Run Report for Fountains Abbey parkrun 276 24 August 2019

Stair rods; cats and dogs; teeming; bucketing down; siling down; blatters, yukken it down!

Ooop, that was my last run report!  Yesterday morning was just one of those absolutely glorious mornings, and although some runners would have woken up to clear blue skies, and others to a thick autumnal fog, Fountains Abbey was a real treat for the eyes under wonderful blue skies.

We also had a special treat yesterday, running to music!  A huge thank you to the Vacation Chamber Orchestra for providing a string quartet to serenade runners as they passed by Huby Tower.  The music could be heard by those of us in the finish area too, and added to a wonderful atmosphere that pervaded throughout yesterday morning’s run.  Indeed, with another superb team of volunteers, we seemed to have even more smiles than normal, and it was amazing to consider that out of our 434 finishers, 119 were either first-time parkrunners, or first-time runners at Fountains Abbey.

One other stat of note.  Yesterday saw our average number of runners pass 300.  Of course, we get many more than 300 each week now, but this is a fair reflection on just how Fountains Abbey parkrun has grown over the last five years, and those early days in 2014 when <200 runners was the normal turnout.

Some Milestones and Mentions

Leading the pack was David Cross, visiting from Holmfirth Harriers, in 17;36, while for the ladies Ruth Mackenzie, also visiting from Holmfirth Harriers, led the line in 21.34. Party on Holmfirth!

On achieving 10 runs in the JM11-14 category, Angus Brown.  While on 50: Tom Pearman; Andrew Emsley and Thomas Payne.  Congratulations to you all on achieving these milestones.

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 slots on 31 August 2019
5 vacant volunteer slots on 7 September 2019
0 vacant volunteer slots on 14 September 2019 (adopted by Ripon Runners’ Juniors)

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

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.

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

Donating to Fountains Abbey parkrun

It’s now over five years since we set up Fountains Abbey parkrun and occasionally we need to replace some of our signage and kit.  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 start area 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 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 should 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 276 24th August 2019

This week 434 people ran the course, of whom 119 were first timers and 50 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 58 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 31 volunteers:

Allan HANSEN • Neil DRING • Dave NICKLAS • Dawn SIMMONS • Steve SILVER • Samuel MADDISON • Karen MADDISON • Lisa QUINN • Julia MORGAN • Chris BROWN • Jon HANCOCK • Emma OATES • Steve OATES • Regina HAYNES • Jackie KERR • Graham CHILDS • Judith LIVESEY • Graham BOYD • Katie OATES • Reuben HARFORD • Paul HARFORD • Sarah HARFORD • Faith HARFORD • Peter KILFORD • Amelie KILFORD • Miles STANYARD • Susan WILLIAMSON • Jemma CROPPER • Christy IRISH • Robert IRISH • Pauline MUNRO

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 14,526 participants have completed 82,968 parkruns covering a total distance of 414,840 km, including 13,927 new Personal Bests. A total of 782 individuals have volunteered 5,396 times.