Azure Malta is always looking for talented people to join its expanding team and to help the growing company maintain its leading position in the hospitality industry. The latest addition to date is Ionut “Johnny” Constantinescu, Social Media Executive. Ionut is originally from Romania. He has extensive experience in working within an international environment, gained during his former employment where he worked actively with over 20 countries in Central and Eastern Europe on social media strategy and analysis. Ionut is always looking for new challenges, the most recent one being relocating to Malta and starting a new period of his life on this Mediterranean island.
Apart from being very enthusiastic about social media, Ionut is also very passionate about all sorts of sports. He actively played football from the age of 8 to 16, and he is also a badminton and volleyball player. We shouldn’t forget running, which is one of his great passions too. So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that he decided to join an event such as the SkyRun, which entailed running up the stairs of the tallest building in Romania.
The SkyRun challenge includes 34 floors, 680 steps and a 119-metre ascent! All the funds raised during this event were used to sponsor several charities in Romania. Ionut placed 75 out of 600, completing this run in less than 5 minutes!
Ionut is also a movie enthusiast and an avid reader. He loves sci-fi and fantasy – especially J.R.R. Tolkien’s books, and when time permits he likes to play video games with his friends.
Was it your idea to join the SkyRun?
Yes. But I was motivated by some of my friends, who were supporters of the cause, to raise money for a special hospital for palliative treatment.
Did you train for it?
You have to. Running upwards is very different and even more difficult than regular running. Also, you burn a lot more energy in a shorter time. Your legs and knees are under a whole lot of pressure so you need the practice to avoid muscle cramps. When I was in Bucharest I lived in a 10-storey block, so the weeks before the competition I used to run up and down the stairs, scaring my neighbours.
How did you feel after finishing the run?
Breathless. I didn’t say exhausted because you are not actually tired, just breathless. It’s like the feeling you get when you try to run very, very fast for as long as you possibly can.
Would you do it again?
Yes of course! Just to see if I can beat my own time.
What’s your next challenge?
I haven’t yet finished a whole marathon so that would be it. I’ve heard you have some beautiful marathons here in Malta, so it would be amazing if I could finish my first full one here!
Thank you Ionut, and good luck with your first marathon around the island of Malta!