#98…Records and Milestones!

I believe I can open with a whoop whoop this week as a colossal 531 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 93 were first timers and 57 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 37 different clubs took part. What a fabulous start to RED, dry or whatever January everyone is doing.

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Congratulations go to the following:

Jackie and Malcolm Hall on each completing 150 parkruns. Did they run every one of them together?

Joanna Evans on closely following the award of a coveted purple shirt, she now gains her red one! Well done on her 50th parkrun.

Ali Young – Team GB member, endurance runner and parkrun volunteer, huge congratulations on completing her 100th parkrun.

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The Milestoners...

Rickmansworth Parkrun 5/1/19

Results:
First home was Allan James Stewart at 17:23 and our first female was Ali Young (we knew her 100th would be celebrated in style) at 18:58. Well done to both of them.

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The face of someone who knows they've got a PB this week...

The event was made possible by 27 volunteers:

Marjory BLUER • Sophie CHATER • Jackie HALL • Malcolm HALL • Sasha BIRKIN • Kieron CAMPION • Sarah OCKENDON • Joanna EVANS • Lily HARRISON • Robert KENISON • Preena DIVECHA • Mary WITHALL • Rob WITHALL • Maria WAITE • Tracy HOWARTH • H Matthew HOWARTH • Diane ANSTISS • Mark OCKENDON • Jessica HOWARTH • Philip HAY • Jennie GOULD • Cameron FRASER • Judith ALDRIDGE • Jon DAVIES • Matt MCKARELL • Adam SHACKLADY • Anastacia PALMER

Rickmansworth Parkrun 5/1/19
Turn left at the lake otherwise you'll fall in!

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Rickmansworth parkrun Results Page.

http://www.parkrun.org.uk/rickmansworth/results/weeklyresults/?runSeqNumber=98

The female record is held by Hannah KITCHEN who recorded a time of 18:02 on 11th March 2017 (event number 2).
The male record is held by Unknown ATHLETE who recorded a time of 15:49 on 15th December 2018 (event number 93).
The Age Grade course record is held by Sharon KASSEMZADEH who recorded 91.84% (22:04) on 4th August 2018 (event number 74).

Rickmansworth parkrun started on 4th March 2017. Since then 6,380 participants have completed 33,329 parkruns covering a total distance of 166,645 km, including 7,524 new Personal Bests. A total of 452 individuals have volunteered 2,106 times.

All the best
Maria
#loveparkrun

 

#95 – We Wish You a Merry Christmas – 25th December 2018

48418548_1077950452385650_6896557939285295104_nThis week 352 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 61 were first timers and 43 recorded new Personal Bests. We were delighted to have 19 folk doing parkrun for the very first time! We hope you’ll be back again. We were also joined by YOPA – he is Hertfordshire’s Year of Physical Activity Mascot for 2018. He has had a mission to visit all of Hertfordshire’s parkruns this year – his last one is Gadebridge where he will be on Saturday 29th December.
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As you’d expect on Christmas Day we had quite a few tourists. I am sorry I do not know your names but we had tourists from South Africa and Hong Kong – that’s a long way to come. Quite a few of you came in Christmas Fancy Dress. We didn’t have a photographer this week as he was on other duties at our parkrun but here are some photos we managed to get:
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Volunteers

We were delighted to have a full roster of volunteers bearing in mind it was Christmas Day. Thank you all so much and for the extras who mucked in on the day. We are still a few volunteers short for New Year’s Day so if you are able to help us please send an email to rickmansworthhelpers@parkrun.com

Frances CHATER • Andrew CHATER • Sophie CHATER • Karen SPROD • Lesley KEDDY • Malcolm HUTCHINGS • Sarah OCKENDON • John NORRIS • Debbie EDWARDS • Bernie CONWAY • Mary WITHALL • Rob WITHALL • Rosie CHATER • Diane ANSTISS • Mark OCKENDON • Matt SANDFORD • Philip HAY • Nicola ANSTISS • Sara LOWE • Deborah BAYLISS • Claire CAMPION • Anastacia PALMER • Barrie STAINTHORPE
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Rickmansworth parkrun Results Page.

New Year’s Day

Are you going to be doing the NYD Double? This is the only day in the whole year that you can record two parkruns on the same day. We are partnering with our neighbours at Cassiobury to offer you this opportunity. Come to Ricky at 09:00 and then hotfoot it across to Cassiobury for a 10:30 start. If you driving between the 2 then do try and lift share as parking will be at a premium. If you’d like to cycle between the two then you can join RD Lesley who will be cycling from Ricky to Cassiobury – don’t forget a lock for your bike!

Lesley Keddy, RD

 

#Event number 93…Milestones and Jumpers!

The promised sleet held off, and we witnessed a technicolour tapestry of Christmas jumpers this week where 341 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 24 were first timers and 44 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 35 different clubs took part.

Rickmansworth Parkrun 15/12/18

Rickmansworth Parkrun 15/12/18

Rickmansworth Parkrun 15/12/18

We also celebrated a plethora of wonderful parkrun milestones, congratulations to:
v25 Club – Queen of the Scanners, Joanna Evans
50th parkrun – the Boss, Andy Nice
100th parkrun – the Dazzling Duo, Lesley Keddy and Sarah Ockendon (thanks too for the celebratory cake.)

Rickmansworth Parkrun 15/12/18

While the Christmas Jumper competition was of a very high standard, there had to be one winner and congratulations go to Martyn Maynard who sported a very festive jumper. See him in action below...

Rickmansworth Parkrun 15/12/18

Rickmansworth Parkrun 15/12/18

Results:
First home was James Laing at 16:39 and our first female was Phillipa Lowe at 18:39. Well done to both of them.

http://www.parkrun.org.uk/rickmansworth/results/weeklyresults/?runSeqNumber=93

The event was made possible by 21 wonderful volunteers:

Marjory BLUER • Frances CHATER • Sophie CHATER • Rosie MOUNTAIN • Joanna EVANS • Lily HARRISON • Kate PENDRED • Philip GIBBS • Maria WAITE • H Matthew HOWARTH • Rosie CHATER • Diane ANSTISS • Mark OCKENDON • Jessica HOWARTH • Philip HAY • Cameron FRASER • Judith ALDRIDGE • Karin LOCKETT • Karen FISH • Matt MCKARELL • Anastacia PALMER

Rickmansworth Parkrun 15/12/18

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Rickmansworth parkrun Results Page.

The female record is held by Hannah KITCHEN who recorded a time of 18:02 on 11th March 2017 (event number 2).
The male record is held by Unknown ATHLETE who recorded a time of 15:49 on 15th December 2018 (event number 93).
The Age Grade course record is held by Sharon KASSEMZADEH who recorded 91.84% (22:04) on 4th August 2018 (event number 74).

Rickmansworth parkrun started on 4th March 2017. Since then 6,027 participants have completed 31,230 parkruns covering a total distance of 156,150 km, including 7,276 new Personal Bests. A total of 446 individuals have volunteered 1,993 times.

All the best
Maria
#loveparkrun

 

#91 – I Feel It In My Fingers, I Feel It In My Toes…

Saturday saw us hold event Ricky parkrun number 91, on a dark, wet and miserable morning that had even the ducks looking for a bit of shelter. 199 brave and heavily waterproofed souls ran, jogged and waded the course, of whom miraculously 11 were first timers (WHY??) and remarkably 23 recorded new Personal Bests (HOW??). Representatives of over 20 different clubs - several of which were presumably watersports based - took part.

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At the sharp end of the field, Ricky regular James Turner splashed round in a great time of 18:07, followed by Justin Archer in 19:36 and Richard Moss in 19:39. First lady finisher was Sasha Birkin in 20:08. Great running all round.

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The event was made possible by 23 wonderful volunteers: 
Adam SHACKLADY  •  Anastacia PALMER  •  Andrew CHATER  •  Andy NICE  •  Austin BAKER  •  Cameron FRASER  •  Cathy BYRNE  •  Diane ANSTISS  •  Guy ANSTISS  •  H Matthew HOWARTH  •  Heather KENISON  •  Karen FISH  •  Karen SPROD  •  Kelly BAKER  •  Kevin BARRETT  •  Lily HARRISON  •  Matt MCKARELL  •  Philip HAY  •  Rachel CAIRN  •  Rob WITHALL  •  Sandra FLYNN  •  Sophie CHATER  •  Sylvia MOSS

Rickmansworth Parkrun 1/12/18

Anyone wanting to help out as a volunteer at future events should contact the Ricky HQ (rickmansworthoffice@parkrun.com). Please remember that without sufficient numbers of volunteers each week, we will not be able to put on safe, fun events. Please get in touch and do your bit!

Rickmansworth Parkrun 1/12/18

The weather is looking a little better for this weekend, so we're looking forward to seeing you all again on Saturday for another great Ricky parkrun. Until then, have a great week and look after yourselves.

Take care,
Andy

 

#87 – Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me)

As ever, this week's Ricky parkrun was entirely put together through the generously donated time of our volunteers. Unfortunately, this week we didn't have anyone put themselves forward for the photographer role, so as a best endeavour, I have used stock photos and my increasingly shaky memory to best represent the event. Should any of you feel these images do not do us justice, feel free to put yourself down on the roster as photographer in future - no experience required, albeit a camera would help.

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This week's RD (and friend) arrive for the event

So to the event itself; Saturday saw us hold event Ricky parkrun number 87, on a bright autumnal morning that was pretty much perfect for getting out and running. 410 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 53 were first timers and 79 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 29 different clubs took part.

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Ricky Aquadrome, last Saturday, around 9am

At the sharp end of the field, Ealing Eagle Laurence Elliott trotted round in a great time of 17:45, followed closely by James Turner in 17:51 and Oliver Howells in 18:10. First lady finisher was Ali Young - despite still carrying an injury! - in 19:16. Great running all round.

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Laurence Elliott giving it some gas in the final straight

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Ali Young, toughing it out

The event was made possible by 19 wonderful volunteers: Frances CHATER • Sophie CHATER • Rosie MOUNTAIN • Andy NICE • Peter GUDGE • Jackie HARRIS • Christine PARTRIDGE • H Matthew HOWARTH • Diane ANSTISS • Rachel CAIRN • Cameron FRASER • Robert STUTTAFORD • David SELWOOD • Karen FISH • Daniel MOSS • Heather KENISON • Michael DRAPER • Adam SHACKLADY • Claire CAMPION

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Our volunteers this week. A super bunch.

Anyone wanting to help out as a volunteer at future events should contact the Ricky HQ (rickmansworthoffice@parkrun.com). Please remember that without sufficient numbers of volunteers each week, we will not be able to put on safe, fun events. Please get in touch and do your bit!

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The weather is looking good for this weekend, so we're looking forward to seeing you all again on Saturday for another great Ricky parkrun. Until then, have a great week and look after yourselves.

Take care,
Andy

 

#Event number 85…PBs Galore and New Run Director Passes Her Probation!

A chilly but sunny autumn morning welcomed 436 runners, walkers and joggers to Rickmansworth Aquadrome this week. We had 67 first timers, what a fantastic location for your first parkrun, but I am biased and 34 different clubs were represented. Now it may have been the suggestion of a Personal Best (PB) prosecco that encouraged so many of you to get one this week, whoops is that 90 drinks I need to buy? I promise to read my briefing notes next time which reminds me to thank everyone for being so supportive for my Run Director debut, parkrunners and volunteers were all incredibly encouraging. What a wonderful family parkrun is.

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Results: Dan Watts was first over the line with an impressive 16:21 time and first female was Ali Young with a sparkly 20:03 finish. Well done to both of them. Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Rickmansworth parkrun Results Page.

Rickmansworth Parkrun 20/10/18

Congratulations to our very own Marjory Bluer who completed her 400th parkrun the previous week. I’ve done some maths and worked out she must have started when she was a toddler to achieve that number by now. I wonder what she is thinking below...

Rickmansworth Parkrun 20/10/18

Unfortunately, we had a number of tokens go missing this week. Please search the usual places and return them if you find them. There will be no fines, tuts or grumpy mother looks deployed but we would love them back as the token elves hate making up new ones.

Rickmansworth Parkrun 20/10/18

Duke of Edinburgh Award We have quite a few Duke of Edinburgh Award Volunteers. We do have to limit the number of DoE Volunteers each week to ensure we have enough adults around to help. If you would like to volunteer at Rickmansworth parkrun as part of your DoE, please email rickmansworthhelpers@parkrun.com. We cannot take everyone who requests to volunteer with us. However, you can also try other local parkruns and also consider Junior parkruns. Junior parkruns take place on Sunday mornings. The nearest ones are in Leavesden and Bushey.

Rickmansworth Parkrun 20/10/18

The event was made possible by 24 volunteers; some doubled up on jobs, some turned up just in case they may be needed and some jumped in after their run. We are so very grateful to the following fabulous people:

Marjory BLUER • Frances CHATER • Sophie CHATER • Rosie MOUNTAIN • Jackie HALL • Malcolm HALL • Joanna EVANS • Mary WITHALL • Rob WITHALL • Maria WAITE • Diane ANSTISS • Julia BROOKS • Philip HAY • Gemma BATES • Rachel CAIRN • Cameron FRASER • Maddy NEVES • Judith ALDRIDGE • Damien HAMPTON • Juliet GUERRI • Su TYSOE • Matt MCKARELL • Lizzie GOODALL • Claire CAMPION • Neil COOPER •
Anyone wanting to help out as a volunteer at future events should contact the Rickmansworth HQ (rickmansworthoffice@parkrun.com).

Rickmansworth Parkrun 20/10/18

The female record is held by Hannah KITCHEN who recorded a time of 18:02 on 11th March 2017 (event number 2).
The male record is held by Thomas BEEDELL who recorded a time of 15:57 on 4th November 2017 (event number 35).
The Age Grade course record is held by Sharon KASSEMZADEH who recorded 91.84% (22:04) on 4th August 2018 (event number 74).
Rickmansworth parkrun started on 4th March 2017. Since then 5,713 participants have completed 28,428 parkruns covering a total distance of 142,140 km, including 6,812 new Personal Bests.

All the best
Maria
#loveparkrun

 

#82 – Shiny Happy People

Saturday saw us hold event number 82 at Ricky parkrun, on a crisp, sunny morning that was pretty much perfect for getting out and running. With a few local races due to be held on Sunday, our numbers were down slightly on recent weeks, but what we were short of in bodies was more than made up for in energy, bonhomie and application.

Rickmansworth Parkrun 29/9/18

In amongst the Ricky Regulars ('Rickulars'?), we were lucky enough to be joined on Saturday by parkrun royalty and tourist journeymen Tom Williams and Ian Rutson from parkrun HQ. Hopefully, with such a beautiful morning and all our runners and volunteers in such fine, smiley form, we gave a pretty good account ourselves (as we always do!) to them and all our other guests?!

Rickmansworth Parkrun 29/9/18

So to the event itself; 331 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 44 were first timers and 67 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 27 different clubs took part.

Rickmansworth Parkrun 29/9/18

At the sharp end of the field, South London Harrier Will Cullen flew round in a great time of 16.28, followed closely by Chiltern Harrier James Repper in 16.56 and Oliver Howells in 18.02. First lady finisher was Ali Young - despite carrying an injury! - in 20.31. Great running all round.

Rickmansworth Parkrun 29/9/18

The event was made possible by 19 wonderful volunteers:
Catherine MOSS • Sophie CHATER • Rosie MOUNTAIN • Andy NICE • Paul COLLINGWOOD • Rowena BEEDELL • Robert KENISON • Helen SMITHSON • Cindy BEEDELL • Alan SENDALL • Nanette MORGAN • Diane ANSTISS • Mark OCKENDON • Philip HAY • Maddy NEVES • Su TYSOE • Robert STUTTAFORD • Matt MCKARELL • Shantonu CHUNDUR

Rickmansworth Parkrun 29/9/18

Anyone wanting to help out as a volunteer at future events should contact the Ricky HQ (rickmansworthoffice@parkrun.com). Please remember that without sufficient numbers of volunteers each week, we will not be able to put on safe, fun events. Please get in touch and do your bit!

Rickmansworth Parkrun 29/9/18

The weather is looking good for this weekend, so we're looking forward to seeing you all again on Saturday for another great Ricky parkrun. Until then, have a great week and look after yourselves.

Take care,
Andy

 

#77 50th Milestone, 70th birthday with a PB and tourist from NZ

We always have a reasonable number of tourists at Ricky but this week our longest travelled tourist was a lady from New Zealand who was visiting relatives.  I am sorry that I have forgotten your name but I hope you enjoyed our parkrun.

This week 396 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 62 were first timers and 77 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 22 different clubs took part.

Rickmansworth Parkrun 25/8/18

Congratulations to Sheila CHANDLER who ran her 50th parkrun and also to Graham BLYTH who gained a new PB on his 70th Birthday.

Our first Male finisher this week was Richard COLES of Gade Valley Harriers with a time of 17:01.  It was a new PB for Richard.

Our First Female Finisher was Jennifer HARVEY from Hillingdon AC with a time of 18:51.  It was also a new PB for Jennifer.

The event was made possible by 24 volunteers:

Lesley KEDDY • Jackie HALL • Malcolm HALL • Jo WATKINSON • John NORRIS • Joanna EVANS • Bernie CONWAY • Philip GIBBS • Emma NEVES • Maria WAITE • Geordie KLEIN • H Matthew HOWARTH • Julia BROOKS • Philip HAY • Amy CHAPLIN • Maddy NEVES • Neil GENDERS • David SELWOOD • Alan MCBRIDE • Gae WEBB • Georgina GARNER • Anthony STREETER • Michael FUNNELL • Adam SHACKLADY

Lesley Keddy - Run Director

 

#71 Sunny Skies and a Visit from Co-op

What a busy day!

We had a visit from Co-op who are one of our sponsors. They were giving out “Healthy Alternative” food boxes. These contained: Extra Virgin Olive Oil, wraps, a tin of chopped tomatoes and a £3 voucher. I bet you didn’t expect to be presented with one of these after a parkun? Thank you Co-op. A lovely group managed by James came out to set up and give these out.

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Results

Another hot day and the super speedy Karl SPIELMANN was our first Finisher with a time of 16:06 – not quite fast enough to beat our course record which is 15:57 and was run by Thomas BEEDELL on 04/11/17. This is a New PB for Karl who belongs to Midhurst Milers and this was his 5th parkrun.

Our first lady over the line was Ali YOUNG from Chiltern Harriers with a time of 19:04 and an excellent Age Grading of 85.52%

Scanning

We had trouble with the barcode scanners today. We only had two volunteers for scanning but after I put an announcement over the loudspeaker I had two volunteers come forward – thank you. Unfortunately one of the scanners was very temperamental and we had to enter a lot of barcodes manually. I’d highly recommend that everyone laminates their barcode or gets one of the barcode wristbands We were given lots of soggy barcodes yesterday. Not only is this unpleasant for the scanner but once a barcode gets wet it won’t scan. If yours is like this please bin it and print out a new one. If you don’t know how to print a new one here are some instructions.

Duke of Edinburgh Volunteers

We have space for one more DoE volunteer. If you are interested in helping at Rickmansworth parkrun for your award please send an email to rickmansworthhelpers@parkrun.com with “DoE Volunteering” in the Subject line and we’ll let you know all about it. We do prefer to hear directly from the volunteer so if your son/daughter is interested please ask them to write to us themselves.

Volunteers

We could not do parkrun without our wonderful volunteers. This week the event was put on by 26 volunteers:

The event was made possible by 26 volunteers:

Iain BETSON • Catherine MOSS • Lesley KEDDY • Bhupinder ROOPRA • Joanna EVANS • Jackie HARRIS • Annabel MOSS • Kelly BAKER • H Matthew HOWARTH • Austin BAKER • Diane ANSTISS • Guy ANSTISS • Philip HAY • Caroline PRETTY • Jennie GOULD • Paula ALLIBONE • Judith ALDRIDGE • Sylvia MOSS • Arunima CHATTERJEE • Sara LOWE • Karin LOCKETT • Karen FISH • Daniel MOSS • Matt MCKARELL • Georgina GARNER • Anthony STREETER

If you are able to volunteer in the next few weeks please send an email to rickmansworthhelpers@parkrun.com with your barcode number and preferred role (if any). You will be very welcome. If you live close by and have room to store our PA system that is a role which enables you to still run. If this is something you can help with just let us know you are happy to do Equipment Storage.

Lesley Keddy - RD

 

#68 Together100 parkrun volunteer takeover

Last week was Refugee week and we had a volunteer takeover by Together100 who do amazing work to help Syrian refugees.  They are a local group of volunteers who have come together to do what they can amidst the refugee crisis. Their outlook is non political and non religious. It’s simply about trying to provide some comfort for those who have left their war torn homes. Each Saturday they open their Donation Station outside William Penn Leisure Centre between 11:00 – 13:00 so people can drop off aid that they then ship to France, Syria and the Greek Islands.

You can check their latest donation requests by visiting their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/togetherrefugee/

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Together100 Volunteers

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#ThisGirlCan

We’d like to thank Sue Lacey for organising this and for taking some wonderful photos.  If you haven’t looked at them yet here is the link:  Flickr Photos It was also a week when parkrun wanted as many parkruns as possible to have female RDs and also as many females on the roster as possible.  In our case, 4 of our 6 Run Directors are female and we regularly have a lot of female volunteers so it was business as usual.
It was a glorious morning which saw 445 people take part of whom 59 were first timers and 90 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 34 different clubs took part.

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Barcodes

We had a very high number of non scanning barcodes this week and it was not pleasant to be offered soggy bacodes to write details from.  Paper barcodes do not last long. We'd love it if you could help our scanners record your times by either laminating your barcode or buying a parkrun wristband.  It takes a lot of extra time to process non scanning barcodes.  If your barcode doesn’t scan please bin it and print out some new ones. We also find that barcodes printed on laser prints scan better as often ones printed on inkjet printers smudge. Wristbands, laminated cards, tags etc. can be purhcased from https://parkrun-barcode.com/

The Results

The first over the line was our Event Director Andy NICE whose time was 17:11 and a New PB too!

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The first female over the line was Ali YOUNG with a time of 19:18.

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    PARKRUN RW T100 -3300The event was made possible by 24 volunteers:

    Lesley KEDDY • Andy NICE • Juliet FITZPATRICK • Sheree MOORE • Chris LLOYD • Peter GUDGE • Jackie HARRIS • Sue LACEY • Adrian LACEY • Linda WALKE • Sue MAY • Maria WAITE • Helen FEAR • Alex CUTMORE • Diane ANSTISS • Mark OCKENDON • Jennie GOULD • Helen LANFEAR • Judith ALDRIDGE • Michelle TRIGG • Karen FISH • Samuel NIGHTINGILL • Anthony STREETER

     

     

 

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