun Pontefract 10k
16 Jun Pudsey 10k
23 Jun Staveley Stampede 10k

7 Jul Burn Valley Half Marathon
14 Jul Ilkley Half Marathon
14 Jul Burton Leonard 10k
28 Jul 14k James Herriott Trail Run (Castle Bolton)