Event #401 Run Report

Well, there is lots of good news to report this week!

First of all, the forecast -4C temperatures and high winds which had been widely feared in the run up to Saturday didn't appear. It seemed those parkrun weather fairies who so often intervene (well, in Chelmsford at least!) sprinkled their magic once again. Even the sun came out:

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Some of you were clearly worried about the trees still blowing over though so you did your bit to make sure that even in the slight breeze, those big trees weren't going anywhere:

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In fact.... instead of losing trees, was it me or did the park seem to have a couple of extra trees this week?

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It was of course a chilly morning despite the sunshine, which meant cold hands for some of our crew of awesome volunteers but warmer hands for others:

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so let's give an extra warm thanks to the 33 volunteers who ventured out to make sure that the event went ahead:

Gerry MCGOVERN • Paul BROOKES • Daisy ELEADY-COLE • Anita COCKRELL • Brian Stephen CATT • Mike QUAYE • Claire EADES • Michael RICHTER • Robin Edward MCCOY • Jackie RUSSELL • Paul BROOME • David JEFFREY • Matt COUGHLAN • Rebecca SMITH • Clare BROOME • Neil CHURCHILL • Rachael PRICE • Joe FISCHR • John GREEN • Gavin TILLING • Kathryn HELLEN • David CHURCH • Rebecca BENTLEY • Judith BROWNE • Rebecca COURTMAN • Speranza HOLLOWAY • George HAM • Ryan HARRIS • Lydia HARVERSON • Harry CANNON • Neeve BUCHANAN • Angel JI • Henry OWENS

As with a lot of things in life, it's all about timing! We all know that parkrun starts at 9am sharp! So set your watches, however make sure you don't start too soon (but more importantly don't finish too early):

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Second piece of good news! This week 470 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 26 were first timers and 38 of you recorded new Personal Bests. One of those finishers was Alison King who pulled the proverbial golden ticket out of the chocolate bar, by not only being the second female finisher but more importantly finishing in the highly coveted position 63, meaning that Alison was the 200,000th finish at Chelmsford Central parkrun.

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Alison is a regular runner here at Chelmsford since 2013, having completed 90 of her 95 parkruns here so was a highly deserving winner of the box of Celebrations (Alison did offer to share them around by the way!). Congratulations Alison and we look forward to seeing you again soon when you complete your 100th parkrun.

Which leads us to Good news #3: The return of the Milestoners!
 
For those of you new to parkrun, you probably know that parkrun celebrates milestone achievements for completing 10 finishes (Juniors only!), 25, 50, 100, 250 and 500 finishes and / or volunteering occasions. We like to celebrate those milestones together when we can and we are now able to invite you to the front on a Saturday morning to share you moment of glory with the rest of Chelmsford.

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So Congratulations this week to Louise and Kathleen who joined the 50 Club and 250 Club respectively this week:

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Don't be shy if you have a milestone event coming up soon.

The final piece of good news this week: as mentioned, don't forget that your favourite 5km activity will be on as usual at 9am on both Christmas Day and New Years Day this year as both fall on parkrunday (also known as Saturday). At our last Christmas event in 2019, 692 people enjoyed completing their 5km, so if you can make it, it is usually a really great atmosphere. Bring the whole family for some fresh air!

See you next Saturday for another 5km when we see the return of the pacers who can help guide you to that new PB.

Gavin

Run Director

The Chelmsford Central core team are:

Gerry McGovern : Paul Brookes David Jeffrey : Rebecca Smith : Gavin Tilling

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You can read the parkrun profile about Chelmsford Central parkrun HERE
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Please check our Volunteer Roster to see if you are able to help out at anytime, there are plenty of roles available to do and all are rewarding and great fun!

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If you like a good podcast to listen to, here are the parkrun ones:

The parkrun show This ran from September 2011 to March 2015 and gives a fascinating history of parkrun through those years and where some of the things you hear now were started, like #DFYB.
Chelmsford Central parkrun features in these episodes - February 2013 and August 2013

Launched last year is a podcast from Vassos Alexander (Virgin Radio) Free, Weekly, Timed

For an indpendent parkrun podcast from the presenters of The parkrun show called With Me Now
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Want some fun with your parkrun stats? This extension to the Chrome browser is available and free to use, you just add your parkrun ID and let the fun begin!

Badge Collecting Chrome extension
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As well as checking on this site regularly for the latest information and updates, don't forget you can also find us on Twitter and Facebook.Instagram

Have you got a question? try the FAQ's section on our website, if you are still stumped send a lovely e-mail to: chelmsfordcentral@parkrun.com and we will do our best to help.

If you would like to donate to this parkrun you can find out more HERE.

 

Event #400 Run Report

An arbitrary 400th milestone for Chelmsford Central this week saw 592 runners, joggers and walkers crunch their way through the fallen leaves in the parks. This included 53 first timers and 128 new PB's, well done all!

Biggest UK parkruns: Bushy Park (1034), Southampton (737), Cardiff (687), Poole (676), Cannon Hill (650), Chelmsford Central (592), Huddersfield (580), Clapham Common (534), Endcliffe (519), Nonsuch (515)

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To jazz things up a bit every 100th runner was rewarded with a little red box of treats. These were received with mixed reactions from completely underwhelmed to elation. Special mentions to 300th place JM10 Henry Ross, just his 4th 5k having conquered Junior parkrun and a 2.5 minute PB too. Congratulations Henry.

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Coming in at 400th was Christine Callan who was visiting us with a 'mischief' of Rayleigh RAT Runners. Not sure there was enough maltesers in the box to share even just 1 each!

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Had we got to a total of 655 we would have also hit the giddy heights of our 200,000th finish at Chelmsford Central. To put our growth into perspective we reached 100,000th at our 250th event so it's taken 100 fewer events to get to the same amount. Impressive stuff and it's always a real joy to see so many of you coming together on a Saturday morning to enjoy parkrun. Therefore, at next weeks event #401, whoever comes over the finish line in 63rd position prepare to be rewarded and do your hair (and make up?!) you'll be having a close up photo taken to mark this auspicious occasion.

None of this is possible without those essential volunteers. We have several people who do this week in week out, for which we are eternally grateful and the best way YOU can show your appreciation is to get YOUR name on the future roster sometime.

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Click on link to Volunteer Roster

Gerry MCGOVERN • Brian Stephen CATT • Claire EADES • Michael RICHTER • Jon SPRULES • Ruth FERGUSON • Christine ABBOTT • John CUTTER • David JEFFREY • Rebecca SMITH • Steve BUGDEN • Rebecca BRENNAN • David COCKRELL • Susan HAMPSHIRE • Simon SCHULTZ • David MORRIS • Neil CHURCHILL • Joe FISCHR • John GREEN • Cal WRIGHT • Erin HANDLEY • David CHURCH • Kerry DARBY • Judith BROWNE • Sue GILBERT • Andy HOLMES • Speranza HOLLOWAY • George HAM • Andrew OAKLEY • Fiona COLLINS • Mary COWL • Ryan HARRIS • Katie SULLIVAN • Neeve BUCHANAN • Angel JI • Henry OWENS

This weeks Milestone achievers are name checked here:
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With the winter weather now closing in on us don't let that put you off your weekly dose of parkrun. Did you know there are many benefits to running in the cold vs hot weather. The colder the weather, the less heat stress on your body which makes it significantly easier to run PLUS it could also rev up your metabolism and help you burn more calories and change your body composition.

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So with the season for over indulgence looming... See you all next week!

Rebecca
Run Director, event #400

The Chelmsford Central core team are:

Gerry McGovern : Paul Brookes : David Jeffrey : Rebecca Smith : Gavin Tilling

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You can read the parkrun profile about Chelmsford Central parkrun HERE
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Please check our Volunteer Roster to see if you are able to help out at anytime, there are plenty of roles available to do and all are rewarding and great fun!

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If you like a good podcast to listen to, here are the parkrun ones:

The parkrun show This ran from September 2011 to March 2015 and gives a fascinating history of parkrun through those years and where some of the things you hear now were started, like #DFYB.
Chelmsford Central parkrun features in these episodes - February 2013 and August 2013

Launched last year is a podcast from Vassos Alexander (Virgin Radio) Free, Weekly, Timed

For an indpendent parkrun podcast from the presenters of The parkrun show called With Me Now
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Want some fun with your parkrun stats? This extension to the Chrome browser is available and free to use, you just add your parkrun ID and let the fun begin!

Badge Collecting Chrome extension
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As well as checking on this site regularly for the latest information and updates, don't forget you can also find us on Twitter and Facebook.Instagram

Have you got a question? try the FAQ's section on our website, if you are still stumped send a lovely e-mail to: chelmsfordcentral@parkrun.com and we will do our best to help.

If you would like to donate to this parkrun you can find out more HERE.

 

Event #399 Run Report

Well, another Saturday morning and another Parkrun, this was number 399 for Chelmsford Central and whether you fancied a run, jog or walk it could all be found in Central and Admirals Park.

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You can bring your dog.

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Your pushchair (plus child)

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And whether your flying.

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or looking for a more leisurely experience

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You can rely on our happy band of volunteers to cheer you along.

So a big thank you to following 37 stars who made this all possible for the 569 of you who participated. 45 were first timers and 69 recorded new Personal Bests

Paul BROOKES • Mike QUAYE • Claire EADES • Michael RICHTER • Jenny BARRETT • Robin Edward MCCOY • David JEFFREY • Christopher BROWN • Rebecca SMITH • Rebecca BRENNAN • Diana BOND • Neil CHURCHILL • Elizabeth LAUGHLIN • Joe FISCHR • John GREEN • Peter SNOWDON • Erin HANDLEY • Gavin TILLING • Kathryn HELLEN • Jan SMITH • John SPILLANE • David CHURCH • Judith BROWNE • Louise GRAY • Samantha CHAMBERS • Speranza HOLLOWAY • George HAM • Claire MUSSELWHITE • Toby HELLEN • Andrew OAKLEY • Mary COWL • Darren BODDY • Ryan HARRIS • Amy RASSELL • Pat WRIGHT • Angel JI • Henry OWENS

Parkrun really wouldn`t function without our volunteers many of whom don`t even run so with the colder months ahead of us please think about giving it a go, just drop a line to chelmsfordcentral@parkrun.com you might see Saturday mornings in a whole new light.

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Congratulations to this weeks milestone achievers

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Plus a mention for Steve Strange who skipped round in 15.35 on his 50th run 40 of which have been at Chelmsford, he must know the course well as there is very rarely anyone in front of him.!
Certainly not resting on his laurels of the 1980s hit Fade to Grey with Visage.

Rebecca returns to the helm next week when we will be notching up the big 400.

Dave

The Chelmsford Central core team are:

Gerry McGovern : Paul Brookes : David Jeffrey : Rebecca Smith : Gavin Tilling

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You can read the parkrun profile about Chelmsford Central parkrun HERE
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Please check our Volunteer Roster to see if you are able to help out at anytime, there are plenty of roles available to do and all are rewarding and great fun!

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If you like a good podcast to listen to, here are the parkrun ones:

The parkrun show This ran from September 2011 to March 2015 and gives a fascinating history of parkrun through those years and where some of the things you hear now were started, like #DFYB.
Chelmsford Central parkrun features in these episodes - February 2013 and August 2013

Launched last year is a podcast from Vassos Alexander (Virgin Radio) Free, Weekly, Timed

For an indpendent parkrun podcast from the presenters of The parkrun show called With Me Now
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Want some fun with your parkrun stats? This extension to the Chrome browser is available and free to use, you just add your parkrun ID and let the fun begin!

Badge Collecting Chrome extension
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As well as checking on this site regularly for the latest information and updates, don't forget you can also find us on Twitter and Facebook.Instagram

Have you got a question? try the FAQ's section on our website, if you are still stumped send a lovely e-mail to: chelmsfordcentral@parkrun.com and we will do our best to help.

If you would like to donate to this parkrun you can find out more HERE.

Run Director

 

Event #398 Run Report

So, did your bonfire weekend go off with a bang?

For a whopping 106 of you who got personal bests at event #398, it certainly did!

The first #chasethepacer opportunity since our return in July helped approximately 20% of the field obtain that great sense of success that only a PB can give, like fireworks for the soul.

Any of you that have paced before will know it is far from easy to pace consisently all the way around, with some having to resort to jogging on the spot when realising they have gone off like a rocket. Thank you pacers, a lot of shiny new PB's. Our next chase the pacer will be on 4th December, you have been warned!

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But of course, pacers were just an added bonus this week. Nothing would happen without the course being set up, marshalls, timekeepers, token givers, barcode scanners to name but a few. Here are all this weeks firecrakers:

Gerry MCGOVERN • Paul BROOKES • Daisy ELEADY-COLE • Anita COCKRELL • Brian Stephen CATT • Claire EADES • Michael RICHTER • Ben SMITH • Robin Edward MCCOY • Emily SMITH • Richard SEE • Christine ABBOTT • David JEFFREY • Paul MORDEY • Dan SUMMERS • Emily PENKETT • Rebecca SMITH • Sue ARMSTRONG • Steve CLEAVER • Diana BOND • Simon SCHULTZ • Mark WARD • Adrian HAMPEL • Philip HUGHES • Mark WATSON • Joe FISCHR • John GREEN • Sue TATTERSALL • Ian HAW • Neil WILDIN • Steve MCLEAN • Paul COCKRELL • Erin HANDLEY • Antony KARAS • Kathryn HELLEN • Judith BROWNE • Speranza HOLLOWAY • Jeremy LAGER • George HAM • Mary COWL • Calvin LAING • Ryan HARRIS • Sue JOHNSON • Amy RASSELL • Katie SULLIVAN • Neeve BUCHANAN • Mani FOLKERD-HOBBS • Angel JI • Henry OWENS

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We recived a number of very late emails friday evening and a few people on the day offering to volunteer. Although we would never want to discourage offers of help, it's helpful to have more notice so we get to be organised beforehand.

Here are the stars who hit milestones this week, congratulations!

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The core team and I'm sure many more of you would like to wish Don Cockrell a big HAPPY 95TH BIRTHDAY. It was his birthday Saturday and yes your read that right 95! You will no doubt recognise him from the photo below as he has now completed 114 volunteer stints, often at the roundabout 500 meters before the last push to the finish. Quite rightly Don is going to keep in the warm for a few months but we very much hope he'll back in a fetching pink hi-vis again in the spring.

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I hate to scare you but its just 6 weeks until Christmas. May I suggest these excellent stocking fillers. Wristbands and tags for your barcode so you'll never have to worry about your printed one getting soggy again which is often the case in the winter months.

Link to the barcode website is HERE

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Thank you for listening to my run brief this week, it's most appreciated and getting slightly less nerve wracking each time. I'll be 'up front' again in a coule of weeks. Next week Dave is in charge once more with our usual start and course waiting for you to conquer.

Have a great week.

Rebecca
Run Director.

The Chelmsford Central core team are:

Gerry McGovern : Paul Brookes : David Jeffrey : Rebecca Smith : Gavin Tilling

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You can read the parkrun profile about Chelmsford Central parkrun HERE
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Please check our Volunteer Roster to see if you are able to help out at anytime, there are plenty of roles available to do and all are rewarding and great fun!

----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

If you like a good podcast to listen to, here are the parkrun ones:

The parkrun show This ran from September 2011 to March 2015 and gives a fascinating history of parkrun through those years and where some of the things you hear now were started, like #DFYB.
Chelmsford Central parkrun features in these episodes - February 2013 and August 2013

Launched last year is a podcast from Vassos Alexander (Virgin Radio) Free, Weekly, Timed

For an indpendent parkrun podcast from the presenters of The parkrun show called With Me Now
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Want some fun with your parkrun stats? This extension to the Chrome browser is available and free to use, you just add your parkrun ID and let the fun begin!

Badge Collecting Chrome extension
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

As well as checking on this site regularly for the latest information and updates, don't forget you can also find us on Twitter and Facebook.Instagram

Have you got a question? try the FAQ's section on our website, if you are still stumped send a lovely e-mail to: chelmsfordcentral@parkrun.com and we will do our best to help.

If you would like to donate to this parkrun you can find out more HERE.

 

Event #397 Run Report

As we creep closer to the 400 mark, this weeks Chelmsford Central Parkrun had an autumnal feel about it with the trees around the park looking spectacular.

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Despite a gloomy forecast 504 of you ran, jogged and walked the leaf ridden course of which 29 were experiencing the joy for the first time.

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A big well done to this weeks milestone achievers.

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A special mention to Darren, Robin and Amy who ticked off their volunteer milestones, with Amy`s coinciding with her mums 100th run.

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It was also nice to see some rather spooky costumes and outfits making their way through the park.

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A few house keeping items to refresh your memory, first up is the importance of keeping dogs on a short lead at all times as there has been a couple of incidents of late and even more so when we have partially sighted runners with us. Running with a dog not fully under control and maybe the wearing of headphones at the same time is a recipe for disaster!

On a brighter note, do you remember this.

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Well chase the pacer is back next week!
This is when we have volunteers who run, jog or walk with a specific time to hit and wear a bib with that time on it. So if you fancy pushing yourself to follow a pacer here is your chance.

If you would like to volunteer to be a pacer please pop an email to us at chelmsfordcentraloffice@parkrun.com with your chosen time.
A word of warning it`s not as easy as you may think.

Week in week out we rely on our volunteers to put this event on so a big thank you goes to the following 34 stars.

Gerry MCGOVERN • Anita COCKRELL • Brian Stephen CATT • Claire EADES • Daniel HARDY • Claire SPLARN • Robin Edward MCCOY • Christine ABBOTT • David JEFFREY • Rebecca SMITH • Diana BOND • Claire ANSBRIDGE • Elizabeth LAUGHLIN • Joe FISCHR • John GREEN • Sue TATTERSALL • David LINDSAY • Gavin TILLING • Sebastian LINDSAY • Kathryn HELLEN • David CHURCH • Samantha CHAMBERS • Speranza HOLLOWAY • Darren BODDY • Harry CANNON • Amy RASSELL • Olivia PELLOWE • Georgia PELLOWE • Pat WRIGHT • Katie SULLIVAN • Neeve BUCHANAN • Angel JI

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Without them there is no Parkrun!

Finally we finish with another thank you to Olivia and Georgia who are possibly our youngest scanners ever!

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Rebecca is at the helm next week.

Dave
Run Director

The Chelmsford Central core team are:

Gerry McGovern : Paul Brookes : David Jeffrey : Rebecca Smith : Gavin Tilling

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You can read the parkrun profile about Chelmsford Central parkrun HERE
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Please check our Volunteer Roster to see if you are able to help out at anytime, there are plenty of roles available to do and all are rewarding and great fun!

----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

If you like a good podcast to listen to, here are the parkrun ones:

The parkrun show This ran from September 2011 to March 2015 and gives a fascinating history of parkrun through those years and where some of the things you hear now were started, like #DFYB.
Chelmsford Central parkrun features in these episodes - February 2013 and August 2013

Launched last year is a podcast from Vassos Alexander (Virgin Radio) Free, Weekly, Timed

For an indpendent parkrun podcast from the presenters of The parkrun show called With Me Now
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Want some fun with your parkrun stats? This extension to the Chrome browser is available and free to use, you just add your parkrun ID and let the fun begin!

Badge Collecting Chrome extension
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

As well as checking on this site regularly for the latest information and updates, don't forget you can also find us on Twitter and Facebook.Instagram

Have you got a question? try the FAQ's section on our website, if you are still stumped send a lovely e-mail to: chelmsfordcentral@parkrun.com and we will do our best to help.

If you would like to donate to this parkrun you can find out more HERE.

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