A 260km (161 miles) non-stop, fundraising run from the Lisbon coast to the Algarve, by staff from Onyria Golf Resorts, has proved so popular that organisers plan on turning it into an annual event.
The ‘Onyria Running Challenge’ was conceived by staff at the award-winning Onyria Marinha Edition Hotel & Thalasso, in Cascais, after a popular colleague was diagnosed with acute myeloblastic leukemia.
Together with their colleagues at adjacent sister property Hotel Quinta da Marinha Resort, they decided to run, non-stop, to the world-renowned Onyria Palmares Beach & Golf Resort, in Lagos, on the Algarve, with runners taking on individual legs of 10, 20 or 30km depending on their running abilities.
They achieved their aim inside 30 hours, when António Pinto Coelho, 34, sales and marketing director at Onyria Golf Resorts, crossed the threshold of Onyria Palmares Beach & Golf Resort.
His brother, João, sales director for the family-owned Onyria Golf Resorts, said: “It was a fabulous achievement by the whole team, which comprised 24 members of staff, who all wished to do something to help our friend and colleague, 22-year-old Rafael, who is a bell boy at Onyria Marinha Edition Hotel & Thalasso.
“It was hard work because none of the stages were straightforward, particularly as it was quite hot during the daytime. But, at the end of it all, we all agreed that it was great fun and that we hope to do it again.
“We felt that the unique nature of our event – employees running between two sister properties 260km apart – would help draw attention to the disease, further illustrate the important role of the Portuguese Association Against Leukemia (APCL) and to help raise money towards vital research.
“We hope we have helped in some small way and we’re now looking to making the ‘Onyria Running Challenge’ an annual event.”