Belfast Telegraph

Tughans team takes off for Grant Thornton Runway Run

With just over a month to go until June 23’s much anticipated Grant Thornton Runway Run at George Best Belfast City Airport, Christine Adams, director of marketing and business development at law firm Tughans, explains how the event ties in with the company’s overall corporate responsibility strategy

The Grant Thornton Runway Run is a unique opportunity for local businesses to “sweatwork” with colleagues and peers whilst raising money for local charities.

The atmosphere last year was incredible and, of course, the friendly rivalry made it slightly different to any other networking event.

This is the second year Tughans has entered teams and we’re delighted to be raising money not only for the Mary Peters Trust as the official charity partner but also for Action Cancer, our own charity of the year.

As a large corporate law firm our employees tend to work longer hours and it can be a pressured environment, so as an employer Tughans actively promotes events such as the Grant Thornton Runway Run which encourage an active and healthy lifestyle. 

Throughout the rest of the year, the firm takes part in a number of charitable events raising money for our charity of the year amongst others such as the Mark Pollock Trust.

Whilst we do try and aim for healthy living events, our charity bake sales always go down well, raising hundreds of pounds, so we need a way to burn off the extra calories.

For our own benefit as an employer, we have found that taking part in events such as the Grant Thornton Runway Run is great not just for networking with other professionals but also for developing relationships within our own team.

With 130 staff across five floors, these type of events allow us to build friendships with colleagues we perhaps wouldn’t normally work with day-to-day.

Generally, this creates a positive working environment which in turn helps the firm retain staff as they build friendships and enjoy their work. 

There is already a degree of rivalry building between the Tughans’ teams taking part in the Runway Run, all good natured of course. It has also been a topic of conversation amongst our clients, many of whom are very excited to get involved after the phenomenal success of last year’s event.

There really is no event like this for businesses in Northern Ireland and we will be making the absolute most of it.

Many local business-people will frequent Belfast City Airport and believe me, standing on the runway last year with 500 people at 11pm under the glow of the airport and city lights, was amazing.

The adrenaline was unbelievable and I would actively encourage local businesses to get a team of four — all male, all female or mixed — together and register today.

To register for the 2016 Grant Thornton Run, please visit:

Updates for the Grant Thornton Runway Run, which will take place at 11pm on June 23, can be found on Twitter by following @Grant

ThorntonNI or using the official event hashtag: #GTRunwayRun

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