Niall’s Croí Cycle to show thanks for support his parent’s received

Niall Folan and his wife Catriona are living in Knocknacarra, Galway, with their 7 month old daughter, Roisin. On Sunday, July 11th, Niall took on the challenge and cycled an incredible 110km at the 27th Annual Croí Corrib Cycle in Connemara in aid of Croí!

When Niall saw the Croí Corrib Cycle advertised on Facebook, he instantly recognised Croí as both his parents are living with heart disease and have attended some of Croí’s lifestyle courses and exercise classes. His father, Enda, is living with diabetes and has had stents in his heart. In addition to using Croí’s services, Enda has worked with the National Institute for Preventive Cardiology (NIPC), providing patient information and interviews about living with diabetes.

Niall enjoys his lunch after a long 110km cycle

Niall comes from a family of rowers and he says that they have a ‘get going’ and competitive mentality. His brother, Cormac, competed in rowing at the 2008 Olympics! Back in September, Niall says, “I got a stark warning from my doctor, and my wife who is a doctor, that I needed to make some lifestyle changes. I was eating a lot of rubbish and it was all down to laziness. I was aware of the heart history in my family as well as high blood pressure and diabetes. I began my journey in losing weight and improving my overall health.”

Niall is new to cycling, having got a new bike in March and began pushing himself to reach his goals. He always enjoyed cycling, be it individually or with his brothers, but when he saw the Croí Corrib Cycle coming up, he decided to set himself a goal to complete the 110km route and his first-ever Croí Corrib Cycle. He is extremely happy he did the cycle, and did better than he expected! This was his first big outing with a cycling crew and he loved being able to join groups on the road, as well as cycling on his own at some parts. Niall’s friends and family were also a great support, helping him go beyond his fundraising target and raising over €800 for Croí!

Niall really enjoyed the 27th Annual Croí Corrib Cycle and says, “It was a brilliant event and so well-organised. It’s definitely worth doing, especially when you know it’s for a good cause and Croí is helping so many people.”

Thank you again to everyone who participated in the Croí Corrib Cycle on Sunday, July 11th. To view our photos from the day, check out our Facebook photo album here.

Galway Night Run: Race The Prom In Aid Of Croí

Galway Night Run: Everyone welcome to race the Prom, in aid of Croí

Terry Small from Castlegar, Galway, is busy training for his second Croí Night Run, having completed his first 5km Night Run last year. “I really enjoyed it! I jogged half the distance and then walked the rest. I hadn’t won a medal in years… I love showing it off,” says Small.

Terry was referred to Croí, the Heart & Stroke Charity, in 2017 after having a stent inserted following a heart attack. He started with Croí’s Active Heart Cardiac Rehab programme and now continues to attend Croí’s exercise programmes every Tuesday. “I wasn’t doing much exercise before, but now I am as fit as I can be,” says Small.

The Annual Galway Night Run in aid of Croí is one of the charity’s biggest fundraising events and it caters for all ages and abilities (competitive runners, family walkers, beginner joggers, etc.). Join Terry and his two daughters for the Night Run on Friday, October 11 at 8pm on the Salthill Prom. This year promises to be even bigger and better to celebrate the 5th anniversary, with music and entertainment at the start and finish line. The run will be chipped timed and everyone will receive a medal!

Thanks to the support of our sponsor Evergreen Healthfoods and media partner iRadio, 100% of the proceeds go directly to supporting Croí services and supports in the community. This includes heart and stroke prevention and recovery programmes, education and training programmes, and supporting the Courtyard Apartments at Croí House which offer free accommodation and support for the relatives of those receiving heart or stroke care at Galway University Hospitals.

Regular entry is €35, with discounted entry for students, youth and over 65s. Under 12s are welcome for free, but strictly must be under the supervision of an adult. Registration is open at www.croi.ie/nightrun. Join us and help Croí continue to lead the fight against heart disease and stroke in the West of Ireland.