Santa Run 2017

They cancelled the official version, so we made our own!

Santa Run 2017

The festive season did not begin well at NOW Consulting.  They cancelled the Santa run....

Disaster had struck and Santa hadn't even left his grotto.  

The Santa Run is an annual WhereScape/NOW Consulting tradition so we were not going to let minor details like event cancelations stop the fun.  Having had some experience running the Santa Run I decided I was more than capable of creating my own course and taking a few NOW Consulting and WhereScape people with me out for a merry jog the week before Christmas.  

The rules:

  • All participants must wear a red or white top (you'll notice some NOW people in their old WhereScape for this one)
  • All participants must wear a Santa hat or something similarly festive
  • All participants must say Merry Christmas to a passerby at least every 200m

The route (runners):

  • Starting at the WhereScape/NOW offices on Tapora Street near the Spark Arena
  • to Degree Gastrobar for a flyby through the restaurant to wave to our founder Mike Whitehead
  • to silo park
  • up Curran Street to Three Lamps
  • along Ponsonby Road
  • down Symonds Street
  • end with a drink at Brew on Quay

The route (walkers):

  • Starting at the WhereScape/NOW offices on Tapora Street near the Spark Arena
  • to Degree Gastrobar for a flyby through the restaurant to wave to our founder Mike Whitehead
  • to silo park
  • back to Brew on Quay to wait of for the others while nursing a cleansing ale or gin & tonic to support local businesses

What really happened

Well, not a lot of what I mentioned above, unless you're a walker.  Things started well with our flyby through Degree being met with cheers, waves and smiles from the staff and guests.  On the run there along Quay Street many of the passing crowd responded in kind to our Christmas cheer which was exactly what we were hoping for.

It was on reaching the Viaduct that two things happened.  Firstly, we began to appreciate why the Santa Run is normally held in the evening after work and not during lunchtime in the scorching heat of the midday sun. Secondly, the pedestrian bridge to the Wynyard Quarter went up.  The walkers waited for the bridge to come down.  The runners took the opportunity to amend the route to avoid bridge delays (shortening the route had nothing to do with it of course).  

The new route was Franklin Road so off we ran with a ho ho ho, so so slow.  But run we did, at least as far as half way up Franklin where some huffing, puffing and then walking may have been involved.  From there we sauntered on to Ponsonby Road, connecting back with the original route.  The rest was uneventful and easy, largely as it was flat or downhill and there were no more bascule bridges.

Of course by the time we arrived back at Brew on Quay to meet our comrades in arms, or elves as I like to call them, they had had their drink and were ready to head back to the office.  In the spirit on Christmas cheer, the walkers stayed for another drink (there arms didn't need much twisting) and we all toasted to a Merry Christmas, everyone.

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