Banbury parkrun profile: Sera Relton

Name:
Sera Relton

Number of parkruns:
114 in total, (98 at Banbury)

Favourite parkrun (other than Banbury, obviously!) and why:
Hmm – torn between 2. Forest of Dean – the course is lovely; the event team are dead friendly and Bryn Bach – fast flat course, incredibly pretty route (2 laps of a reservoir) and great toast and coffee at the café on the finish line.

Why did you start parkrunning:
I completed the Autumn Wolfrun with my husband (Jules) in September 2014 to raise money for MacMillan. I loved it, but it absolutely ruined me – walked like John Wayne for a week!! We decided to get fit and run it in the following year and started running round Spiceball. One weekend we happened to bump into the team setting up for that morning’s parkrun, chatted to them about it and vowed to join up and be there the next weekend, ran our first one on 8 th November 2014 and haven’t looked back since.

Number of volunteers:
132 – which is slightly skewed!! I am enormously proud to be the Volunteer Co-ordinator for Banbury parkrun, it’s great to have a connection with our fantastic running community. This role gives me a credit every week, even if I run.

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Favourite volunteering role, and why:
Timekeeper – I love watching the mass start, cheering on from the gap by the canal and then shouting support as the runners give it everything they have for a sprint finish.

Favourite/funniest parkrun memory:
Is it a cop out to say too many to mention?  Fancy dress is always a winner for me. Celebrating a milestone is always lots of fun.

What does Banbury parkrun mean to you:
Amazing sense of community, tons of friendly advice and support, laughing more than I thought possible, making some incredible friends, yummy cakes, great event team, breakfast afterwards, keeping my diabetes at bay, believing in myself, keeping my mental health in check, fresh air, feeling of wellness, dogs!!!

What do you miss about parkrun:
The people who run it, the team who put it on, all the dogs I get to stroke every Saturday, my friends I’ve made there, breakfast in Morrisons/Waitrose.

What running are you doing now:
Mixture – we’re lucky to have a treadmill so I’ve been running on that. We ran a parkrun in our back garden, lots of fun but over 100 laps – definitely felt dizzy afterwards. We’ve got lots of fab off-road routes on our doorstep. We’ve been exploring them, they’re quite challenging but so, so pretty.

What is the best bit of running advice you have been given:
Enjoy it – doesn’t matter how far or how fast, you’re lapping everyone on the sofa/in bed.

What is your favourite run other than parkrun:
My parents live in Norfolk. We’ve found a 4-mile route from their house that goes past a children’s play area. The play area has a small zip-wire which we have to go on every time – simple things keep me amused.

What run would you most like to do in the future, and why:
Margate parkrun, I spent my childhood not far from it. It’s along the coast road, I have fond memories of running around there as a child.

What is your most essential/favourite piece of running kit, and why:
Trainers – vital that you get your gait done and a pair that suits your running style and the surface you’re running on.

What is your Favourite/funniest running memory:
Impossible to choose. I’ve taken part in a good number of endurance/relay events since starting parkrun. These have been with teams of good, good friends I’ve made thanks to parkrun. The running, whether it’s the scenic yet brutal (b**tard hill!!) Endure 24 (8km loops ran in relay over 24 hours) or the super fun Cider Frolic (4km loops ran in relay over 12 hours). I’ve had the best time. Lots of laughter, drinking, eating, just the best memories made with some of life’s best people.

 

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Banbury parkrun profile: Cheri Haden

Name:
Cheri Haden

Number of parkruns:
86 in total, (80 at Banbury)

Favourite parkrun (other than Banbury, obviously!) and why:
Alness in Scotland because you run out on a pier into the Cromarty Firth, it's very unique.

Why did you start parkrunning:
To lose weight and get fit.

Number of volunteers: 
94

Favourite volunteering role, and why:
Timekeeper,  it’s a great role and I get to encourage everyone in on their last few yards

Favourite/funniest parkrun memory:
Running in my veil and Stuart in his top hat for our anniversary is my favourite! And trying to take my base layer off from under my t-shirt on a hot day, (Kate Sutton will know what i’m on about)


What does Banbury parkrun mean to you:
Banbury parkrun is my routine, my fitness, my family, my friends, it’s my norm.

What do you miss about parkrun:
I miss the people, the togetherness, the encouragement and the community spirit.

What running are you doing now:
I am trying to get out as much as possible, both road and trail running, short and long distance, whatever I can do.

What is the best bit of running advice you have been given:
Don’t believe you can’t run anyone, can do it if they put their mind to it!

What is your favourite run other than parkrun:
London Marathon would have to be my all time favourite run.  Locally I like to switch it up a bit

What run would you most like to do in the future, and why:
Would have to be London Marathon again, it’s just iconic, nothing like it!

What is your most essential/favourite piece of running kit, and why:
My trainers!! I have learnt the importance of the right running shoes!!

What is your Favourite/funniest running memory:
Seeing my family and friends en route around the London Marathon route, their faces and encouragement spurred me on!

 

Banbury parkrun profile: Warren Harrison

Name:
Warren Harrison

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Number of parkruns
53 in total, (28 at Banbury)

Favourite parkrun (other than Banbury, obviously!) and why:
Weymouth, it's one of my favourite holiday destinations and it's a lovely park plus you run through some secluded paths.

Why did you start parkrunning:
Pure curiosity.

Number of volunteers: 
13

Favourite volunteering role, and why:
The first timer briefing because I can connect with newcomers and have a joke or two, usually at my expense!

!Favourite/funniest parkrun memory:
Dressing up at Christmas/New Year as Captain America!

What does Banbury parkrun mean to you:
Running with friends from running club and beyond.

What do you miss about parkrun:
Socialising.

What running are you doing now:
Road running, 30-60 mins.

What is the best bit of running advice you have been given:
Don't burn the candle at both ends!

What is your favourite run other than parkrun:
The Hooky Christmas Canter.

What run would you most like to do in the future, and why:
There's a new one I wanted to do called the Southwater 7 mile, a trail race that is at my native Telford/Shropshire where I was born. 

What is your most essential/favourite piece of running kit, and why:
Running Shoes, everyone is different and looking after your feet, ankles knees etc is essential. 

What is your Favourite/funniest running memory:
I'm going to do one of each if I may!

Favourite: 400m race at Alexander stadium, Birmingham, outdoor p.b of 57.5 secs, beat two former coaches, it showed them what good work they put into me and I was doing well at the new club.
Funniest: At Tamworth ac the Chairman was describing who won the Chairman's award at presentation night, I genuinely thought it was my best friend until halfway through the speech and I thought IT'S ME!
 

Banbury parkrun, the (bored) game has arrived!

Hey and hi to our wonderful #parkrunfamily

Alas, we are still without our weekly run reports for obvious reasons, but we have something of a treat for you right here thanks to Banbury parkrun regular Wendy Ockenden.

Thanks so much for this Wendy, it's absolutely genius!

We give to you, Banbury parkrun; the board game!  Go print a copy off and be sure to let us know how you get on!

Enjoy!

#staysafe #loveparkrun

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Banbury parkrun profile: Gyles Horner

 

Name:
Gyles Horner

Number of parkruns
171 in total, (169 at Banbury)

Favourite parkrun (other than Banbury, obviously!) and why:
The only others I’ve done are Witney and Stratford-upon-Avon.  Stratford was great because I  did the double with Banbury on New Year’s Day.

Why did you start parkrunning:
I was already doing quite a lot of running through my triathlon training - I was really happy when Banbury parkrun was announced.

Number of volunteers: 
16

Favourite volunteering role, and why:
Marshall - it’s great standing on the course and cheering on the runners.

Favourite/funniest parkrun memory:
Fancy dress days are always fun - except for when you get passed by someone dressed as a Mummy!

What does Banbury parkrun mean to you:
It’s a community. The best thing is meeting up with all the regular runners and the friendships that have formed over the years, and also seeing the efforts that people of all abilities put into completing the parkrun every week.

What do you miss about parkrun:
Meeting up with parkrun friends and the motivation to run a fast 5k every week.

What running are you doing now:
I’m running most days - 5 or 6 miles.  Luckily the weather has been nice and sunny and if I get out early I can avoid most people.

What is the best bit of running advice you have been given:
"It never gets easier, you just get faster."

What is your favourite run other than parkrun:
The Hornton 6 organised by Cherwell Runners & Joggers.  A great local race over a beautiful but challenging course - I love that everyone brings their own food for a BBQ afterwards.

What run would you most like to do in the future, and why:
I’ve done a couple of marathons but would like to do more - I was planning to do Abingdon again this summer...

What is your most essential/favourite piece of running kit, and why:
My Asics Gel DS Trainer 24’s.  It’s so important to get a pair of running shoes that fit correctly to avoid injury.

What is your Favourite/funniest running memory:
My favourite memory was from finishing the marathon at the end of the Lanzarote Ironman.The combination of exhaustion and elation was incredible, and made even more special by my children running across the line with me.

 

Keeping the spirit of parkrun alive…

It was quite the occasion in Banbury this week which saw the inaugural Banbury Junior Garden parkrun take place. The ‘just over’ 100 lap 2km course was carefully marked out with purple chalks. It was amazing for the first event to have a full roster of volunteers; these ranged from a bear bigger than one of the course participants, to unicorns and pugs dressed as rabbits.

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With space limited the course was run with just over 100 laps. A leakage from the paddling pool caused the bigger of the two participants to lose footing on a few occasions but it was nothing compared to the normal mud-fest at Banbury parkrun. The first part of the event seemed to drag but after a quick water break and a more refreshed little runner, the second part went much quicker.

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It was neck and neck for most of the event but young Amelia saved her sprint finish legs for the home straight and pipped mum to the post.

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One of the stand out features of Banbury Junior Garden parkrun is the post event refreshments. As you can see from the photo below, runners and marshals enjoyed a ‘Ritz’ high tea experience for the efforts of the inaugural event going off without any hitches…

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As a family we are missing parkrun and doing this event today reminded us of why we love volunteering and running with all the wonderful people each Saturday at Banbury parkrun. Amelia has missed cheering you all on each week and we are really looking forward to when we can all come together again to run, jog and walk at Spiceball Park.

#stayhome #staysafe

The Russells

And now for the stats:

This week 2 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 2 were first timers. Representatives of 1 club took part.

The event was made possible by 6 volunteers:

Big Bear (marshal) • Pinky Pie (marshal) • Pugsy Bunny (marshal) • Uni the Unicorn (marshal) • Thom RUSSELL (photographer) • Amy RUSSELL (time keeper, race director, run report writer)

The female record is held by Amelia RUSSELL who recorded a time of 43.49 on 19th April 2020 (event number 1).

Banbury Junior parkrun started on Sunday 19th April 2020. The course may or may not go ahead next week depending on whether ALL participants are more willing to follow the strict guidelines of not cutting sections of the course.

 

Banbury parkrun profile: Sam Young

Hello #parkrunfamily

Along with missing our 9:00am fix on a Saturday, we at Banbury parkrun HQ are missing your fantastic run reports, so, your Core Team thought it might be nice for us all to get to know some of our parkrunners a little better at this time.

To get things underway, here is our 1st parkrun profile, from someone you will recognise and know well: Sam Young.

If you fancy being one of our profiled parkrunners then send us an email to banbury@parkrun.com and we will be in touch!

Stay safe everyone! We miss you all!

#loveparkrun

 

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Name:
Sam Young

Number of parkruns:
161 (129 at Banbury parkrun)

Favourite parkrun (other than Banbury, obviously!) and why:
I really like Daventry parkrun – it’s pretty and flat! Although I also very much enjoyed Haga parkrun near Stockholm in Sweden!

Why did you start parkrunning:
I heard about parkrun from a friend and decided to give it a go when I lived in Birmingham back in 2013.

Number of volunteers:
44 separate occasions (covering 52 roles – I even completed 5 roles on one day – Run report writer, setup, marshal, photographer and pack up).

Favourite volunteering role, and why:
I love to combine my hobbies of running and photography, so it has to be the photographer role.

Favourite/funniest parkrun memory:
This is a hard one as I have so many wonderful memories from parkrun. But I think running my 100th parkrun has to come top as my Wife and Son (Helen & Theo) came to support me with a banner and balloons – they must have done a good job as I achieved my all time pb of 20:47!!

What does Banbury parkrun mean to you:
I started running at Banbury as I liked the atmosphere of parkrun and it kept me fit, but it has become so much more for me now. Firstly, my son has joined me most weeks since he was about 9 months old and it give me a wonderful opportunity to spend time with him during parkrun and then after at the café. But then also parkrun, is now less about the running and more about all the friendships I have made. I love meeting everyone on Saturday morning before the start, catching a quick hello as I run or having a bit more of a gossip after in the café when the results are being processed.

What do you miss about parkrun:
Everything – the friendship, the community, the routine, the course – even the mud!!

What running are you doing now:
I feel so very lucky to live in the countryside and be able to run from my front door straight into the countryside, so it is easy to keep to social distancing advice. The “lock-down” has, however, re-invigorated my running mojo, as I have forced myself to get out and enjoy the once per day exercise opportunity. I have been mainly running longer distances, but aim to complete my now annual challenge I set myself in May (#5KMay), where I plan to run at least 5 km everyday of May. This year I hope to run every one under 25 minutes – why don’t you join me and post your updates on twitter with the hashtag #5KMay? (time limit is optional.)

What is the best bit of running advice you have been given:
Smile – even if you are completely out of breath and everything is hurting, if you smile it fools your body into thinking you can push on!

What is your favourite run other than parkrun:
I am a creature of habit – I have a 5km out and back road route that I have completed over 150 times!

What run would you most like to do in the future, and why:
My Dad lives in America and is a Event Director at Roosevelt Island parkrun – I was supposed to be visiting him over Easter but everything has of course been cancelled. I’d love to run his parkrun with him at some point!

What is your most essential/favourite piece of running kit, and why:
Until recently, it was Theo’s running buggy, but a flat tire and a friend from school has forced him to become more of a run/walker now, and in turn my parkrunning experience has changed to be a lot slower, I have no doubt that in just a few years this will change drastically again and I shall be chasing Theo rather than the other way around!

What is your Favourite/funniest running memory:
Last year, I was lucky enough to be asked to attend the Cider Frolic – A relay event where (in our case) teams of 3 or 4 run laps of a Dorset farm – as many as possible (or you want) in 12 hours. We went with a whole bunch of Banbury parkrunners and Hook Norton Harriers and had so much fun in the glorious sunshine.

 

Run Report #276 14/03/2019

Many thanks to AIDAN for writing this week's run report.  Aidan is one of two people completing their Duke of Edinburgh awards with Banbury parkrun at the moment. He has run the Banbury course 20 times since April last year achieving a speedy PB of 20:45!!

 

Despite the increase of caution due to the corona virus (and a lack of tourists as a result) over 200 parkrunners took to the course with the same attitude that makes parkrun such an iconic and special event every Saturday morning.

There were some thrills and spills with mud scattered throughout the course (as always) leading to a dramatic finish with a race between a pushchair and a dog. The following result was finalised by a late slip to be victorious by just millimetres, but it was all, of course, taken light-heartedly.

And all the while the run was being completed, the ever-present volunteers cheered on with smiles on their faces and encouragement in their voices which I know, as a runner myself, can help everyone persevere to the finish line.

I would like to say congratulations to all the runners today and to thank all the organisers for allowing me to complete the Duke of Edinburgh with this amazing group, letting me see all the hard work and effort that goes into the organisation of this weekly event.

And now for the stats:

This week 208 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 15 were first timers and 25 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 17 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 24 volunteers:

Warren HARRISON • Sam YOUNG • Graeme HACKLAND • Helen INSKIP • Claire UPTON • Sera RELTON • Becky ROGERS • Suzanne TAYLOR • Jo WOODBRIDGE • Greg HEATH • Martin WEST • Michael ROGERS • Stuart HADEN • Richard MCMAHON • Polly DAVIES • Jack EATON • Verity WEST • Nick MACEY • Thom RUSSELL • Amelia RUSSELL • Aidan WALKER • Ian WALKER • Thomas DONOHOE • Michael DONOHOE

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

The male record is held by Ian KIMPTON who recorded a time of 16:30 on 4th April 2015 (event number 27).
The female record is held by Amelia PETTITT who recorded a time of 18:07 on 20th June 2015 (event number 38).
The Age Grade course record is held by Lilian CARPENTER who recorded 87.73% (28:40) on 29th June 2019 (event number 243).

Banbury parkrun started on 27th September 2014. Since then 7,435 participants have completed 55,486 parkruns covering a total distance of 277,430 km, including 9,347 new Personal Bests. A total of 756 individuals have volunteered 5,850 times.

 

Because girls are FANTASTIC and POWERFUL! 07/03/2020 #275

Many thanks To AMELIA for this week's extra special International Women's Day run report - Amelia is one of our youngest Banbury parkrunners, but has already completed 4 parkruns (2 at Banbury and 2 junior parkruns) - she has also volunteered in 10 roles including being a Marshal at everyone of our events in 2020 so far!!!

My name is Amelia and I am 5

I am normally on my chair somewhere in Spiceball park on a Saturday morning cheering you all on. I’ve had 3 weeks off with the bad weather so I was excited that the park wasn’t so soggy this week and parkrun was back, ready for its International Women’s Day event.

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There were 100 girls who took park this week, 16 who managed PBs even in the mud and 11 first timers. The volunteer team included 13 fab ladies to help you all out. The runners looked great in their purple running clothes to celebrate the special event. I loved the special IWD photo sign and enjoyed having my photos taken with some of the hi-viz heroes…

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Mummy asked me some questions about parkrun…

Why do you like parkrun?
It’s nice to marshal and I get to cheer all the people on.

What’s the best thing about marshalling?
I get to show everyone my sign and I get lots of high-5s.

Why should girls do parkrun?
Because girls are FANTASTIC and POWERFUL! 

And proof below that it’s not just runners that can do a flat lay picture. Volunteers need to do them too to check they have everything they could possibly need to be a Banbury parkrun marshal…

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Happy Running & Volunteering

Amelia (a.k.a ‘Mini Marshal’)

And now for some more stats...

This week 240 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 33 were first timers and 27 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 21 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 22 volunteers:

Sam YOUNG • Alice PALMER • Claire UPTON • Sera RELTON • Becky ROGERS • Jo WOODBRIDGE • Fabienne GORDON-CUMMING • Martin WEST • Cheri HADEN • Stuart HADEN • Amy RUSSELL • Rob CROSS • Nick MACEY • Sara CARTER • Kate R • Abi KNIPE • Amelia RUSSELL • Aidan WALKER • Ian WALKER • Thomas DONOHOE • Michael DONOHOE • Samantha CLARKE

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

The male record is held by Ian KIMPTON who recorded a time of 16:30 on 4th April 2015 (event number 27).
The female record is held by Amelia PETTITT who recorded a time of 18:07 on 20th June 2015 (event number 38).
The Age Grade course record is held by Lilian CARPENTER who recorded 87.73% (28:40) on 29th June 2019 (event number 243).

Banbury parkrun started on 27th September 2014. Since then 7,420 participants have completed 55,278 parkruns covering a total distance of 276,390 km, including 9,322 new Personal Bests. A total of 756 individuals have volunteered 5,826 times.

 

Calm before the storm 08/02/2020 #274

Many thanks to Amy RUSSELL for this week's run report.  Amy celebrated her 50th parkrun this week (of which 44 have been at Banbury) - Congratulations!!

It seemed that with Storm Ciara on its way, Banbury runners were making a conscious effort to get their miles in before getting blown away on Sunday. 304 runners, joggers and walkers gathered in the middle field ready to start another Saturday parkrun around the glorious mud-fest of Spiceball Park. Banbury parkrun has been treated to some fabulous fancy dress over the last few weekends. The Crayola crayons were out in force last week and this weekend didn’t disappoint with a camel celebrating her birthday. The mud didn’t stop a fantastic 48 PBs being achieved and we welcomed 39 first timers which included a tourist from York.

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After starting parkrun in 2017, I finally got my 50 milestone today and hopefully won’t have long to wait to wear my Club 50 red t-shirt. For anyone new to parkrun in 2020 and aren’t familiar with the various milestones t-shirts, here’s a quick run-down of them…

  • The apricot one: These t-shirts aren’t milestone awards, they are the official parkrun technical t-shirts which you can now get personalised with your home parkrun (made for an excellent Christmas gift in my house). Buy online and it helps support parkrun.
  • The white one: 10 parkruns which are only for U17 Juniors – adults have a few more runs to go before getting a t-shirt!
  • The red one: 50 parkruns. For the very dedicated folk who rarely miss a week, they can get this t-shirt within the year, for others it can take longer.
  • The black one: 50 + 50, you’ve got it Club 100!
  • The green one: 150 parkruns after your last milestone and you’ll be sporting this fabulous milestone at Club 250.
  • The blue one: 500 parkruns - which is quite incredible. I’ve never seen one in Banbury but can you believe there are 107 people in the world who have made it to Club 500?
  • And then the Purple one: Give up your time (25 times to be precise) to volunteer and you’ll receive your 25 volunteer milestone t-shirt. Congratulations to Rose Ashton and Nick Atkinson who did their 25th volunteer roles at Banbury today

The 25 volunteer milestone t-shirt leads me on nicely to the people that make parkrun happen. Three cheers for the hi-viz volunteer team out on the course today. Sadly, this week an email plea had to go out asking for help to run this weekend’s event. As Martyn said before the start, if every parkrunner was able to volunteer 2/3 times a year, emails wouldn’t need to be sent asking for last minute help. If you haven’t had a go at volunteering I really would urge you to consider it. Of course it helps the core team out when they have a full roster for the event but it’s actually quite a satisfying thing to do on your Saturday morning with a great bunch of people. Even if you don’t want to miss out on your weekly run, there are a few volunteer roles that you can do and still complete your weekly parkrun and if it’s the milestone t-shirts you are after, 25 times volunteering will get you a t-shirt quicker than the first 50 parkruns!

Happy Running
Amy RUSSELL

And now for some stats...

This week 304 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 39 were first timers and 48 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 18 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 26 volunteers:

Jeffrey TRYBUS • Nick ATKINSON • Sera RELTON • Martyn BANHAM • Kelly-Lee DE BRETON • Sam COLLIER • Sally ANDREWS-DUKE • Rose ASHTON • Fred ATKINSON • Joby MULLENS • Warwick NASH • David GLOVER • Jeremy GRIMSHAW • Jon POULTON • Amy RUSSELL • Simon HOOK • Thom RUSSELL • Janice ROWAN • Kate R • Richard SAVORY • Rael TREMEER • Abi KNIPE • Amelia RUSSELL • Rob OEHLERS • Thomas DONOHOE • Michael DONOHOE

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

The male record is held by Ian KIMPTON who recorded a time of 16:30 on 4th April 2015 (event number 27).
The female record is held by Amelia PETTITT who recorded a time of 18:07 on 20th June 2015 (event number 38).
The Age Grade course record is held by Lilian CARPENTER who recorded 87.73% (28:40) on 29th June 2019 (event number 243).

Banbury parkrun started on 27th September 2014. Since then 7,388 participants have completed 55,038 parkruns covering a total distance of 275,190 km, including 9,295 new Personal Bests. A total of 755 individuals have volunteered 5,804 times.

 

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