Fun’s the key for first-timers
The emphasis of the run may be ‘‘fun’’, but it won’t stop the lads from Splice Group employing GPS tracking at the Porirua Grand Traverse this Sunday.
The Mana-based IT company has four entrants in the fun run section of the event, the first time any of them have participated.
The 7km trek, which will see runners afforded incredible views as they start at the Titahi Bay surf club, traverse Whitireia Park, before heading back to Whitireia Community Polytechnic, will likely see the most entrants on the big day.
A duathlon, mountain run and the gut-busting main event will test those with higher ambitions and fitness levels.
Splice Group director Ewen Church says his team is encouraged to stay fit, the company paying for memberships to the local squash club, and entering the Porirua Grand Traverse is a good way for them to bond outside work.
‘‘We want to support local events where we can and this is a chance for us to engage with the community that we work in.
‘‘ We’re all interested in outdoor pursuits, but none of us have done the Grand Traverse before, so it’s good we do this as a group.’’
Mr Church is a keen cyclist in his spare time and he has every confidence his colleagues will complete Sunday’s fun run in good time.
‘‘There is talk of us each wearing GPS units, so we can see who was at different stages of the course in different times.
‘‘We might be competitive but it’s more just a bit of fun, really.’’
See pgt.org.nz for details and to register.
Take your mark: Splice Group employees, from left, Ewen Church, Andre Post, Leigh Hunt and Richard Redman, will take their places at the start line of the Porirua Grand Traverse fun run on Sunday.