Congratulations to everyone who took part in the inaugural OS Runners Christmas treasure run. Nine teams with 30 runners set off to hunt down Christmas goodies and trophies hidden on a 7k route, take selfies and film a team singalong. Fun was in the air and even residents and dog walkers joined in. Fancy dress was encouraged and yes a map was involved, each team had to find the answers to ten festive clues and on a few occasions, take photographic evidence.
However, before the fun began OS elves worked their magic, pulling together all the elements to make the event sparkle and fizz. Their day started early in the morning before starting work, whizzing around the route on foot or bike, hiding the goodies and trophies under, over and behind a bush, up a tree, hanging precariously over a river and even near a manger! (Four Horseshoes BBQ hutJ).
Then 12:15 after a snapshot of each team the runners were let loose one team after the other. Like Turkeys let out for the day they ran this way and that and hunted down the goodies. On occasion, several teams arrived at the same location only to be clueless whilst others gleefully found the answer or trophy and scurried away. The organisers, sorry OS elves had anticipated the first team back in 35 minutes but with no show, they started to wonder, were the clues to hard, were the goodies findable. Then one by one after 50 minutes the teams returned with big smiles and laughter. They had their carrot, biscuit, chocolate, bauble and happy snaps, plus the surprise of the finding a final clue in the woods – the Green Man.
The event was a terrific success with OS club runners and non-runners joining in, topped with bubbly to celebrate at the end. Prizes were award for overall score (Team – The naughty list, we don’t know where we’re going), best video (The Christmas Puddings) and fancy dress (Bubble, Squeaks & Stuffing). A BIG thanks to the OS elves for the planning before and making the day special.
by Den Alexander
A little feedback and thoughts from those that took part:
Neil (Team – The Christmas Puddings) – Great fun. Very enjoyable working as a team to find the hidden objects and trying to solve the clues. Our rendition of the 12 days of Christmas needed more work!!! Running in a full Father Christmas outfit I thought would be fun, didn’t realise how hot it would be and the trousers were too big so needed to hang on both sides which formulated in a new running style!!!
Amanda (Team – The Christmas Puddings) – Not sure if anyone else was involved with the organisation of the Treasure Hunt run but just wanted to say thanks for making me feel so welcome, it was really good fun and hopefully I can find time to participate in more of the OS running activities.
Julie (Team –Bubble, Squeaks and Stuffing) – I was keen to do the OS Runners Treasure Hunt following the fun I had on the Halloween run. As one of the slower runners in the club I knew there was no chance of winning the race so decided to put some effort into the fancy-dress competition. Liz, Dennis and I came up with the theme of the Emergency Services for a few reasons. One, while others are enjoying Christmas those amazing people are still saving lives, two, OS works in conjunction with Emergency Services through Resilience Direct, and three, it was less obvious! We were a Doctor, Nurse and Fireman…well, Firewoman.
The race itself was a lot of fun – scrabbling around to find the hidden objects, running through mud, taking pictures at specific locations – including with the random Green Man! We even had passing motorists give us the thumbs up and pedestrians cheering us on, fortunately not while we were making a mess of singing the 12 days of Christmas. There were some really funny moments!
When all the runners were back, they announced the prizes – and we were really chuffed to have won!… the fancy dress YAY! Big thanks go out to those who did the organising – Baz, Viv Naomi, Richard – and anyone else involved. It was a huge amount of fun and made us all feel very festive. As did the Bucks Fizz. Cheers!
ROB – A big thank you for organising and helping run yesterday’s Christmas run! I loved the various cryptic clues, challenges and musical woodland surprise! You definitely went all out with the organisation! Impressive.