#120 when the going gets tough, Babs sits down for a rest!

23rd June, 2018

How Rebecca Wass's parkrun doesn't quite run to plan...

parkrun started like every other Saturday, hunting for my barcode. I even have a special card one so I don't lose it. You guessed it, I've lost it. After turning the house upside down I grabbed the dog and sprinted a mile to the start. Not exactly the best prep but at least I'd warmed up. Although the dog had possibly warmed up too much. My Mum was also running and I decided to pace her round with a 3 min run, 1 min walk. She's only just started running and wants to do a 10K so this was a good way to test where she is.

We had a lovely first lap, lots of cheers from the Marshals and other runners and Babs (the dog) was loving it. She is a rescue dog and is scared of pretty much everything:  cars, dogs, loud bangs. But she loves to run.. A third of the way round the second lap we ground to a halt. Babs decided it was far too hot. After a little extended walk she sat down again. Several tries later I gave up, so for the first time ever I DNF a parkrun. We sat on the grass and cheered instead...

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Babs taking it easy

Whilst Babs lay in my arms having a cuddle I cheered on the fast runners, the runners with buggies, the runners with dogs, the run/walkers, the little children, the teenagers, the mums, the dads, the grandmas and the grandads, I saw tears which I hope I turned into smiles shouting 'enjoy it, this is the glory lap' , I saw smiles and I saw people out there being active. A great reminder of why parkrun is so amazing. 

My Mum came round again on her final lap and me and Babs joined her. We cheered her over the finish line and then Babs got a cuddle off a fellow marshal.

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It might not have been the run we wanted but it didn't matter. Seeing the tail runners chatting away and getting everyone round was lovely. And for all of you that said to me 'I'm slow but I'll get round, or 'it's the - I hope I'll get to the finish lap' or 'I'm not very good'. I just want to say - You, my friend, are so much better than you think you are!'

More photos of the run can be found on our Flickr stream, these are just a few below: DSC_0704 DSC_0678 DSC_0606 DSC_0396 Milestone Achievers:

  • 100 Runs Paul HAWKINS
  • 100 Runs Josh MIDDLETON (visiting from Sheffield Hallam parkrun)
  • 10 Runs - Lili TEALE
  • 25 Volunteers - Alice TEALE
  • 50 Volunteers - Sarah STIRMAN
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Paul Hawkins walking quickly to a 100 runs

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Josh Middleton happily anticipating his 100th run

We are very grateful to the volunteers who made this event happen:

Natalie DELLAR • Stella TOLHURST • Alice TEALE • Sue TEALE • Lili TEALE • Rebecca WASS • Paul HODGES • Sera RELTON • Julian RELTON • Tim HUTCHINSON • Finlay HUTCHINSON • Ella BAXTER • Terry BUZER • Michael OLIVER • Harry TEALE HOWAT • Phoebe HOWAT • Oliver GOODACRE • Neil WILLIAMS • Sarah STIRMAN • Dillon PATEL • Louis BARNARD • Alex WOOD • Sean MATA • Conar AITCHISON • Louis ALLEN • Finn BOS • Laura TAYLOR • Jamie SPENCER • Nicola OWEN • Keira GREEN • Aidan TOLHURST • Evelyn GREEN • David OWEN • Isabelle GREEN •Sophie ROSS

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Volunteers can be any age or height! Please consider volunteering!

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The brilliant completely U18 funnel in a rare quiet moment

Men's placings:

  • 1st Josh NEWMAN in a time of 16:50 (20 seconds off his PB
  • 2nd Jonathan ASHLEY in a time of 17:21 (23 second off his PB)
  • 3rd Denny SILVA in a time of 17:27 (a new PB)

Women's placings:

  • 1st Clare HINTON in a time of 20:22 (in her 12th run at Stratford)
  • 2nd Jane PHILIPS in a time of 20:34 (11 seconds off her PB)
  • 3rd Tulah SEARLE in a new  PB of 21:06

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:

  • June JOHNSON (VW70-74) 87.88%
  • Alexander ADAMS (JM11-14) 82.06%
  • Philip BRENNAN (VM75-79) 82.03%

This week 353 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 43 were first timers and 61 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 23 different clubs took part.

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Stratford-upon-Avon parkrun Results Page.

Author: Rebecca Wass;  Run Director: Sue Teale

Photos credits: Rebecca WASS, Neil WILLIAMS and Harry TEALE

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Your core team at SuApr are: Simon - Natalie - John W - James - Ellen - Hannah - Sue - Sarah - Paul - Bev

Barcodes Are you a frequent parkrunner, or does your barcode regularly fail to scan or you're having problems with your printer? You should consider getting some Barcodes. Make our scanners' lives easier and be the envy of all of your parkrunner chums!

Volunteering: How to get involved Finding out about Stratford-upon-Avon parkrun volunteering opportunities couldn't be easier. Simply open a recent parkrun newsletter, results email or volunteer email, click on 'manage my profile', then 'email options', then select the events you'd like to hear from and click 'save opt-in events list'. You will then receive regular emails from those events letting you know all about their volunteering opportunities.

Future roster You can see an event's future volunteer roster via our future roster page. To get in touch with us, just send an email to stratforduponavonhelpers@parkrun.com.

What would I do at the Event? First, and most importantly, we never ask anybody to do anything they're not comfortable with. If you don't want a particular task, please let us know and we will happily give you an alternative job. But if you really want to do something in particular, please let us know and we'll see what we can do. You can find out more about Stratford volunteering roles on our Facebook notes page. We can also sort out roles that allow you to volunteers with (or as far as possible away from) your friends and family!

 

#119 Bertie gets his say

16th June 2018

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Saturday mornings are the highlight of my week and today was especially exciting because I was asked to write the run report. Me and my two people set off on foot and as soon as I saw the parkrun volunteers I charged across the football field towards them. When I got to the Pavilion I dashed straight in to the kitchen before anybody could stop me. Sadly nothing had been left at dog-level for me to eat, but there were lots of delicious smells in there. Sarah always provides everyone with an amazing array of goodies, including a box of "barkrun" treats. Natalie usually gives me a biscuit when I arrive but today she is up Mont Ventoux, wherever that is. I got tied up to the railings where lots of people said hello to me before I was dragged in an undignified manner away to the first corner where another volunteer, Michael, joined us.

The run director John did a lot of shouting through a megaphone. I couldn't hear what he said but maybe he was trying to encourage people just like Henry V did at Harfleur:

"I see you stand like greyhounds in the slips
Straining upon the start. The game's afoot;
Follow your spirit"

I like a bit of Shakespeare, especially when he talks about dogs.

Then everybody started running, circumnavigating the recreation ground a dizzying four times instead of the usual three (See, Simon, I can use big words). This is always the most boring bit. I have spent hours deliberating about the purpose of running round and round like this, but can find no sense in it. As usual I sat down or took up my prone position on the path and ignored everybody. Eventually Richard appeared with a biscuit and a piece of watermelon and about time too. Then the Tail Walkers, including my friend Murphy, came along for the final time.

At last we ran back to the Pavilion to see what was left at the refreshments table. Lovely Sarah found me a dog treat and a bit of watermelon and me and Murphy polished off some more biscuits. Several people made a fuss of me and by the time we left I'd eaten four biscuits, some leftover cake and four pieces of watermelon.this is a new PB for me  No wonder I love parkrun.

Your canine correspondent,

Bertie

This week 365 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 57 were first timers and 53 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 38 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 33 volunteers:

John WORTHINGTON • Stella TOLHURST • Simon TEALE • Sean NEWMAN • Sue TEALE • Beverley BRIGDEN • John WADE • Steve HOWAT • Paul MARTIN • Sharon HARCOURT • Simon WILLIAMS • Sam MARTIN • Richard MORRIS • Imogen GUNSON • Michael OLIVER • Shaun BAKER • Freya HOWAT • Phoebe HOWAT • Isabelle MADDEN • James BAKER • Hilary FRASER • Jessica MADDEN • Dillon PATEL • Bill GOURLAY • Kirsty COOK • Louis BARNARD • Sylvia MORRIS • Louis ALLEN • Finn BOS • Laura TAYLOR • Jamie SPENCER • Aidan TOLHURST • Heather NEWMAN

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Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Stratford-upon-Avon parkrun Results Page.

The female record is held by Unknown ATHLETE (F) who recorded a time of 16:27 on 24th December 2016 (event number 44).
The male record is held by Ed KNUDSEN who recorded a time of 15:49 on 16th September 2017 (event number 83).
The Age Grade course record is held by Kate WRIGHT who recorded 97.30% (17:54) on 15th April 2017 (event number 61).

Stratford-upon-Avon parkrun started on 20th February 2016. Since then 6,368 participants have completed 32,163 parkruns covering a total distance of 160,815 km, including 6,284 new Personal Bests.

 

We love you NHS #118

9th June, 2018

Last Saturday we celebrated 70 years of the NHS and the Howat Family ran to raise awareness of Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (JIA). Phoebe and her JIA friend, Charlotte, made it all the way round with lots of support.  By tail-walking with her family Phoebe completed her 8th parkrun and her 50th volunteering stint. Well done Phoebe and Charlotte!

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Charlotte and Phoebe before the run

 

To show our support for the NHS lots of parkrunners left messages of love and appreciation for the NHS which you can read here.

Phoebe's sister Freya wrote this week's run report.

 

T hanks for always being there

H elping us all the way

A lways on hand for any situation

N ever closed

K ind and patient

Y ears of great service

O ften not appreciated

U nderestimated

 

N ever giving up on your patients

H eart felt thanks

S uper stars!

 

Also we would like to give a great big thanks to all those who supported us on our sponsored run to raise awareness for JIA, especially everyone wearing purple!

Same time next year?

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Running in purple for JIA

 

This week's milestone achievers:

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Sorry, Sean we've not sorted out a proper 250 picture yet!

 

We are very grateful to the volunteers who made this event happen:

Conar AITCHISON, Louis ALLEN, Emma BAKER, James BAKER, Lara BAKEWELL, Ryan BAKEWELL, Louis BARNARD, Ruth CALDERBANK, Christine COOPER, Jane CRYER, Rachael GREEN, Keith HODGE, Paul HODGES, Freya HOWAT, Phoebe HOWAT, David Anthony LUCAS, Phil MILLS, Sylvia MORRIS, Michael OLIVER, Dillon PATEL, Ant PIPE, Louise STEWART, Sarah STIRMAN, Laura TAYLOR, Simon TEALE, Harry TEALE HOWAT, Clare WEATHERHEAD

Men's placings:

  1. Joe CHILDS with a new PB in a time of 17.00
  2. Joshua NEWMAN in a time of 17.03 in his 31st run at Stratford
  3. Charlie STAVELEY in a time of 17:29 in his 14th run at Stratford

Women's placings:

  1. Tara GROSVENOR in a time of 18:31 in only her 5th parkrun
  2. Laura HAYWARD in a new PB of 20:17
  3. Jane PHILIPS in a time of 21:38 in her 34th run at Stratford

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:

  • June Johnson 86.03% in a time of 27.41 (VW 70-74)
  • Angela COX 82.55% in a time of 24:56 ((VW 65-69)
  • Tara GROSVENOR 79.93 in a time of 18.31 (SW30-34)

This week 387 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 53 were first timers and 71 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 32 different clubs took part.

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Stratford-upon-Avon parkrun Results Page.

Freya HOWAT, parkrunner A2321895

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Your core team at SuApr are: Simon - Natalie - John W - James - Ellen - Alison - Sue - Sarah - Paul - Bev

Barcodes Are you a frequent parkrunner, or does your barcode regularly fail to scan or you're having problems with your printer? You should consider getting some soilicon Barcodes. Make our scanners' lives easier and be the envy of all of your parkrunner chums!

Volunteering: How to get involved Finding out about Stratford-upon-Avon parkrun volunteering opportunities couldn't be easier. Simply open a recent parkrun newsletter, results email or volunteer email, click on 'manage my profile', then 'email options', then select the events you'd like to hear from and click 'save opt-in events list'. You will then receive regular emails from those events letting you know all about their volunteering opportunities.

Future roster You can see an event's future volunteer roster via our future roster page. To get in touch with us, just send an email to stratforduponavonhelpers@parkrun.com.

What would I do at the Event? First, and most importantly, we never ask anybody to do anything they're not comfortable with. If you don't want a particular task, please let us know and we will happily give you an alternative job. But if you really want to do something in particular, please let us know and we'll see what we can do. You can find out more about Stratford volunteering roles on our Facebook notes page. We can also sort out roles that allow you to volunteers with (or as far as possible away from) your friends and family!

 

#115 – Overcoming adversity with running and our own “Royal” volunteers

19 May 2018
by Jon Mulkeen

To many parkrunners, Gabe Grunewald is probably one of the greatest distance runners you’ve never heard of.

She has represented the USA at major international championships, won US titles and has PBs of 4:01.48 for 1500m and 15:45 for 5km – which is 10 seconds faster than the parkrun world record for women.

But what makes Gabe Grunewald great is the bravery she has shown in dealing with a rare form of cancer.

First diagnosed with adenoid cystic carcinoma at the age of 22 in 2009, she underwent surgery to remove the tumour. In a routine follow-up a year later, doctors discovered papillary thyroid cancer. The treatment for that took more than a year but she went on to produce world-class performances on the track in the years that followed.

In 2016, the cancer returned and Gabe had half her liver removed, along with the tumour. After believing she was cancer-free, a scan in 2017 showed small tumours still present in her liver. She has been undergoing treatment since but continues to train and race.

Gabe’s bravery comes from more than her optimism facing treatment; it’s more to do with not letting that treatment get in the way of setting new running goals. She has set her sights on competing at the 2020 US Olympic Trials.

Like many runners, she uses running as a form of release. “Being brave, for me, means not giving up on the things that make me feel alive,” says Gabe.

“It has truly been my refuge,” she says. “When everything else seems to be going wrong and the outcomes are far beyond my control, I can find perspective and hope on the run.”

In a bid to fund a research grant and raise awareness for rare cancers, Gabe set up a ‘Brave Like Gabe’ 5km race. Her US home state of Minnesota hosted the official main event on 20th May 2018, but people wanting to join the cause from afar were able to sign up to a ‘virtual’ 5km run.

So that’s what I did. And I used Stratford-upon-Avon parkrun #115 as my virtual #bravelikegabe 5km run.

It felt a natural fit. Like Gabe, many parkrunners benefit from setting themselves running goals – however big or small. And, like Gabe, many parkrunners use running as their form of refuge, a bit of a break from the daily grind.

Going into Saturday’s run, I had set myself the target of breaking my PB. Initially I wasn’t sure if it was going to be the day for it, but on the last lap I remembered the cause and I didn’t want to let the opportunity go to waste, so I stuck it out and ended up chopping a few seconds from my best.

In fact, Saturday was a great day on that front as 85 of the 321 parkrunners in Stratford-upon-Avon set PBs, including the top men and women, Edmund Willatts (17:44) and Evie Beard (20:58).

And on a day that coincided with the royal wedding, run #115 had their very own Harry (Baker) and Megan (Rogers) on the volunteer roster.

It would also be remiss, in a report such as this, not to mention the upcoming ‘Celebrating the NHS’ parkrun on 9th June 2018 to mark the 70th birthday of the National Health Service.

parkrun can be the perfect platform for showing support for a particular cause or the pursuit of a specific goal. Indeed, Gabe’s plight encapsulates what parkrun or, in fact, any kind of running, is all about.

Milestones this week

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George doesn't want a fuss made, so please don't tell anyone....

Thanks to the volunteers

We are very grateful to the volunteers who made this event happen:Conar AITCHISON, Louis ALLEN, Harry BAKER, James BAKER, Louis BARNARD, Nicky BUTLER, Kirsty COOK, Jan COOPER, Natalie DELLAR, Robert DUFF, Hilary FRASER, Bill GOURLAY, Sharon HARCOURT, Paul HODGES, Phoebe HOWAT, Steve HOWAT, Sean MATA, Jennifer MCCORMICK, Sylvia MORRIS, Richard MORRIS, Jonathan MULKEEN, Michael OLIVER, Dillon PATEL, Megan ROGERS, Craig ROGERS, Jamie SPENCER, Louise STEWART, Simon TEALE, Alice TEALE, Lili TEALE, Aidan TOLHURST, Clare WHYTE, Simon WILLIAMS

Men's placings:

  • 1 Edmund WILLATTS 17:44 SM30-34 73.31 % M 1 New PB!
  • 2 Leon FIELD 17:47 VM50-54 85.00 % M 2 Birmingham Running Athletics and Triathlon Club New PB!
  • 3 Wayne BRIGGS 17:59 VM40-44

Women's placings:

  • Evie BEARD 20:58 JW15-17 73.93 % F 1 New PB!
  • Vicky SAMPSON 21:12 SW30-34 69.97 % F 2 New PB!
  • Jane PHILLIPS 21:39 VW40-44 70.67 % F 3 Kenilworth Runners

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:

  • Roger WILSON 22:36 VM75-79 85.32 %
  • Leon FIELD 17:47 VM50-54 85.00 %
  • Annie SILVERS 22:31 JW10 77.94 %

This week 321 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 39 were first timers and 85 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 25 different clubs took part.

NHS 70 celebration at parkrun 9th June

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We are looking for patients and NHS staff to come along and walk, run or volunteer!

Jon Mulkeen
pakrunner A2597216 Twitter: @Statman_Jon 
Stratford-upon-Avon parkrun official website - Facebook - Twitter

Your core team at SuApr are: Simon - Natalie - John W - James - Ellen - Hannah - Sue - Sarah - Paul - Bev

Barcodes
Are you a frequent parkrunner, or does your barcode regularly fail to scan or you're having problems with your printer? You should consider getting some ERS Barcodes. Make our scanners' lives easier and be the envy of all of your parkrunner chums!
Volunteering: How to get involved
Finding out about Stratford-upon-Avon parkrun volunteering opportunities couldn't be easier. Simply open a recent parkrun newsletter, results email or volunteer email, click on 'manage my profile', then 'email options', then select the events you'd like to hear from and click 'save opt-in events list'. You will then receive regular emails from those events letting you know all about their volunteering opportunities.
Future roster
You can see an event's future volunteer roster via our future roster page. To get in touch with us, just send an email to stratforduponavonhelpers@parkrun.com.
What would I do at the Event?
First, and most importantly, we never ask anybody to do anything they're not comfortable with. If you don't want a particular task, please let us know and we will happily give you an alternative job. But if you really want to do something in particular, please let us know and we'll see what we can do. You can find out more about Stratford volunteering roles on our Facebook notes page. We can also sort out roles that allow you to volunteers with (or as far as possible away from) your friends and family!

 

#114 – Choose parkrun

12th May, 2018

Simon William's tribute to parkrun and Trainspotting with thanks to Ryan Bakewell for the photos.

This run report is inspired by a relatively new addition to the parkrun USA family...

Choose parkrun.

Choose getting up early.

Choose an outfit.

Choose a running partner.

Parkrun 12-05-18 Choose to remember your barcode.

Choose megaphones, stopwatches and barcode scanners (even the ones that don’t work from time to time).

Choose good health, low cholesterol and fruit from the refreshments table. UntitledChoose running.

Choose jogging.

Choose walking.

Choose taking it easy or going all out for a PB and wondering how you did it on a Saturday morning!   Untitled Choose to volunteer.

Choose scanning, timekeeping or handing out finish tokens.

Choose cones, signs, tape and poles that always seem to hit something the first time you stick them in the ground.

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Choose listening to the run brief.

Choose to thank the marshals for standing in the cold.

Choose to meet new people.

Choose chatting with friends and discussing the run. Parkrun 12-05-18 Choose putting it away at the end of it all.

Choose results texts and emails.

Choose to sign up for volunteer emails...

And choose to do it all again next week!     Milestone Shirts 12 May We are very grateful to the volunteers who made this event happen: Simon TEALE • Emma BAKER • Alice TEALE • Sue TEALE • Ryan BAKEWELL • Beverley BRIGDEN • John WADE • Paul HODGES • Victoria PALMER • Pip BELL • Sharon HARCOURT • Simon WILLIAMS • Richard MORRIS • Michael OLIVER • Phil MILLS • Harry BAKER • Phoebe HOWAT • Clare WHYTE • James BAKER • Sarah STIRMAN • Dillon PATEL • Bill GOURLAY • Kirsty COOK • Callum COOK • Louis BARNARD • Alice BAXENDALE • Rachael GREEN • Kate TURNER • Sylvia MORRIS • Louis ALLEN • Laura TAYLOR • Jamie SPENCER

Male placings:

  1. unknown
  2. David BANNISTER in his 7th run at Straford-upon-Avon in a time of  18.31
  3. Chris MOORE with a new PB in a time of 18.35

Female placings:

  1. Annie SILVERS, an incredible junior, with a time of 22.43
  2. Dot KESTERTON, with an amazing age-grade score of 91.94% in a time of 22.44
  3. Cerys MILLER, a first timer at Stratford-upon-Avon parkrun, in a time of 22.51

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:

  1. Dot KESTERTON 91.94% in a time of 22.44
  2. Roger WILSON 85.32% in a time of 22.36
  3. Angela COX 80.98% in a time of 25.25

This week 374 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 47 were first timers and 68 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 25 different clubs took part.

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Stratford-upon-Avon parkrun Results Page.

Future Events

If you are interested in helping get Stratford-upon-Avon junior parkrun off the ground, please email: stratforduponavonoffice@parkrun.com.

9th June is when we will be holding a "Celebrating the NHS parkrun", so if you work for the NHS, or just want to support what they do, we would love you to volunteer.

Simon Williams A1939468

Stratford-upon-Avon parkrun official website - Facebook - Twitter Your core team at SuApr are: Simon - Natalie - John - James - Ellen - Hannah - Sue - Sarah - Paul - Bev Barcodes Are you a frequent parkrunner, or does your barcode regularly fail to scan or you're having problems with your printer? You should consider getting some ERS Barcodes. Make our scanners' lives easier and be the envy of all of your parkrunner chums! Volunteering: How to get involved Finding out about Stratford-upon-Avon parkrun volunteering opportunities couldn't be easier. Simply open a recent parkrun newsletter, results email or volunteer email, click on 'manage my profile', then 'email options', then select the events you'd like to hear from and click 'save opt-in events list'. You will then receive regular emails from those events letting you know all about their volunteering opportunities. Future roster You can see an event's future volunteer roster via our future roster page. To get in touch with us, just send an email to stratforduponavonhelpers@parkrun.com. What would I do at the Event? First, and most importantly, we never ask anybody to do anything they're not comfortable with. If you don't want a particular task, please let us know and we will happily give you an alternative job. But if you really want to do something in particular, please let us know and we'll see what we can do. You can find out more about Stratford volunteering roles on our Facebook notes page. We can also sort out roles that allow you to volunteers with (or as far as possible away from) your friends and family!

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