Fountains Abbey parkrun Run Report 283

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 fountainsabbeyhelpers@parkrun.com 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.

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.

 

Run Report for Fountains Abbey parkrun 282, 5th October 2019

The ruins in the mist

The ruins in the morning mist - perfect running conditions!

This week's run report is brought to you by guest report writer Richard Knowles, clocking up his 100th parkrun - thank you Richard!

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On October 2nd 2004, 13 intrepid joggers ran a 5km route around Bushy Park in South West London. As they finished, their results were jotted down on a scrap of paper and then they headed off to the local café… parkrun had been born. Fifteen years on, there are now 635 parkruns across the UK with the number growing every week.

Today saw me complete my 100th parkrun. My first was on 4th February 2017. I remember it well. I arrived at 8.58, jogged down to the start - only to see everyone else disappearing into the distance! (things seem to have evolved more these days with the ‘on course’ by 8.50 rule). From that day I was bitten by the parkrun bug and have attempted to run, jog, walk or volunteer every week. 78 of my parkruns have been at Fountains Abbey and I truly believe there is no better course in the UK. I have sampled the delights of parkrun as far away as Padua (Italy) where only 15 runners turned up... a far cry from the 400+ who regularly attend at Fountains! A national newspaper recently named Fountains Abbey in the top ten most scenic parkruns and most runners/visitors would definitely agree with this (perhaps not the Scottish lady mentioned by our run director!) So what’s the attraction of our parkrun? Firstly, the setting… where else would you have the chance to run around the dramatic ruins of a Cistercian abbey, past beautiful water gardens and finish at Robin Hoods well, a mysterious monument! Secondly, the magnificent team of volunteers, always so positive and supportive no matter what the weather. Last, but not least, the visitor-centre café with its buzzing atmosphere and amazing cherry and almond scones. If you haven’t yet sampled the delights of our wonderful parkrun, come and join us!

Today we welcomed “tourists” from all corners of Yorkshire and further afield, including Chester, Durham, Grantham, Newcastle, Nottingham, Stratford, Sweden and the USA. We hope that you all enjoyed your visit to Fountains.

On the fifteenth anniversary of parkrun, it was great to welcome 16 ‘new starters’ for whom today was the start of their parkrun journey. I can’t mention you all in this short report, but well done and we hope to see you again next week!

Notable milestone runs this morning were Eve Park clocking up her 10th run, while Emma Donnellan, Fred Pidgeon, Hilary Philpott and Valerie Langham all joined the 50 club. Sarah Jones and myself joined the 100 club – congratulations Sarah on your PB, quite an achievement! Special mention, too, to David Womersley who today completed his 550th parkrun!                                                                                                                                                                          Richard Knowles

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 12 October 2019

7 vacant volunteer slots on 19 October 2019

8 vacant volunteer slots on 26 October 2019

As always please drop us a line at fountainsabbeyhelpers@parkrun.com 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.

10 Oct Even Splits York 5k Series http://www.evensplits.events/york-5k
12 Oct Round Ripon 35 mile Ultra https://www.riponrunners.org.uk/ripon-ultra/
13 Oct Richmond Castle 10k http://www.swaledalerunners.co.uk/richmond-castle-10k
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 282, 5th October 2019

This week 390 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 61 were first timers and 55 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 37 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 22 volunteers:

Stephen CONSTABLE • Fiona ALDER • Lindsey FALLOW • Mathew CHAPLIN • Phil CHATTERTON • Dave BINKS • Chris BROWN • Karen TULLEY • Hannah CONSTABLE • Andrew PARRY • Emily PARRY • Steve OATES • Graham CHILDS • Katie OATES • Richard KNOWLES • John GARRAWAY • Susan WILLIAMSON • Alan DOCHERTY • Tracey DOCHERTY • Shirley HILL • Alison GARRAWAY • Geoffrey HARRISON

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 14,988 participants have completed 85,253 parkruns covering a total distance of 426,265 km, including 14,232 new Personal Bests. A total of 798 individuals have volunteered 5,548 times.

 

Run Report for Fountains Abbey parkrun 281, 28 September 2019

I was expecting to get thoroughly soaked this morning, the sort of morning where trying to manually back-up runners finishing names and times would have been impossible as water dripped from my steamed-up specs merely to accelerate the disintegration of paper under pencil.  The sort of morning where a collection of sopping hi-viz jackets would be unceremonially stuffed into a rucksac to thankfully hand over to the next Run Director to wash and dry.  The sort of morning where the finish tokens would refuse to unstick from each other as they were being handed out to the finishers, resulting in errors to be corrected over a coffee in the café afterwards.  The sort of morning where we would all disperse, saying ‘great morning, see you next week’.

And what happened?  Perfectly on cue, the clouds split apart to unveil the most glorious of blue skies.  ‘Won’t last’, I thought, but it did!  Maybe the threat of incipient heavy showers accelerated our field of 370 amazing runners around the course at a commendably rapid pace, ensuring that I was the last person offsite and through the Visitors’ Centre by 10 o’clock!

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We say this every week, but once again the support of the National Trust is hugely appreciated, and it is terrific to have a number of the staff running with us every week.  It certainly benefits both our parkrun and the National Trust that Justin, the General Manager, is also a committed parkrunner, and like any other relationship, ours relies on constant communication to ensure the relationship remains as harmonious as possible.  It’s certainly one we don’t take for granted.

One other factor we never try to take for granted are our volunteers.  Once again we were blessed with the most enthusiastic support, and there really is something quite remarkable to be able to witness a group of individuals, often strangers, gelling together into a really effective team.  This morning was no exception, thank you all because without you, there would be little point in shouting ‘go’ at nine o’clock.  And if you have never volunteered or haven’t done so for some time, we really do urge you to give it a go.  We offer full support and encouragement with what (little) training is required, and we would never ask you to take on a role that you are not comfortable with.  See below in our notices for more details on how to volunteer, it really is hugely rewarding and a great way to meet other people.

It was also terrific to see a number of touring running clubs yesterday, not limited to a strong contingent from Baildon Runners, but also Oakwell Running Bears, Newark Striders and Team Caterpillar (from Catterick).  Must have been some early sounding alarm clocks in West Yorkshire, South Yorkshire and Notts!

This is why parkrun is so special!

This is why parkrun is so special!

Some Milestones and Mentions

Leading the field, Reece Dalton in a very impressive 17:33, while for the ladies, Rachel Hawker in 19:26, terrific running.  Evergreens Andy Todd and Alex Fawcett both continue to make 80%+ WAVA age gradings look easy, with 81.87% and 81.56% respectively.

Celebrating 50 magnificent parkruns and soon to be adorned in red, congratulations to four runners: Alan Docherty; John Jarratt; Paul Hardwicke and Stuart Baldwin.  Two runners achieved the heady heights of 100 runs: Peter Kilford and, as not many Run Directors get to say / write this, congratulations to my wife Anne Hancock on her 100th run!

Volunteering at Fountains Abbey parkrun


For everyone that has already put themselves forward to help out in the coming weeks we are supremely grateful.
4 vacant volunteer slots on 5 October 2019

4 vacant volunteer slots on 12 October 2019

9 vacant volunteer slots on 19 October 2019

As always please drop us a line at fountainsabbeyhelpers@parkrun.com 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.

6 Oct Grewelthorpe Multi-Terrain Race https://gmtr.co.uk
10 Oct Even Splits York 5k Series http://www.evensplits.events/york-5k
12 Oct Round Ripon 35 mile Ultra https://www.riponrunners.org.uk/ripon-ultra/
13 Oct Richmond Castle 10k http://www.swaledalerunners.co.uk/richmond-castle-10k
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 281, 28th September 2019

This week 370 people ran, the course, of whom 117 were first timers and 22 recorded new Personal Bests.  Representatives of 48 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 23 volunteers: 

Karen JONES • Rosie GATENBY • David JELLEY • Allan HANSEN • Phil CHATTERTON • Chris BROWN • Jon HANCOCK • Enrique PIEDRAFITA • Karen TULLEY • Andrew PARRY • Emily PARRY • Emma OATES • Steve OATES • Marcos MONTANA • Regina HAYNES • Jackie KERR • Suzy WOOD • Clare CHILDS • Graham CHILDS • Patrick HASLAM • Katie OATES • Susan WILLIAMSON • 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 14,926 participants have completed 84,863 parkruns covering a total distance of 424,315 km, including 14,176 new Personal Bests. A total of 795 individuals have volunteered 5,526 times.

 

Run Report – Fountains Abbey parkrun #280 – Saturday 21st September 2019

Even though the local sports focus is on two-wheeled racing, rather than 2-legged walking and running, we still got an impressive turnout of 342 for this week’s parkrun, all helped round by a crack team of volunteers. It was a very calm and serene atmosphere today at the Abbey and everything went super-smoothly.

Alex SWALLOW from Lincs was first home on his first visit to Fountains in an impressive 17:55, with the evergreen Wendy MARKS (Run Director extraordinaire) grabbing the first female place in 21:37, 33rd overall. Firm favourite Jane HOLMES topped the % age grading table with 89.4% with Andy TODD not too far behind with 83.3%. Congratulations all, great running!

We even had 101 dalmatians today as runner Craig LINTON finished in 101st accompanied by his pet dalmatian dog (on a short lead of course!). Well done both!

Milestones achieved:

Rowan SCOTT – 10th junior parkrun

Lyn SILVER – 50th parkrun, crowned with a PB. Well done Lyn!

Paul HARFORD – 100th parkrun (his family were keen to point out that he’s the last in his family to achieve this milestone!)

Next week, make sure you’re fully aware of road closures as it’s the big weekend of the UCI Cycling World Champs, with the elite women’s race coming through the Fountains estate road in the afternoon. Rest assured, parkrun is still on and we’re looking forward to seeing you all next week folks!

 

Phil Chatterton (Run Director)

 

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.

1 vacant slots on 28th September 2019

10 vacant slots on 5th October 2019

9 vacant slots on 12th October 2019

10 vacant slots on 19th October 2019

As always please drop us an email at fountainsabbey@parkrun.com 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, you’d be welcome to, although we would place a condition that you seek permission from the Run Directors as there are some specific rules that govern us here at Fountains Abbey.

 

13 Aug York Millennium Bridge Races http://yorkacornrunningclub.org.uk/Millennium_Bridge_Race.php

25 Sep Even Splits York 5k Series http://www.evensplits.events/york-5k

29 Sep Pontefract Half-Marathon https://pontefracthalfmarathon.co.uk

29 Sep Kirkstall Abbey 7 https://kirkstallharriers.org.uk/new/socials/kirkstall-abbey-7/

 

6 Oct Grewelthorpe Multi-Terrain Race https://gmtr.co.uk

10 Oct Even Splits York 5k Series http://www.evensplits.events/york-5k

12 Oct Round Ripon 35 mile Ultra https://www.riponrunners.org.uk/ripon-ultra/

13 Oct Richmond Castle 10k http://www.swaledalerunners.co.uk/richmond-castle-10k

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 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: 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 £11 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 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 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:

This week 348 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 62 were first timers and 44 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 36 different clubs took part.

 

The event was made possible by 22 volunteers:

 

Karen CHADWELL • Steve MARKS • Richard HALL • Lindsey FALLOW • Allan HANSEN • Neil DRING • Phil CHATTERTON • Chris BROWN • Simon MCCUDDEN • Christine COOPER • Rod COOPER • Emma OATES • Steve OATES • Jill GATHERCOLE • Suzy WOOD • Graham CHILDS • Graham BOYD • Katie OATES • Kathy GARGAN • Lenny LENNOX • Ruth DODSWORTH • 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 14,809 participants have completed 84,493 parkruns covering a total distance of 422,465 km, including 14,154 new Personal Bests. A total of 794 individuals have volunteered 5,503 times.

 

Run Report for Fountains Abbey parkrun #278, 7th September 2019

It's easy to forget how privileged we are to have a parkrun at Fountains Abbey, so when a pal of tourist John Richardson, of Dereham Runners AC, asked me for a shout out as they had travelled all the way from Norfolk to celebrate his 300th, it was a lovely reminder that we - officially - have one of the most beautiful parkruns in the world.

353 runners and 25 volunteers enjoyed two laps around this gorgeous World Heritage site yesterday morning, in - as always - perfect running conditions. With the early autumn temperature and the humidity falling, 54 of you recorded new PBs. Andy Todd celebrated his 250th parkrun (215 of them round our Abbey) with a great age-grading of 82.16%, eclipsed only by Jane Holmes at a stonking 89.62%. I always remind our volunteer timekeepers that nobody is here to qualify for the olympics, but as a 90% age-grading is considered 'World Class', if there was a 'parkrun olympics' we'd have a qualifier as well as a good shot at hosting it! I truly believe there can't be a better combination of course, cafe and community at any other parkrun. Not that we're competitive - it's a run/walk not a race after all.

15 of our runners were virgin parkrunners yesterday and 17 under-11s completed the full 5k - with an especially impressive performance from Charley Catchpole (JM10, Ilkley Harriers AC) who whipped round his first ever parkrun in 22:56 - always, of course, within arms reach of his responsible adult. Watching runners and walkers aged 4-80 grimace and grin their way over the finish line is a brilliant way to start a Saturday.

We know you love parkrun and Fountains Abbey as much as we do, so you'll appreciate the need to leave both the site and the kit as we find it. Yesterday we had an intriguing incident in which the National Trust staff had to confiscate a huge log from a parkrunner at the exit. I'm impressed that anyone was willing to carry 20kg of wood up, as I affectionately think of it, 'Scone Hill', but obviously the Fountains Abbey ground staff put a lot of work in to managing the site and would appreciate it if you stuck to the 'leave it as you found it' rule, which I will illustrate for clarity...

Things we are delighted for you to take away from Fountains Abbey parkrun:

  • Shiny new conkers
  • Shiny new PBs
  • A sense of personal and collective achievement
  • Big smiles

Things we ask you to not take away from Fountains Abbey parkrun:

  • Your finish token
  • Logs, branches
  • Stones (especially bits of the monuments)
  • Swans

If you have found a parkrun token at the bottom of your wash basket, you can return it no-questions-asked under our token amnesty. A few of you will have noticed you were handed a slightly soggy bit of numbered paper yesterday instead instead of an official token.

We hope that those of you who are out on the Great North Run course today are having an excellent run. If you are itching for a race then we highly recommend the BeckBusters 10k next Sunday. Next week is a parkrun takeover by Ripon Runners Juniors, but if you would like to volunteer over the coming weeks, check out the roster and drop us an email.

Thanks, as always, to our team of volunteers. See you next Saturday, we run at 9, don't forget your barcode!

Cheers to all of you for making my first stint back in the RD role after a year off a very easy, enjoyable one,

Lindsey

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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 14 September 2019 (adopted by Ripon Runners’ Juniors)
6 vacant volunteer slots on 21 September 2019
9 vacant volunteer slots on 28 September 2019
As always please drop us a line at fountainsabbeyhelpers@parkrun.com 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.

12 Sep Even Splits York 5k Series http://www.evensplits.events/york-5k
14 Sep Meanwood Valley Trail Race http://valleystriders.org.uk/new/
15 Sep Vale of York Half-Marathon http://www.evensplits.events/voyhm
15 Sep Bishop Monkton Beckbusters 10k https://racebest.com/races/awes8
15 Sep Filey Lions Beach 10k http://www.fileylionsclub.co.uk
22 Sep Hull Marathon https://www.hullmarathon.co.uk
22 Sep Asda Foundation Sheffield 10k
22 Sep Sutton Park 10k http://www.sutton10k.org
25 Sep Even Splits York 5k Series http://www.evensplits.events/york-5k
29 Sep Pontefract Half-Marathon https://pontefracthalfmarathon.co.uk
29 Sep Kirkstall Abbey 7 https://kirkstallharriers.org.uk/new/socials/kirkstall-abbey-7/

6 Oct Grewelthorpe Multi-Terrain Race https://gmtr.co.uk
10 Oct Even Splits York 5k Series http://www.evensplits.events/york-5k
12 Oct Round Ripon 35 mile Ultra https://www.riponrunners.org.uk/ripon-ultra/
13 Oct Richmond Castle 10k http://www.swaledalerunners.co.uk/richmond-castle-10k
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 £10 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 gate at the top by the Visitor Centre is now closed at 08:50 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 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.

 

Run Report for Fountains Abbey parkrun 277 31 August 2019

Autumn’s here, the colours will soon turn, but yesterday we welcomed 432 evergreen parkrunners to Fountains Abbey and as ever a wonderful team of volunteers.

Amongst the visitors yesterday, we welcomed a couple of Run Directors from Cleethorpes’s parkrun, Matthew Storey and Sean Clark who seemed delighted with a Fountains Abbey welcome. Also, a great presence from Horsforth Harriers, amongst their numbers Aisling Wall for her pre-marriage parkrun. Now that’s dedication for you! And as she set a time of 18:58, she set a PB and an unofficial course record as our fastest ever bride. Congratulations and very best wishes for the future!

Some Milestones and Mentions

Leading the field Rob Scott in a very impressive 16:38, while for the ladies, previously mentioned Aisling (Ash) Wall. Don’t forget to update your profile (if appropriate).

Celebrating 50 magnificent parkruns, congratulations to: Beccy Jepson; Michael Morgan; Catherine Archer and Ian Sloan. Well done to you all, great achievement, especially Beccy who has completed 50 parkruns in 50 different locations (and provided cake at Barcode Bench).

Volunteering at Fountains Abbey parkrun

For everyone that has already put themselves forward to help out in the coming weeks we are supremely grateful.
3 vacant volunteer slots on 7 September 2019
0 vacant volunteer slots on 14 September 2019 (adopted by Ripon Runners’ Juniors)
7 vacant volunteer slots on 21 September 2019
As always please drop us a line at fountainsabbeyhelpers@parkrun.com 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.

8 Sep Bawtry Forest Trail Event https://maltbyrunningclub.wordpress.com
12 Sep Even Splits York 5k Series http://www.evensplits.events/york-5k
14 Sep Meanwood Valley Trail Race http://valleystriders.org.uk/new/
15 Sep Vale of York Half-Marathon http://www.evensplits.events/voyhm
15 Sep Bishop Monkton Beckbusters 10k https://racebest.com/races/awes8
15 Sep Filey Lions Beach 10k http://www.fileylionsclub.co.uk
22 Sep Hull Marathon https://www.hullmarathon.co.uk
22 Sep Asda Foundation Sheffield 10k
22 Sep Sutton Park 10k http://www.sutton10k.org
25 Sep Even Splits York 5k Series http://www.evensplits.events/york-5k
29 Sep Pontefract Half-Marathon https://pontefracthalfmarathon.co.uk
29 Sep Kirkstall Abbey 7 https://kirkstallharriers.org.uk/new/socials/kirkstall-abbey-7/

6 Oct Grewelthorpe Multi-Terrain Race https://gmtr.co.uk
10 Oct Even Splits York 5k Series http://www.evensplits.events/york-5k
12 Oct Round Ripon 35 mile Ultra https://www.riponrunners.org.uk/ripon-ultra/
13 Oct Richmond Castle 10k http://www.swaledalerunners.co.uk/richmond-castle-10k
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 £10 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 gate at the top by the Visitor Centre is now closed at 08:50 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 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.

 

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 fountainsabbeyhelpers@parkrun.com 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 http://www.tholthorpe10k.co.uk
1 Sep Wetherby 10k
8 Sep Bawtry Forest Trail Event https://maltbyrunningclub.wordpress.com
12 Sep Even Splits York 5k Series http://www.evensplits.events/york-5k
14 Sep Meanwood Valley Trail Race http://valleystriders.org.uk/new/
15 Sep Vale of York Half-Marathon http://www.evensplits.events/voyhm
15 Sep Bishop Monkton Beckbusters 10k https://racebest.com/races/awes8
15 Sep Filey Lions Beach 10k http://www.fileylionsclub.co.uk
22 Sep Hull Marathon https://www.hullmarathon.co.uk
22 Sep Asda Foundation Sheffield 10k
22 Sep Sutton Park 10k http://www.sutton10k.org
25 Sep Even Splits York 5k Series http://www.evensplits.events/york-5k
29 Sep Pontefract Half-Marathon https://pontefracthalfmarathon.co.uk
29 Sep Kirkstall Abbey 7 https://kirkstallharriers.org.uk/new/socials/kirkstall-abbey-7/

6 Oct Grewelthorpe Multi-Terrain Race https://gmtr.co.uk
10 Oct Even Splits York 5k Series http://www.evensplits.events/york-5k
12 Oct Round Ripon 35 mile Ultra https://www.riponrunners.org.uk/ripon-ultra/
13 Oct Richmond Castle 10k http://www.swaledalerunners.co.uk/richmond-castle-10k
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 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 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 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.

 

Fountains Abbey Run report no. 275 – Saturday 17th August

#275 – Saturday 17th August 2019

We had a wonderful morning at Fountains Abbey. The sun arrived just in time and the Abbey and grounds looked spectacular. We were joined by a super group of volunteers - some were even tourists to us – so a BIG thank you to you all. We had 413 runners with 111 first time to parkrun; you managed 44 fantastic PBs too!

We had the pleasure of welcoming parkrun tourists from far and wide – Taunton, London, Watford, Richmond, Portsmouth, Avon, Blackpool, Nottingham, Wellingborough, Northampton, Kendal, Ketteringham and of course many from Yorkshire too. We loved hearing all your stories - many of you had made a special visit to us to celebrate an occasion. We had a hen party, two ladies celebrating the completion of couch to 5k and last but by no means least Andy and Mandy on their 100th parkrun tourist visit – incredible!

Reece Dalton was home first for the men in 16.06 and Nik Tarrega in 19.10 for the ladies; in addition, Andy Todd had the best age-related result with 82% - many congratulations to you all.

A number of you achieved great milestones – Alice Ratcliffe (10), Lorraine Hiles and Stuart Clark (50) , Katharine Smith (100) and Ian Jessop a brilliant 250!

We hope you have a wonderful weekend. Please note it is now only 5 Saturdays to the World Cycling Championships in Harrogate…..we will need to plan our journeys to/from Fountains Abbey on 21st and 28th September.

Many thanks
Kathy and Graham (Run Directors)

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.
8 vacant slots on 24 August 2019
9 vacant slots on 31 August 2019
10 vacant slots on 7 September 2019
14th September – we are being supported by Ripon Runners juniors
As always please drop us an email at fountainsabbey@parkrun.com 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, you’d be welcome to, although we would place a condition that you seek permission from the Run Directors as there are some specific rules that govern us here at Fountains Abbey.
18 Aug Scorton Feast Memorial 10k
18 Aug Escrick 10k http://www.escrick10k.co.uk
21 Aug Sessay Swift 6k
1 Sep Tholthorpe 10k http://www.tholthorpe10k.co.uk
1 Sep Wetherby 10k
8 Sep Bawtry Forest Trail Event https://maltbyrunningclub.wordpress.com
12 Sep Even Splits York 5k Series http://www.evensplits.events/york-5k
14 Sep Meanwood Valley Trail Race http://valleystriders.org.uk/new/
15 Sep Vale of York Half-Marathon http://www.evensplits.events/voyhm
15 Sep Bishop Monkton Beckbusters 10k https://racebest.com/races/awes8
15 Sep Filey Lions Beach 10k http://www.fileylionsclub.co.uk
22 Sep Hull Marathon https://www.hullmarathon.co.uk
22 Sep Asda Foundation Sheffield 10k
22 Sep Sutton Park 10k http://www.sutton10k.org
25 Sep Even Splits York 5k Series http://www.evensplits.events/york-5k
29 Sep Pontefract Half-Marathon https://pontefracthalfmarathon.co.uk
29 Sep Kirkstall Abbey 7 https://kirkstallharriers.org.uk/new/socials/kirkstall-abbey-7/
6 Oct Grewelthorpe Multi-Terrain Race https://gmtr.co.uk
10 Oct Even Splits York 5k Series http://www.evensplits.events/york-5k
12 Oct Round Ripon 35 mile Ultra https://www.riponrunners.org.uk/ripon-ultra/
13 Oct Richmond Castle 10k http://www.swaledalerunners.co.uk/richmond-castle-10k
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 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: 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 £11 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 park runners 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 park runners, 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 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:
This week 413 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 111 were first timers and 44 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 55 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 23 volunteers:Tim POCOCK • Douglas SCOTT • Mara YAMAUCHI • Allan HANSEN • Neil DRING • Chris BROWN • Rod COOPER • Alison TURNER-PARRY • Andrew PARRY • Emily PARRY • Oliver PARRY • John SKINNER • Jackie KERR • Graham BOYD • Linz MCCOOKE • Kathy GARGAN • Jonathan DUNK • Miles STANYARD • Susan WILLIAMSON • Lenny LENNOX • Jemma CROPPER • Ruth DODSWORTH • 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 14,407 participants have completed 82,534 parkruns covering a total distance of 412,670 km, including 13,877 new Personal Bests. A total of 782 individuals have volunteered 5,365 times.

 

Run Report – Fountains Abbey parkrun #274 – Saturday 10th August 2019

We had a whopping 88 first timers out of 390 runners/walkers today, which is quite amazing. Whilst many of these will be first-timers from the local area (great to see Alex BIRCH amongst others making a foray into the world of parkrun this morning), a good proportion will be seasoned parkrunners from other areas, maybe on holiday in God’s Own Country. I expect we’ll get loads of visitors around the time of the cycling World Champs next month, too. We absolutely love welcoming new runners and volunteers, and what better venue could there be to do it in?

I saw a recent stat that our ratio of registered parkrunners to unique participants is 2.6:1. This means that for every single person who is registered to have Fountains Abbey as their ‘home’ parkrun, we have had 2.6 individual people making one or more appearances at our event. This is compared to a ratio of 1.2 for a similar-sized Yorkshire parkrun in a town-centre location (can you guess?!). This illustrates the pulling power of Fountains Abbey as a parkrun tourism destination, which isn’t surprising given the pull of the attraction within the National Trust’s estate nationally.

Of course it’s not just the visitors who love our parkrun; our regulars do as well, typified by 45 Ripon Runners doing ‘3 Races in a Day’ today, led by the redoubtable Andy PURLL. They started at parkrun and then went on to run 2 organised races up in the Dales at Littondale and Arncliffe. Loads of excellent running from our favourite running club!

All of which places demands on our volunteers, so anyone who wishes to volunteer at upcoming events, please just drop us a note at fountainsabbey@parkrun.com with the preferred date, role and your barcode number if you can do. I also echo my request for anyone who wishes to join the Run Directing team – it’s a highly rewarding job in a multi-talented team, and you’ll get loads of support- thank you.

Well done to our most-first-finishy pair of Reece DALTON and Emma SORBY, taking the joint honours again in 17:21 and 19:48 respectively, with Emma finishing 22nd overall. At the other end of the age range (sorry folks!) came the evergreen Sheila ILLINGWORTH and Andy TODD, topping the age-grading percentages with 88.8 and 82.1 respectively. Congratulations to stag party runner Patrick WARDLE and his entourage; Patrick can clearly get to the church on time (although I’m not sure about the best man and ushers) as he finished 6th in a swift 18:33, all whilst carrying a Star Wars light sabre no less.

Milestones go to juniors Alex OWEN-HUGHES and Ilona PALLAGI (10th parkruns) and seniors Colin PHILPOTT and Gordon GLEDSON (50th parkruns). At opposite ends of the age scale, again, both Linda CADMAN and Chloe McCOOKE notched up their 100th parkruns today. Linda’s journey in the 65-69 age cat has been inspirational and she’s now a firm fixture in the Ripon running scene. Chloe and her whole family are also great parkrun devotees and I am sure they enjoyed celebrating Chloe’s achievement. Congratulations to all!

Looking forward to seeing you all next week folks!

 

Phil Chatterton (Run Director)

 

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.

5 vacant slots on 17 August 2019

8 vacant slots on 24 August 2019

9 vacant slots on 31 August 2019

10 vacant slots on 7 September 2019

As always please drop us an email at fountainsabbey@parkrun.com 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, you’d be welcome to, although we would place a condition that you seek permission from the Run Directors as there are some specific rules that govern us here at Fountains Abbey.

13 Aug York Millennium Bridge Races http://yorkacornrunningclub.org.uk/Millennium_Bridge_Race.php

18 Aug Scorton Feast Memorial 10k

18 Aug Escrick 10k http://www.escrick10k.co.uk

21 Aug Sessay Swift 6k

1 Sep Tholthorpe 10k http://www.tholthorpe10k.co.uk

1 Sep Wetherby 10k

8 Sep Bawtry Forest Trail Event https://maltbyrunningclub.wordpress.com

12 Sep Even Splits York 5k Series http://www.evensplits.events/york-5k

14 Sep Meanwood Valley Trail Race http://valleystriders.org.uk/new/

15 Sep Vale of York Half-Marathon http://www.evensplits.events/voyhm

15 Sep Bishop Monkton Beckbusters 10k https://racebest.com/races/awes8

15 Sep Filey Lions Beach 10k http://www.fileylionsclub.co.uk

22 Sep Hull Marathon https://www.hullmarathon.co.uk

22 Sep Asda Foundation Sheffield 10k

22 Sep Sutton Park 10k http://www.sutton10k.org

25 Sep Even Splits York 5k Series http://www.evensplits.events/york-5k

29 Sep Pontefract Half-Marathon https://pontefracthalfmarathon.co.uk

29 Sep Kirkstall Abbey 7 https://kirkstallharriers.org.uk/new/socials/kirkstall-abbey-7/

 

6 Oct Grewelthorpe Multi-Terrain Race https://gmtr.co.uk

10 Oct Even Splits York 5k Series http://www.evensplits.events/york-5k

12 Oct Round Ripon 35 mile Ultra https://www.riponrunners.org.uk/ripon-ultra/

13 Oct Richmond Castle 10k http://www.swaledalerunners.co.uk/richmond-castle-10k

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 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: 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 £11 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 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 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:

This week 390 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 88 were first timers and 36 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 45 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 25 volunteers:

Wendy MARKS • Geoffrey HOWARD • Jennifer NEAL • Vicky UNSWORTH • Rosalyn MOORE • Steve MARKS • Bill WADE • Mary BENTON • Douglas SCOTT • Phil CHATTERTON • Chris BROWN • John SKINNER • Jackie KERR • Graham CHILDS • Graham BOYD • Jill BARNFATHER • Reuben HARFORD • Sarah HARFORD • Faith HARFORD • Chantal IRELAND • Susan WILLIAMSON • Lenny LENNOX • Shirley HILL • Jemma CROPPER • Ruth DODSWORTH

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 14,296 participants have completed 82,121 parkruns covering a total distance of 410,605 km, including 13,833 new Personal Bests. A total of 780 individuals have volunteered 5,342 times.

 

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 http://www.runforall.com
8 Aug Even Splits York 5k Series http://www.evensplits.events/york-5k
10 Aug Littondale 4 Mile Race
11 Aug Askern 10 Mile (Doncaster) https://www.askerndrc.org
13 Aug York Millenium Bridge Races http://yorkacornrunningclub.org.uk/Millennium_Bridge_Race.php
18 Aug Scorton Feast Memorial 10k
18 Aug Escrick 10k http://www.escrick10k.co.uk
21 Aug Sessay Swift 6k

1 Sep Tholthorpe 10k http://www.tholthorpe10k.co.uk
1 Sep Wetherby 10k
8 Sep Bawtry Forest Trail Event https://maltbyrunningclub.wordpress.com
12 Sep Even Splits York 5k Series http://www.evensplits.events/york-5k
14 Sep Meanwood Valley Trail Race http://valleystriders.org.uk/new/
15 Sep Vale of York Half-Marathon http://www.evensplits.events/voyhm
15 Sep Bishop Monkton Beckbusters 10k https://racebest.com/races/awes8
15 Sep Filey Lions Beach 10k http://www.fileylionsclub.co.uk
22 Sep Hull Marathon https://www.hullmarathon.co.uk
22 Sep Asda Foundation Sheffield 10k
22 Sep Sutton Park 10k http://www.sutton10k.org
25 Sep Even Splits York 5k Series http://www.evensplits.events/york-5k
29 Sep Pontefract Half-Marathon https://pontefracthalfmarathon.co.uk
29 Sep Kirkstall Abbey 7 https://kirkstallharriers.org.uk/new/socials/kirkstall-abbey-7/

6 Oct Grewelthorpe Multi-Terrain Race https://gmtr.co.uk
10 Oct Even Splits York 5k Series http://www.evensplits.events/york-5k
12 Oct Round Ripon 35 mile Ultra https://www.riponrunners.org.uk/ripon-ultra/
13 Oct Richmond Castle 10k http://www.swaledalerunners.co.uk/richmond-castle-10k
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

 

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 fountainsabbey@parkrun.com 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: 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 £11 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 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 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:

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.

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