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Membership Matters Membership Director Carla McKenzie highlights the more positive aspects of the TRF’s charitable activities WeLCoMe To THe spring report from the membership team. I am delighted to report that the hard work of TRF volunteers has seen our growth continue. We are now a fellowship of 5,422 members. The UK population of trail riders is estimated as steady at 10,000 regular riders, so we represent the majority voice. In addition there are plenty of riders still to be recruited to our ranks! Growth over 5% was seen in the following groups:  South West Wales  peak District  oxfordshire  Mid-Wales Thank you to all those members who have encouraged riders to join our ranks. With growth come new challenges and the need for volunteers to share an increased workload. a special welcome to Matt and Reece, whose extraordinary overland journey, as Seen From a Sidecar can be found on their Facebook blog. We look forward to seeing you out on the Trail. My own story of volunteering for the TRF began back in 2015. at the age of 50, I found myself volunteering to raise funds for Bike Tours For The Wounded. Having been wedded to the tarmac since my earliest motorcycling years, I rashly agreed to ride from John o’Groats to Land’s end on trails – how hard could it be? Six months later, having broken 12 bikes, endured 28 crashes and lost two and a half stone, thanks to the support, training and guidance of the Wiltshire TRF members, I was just about ready for this slightly eccentric challenge. I left John o’Groats with a team of intrepid TRF volunteers who had kindly agreed to

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‘shepherd’ me along our meandering 1800mile route. Throughout the country, members of the fellowship supported the challenge, turning out to guide, repair and share knowledge and local hospitality. I arrived with the team at Land’s end 18 days later, with the challenge complete. at 50 I thought I had life ‘nailed’, but by the age of 51 I had discovered that by becoming just a little bit vulnerable my life had been greatly enriched. I will always be grateful to the TRF members who helped me achieve that ‘JoGLe’ challenge. The whole saga can be found here: www.jogler.wordpress.com Two years later, with the support of the membership, I find that I am in a position to give back by volunteering. Life as a volunteer in the TRF is always busy. The organisation is fortunate to have many members who are passionate about preserving and riding trails. our members are committed, questioning and keep me on my toes! In return, volunteering is rewarding and contributing to the common purpose does make a difference. Thank you to all the groups who have promptly filed their group returns. our appreciation for their hard work goes to the retiring group officers and a warm welcome to those who have picked up the volunteer baton. In this edition of Trail you will find a new initiative, our volunteer ‘Situations Vacant’ page. please consider giving back to our organisation. Whether you can volunteer on a national or local level, your support and help would be greatly appreciated. our first national raffle is now underway. a huge thank you to the VMCC who have been managing the sale of tickets. Raffle tickets can be bought online at www.trf.org.uk/raffle/ Thank you to: Dalton White Motorcycle Solicitors for donating a brand new Kawasaki KLX 250, Yamaha

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