Many thanks to Emily Garner who has written this weeks report.
A beautiful crisp Autumnal morning in North Yorkshire for this weeks parkrun. My first parkrun around Fountains Abbey, my 20th parkrun (also 20th different parkrun) and my first volunteer stint all in one day! What a great morning it was.
Back in the Summer I invited 2 keen parkrunning friends to come and visit me in West Yorkshire for the weekend with the view to run at Fountains Abbey, a 40 minute drive from where I live. Having heard, and seen, how gorgeous it was they jumped at the chance - and we weren’t disappointed today! Beautiful sunshine (but not too hot), blue sky, crunchy autumn leaves underfoot and glowing golden trees. What a wonderful season to run here.
The glorious Autumn sunshine shining down on the abbey proved to be a beautiful backdrop for our parkrun start today. A very structured start line with timing zones to head to (my friends and I all in the 30+ section!) and one of the RDs for the day giving the run briefing from a megaphone, on a ladder, in the middle of the pack. There were a few mentions today - Notably a special shoutout to Barbara and Alison who had cycled 52 miles to parkrun this morning, were going to do the parkrun and then were going to cycle 52 miles home again! Wow.
After the run briefing hundreds of us set off from the start with the abbey on our right running along the well maintained paths around the grounds. The only obstacles for me were the little hills - I’m not a fan of hills! What a stunning place to run, walk or jog and we’re very thankful to The National Trust for allowing us free use of this beautiful space every Saturday morning.
Yes Autumn can be hit and miss with the weather but today it was perfect. If you’ve not ticked Fountains Abbey parkrun off your to do list yet then you must. No need to wait until next Autumn though there are a few weeks of Autumn left before Winter arrives & I’m pretty sure it’s just as gorgeous in any season. Also if you’ve not volunteered before then writing run reports might be right up your street - I hope you’ve enjoyed reading this - it really wasn’t hard to write whilst sitting in the gorgeous National Trust cafe post parkrun with a cream scone and a cup of tea.
Here’s to my next parkrun & next volunteering stint. Have a good week everyone.
Milestone congratulations go to Danielle Wilson on her 10th run.
Lee Davis, Claire Davis, Christopher Shaw and Robin Dearden all completed their 50th.
Karen Rawlings, Amelie Kilford, Hilary Gilliam and Eleanor Broadbent who all completed their 100th parkrun.
First male finisher this week was Ben Holmes in 16.52 and first female was Emma Sorby in 20.21
Volunteering at Fountains Abbey parkrun
For everyone that has already put themselves forward to help out in the coming weeks we are supremely grateful.
6 vacant volunteer slots on 19 October 2019
6 vacant volunteer slots on 26 October 2019
10 vacant volunteer slots on 02 November 2019
As always please drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
20 Oct Yorkshire Marathon http://www.runforall.com
20 Oct Yorkshire 10 Mile http://www.runforall.com
23 Oct Even Splits York 5k Series http://www.evensplits.events/york-5k
3 Nov Guy Fawkes 10k http://niddvalleyroadrunners.co.uk/guy-fawkes-10/
10 Nov Dalby Dash 10k http://www.dalbydash.com
14 Nov Even Splits York 5k Series http://www.evensplits.events/york-5k
17 Nov Tadcaster 10 miles http://www.tad10.com
27 Nov Even Splits York 5k Series http://www.evensplits.events/york-5k
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: http://www.parkrun.org.uk/fountainsabbey/aboutus/ 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: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/join-us
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 must try to 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 http://www.parkrun-barcode.org.uk/ 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 283, 12th October 2019
This week 383 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 46 were first timers and 53 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 40 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 23 volunteers:
Iain WALLACE • Suzanne RICKARD • Allan HANSEN • Dave BINKS • Steve SILVER • Lisa QUINN • Amanda BELL-WALKER • Chris BROWN • Karen TULLEY • Andrew PARRY • Emily PARRY • Steve OATES • Jill GATHERCOLE • Jackie KERR • Patrick HASLAM • Graham BOYD • Katie OATES • Jane PENNY • Shirley HILL • Emily GARNER • Christy IRISH • Anna PARK • Eve PARK
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 15,034 participants have completed 85,636 parkruns covering a total distance of 428,180 km, including 14,285 new Personal Bests. A total of 804 individuals have volunteered 5,571 times.