Bumper double parkrun report

The eagle eyed among you will have noticed there was no run report last week. This is because I was busy all weekend and out every night this week so quite frankly the fact I was even at parkrun this morning was a miracle. As ever, if anyone, at all, ever, wants to pick up the parkrun pencil/pen/crayon then please do step up and let us know. Having seen Sam Oliver back today and last week after quite an absence (Baby Bethany is nearly two now!) I'm hoping he'll want to produce another statastic parkrun report but honestly anyone is welcome.

Last week the weather was a bit spooky (told you it was a bumper edition) and as I ran/walked with newbie Romy Gordon we discussed how like the set of Stranger Things it was. If you're not familiar with Stranger Things you need to stay in a bit more and watch it. Romy had come along last week with her brothers Che and Orlando having been convinced by their cousin Kalise Powell that parkrun is the perfect way to start a Saturday. To be fair Kalise is a bit of a newbie herself having run her sixth parkrun this morning in a personal best of 24.29. Well done Kalise. And although they weren't able to join us this morning I am sure Romy, Orlando and Che will be back next week.

Kalise wasn't the only person who ran their fastest ever parkrun this morning: 33 parkrunners did. Well 33 that we know of. Jake Simmonds for instance ran without a barcode so is down as an unknown runner along with 28 others. As most of you know there is no way I would run parkrun without my barcode: I want every single instance of every single step I run being recorded for prosperity! #DFYB Jake probably didn't get a PB but to my horror he overtook me as I was coming to the end of my first lap and decided to be my personal pacer for the second lap. My protestations had no effect whatsoever and I managed to get round in just over 35 minutes. See my point about about being out every night this week!

Because 33 elite athletes ran their fastest ever parkrun I can't name them all so I will mention Kiya Daniel who must have been delighted to break that pesky 37 minute barrier, James Hewlett and Alex Martin also got PBs with both coming in well under 20 minutes so missing out on the opportunity to really appreciate how beautiful our park is! And Lucy Town ran a blistering 27:43, a PB at parkrun made all the more sweet as she has had to watch a few parkruns since having gorgeous Baby Elijah.

Some people may have been paced to a PB by the Crystal Palace Fun Runners who turned out in their droves to provide pacers. For those who want to achieve a faster than ever parkrun they are there on the first Saturday of the month and provide pacers: some more effectively than others!

We took delivery of eight brand new crinkle free parkrunners this morning. A huge welcome to Harry Foges, Mario Castro, Victoria Bright, Sarah Smith, Nadia Taylor, Silvia Baumgart, Eilidh Wallace and Barbara Houghton. Your Saturday mornings will never be the same. We also had some tourists, fifteen in total. Sarah Mayall ran her 397th parkrun with us having run 334 t Bushy parkrun. Sarah, it's not exactly a huge journey, what kept you? I've run Bushy parkrun and I suspect our slightly undulating course was a bit different for you! Andrew Mayal also cae along from Bushy but he seems like a comparative lightweight with today being his 278th parkrun (205 at Bushy).

Some people ran milestones today and some just ran lots so a big shout out to Julie Kenny for joining the 50 club on her 30th birthday. Happy birthday Julie. Ziyanai (Zi) Shiripinda ran her 200th parkrun today and whilst not an official milestone worth noting; not least because since Zi ran her first parkrun in October 2015 she had barely missed a week and had halved in size! And Jeremiah (Jerry) Fiagbe ran his 250th parkrun and didn't tell us at the beginning that he was doing that so an extra pat on the back to you Jerry!

Finally a little note about Brian Clements. A couple of weeks ago I quite rightly complained that when he got to the table Clare Davis, Ann McMahon and I were on with his celebratory bottle of prosecco for his non milestone 201st parkrun there was barely a spit in it. Today Brian came along with a mini bottle of prosecco for Clare, Ann and me. If Brian thinks he can inveigle his way into my run report by bribing me with alcohol he is absolutely spot on. Thank you Brian! I do accept other bribes if you want to be mentioned in the parkrun report although I do ask that wads of £20s are not sequential!

Right, that's your lot. Honestly, if anyone wants to write this next week do let me know, I've got a family party on Saturday afternoon so who knows when I'll get round to this! Results are accessible to you through hitting a link somewhere on this page.

Until next week then.
Michele #loveparkrun

Crystal Palace parkrun
Event number 464
7th December 2019
This week 300 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 23 were first timers and 33 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 26 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 29 volunteers:

Jane HAILE • Brian CLEMENTS • Susannah SIMPSON • Bob BELL • Carol HAYES • George WILLIAMS • Barry GRAHAM • Christopher John MONK • Michele GOLDEN • Chris DYKE • Sidney Ansell MCINTOSH • Jessica RANSOM • Chris BALMER • Kathryn CHESHIRE • Jake ENGLISH • Simon LANG • Piers BROMLEY • Julie LETTS • Stephen JONES • Clare DAVIS • Steven GAUGE • Michael MCINTYRE • Ollie LONGWORTH • Fred HAYES • Chris BRIGGS • Efa PARRY • Jada MENSAH • Dave ROOKE • Luka JONES

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

The female record is held by Justina HESLOP who recorded a time of 17:23 on 14th January 2012 (event number 77).
The male record is held by Nicholas TORRY who recorded a time of 15:26 on 1st July 2017 (event number 344).
The Age Grade course record is held by Lucas SOPER who recorded 98.02% (20:10) on 5th October 2019 (event number 455).

Crystal Palace parkrun started on 29th May 2010. Since then 11,705 participants have completed 84,045 parkruns covering a total distance of 420,225 km, including 13,734 new Personal Bests. A total of 637 individuals have volunteered 5,608 times.

 

I had a really witty title but I can’t remember it now.

We had a great turn out this week - 371 of you/us lined up at the start line as today's RD Susannah Simpson set us off on our one lap muddy and slippery parkrun. Twenty-eight people had never run in our slightly undulating park and of those we had seven brand new crinkle free parkrunners. Welcome to: Matthew Connolly, Daria Gilmore, Luiza Branklin, Laura Fergerson, Jonathan Moore, Max Moore and Richard Commin and Guy Murray. Your Saturdays will never be the same.

So, if seven of our 28 first timers were brand new we must have had 21 tourists. I got to speak with Andrew Harris whose home parkrun is Sean Woods in North Kent. He was running his 221nd parkrun at his 112th different venue. Andrew was accompanied by Richard Harris (85th parkrun in 66 venues) and Megan Walker (66 in 38). Not only are they dedicated parkrunners they are also dedicated volunteers with Andrew having clocked up 89 volunteering roles, Richard 13 and Megan five. Do remember you can come along and volunteer whenever you feel like it: just email the Crystal Palace parkrun office, send us a message on Facebook or just turn up at about 8:40 on a Saturday morning. You're almost guaranteed a hi-viz vest and if you want it a bit of hi-tech kit to play with!

Whether it was the muddy conditions (we're going to try out a mud free winter route next week), the lure of the Pride of Venice for breakfast post run or the slightly milder conditions we had 51 people run their fastest ever parkrun this morning. Six of them were Crystal Palace Fun Runners and as that's my running club I know I will be expelled for not mentioning them. So well done to: Monica Fisk, Russell White, Joe Cryer, Liz Pepper, Jessica Ransom and Sophie Griffin! Other people who ran their fastest ever parkruns were Adrian Lobb (baby Joanie is teething so he needed to get back to her quickly) and Amy and Amanda Boulton who ran their fastest ever on their third time to parkrun. Well done to all of you.

Some people ran milestone runs today: Elodie Owen ran her 10th and fastest parkrun this morning, Gareth Morris ran his 50th and Steven Gauge and Steve Harris ran their 100th. One person who did not run a milestone run was Brian Clements. Brian ran his 200th parkrun last week and parkrun regulars will know that's not actually a milestone run. So quite what possessed him to turn up today in his vest and pants to run his 201st parkrun like it was some sort of celebration beats me. He then got a load of prosecco and chocolate cake out when we went to the Pride of Venice although Clare Davis, Ann McMahon and myself merely got the last spit of that. Well done Brian.......I suppose. Perhaps when you're running your 250th parkrun (which is a real milestone) you'll celebrate with us in Crystal Palace rather than your new friends up North. Who says I'm bitter!?

Lynsey Morley was our tailwalker today and she asked me to mention the fact she got our final parkrunner home in 40:05. In fact we have no idea who she got over the line as s/he was one of our 46 unknown parkrunners (#DFYB). But the last parkrunner in who we do know was Lorna Man who took a minute and a half off her previous PB in June so I am prepared to acknowledge Lynsey must have done something right!

I never like to write a run report without mentioning me! Today I started off with Sally Jackson (in an unprecedented four weeks in a row appearance!!) but soon realised she would be better off without me and so Sally and Dave Cook set off into the hills. I was quite happy (well it's all relative) plodding by myself when I approached the bridge by the sports stadium (the final part as we approach the dinosaur lake) I saw Fred about to take a photo and then, to my horror Jake Simmonds. Jake was our 'unknown first finisher' and I realised with a sinking heart he intended running to the end with me. Suffice to say I ran my fastest parkrun since August! Thanks Jake, I think.

As ever results are accessible somewhere by clicking on a link.
Until next week then.

Michele #loveparkrun

Crystal Palace parkrun
Event number 462
23rd November 2019
This week 371 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 28 were first timers and 51 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 36 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 31 volunteers:

Brian CLEMENTS • Susannah SIMPSON • Bob BELL • Carol HAYES • Monica FISK • Andy TOUGH • George WILLIAMS • Barry GRAHAM • Michele GOLDEN • Sidney Ansell MCINTOSH • Chris BALMER • Rachel LYNN • Unity KINGSTON • Julia ANDERSON • Piers BROMLEY • Julie LETTS • Fiona VICKERS • Russell WHITE • Daniel TOUGH • Clare DAVIS • Sue CORCORAN • Ann MCMAHON • Lyndsey MORLEY • Fred HAYES • Christina MARRONI • Murat AGUS • Susanna WAERN • Cameron TOUGH • Emily WILLIAMS • Dave ROOKE • Thomas BRIGGS

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

The female record is held by Justina HESLOP who recorded a time of 17:23 on 14th January 2012 (event number 77).
The male record is held by Nicholas TORRY who recorded a time of 15:26 on 1st July 2017 (event number 344).
The Age Grade course record is held by Lucas SOPER who recorded 98.02% (20:10) on 5th October 2019 (event number 455).

Crystal Palace parkrun started on 29th May 2010. Since then 11,649 participants have completed 83,406 parkruns covering a total distance of 417,030 km, including 13,661 new Personal Bests. A total of 634 individuals have volunteered 5,555 times.

 

A parkrun without the legendary Bob Bell

Hello lovely parkrunners, I'm back. Thanks to Bob for picking up the journalist pen in my absence. We had 402 runners/walkers/cartwheelers at the start line this morning as our Run Director Barry set us off in unusually quiet tones. He was heckled by some ruffian who didn't need a megaphone as she sounds like a fishwife but he was undeterred!

So, what can I tell you about our parkrun this morning? We took delivery of 13 fresh out of the wrapper brand new parkrunners, welcome to you all. Some weeks we do a one lap course which is not quite as punishing as this morning's. Do come back next week and experience it. We also had some tourists - 47 in total. Owain Rees ran his 105th parkrun but first with us. With a name like that I fully expected him to be an experienced mountain runner from Wales but Owain seems to favour flatter parkruns with most of his previous ones done at Clapham Common and Tooting! Not too sure what took him to long to come to our slightly undulating course. Another intrepid traveller, this time from Dulwich was Will Forbes who was running with us for the first time. Welcome to you both! And a massive welcome to Joanne White who was running her fourth ever parkrun, first at CP and she ran her fastest ever which shows she is clearly someone who loves running up those hills!

Joanne was running with us as her husband Russell was running his 100th parkrun; a feat that has taken him a mere five and a half years! Well done Russell! Other milestone runners included Tim Anderson and John Highmoor who were both running their 50th, Rupert Bedford and Anna Rymill who notched up their 100th and Claire Steward who was running her 300th, which whilst not an official parkrun milestone run is definitely worthy of a mention. Well done to you all.

Some people ran their fastest ever parkruns today: Lin Skinner (20:10), Murat Agus (22:32) and Emma Mcintyre (28:30). And I must give a whole separate sentence to Kiya Daniel who has done four parkruns in the past four weeks and taken a phenomenal seven minutes off her time! HUGE congratulations to you all.

We were missing parkrun regulars today: Bob Bell, Belinda Cottrill, Lisa Rabanal and Matt Hunt were all running in Farfalle in Italy. Farfalle described Bob as the 'legendary Bob Bell' which may be because he was running his 393rd parkrun or may be because of his legendary writing skills. We will never know. Much like we will never know the identify of 34 of our runners who ran without a barcode so we will never know if they were first timers, tourists, milestone runners or got PBs. #DFYB

I found it all a bit hard today and although I was supposed to be running with Sally Jackson (on an unprecedented third week in a row attending parkrun) and Dave Cook I found myself falling back. As I was coming up the hill for the third time I saw Dave waiting for me and assumed he'd run back to find me but he hadn't, he had stood around in the cold waiting for me to get me to the finish line, having first made sure Sally got up the hill. What a gent! Thanks Dave.

As ever we do need volunteers in order to keep the event going so if you haven't volunteered (or even if you have) do come along and help. You can be high tech or low tech and with many volunteering roles you can get your run in as well.

Results can be looked at by clicking on the link in the next bit.
Until next week then.
Michele #loveparkrun

Crystal Palace parkrun
Event number 461
16th November 2019
This week 402 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 60 were first timers and 47 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 40 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 21 volunteers:

G EDWARDS • Joanna PATERSON • Susannah SIMPSON • Barry GRAHAM • Michele GOLDEN • Sidney Ansell MCINTOSH • Chris BALMER • Piers BROMLEY • Julie LETTS • John MCGRATH • Russell WHITE • Clare DAVIS • Michael MCINTYRE • Lyndsey MORLEY • Elliot CHAPMAN-JONES • Colette DOLLIN • Christina MARRONI • Efa PARRY • Joanne WHITE • Dave ROOKE • Thomas BRIGGS

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

The female record is held by Justina HESLOP who recorded a time of 17:23 on 14th January 2012 (event number 77).
The male record is held by Nicholas TORRY who recorded a time of 15:26 on 1st July 2017 (event number 344).
The Age Grade course record is held by Lucas SOPER who recorded 98.02% (20:10) on 5th October 2019 (event number 455).

Crystal Palace parkrun started on 29th May 2010. Since then 11,621 participants have completed 83,035 parkruns covering a total distance of 415,175 km, including 13,610 new Personal Bests. A total of 633 individuals have volunteered 5,523 times.

 

Bob has a rant

Greetings it is I with the crayon this week as Michele, who very kindly washed and dried all the hi viz jackets after last weeks downpour is away on family stuff

Luckily the rain from the night before had gone and the next lot only arrived after we had packed up and some of our volunteers had headed off to various cross country runs.

389 of you turned up this week which was 140 more than decided that parkrun was more important than the rugby or staying dry was last week.

Observant readers will have noticed that parkrun HQ has changed the format of the results. I haven’t quite grasped all the intricacies’ of the new system so apologies but looks like Coach Carol gave 17 new comers and 5 tourists a first time briefing to. Welcome and I hope you enjoyed the Crystal Palace experience.

I had the dubious honour of wearing the white and black Run Director vest and, conscious that the sun wasn’t yet putting in an appearance, hopefully got proceeding underway pretty quickly.

I did run over a few parkrun rules including showing courtesy to other park users and if wearing headphones then keep the volume down. Last week I was impeded (if you could call injury invoked hobbling being impeded) by a lady who was oblivious to any runners around her because her earphones were blocking out anything. It resulted in me having to step into a large puddle to avoid a sudden change in her direction, which my trainers took two days to recover from.

As runners came down the funnel, despite me having a pretty loud voice several people clearly couldn’t hear any instructions as, yes you’ve guessed it, their headphones were blocking out anything but Black Sabbath at full volume. So again please, please, please if you wear headphones then keep the volume down.

Secondly I was confronted by a lady wearing the largest headphones going, going nuts as she felt that, as a lone jogger, she had been terrorised by all the runners coming at her. We had a more reasonable discussion once she had taken her headphones off and she no longer needed to shout. I said that we always asked runners to respect other park users and offered her a free place next week. She didn’t seem that keen which was a shame but her loss. Hopefully she’ll see the parkrun light, take her headphones off and join us, thereby ensuring she isn’t run over again. We live in hope.

Apologies and rant over but at least I’ve got Palace losing to Chelsea off my chest. Maybe listening to Leonard Cohen whilst writing this is a mistake too.

So back to events of the day.

The runner with no name/ barcode (Jake) was first home by a significant margin. He was followed by Che Compton who, considering he ran New York in 2:46 last week wasn’t showing much sign of jet lag, or if he was he was hiding it well. Lisa Rabnal was the fastest lady accompanied, on a short lead, by Raffa. She was also second in the age gradings by achieving 77.44%. Top slot in this went to Roger Beadsworth on 82.12%.

Of the milestones Eliot Woolf collected a red T shirt, Meredith Phillips got a black and I note that Neville Henry, who often runs at CP is now on 402. He may have celebrated a couple of weeks ago when many of us were doing Beachy Head Marathon, but if not well done on such an auspicious number. A blue T shirt is now only 98 runs away.

You were all very gracious in your applause for this weeks volunteers and a second one for last weeks volunteers who endured such appalling conditions they deserved a second shoutout. There are plenty of opportunities going so don’t be shy but contact George our volunteer coordinator through the links on the home page or Face Book. We really do rely on a good flow of volunteers to keep the run going.

Finally again apologies for ranting but parkrun has very few rules so they should be easy for us to follow

Show courtesy to other park users and fellow runners.

Children under 11 must run with a responsible adult

Dogs on a short leash

Headphones kept at a low volume

Stay in order after finishing

No funnel ducking but take a token even if you put it straight in the bucket

No printed bar code no position

Simples.

Have a great week

Crystal Palace parkrun
Event number 460
9th November 2019
This week 389 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 39 were first timers and 54 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 36 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 22 volunteers:

Karen SHONE • Joanna PATERSON • Susannah SIMPSON • Bob BELL • Carol HAYES • Yvette DORE • George WILLIAMS • Barry GRAHAM • Sidney Ansell MCINTOSH • Chris BALMER • Stuart FRANKLIN • Rachel LYNN • Belinda COTTRILL • Piers BROMLEY • Julie LETTS • Fiona VICKERS • Suzi DALEY • Sue CORCORAN • Fred HAYES • Murat AGUS • Efa PARRY • Thomas BRIGGS

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

The female record is held by Justina HESLOP who recorded a time of 17:23 on 14th January 2012 (event number 77).
The male record is held by Nicholas TORRY who recorded a time of 15:26 on 1st July 2017 (event number 344).
The Age Grade course record is held by Lucas SOPER who recorded 98.02% (20:10) on 5th October 2019 (event number 455).

Crystal Palace parkrun started on 29th May 2010. Since then 11,561 participants have completed 82,633 parkruns covering a total distance of 413,165 km, including 13,563 new Personal Bests. A total of 631 individuals have volunteered 5,502 times.

 

A biblical parkrun

Well, now that I have dried out and removed bits of tree from my hair and more importantly can retrieve notes from my phone (apparently Samsung phones can be used in water but beware using them in rain as that seems to make them waterlogged!) I can write the run report. On Saturday I was RD so arrived early enough to agree putting up tape to mark out the finish funnel might be a bit of a risk as the gale that was due to descend on us was just starting. NOTHING however had prepared me for the torrential downpour that started just after we set off. In eight years of coming along to parkrun I have never experienced weather like we had on Saturday. More importantly, people who regularly come to parkrun regardless of weather (in my earlier days a hint of rain was enough to make me snuggle down under the duvet) said they had never experienced anything like it either.

Anyway, neither the rugby nor the weather deterred 248 of you lacing up your trainers and setting off on our two and a half lap course so huge respect to all of you. Particular respect goes to Dorothy Gwillim, Zoe Jones, Neve Doro, Kirk Reynolds, Leon Mitcheson, Michael Foo, Joel Mulimba and Tim King who chose last Saturday to do their first ever parkrun. Welcome to the cult! I met Kirk just before we set off, bright eyed, bushy tailed and really excited about his first parkrun. I smiled inwardly thinking he wouldn't be like that at the end but he would have a sense of chanievemtn. How wrong I was: Kirk bounded over the finish line with a huge grin on his face saying how much he'd loved it! Well done Kirk and looking froward to seeing you again soon. I'm going to make a punt and say Joel Mulimba might be Azkia and Caeden's dad as they usually run with mum Ashlee and she wasn't there on Saturday. She chose a great day to miss parkrun! Tim King was another newbie, having never done a parkrun before it was particularly good to see tim as I'd met him I the night before in the pub and was wondering if he would actually turn up! Finally, Dickie Halliday is listed as a first timer but I happen to know Dickie did his first parkrun on 5th October and because of a technical glitch got listed as an unknown runner so welcome back Dickie. :)

Now to unknown runners. Jake Simmonds and Ronnie Kadibu were our first finishers, both running without their barcodes so they don't get an official time. So I am going to note Adrian Lobb as first finisher! He came in after Jake and Ronnie and was still under 19 minutes: that really is obscenely fast and hardly worth getting out of bed for in my opinion. We had another 36 runners listed as unknown and apologies to those of you who did get scanned but somehow didn't end up on the list. We tried really hard with the scanning but by the end of the morning had one working scanner. I must say a massive thanks to the volunteers particularly Unity, Thomas and Efa who are all doing their Duke of Edinburgh awards and who stood in that horrible weather helping scan and generally being wonderful. As ever, we can only put on parkrun with the help of volunteers so do put your name down sometime either by posting on our facebook page, emailing the office and sending us an IM. One unknown parkrunner was Michael Mcintyre who came along, offered to volunteer and agreed to tailwalk, in his jeans, in a storm and then, at the end said he didn't have his barcode. What a star!

Some people ran their fastest ever parkrun on Saturday. I was really pleased to see George Stephenson ran his fastest ever with an incredible time of 20:17 although he was a little disappointed as he's aiming for sub 20! Jack Davidson ran his 250th parkrun on Saturday, it was his 75th in our lovely park. Well done Jack.

Being the first Saturday of the month we had pacers from Crystal Palace Fun Runners so a huge thanks to them for trying to run at a steady pace in such conditions. Lin Skinner should have been pacing but she really wanted to watch the rugby so did the route at 08:00 in 20:04! Well done Lin.

Next week's RD is Bob Bell so do step up to volunteer. Bon has apparently sorted much better weather for next week!

See you all soon.
Michele #loveparkrun

Crystal Palace parkrun
Event number 459
2nd November 2019
This week 248 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 36 were first timers and 20 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 23 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 25 volunteers:

Susannah SIMPSON • Carol HAYES • Tom WILSON • George WILLIAMS • Barry GRAHAM • Michele GOLDEN • Richard HARRISON • Chris DYKE • Sidney Ansell MCINTOSH • Jessica RANSOM • Chris BALMER • Unity KINGSTON • Mylene ELLIOTT • Suzi DALEY • Clare DAVIS • Sue CORCORAN • Michael MCINTYRE • Lyndsey MORLEY • Fred HAYES • Chiara PETRONE • Claudia RIOS • Murat AGUS • Pat GRIFFIN • Efa PARRY • Thomas BRIGGS

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

The female record is held by Justina HESLOP who recorded a time of 17:23 on 14th January 2012 (event number 77).
The male record is held by Nicholas TORRY who recorded a time of 15:26 on 1st July 2017 (event number 344).
The Age Grade course record is held by Lucas SOPER who recorded 98.02% (20:10) on 5th October 2019 (event number 455).

Crystal Palace parkrun started on 29th May 2010. Since then 11,522 participants have completed 82,244 parkruns covering a total distance of 411,220 km, including 13,509 new Personal Bests. A total of 631 individuals have volunteered 5,480 times.

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