Run Report for Fountains Abbey parkrun 248, 19 January 2019

January weather, somewhat unpredictable at the best of times. Keeping a very close on the Friday’s forecast, it was obvious the prediction computers were finding it a bit tricky too, such were the variations for Friday night / Saturday morning. By Friday evening, it seemed sensible to release a weather advisory, if nothing else to recommend to parkrunners travelling from afar to perhaps keep it local for this weekend rather than face the disappointment of arriving at the Visitors’ Centre to be greeted with news of a late cancellation.

Thus it was with some relief to open the curtains early on Saturday morning to find no more snow had settled in Kirkby Malzeard, and depending on a favourable route check to ensure the course would be clear of ice, the run would be good to go. Our thanks to the National Trust staff for their work in treating surfaces to ensure they would be safe to run on, we really are fortunate to have such amazing support.

Despite the morning being grey and chilly, we were able to run as usual. Look on the bright side, at least it wasn’t raining, snowing or blowing a hooley! A wonderful team of volunteers too, all dressed for the weather, ensured the run ran like clockwork, and we were able to get the results out to all 305 finishers well before 11 o’clock. It seems we are getting a bit more familiar with the interim catering arrangements too; certainly there were more runners in the Aislabie Room afterwards, and it did have a certain buzz about it that was a little more reminiscent of the restaurant than last week’s.

Milestones and Mentions

First over the line yesterday was Chris Oddy in quite impressive form, a first-time visitor from Serpentine running club in 16:42, and for the ladies Phoebe Hall visiting Fountains Abbey parkrun for her 141st outing in 21:31. Well done to you both.

We also celebrated T-shirt milestones for Evelyn Lowes qualifying for her 10th (juniors), while Owen McNair and Tim Tribe qualified for their 50th. On the subject of T-shirts it does seem that the supply situation has improved and runners are now receiving their milestone T-shirt before qualifying for their next one, good news all round!

Special mention to Nicole Sutton. Volunteering to pace 24 minutes, she crossed the line in…… 24:00 dead. Looking at the results, I would also credit that spot-on pacing for helping three other runners achieve PBs, so brilliantly run to you all.

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 26 January 2019
0 vacant volunteer slot on 2 February 2019
3 vacant volunteer slots on 9 February 2019

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

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 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)

Donating to Fountains Abbey parkrun

It’s now nearly 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.

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...

Fountains Abbey parkrun, Event number 248, 19 January 2019

This week 305 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 28 were first timers and 42 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 23 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 24 volunteers:

Douglas SCOTT • Nicole SUTTON • Samuel MADDISON • Lisa QUINN • Linda CADMAN • Tehya SUTTON • Chris BROWN • Lauren BINKS • Jon HANCOCK • Simon MCCUDDEN • Karen TULLEY • Alison TURNER-PARRY • Emily PARRY • Oliver PARRY • Steve OATES • Charlotte EADES • Fred COOPER • Tom OATES • Clare CHILDS • Graham BOYD • Katie OATES • Tim COLLIN • Lise SEIERSEN • 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 15:19 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 12,401 participants have completed 71,715 parkruns covering a total distance of 358,575 km, including 12,306 new Personal Bests. A total of 706 individuals have volunteered 4,640 times.