Fun’s the key for first-timers

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

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 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.

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