7 Aug

Running Hotels

Ewing Stewart, General Manager of Thistle Glasgow, and his son Kieran Stewart, aged 8, training ahead of Lite@Nite.

When people talk about a hotel being 'well run' they're not usually referring to the staff's athletic ability, but this month Thistle Hotels across Scotland will change that by participating in a 1,400-mile fundraising relay from Inverness to London as part of its Lite@Nite charity campaign. The relay will see staff members run, swim and cycle to various Thistle hotels in the UK from Sunday 18-23 August, raising money for five leading children's charities.

The Scottish section of the relay involves staff from Thistle Inverness, Thistle Aberdeen Airport, Thistle Aberdeen Altens, Thistle Aberdeen the Caledonian, Thistle Glasgow and Thistle Edinburgh The King James. It will kick off with a swim across Loch Ness before calling at the Thistle Inverness. The relay will take 28 days, with the longest leg 136 miles between the Thistle Aberdeen Altens and the Thistle Glasgow. The Lite@Nite relay will end in central London on Saturday 14 September after visiting several hotels in the Big Smoke. The teams from the six Scottish Thistle hotels will run, cycle or swim for around three hundred miles and will carry the baton across the border on to the English leg of the relay.

Leading the last leg of the challenge is Mike DeNoma, CEO of Thistle parent company, glh. The 1,400 mile relay will culminate on the same finish line as the athletes competing in the World Triathlon Championships in Hyde Park.

Mike spoke about the relay: "We are thrilled to bring together so many of our people in a sporting challenge of nationwide proportions. Teams throughout our network of hotels are motivated, in training and enjoying fundraising for such a fantastic cause. I am proud to be part of this effort."

For more information, visit the Lite@Nite website.