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Name: Josh Ord-Hume
Date registered: April 28, 2011

Latest posts

  1. How far can you push the average human body (and mind)? — January 29, 2018
  2. … for Unsung Heroines — November 11, 2017
  3. Sierra Leone Marathon – May 2017 — June 11, 2017
  4. 2017 Virgin London Marathon — April 20, 2017
  5. Societies and Volunteers Day – Saturday, 29 April 2017 — April 20, 2017

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Jan 29 2018

How far can you push the average human body (and mind)?

I am more than moderately grateful to the ten or so club members who have signed up for this Sunday’s Craft Half – Street Child’s first UK-based race. However, a frivolous cavort around Wimbledon Common is as nothing when compared with the favour that I now need to ask of club members. The demands made …

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Nov 11 2017

… for Unsung Heroines

By the time the last runners had schlepped and shuffled their way across the finish line at last month’s Putney half marathon, a consensus had been reached on one key issue: Self-Styled Grumpy Old Woman Denise Bates had just run the worst race of her entire running career. But as the abandoned bananas were being …

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Jun 11 2017

Sierra Leone Marathon – May 2017

Even at 4 AM at the start of the rainy season, the air that hangs in the sky above Makeni feels as though it has come from a blast furnace and then been wrapped up in damp sheep’s wool. The impassioned, fretful speech delivered by the twelve-year-old chief medical operative in the sweaty dark fifteen …

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Apr 20 2017

2017 Virgin London Marathon

The years go by… and it becomes increasingly hard to persuade club members that the Barn Elms athletics track is anything other than a miserable place to be on a Thursday evening between early January and mid-April. If actually locating it – nestling menacingly in a sombre crevasse between the river and the mysterious fish …

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Apr 20 2017

Societies and Volunteers Day – Saturday, 29 April 2017

Traditionally, Societies and Volunteers Day is when club members volunteer to rub shoulders (and titanium replacement hips) with local dignitaries and the various movers and – to a lesser extent – shakers who make up Barnes society. The event takes place at the Old Sorting Office (29 metres due south of Barnes Pond) and serves …

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Apr 12 2017

Interval Training – Thursday, 13 April 2017

This Thursday’s interval training session is the last one before we revert to gleeful, unstructured leisure running. Handcrafted in Louisville (Kentucky) by underpaid baggage handlers, it has primarily been designed to showcase United Airlines’ commitment to delivering a “customer-centric” service, while “buying wholeheartedly into the customer narrative”. It will also enable club members to burn …

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Apr 05 2017

Notice of Extraordinary General Meeting

Notice of Extraordinary General Meeting Sam Allpass – who has served as chairman since June 2016 – is standing down with (more or less) immediate effect. There will therefore be an Extraordinary General Meeting on Tuesday 18 April at 8:30 PM in Rose House. Any club member who wishes to put his or her name …

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Apr 05 2017

Interval Training – Thursday 5 April 2017

This week’s interval training session serves as a notional performance barometer for club members competing in spring marathons. While being mindful of illusory correlations and avoiding the temptation to perceive relationships between variables even when no such relationships exist, you are invited to undertake a series of 8 (eight) repetitions, each consisting of 2 (two) …

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Mar 30 2017

Interval Training – Thursday, 30 March 2017

If you are baffled by the relevance of sentences such as “taking back our sovereignty” and “controlling our borders” in a sophisticated 21st-century post-post modern globalised world, then this Thursday’s track session is very much for you. In addition to improving the alkaline reserves of our muscles and conditioning them to work in the presence …

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Mar 24 2017

Matters arising (of some importance)

When Barnes Runners was first affiliated to England Athletics (nearly 4 years ago), we had a long discussion about how our subscription model should be structured. It was decided that we should not force members to affiliate: rather, they should be free to decide whether or not they wished to pay the additional cost… the …

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