In a two part challenge, teams from each of the 35 nationwide based hotels competed in the ghl Mini Iron Man and Radical Hosting Gauntlet Challenge. Participants in the latter were asked to re-wire and reassemble a table lamp, make a single bed and pour and serve a gin and tonic, all to the Thistle brand standards.
Megan is a member of the house keeping team at the city centre Caledonian by Thistle. She narrowly missed out on a podium place in the Gin and Tonic Challenge, finishing fifth, and says there was only one way for her to celebrate her victory.
She says, “I toasted my win in the bed-making challenge with a gin and tonic of course. The event was great, I’ve learnt a lot, and it was good to see that every Thistle hotel in the UK is working towards the same high standards. And it’s not every day that you’re named the best bed maker in the country.” Each hotel entered a team of three in the glh Mini Iron Man Challenge, with competitors facing a 50 metre open water swim, a 5 kilometre stationary cycle and an 800 metre run. The event was held in London, using some venues which hosted events during the 2012 Olympics.
Two of Thistle’s Aberdeen hotels made the podium in the sporting challenge, with Audrey Fabourg from Altens finishing third in the swim and Pedro Diez from the Caledonian finishing second in the run.
The Mini Iron Man competition provided a fitting warm-up for Thistle’s Lite@Nite nationwide relay which is now underway. The challenge, which raises money for children’s charities, involves a baton being passed between all of Thistle hotels in the UK by running, swimming and cycling.
Alison Christie, general manager of Thistle Aberdeen Airport, believes the company-wide colleague participation event is a fantastic way to motivate staff.
She says, “We are always striving for best practise and the Radical Hosting Gauntlet and the Mini Iron Man competition helps to show how important these standards are to us, and why it is so important that our staff continue to challenge themselves, which will ultimately provide a better experience for our guests.
“The health and fitness of our staff is really important to us, so to encourage them to take part in this Mini Iron Man event in such a fun environment is brilliant, and it has encouraged more staff to take part in our Lite@Nite event, which will raise a significant amount of money for charity.”
Thistle has three hotels in Aberdeen – The Caledonian, Aberdeen Airport and Aberdeen Altens. There are 446 bedrooms across the three venues, and each has conferencing and banqueting facilities. Aberdeen Altens also has an on-site leisure club and spa.