Fountains Abbey parkrun #249 Run Report

Technology is great isn’t it?  Up until the point it fails!  Such was the case yesterday when it became obvious while trying to download 446 finishing times that all was not well with the stopwatch port where the lead connects to transfer data into the computer.  The sick stopwatch was rushed home for exploratory surgery, but despite the best efforts with a micro-screwdriver, a head torch and a magnifying glass, it was soon obvious the stopwatch was beyond help.  The sight of the socket literally dropping out of the stopwatch confirmed the diagnosis, and as it was completely detached from the solder plate, it was clear that all attempts to download the data would be futile.

For the second occasion in 249 Fountains Abbey parkruns, all finishers were awarded a 59:59 time. A message to this effect was quickly put on our Facebook page (we are of course fully aware that not all our runners are on Facebook, but it was important to spread the word) followed by a message on our official website news page. The rest of Saturday was not quite as I had planned, manually manipulating the results and responding to a raft of emails after the results were sent to parkrun HQ.

But the response of you, especially on the Facebook page, was amazing.  Thank you for such positive comments and it just proves what a special community our parkrun has engendered.  And it’s not all bad, so here’s ten positives to mull over this Sunday

1. Parkrun is free, so no need to spend hours sorting entrance fee refunds.

2.  We all enjoyed the opportunity to run together in a very special place.

3.  The last finisher can share the same time as the first finisher.

4.  Free membership of the exclusive 59:59 club.

5.  Another accredited parkrun towards the next milestone T-shirt.

6. Those who celebrated a milestone run certainly had a run to remember. And it still counts!

7.  All runners will certainly see a marked improvement in next week’s time.

8.  Nobody had the disappointment of missing their PB by one second.

9.  A timely reminder how important it is to keep all things in perspective.

10.  We can all do it again next week!

Milestones and Mentions

First over the line yesterday was Michael Kallenberg visiting from Camarthen and District Harriers AC with a truly spectacular run.  There was some speculation he had broken the course record of 15:19, but my stopwatch showed Michael crossed the line in 15;22 (unofficial timing).   First lady was Hannah Bateson, again with a storming run, by my stopwatch 18:45.  Well done to you both.

(For information, we have these times as the Run Directors try to manually record as many known finishers with times and places as they cross the line.  You may have seen us doing this, and we do it to try and manually rectify errors before publishing the final results caused by finishers who funnel duck, refuse to take a finish token or go back down the course and cross the line twice, all events that cause finish time and place errors from that point onwards.)

We also celebrated T-shirt milestones for Harry Davenport qualifying for his 10th (juniors), Melissa Thomas Peters and Clare Louise Atkinson qualified for their 50th while Simon Arnold, Joy Fletcher and Ian Crane celebrated their 100 parkruns. Joy is clearly a creature of habit with all 100 runs completed at Fountains Abbey! 

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 2 February 2019

0 vacant volunteer slot on 9 February 2019

3 vacant volunteer slots on 16 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.

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 249, 26 January 2019

This week 446 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 73 were first timers and 0 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 31 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 23 volunteers:

Douglas SCOTT • Elliot PALMER • Nicole SUTTON • Samuel MADDISON • Lauren BINKS • Jon HANCOCK • Karen TULLEY • Anne HANCOCK • Emma OATES • Steve OATES • Charlotte EADES • John SKINNER • Fred COOPER • Sarah WOFFINDEN • Sarah HASLAM • Graham BOYD • Katie OATES • Macy BRETT • Tim COLLIN • Susan WILLIAMSON • John FOTHERINGHAM • Paul ACKERLEY • 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 12,474 participants have completed 72,161 parkruns covering a total distance of 360,805 km, including 12,306 new Personal Bests. A total of 707 individuals have volunteered 4,663 times.