Run Report – Fountains Abbey parkrun #273 – Saturday 3rd August 2019

We’re indebted to our excellent Run Report Writer, Lucy BROOKS, all the way from Shropshire, for this week’s report.  Good luck for your pregnancy Lucy and hope to see you again, this time with a double buggy!

Phil and Lisa (Run Directors)



I’ve wanted to do Fountains Abby parkrun for around 2 years now, and seeing as I’m expecting twins the tourism count down is on, my partner decided to book for us to come up as a birthday treat. I knew it was going to be a slow one as I’m gaining about 3-4mins a week at the moment but I knew there would be some lovely scenery and the great thing about parkrun is there’s no time limit and it’s open to all abilities, walk, jog, run and I was going to do all three (I use the term run to mean waddle in my case).

The course completely lived up to its reputation as one of the most scenic in the country, which was great as I had loads to look at and lots of photo opportunities to justify walk breaks. Not surprisingly there were 73 tourists visiting the course today including a lovely couple celebrating their wedding anniversary, happy anniversary!! As well as two from Canberra, Australia, clearly winning the prize for the earliest get up! Also big congratulations to Jen and Rob on their stag and hen do with a visiting party from Manchester. The weather was lovely, possibly a little warm if you were going all in but I expect it would look spectacular no matter what the weather was doing. It’s very slightly undulating but very runnable and suited to fast times. A big shout out to the incredible 41 people who got new PBs today. The atmosphere created by the volunteer team was really lovely and everything a parkrun should be, inclusive, encouraging and enjoyable. It’s also one of those great courses where you can see runners on other parts of the course which I always really enjoy as it makes me feel more part of a parkrun family of like-minded individuals enjoying their Saturday morning. So let’s say welcome to all the first timers to parkrun who are hopefully about to join the obsession - Michelle THORNTON, Rosalyn RICHARDS, Samuel HOOD, Amelia LEE, Alister HOOD, Sarah HOOD, Alice ZUCCONELLI, Martin HOPE, Charlotte WOOD, Lucy REAST, Emma BOWE, Helen-Ann HARTLEY, Emma WATSON, Henry TYLER, Lizi SCOTT and Halle BAMFORD!!

There was also a lovely family feel with lots of parents running and encouraging their little ones. I was over taken by a rapid lad of around 4 on the hill and he then preceded to fly down the other side in to the distance. Only downside for me was the bridge over the lake, which I found terrifying (I’m not a bridge fan!) luckily it was expertly marshalled and again I received loads of encouragement going over. A mini milestone for me as it was my 90th different event today but a big shout out to all those actual milestones Jo HOPE for her 50th on her 50th birthday; there was cake! And Richard HAMER for his big 100, well done guys. So seeing as it’s my final one for a while let’s look at some random number stats.


Number 11 (my birthday) was Peter DUNNE, with a new PB, well done!


Number 90 (my tourist ones, sadly won’t make 100) was Justin LOCK. Number 173 (my total parkruns) Mathew CHAPLIN. And last but not least the biggest well done to Lisa and Phil and their team of incredible high-viz hero volunteers who made the event happen and made it so welcoming. If you haven’t yet volunteered I’d really recommend it (I’m about to embark on a fair few weeks at my home run of Severn Valley Country Park parkrun) as it’s hugely enjoyable and rewarding and I can’t think of a nicer team to be part of. Thanks for a lovely day and a cracking bacon sandwich in National Trust cafe after.



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.

4 Aug York 10k
8 Aug Even Splits York 5k Series
10 Aug Littondale 4 Mile Race
11 Aug Askern 10 Mile (Doncaster)
13 Aug York Millenium Bridge Races
18 Aug Scorton Feast Memorial 10k
18 Aug Escrick 10k
21 Aug Sessay Swift 6k

1 Sep Tholthorpe 10k
1 Sep Wetherby 10k
8 Sep Bawtry Forest Trail Event
12 Sep Even Splits York 5k Series
14 Sep Meanwood Valley Trail Race
15 Sep Vale of York Half-Marathon
15 Sep Bishop Monkton Beckbusters 10k
15 Sep Filey Lions Beach 10k
22 Sep Hull Marathon
22 Sep Asda Foundation Sheffield 10k
22 Sep Sutton Park 10k
25 Sep Even Splits York 5k Series
29 Sep Pontefract Half-Marathon
29 Sep Kirkstall Abbey 7

6 Oct Grewelthorpe Multi-Terrain Race
10 Oct Even Splits York 5k Series
12 Oct Round Ripon 35 mile Ultra
13 Oct Richmond Castle 10k
20 Oct Yorkshire Marathon
20 Oct Yorkshire 10 Mile
23 Oct Even Splits York 5k Series

3 Nov Guy Fawkes 10k
10 Nov Dalby Dash 10k
14 Nov Even Splits York 5k Series
17 Nov Tadcaster 10 miles
27 Nov Even Splits York 5k Series
30 Nov Croft Circuit 5k


Volunteering at Fountains Abbey parkrun

For everyone that has already put themselves forward to help out in the coming weeks we are supremely grateful. There are plenty of slots to fill, so any help is much appreciated.


2 vacant slots on 10 August 2019

8 vacant slots on 17 August 2019

9 vacant slots on 24 August 2019

12 vacant slots on 31 August 2019



As always please drop us an email at if you can assist with volunteering in the future, and even if the list appears full, we never turn down volunteers.

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.



Donating to Fountains Abbey parkrun

It’s now over five years since we set up Fountains Abbey parkrun and we recently bought a few new bits and pieces, including a new laptop for processing results, a megaphone and a complete set of tokens. Some of the kit gets provided by parkrun HQ. Some of it doesn’t and on those occasions we make an appeal 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: 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 £11 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 8:50am; this is important as it takes at least five minutes to get to the start from the Top Gate, and we like runners to be in place for the 8:55 safety brief and to start ahead of the Tail Walker. 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, noting that the Top Gate then closes from 9:00 until 10:00, and abuse or threats from latecomers unable to enter will not be tolerated. 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 parkrun 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. Marshals will be in place with signs to guide you where to stand. 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 400 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 96 were first timers and 41 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 49 different clubs took part.


The event was made possible by 22 volunteers:


Tim POCOCK • Tony SHAW • Douglas SCOTT • Lucy BROOKS • Neil DRING • Phil CHATTERTON • Donna MITCHELL • Nicole SUTTON • Dave BINKS • Lisa QUINN • Michael MORGAN • Chris BROWN • Simon MCCUDDEN • Marian CODLING • John SKINNER • Joy FLETCHER • Marcos MONTANA • Richard AMOS • Jackie KERR • Graham BOYD • Paul BROCKETT • Shirley HILL


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 15:17 on 8th June 2019 (event number 265).

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 14,208 participants have completed 81,731 parkruns covering a total distance of 408,655 km, including 13,797 new Personal Bests. A total of 777 individuals have volunteered 5,317 times.