Anthony O’Brien Memorial “Virtual” Race Day

31st July 2020 4:50 pm - 6:00 pm Virtual Event
Anthony O’Brien Memorial “Virtual” Race Day

Anthony O’Brien Memorial “Virtual” Galway Race Day, in aid of Croí

*Winners announced! Thank you to everyone who participated*

  • 1st place: Donal Curtin (Limerick) with 60.08
  • 2nd place: Stephen Rice (Dublin) with  24.16
  • 3rd place: Kevin O’Brien (Athlone) with 23.16

In April of 2015 the sudden passing of Anthony O’Brien left his family, friends, colleagues and the community of Athlone heartbroken.  Since his passing, Anthony’s family and friends have been committed to honouring his memory by raising funds for the Anthony O’Brien Memorial Fund at Croí, Heart & Stroke Charity. A year after his passing, Anthony’s family, friends and colleagues at Corrib Oil organised The Anthony O’Brien Memorial Cycle from Athlone to Galway, raising over €95,000 for Croí. Anthony’s family and friends have also supported the Croí Race Day at the Galway Races each year by gathering in his memory and raising much needed funds for Croí. Due to the current crisis, the Croí Race Day has been cancelled but we have decided to organise a “virtual” event on Friday, 31 July in Anthony’s memory to raise funds for those suffering from heart disease & stroke.

Please take part in our Galway Race Day event and help raise vital funds for Croí, plus be in with a chance to win one of three great prizes!

Race event: Friday, July 31st, Galway Summer Racing Festival. Your chance to pick the winners across the full race card, where the first race commences at 4:50pm.


How to take part:

  1. Simply make a donation of €50 through the entry form below
  2. Select one horse per race (8 races in total) from the dropdown form below (which will appear when you start to complete the entry form)
  3. You must enter before 3:30pm on Friday, July 31
  4. Once you have picked 8 horses, just sit back and watch the races!
  5. Competition winners will be announced before end of day Tuesday, Aug 4th, on the Croí website


Prizes to be won:

1st Prize: The Lodge at Ashford Castle Overnight stay for 2 with Breakfast in a Courtyard Deluxe Room

2nd Prize: Bed & Breakfast for two at the Eccles Hotel & Spa, Glengarrif, Cork

3rd Prize: 3 Course Dinner for two at Shearwater Hotel, Ballinasloe


How does it work?

For each race, you will gain points if your horse finishes in the top three. The greater the price (odds), the more points you gain. For example – if your horse is returned at 12-1 and finishes first you get 12 points, finishes second you get 6 points or finishes third you get 4 points. So starting price (odds) and finishing in the top 3 places determines the points you gain. Should there be a tie at the end of that day, a race will be picked on the Saturday to determine the winner with the same rules applying.



If your horse is a non-runner and you discover this before 2.30pm on Friday, you can change your selection by emailing If there is a non-runner after 3.30pm, you can’t change but you will be given an automatic pick.


It’s a game of luck so best of luck!

Croí Golf AM AM

25th September 2020 10:00 am - 3:00 pm Galway Bay Golf Club, Oranmore

Date: Friday, September 25
Location: Galway Bay Golf Club, Oranmore
Cost: Teams of 4 Stableford – €300

To book your tee time, please contact Christine by email: or phone: 083-8780948

Food and goodie bags included and fantastic prizes to be won!

Croí’s Couch to Wild Atlantic Way

10th June 2020 12:00 am - 22nd July 2020 11:45 pm Wild Atlantic Way
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Discover the beauty of Ireland’s West Coast with Croí’s Couch to Wild Atlantic Way!

Date: Join when you like!
Location: Choose your virtual coastal walk along the Wild Atlantic Way in Donegal, Sligo/Leitrim, Mayo, Galway or Clare! You then start walking in and around your area within current restrictions, recording how far you exercised and then upload the distance on our specially-designed website to move down the coast! See below for guidance on which coastal walk is best for you.
Cost: €15 each or €40 for families
All registrants receive a special, eco-friendly Couch to Wild Atlantic Way medal!
Read our FAQ page

Interested in completing this challenge as a team?

Bring your team together for this stunning virtual challenge in aid of Croí. We can create specific and/or branded team pages where each member’s progress and fundraising will be added to the team total. An interactive team map will also mark the team’s kilometres travelled as they virtually walk, run or jog this spectacular coastal route together. Contact for more information!

Embrace the Wild Atlantic Way of life by running, walking or jogging part of this spectacular coastal route on a virtual mission. Your progress will be tracked through our interactive map on iDonate, where people can sponsor you along your way.

Join us on this stunning mission, in aid of Croí. Your support now is vital – people living with heart disease and stroke are at great risk if affected by COVID-19, and need our support more than ever before. Please register now!

The process is easy – register now and we will send you instructions on how to select a county coastal walk and start your virtual mission using the platform iDonate. You can link your virtual mission to an app like Strava, which will track your kilometres and move you down the coast, or you can manually upload your distance walked.

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Which Wild Atlantic Way Walk is best for me?

For your virtual walk, you can select a walk along the coast of Donegal, Sligo/Leitrim, Mayo, Galway or Clare. Participants can choose to take part in this 6 week challenge as an individual, as part of a team or at your own pace. Here is some advice so you can select the right challenge for you depending on your fitness level at the moment. Example:

  • If you walk 1-2 times per week, the coast of Sligo/Leitrim would be best for you.
  • If you walk most days of the week, the Galway coast is a good choice for you.

Each challenge is described in the box below. It tells you how long the challenge that you selected is and gives you a guide on how many kilometres you should walk every day in order to complete the challenge in 6 weeks.

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My Summer Cycle for Croí

1st August 2020 12:00 am - 11:45 pm Your Choice!
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We are thrilled to announce ‘My Summer Cycle for Croí’, taking place this August Bank Holiday weekend!

Date: August 1 – 3, 2020, you pick!
Route: Your favourite route!
Distance: Your choice!
Cost: €25, all proceeds to Croí
All registrants receive a special Croí Summer Cycle neck snood!

All ages and cycling abilities are welcome to take part and help us raise much-needed funds to support our work in fighting heart disease and stroke.

We encourage participants to try and fundraise €1 for every kilometre cycled in aid of Croí. To set up your own fundraising page, click here.

Croí is facing an unprecedented challenge as those living with cardiovascular disease are also the group most vulnerable to COVID-19. Due to the burden this crisis has had on our health service, those suffering with cardiovascular disease are now disadvantaged and underserved and need our support, now more than ever. Please register now and help us continue to serve those most vulnerable.


Register Here:

Your Distance, Your Route, Your Way!

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Quidel 100km Challenge for Croí

23rd May 2020 - 24th May 2020 12:00 am Co. Galway

Event organised by Quidel Ireland

The Quidel Ireland team are taking part in Quidel 100 km Challenge on Saturday 23rd of May.

100% of proceeds are in aid of Croí.

A message from the Quidel Team:

Croí has always worked tirelessly to respond to the needs of those living with cardiovascular disease and will continue to do that during the COVID-19 crisis. Those that they serve are also the most vulnerable to COVID-19 and with your support, they can continue to provide them with ongoing support they will need over the coming months.

We hope you can help us by donating whatever you can. Click here to give now. All donations are processed securely.

Many thanks for your support.

Virtual Run to Ruislip, in memory of J.P. Duffy

30th May 2020 - 31st May 2020 12:00 am Co. Sligo

Event organised by Curry GAA Club

Last November, Curry GAA in Co. Sligo were deeply saddened by the passing of their friend and key club member, JP Duffy at the age of 54.

This May 30th, to mark JP’s 55th birthday, Curry GAA will be taking on a 24hr virtual run from their club grounds to McGovern Park in Ruislip, London, marking important locations along the way which played a part in JP’s football career. In total, the Mens and Ladies adult teams will be completing 858km between them.

Support Curry GAA as they take on this mammoth challenge in memory of JP Duffy. All proceeds from this event are in aid of Croí.



Date: May 30th, 12 midnight to May 31st, 12 midnight

Leg 1: Curry GAA Club to McHales Park, Castlebar (43.5 km)

Leg 2: McHale Park to Fr. O’Hara Park, Charlestown (37.2 km)

Leg 3: Fr. O’Hara Park to Croke Park (204 km)

Leg 4: Croke Park to Ruislip GAA Grounds, London (573 km)

Total: 858 km


Follow their progress on Facebook and Twitter.

Matthew and Adam’s 2020K in May

31st May 2020 12:00 am - 11:45 pm Dublin, Ireland

We are Matthew and Adam McConnell, and we’re riding and running 2020km between us this May in aid of Croí, whilst abiding by the government’s COVID-19 guidelines at all times.

We lost two Grandparents to stroke in May 2017 and 2018. We hope this project will help to remember them and to support patients and families living with stroke.

Keep up with our progress on our respective Instagram pages:
@adammcconnellj, @mrmattmcc and with #2020kinmay

Donate now to support Matthew and Adam as they take on this Fundraising challenge in memory of their Grandparents, or visit their Facebook Fundraising page to give through Facebook.

In Ireland, strokes are a major health problem. Every year, over 8,500 people have a stroke and it is the third largest cause of death, after heart disease and cancer.

People who are over 65 years of age are most at risk from having strokes, although 25% of strokes occur in people who are under 65. It is also possible for children to have strokes.

Please give now and support Croí’s work in fighting heart disease and stroke.

2021 Croí Polka Heart Cycle Challenge

13th June 2021 8:00 am - 5:00 pm Galway, Ireland

We're delighted to launch a new challenge!

After 25 brilliant years of our annual Tour de Lough Corrib Charity Cycle, it’s time for a change. We invite you to join us for the new Croí Polka Heart Cycle Challenge!

Date: Sunday, June 13th, 2021
Location: Start and finish at Peacockes Hotel, Maam Cross, Connemara
Route options: 40km / 80km / 110km
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Three new cycle routes to choose from

Beginners (40K)

If you are new to cycling or looking for a nice Sunday cycle in support of Croí, this route is for you!

Cyclists will depart from Maam Cross, heading south towards Screebe and continue on to Casla where you will turn at Casla Industrial Estate and finish at Maam Cross. Click the map to see the route.

Intermediate (80K)

Our 80km route offers incredible views and a challenging climb towards Loch na Fooey.

Cyclists will depart from Maam Cross, heading northwest towards Leenane and turning right where you will cycle along Loch na Fooey, towards Finny.  You will then continue onto Clonbur and turn back towards Cornamona (before Cong) and finish at Maam Cross. Click the map to see the route.

Advanced (110K) 

Our 110km route option offers spectacular views and intense climbs for experienced cyclists.

Cyclists will depart from Maam Cross and head Northwest to Leenane, then turning right and taking you over “Lally’s”. From there you will descend into Toormakeady, travelling down Maumtrasna (looking out on Lough Mask) towards Finny and cycling along Lough na Fooey. You will continue on to Clonbur and turn back towards Cornamona (before Cong) and finish at Maam Cross. Click the map to see the route.  

Registration details

100% of proceeds will go directly to supporting Croí services 

  • Registration fee: €45 (Includes a special reusable goodie bag, food stops and a post-event party in Peacockes!)
    • Raise or donate €100 (registration fee + €55) and receive a special limited edition Croí polka heart jersey.
    • Raise or donate €200 (registration fee + €155) and receive a special limited edition Croí polka heart jersey plus a Polka Cycle gilet!
      Cycle jersey and gilet design will be released soon!

You can always register now (pay €45) and fundraise towards the jersey and gilet in the coming months. If you choose this option, we will send you Croí Polka Heart Cycle sponsorship cards.


Your donations help us continue our vital work in communities throughout the region.

Once your registration has been received, a sponsorship pack will automatically be sent out to you. If you have any queries in relation to this please contact We also encourage participants to use the following  online platforms to fundraise:

Thank you to our title sponsor for over 20 years:


And our associate sponsors:


Brian’s Cycling Challenge

10th August 2020 8:00 am - 5:00 pm Paris, France

Brian’s family were affected by heart disease when their dad passed away following a heart attack, and this has inspired him to raise awareness of heart disease and also help to raise funds for Croí, the West of Ireland Cardiac and Stroke Foundation.

Brian is planning on achieving this by taking on a very unique challenge, cycling from Galway to Paris in 3 stages via Wales and England over 7 days!

If you would like to support Brian’s challenge please see the link here to his Facebook Event Page – here.

If you would like to sponsor Brian’s Cycling Challenge, you can contact him directly on 089 4516252.


Challenge Details:

Day 1:
Leaving Galway at 8am and cycling the longest stretch of the challenge at 218km to Dublin port. where he will catch the ferry over to Holyhead in Wales. There will be an overnight stop here before taking on Day 2!

Day 2:
The 2nd leg of the journey consists of a 180km cycle from Holyhead to Shrewsbury, and Brian is hoping to complete this in 9 hours.

Day 3: 
On day 3, Brian will head to Oxford, which will be the longest day while in England, at 196km and the duration of this cycle will be around 10 hours.

Day 4:
On this leg he heads from Oxford to Crawley for a distance of 136km, staying just outside of London to avoid traffic. This should take roughly 7 – 8 hours.

Day 5:
From Oxford, Brian will head to Dover taking on the final leg of the England stage for a distance of 133km, which is also the shortest of the entire challenge. From Dover Brian intends to take the Ferry over to the North of France, Calais.

Day 6:
This will be the first leg of the France stage, and will take Brian 150km from Calais to Amiens for a duration of roughly 7-8 hours.

Day 7:
This will be the final leg of the entire challenge and will consist of a 160km stretch to the finish line in Paris.

6th Annual Croí Night Run

9th October 2020 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm Virtual run
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Croí Night Run is going Virtual – Register Now!

Date: Friday, October 9 2020
Location: Virtual event – your choice!
Registration: Regular entry: €25 | Youth: €15 | Under 12s: FREE (No t-shirt incl.)

Registrants will receive a goodie bag in advance with a special commemorative Croí Night Run long-sleeve running top to wear on the day. As the event is virtual this year, we will not be able to supply medals after the race.

Last year, over 1,600 people joined us on the Salthill Prom for the 5th Annual Croí Night Run (our first sell-out ever), raising over €70,000 for our fight against heart disease and stroke. We were so looking forward to gathering again this year for another spectacular event, however we now realise that this will not be possible due to the COVID-19 restrictions.

We are delighted to announce that instead we are launching a VIRTUAL NIGHT RUN on Friday, October 9, 2020, supported by Evergreen Healthfoods. We will be asking you to take part in your local area (respecting safety and social distancing guidelines) and run, jog or walk a 5K. Stay tuned for more details coming soon!

Thanks to our sponsor, Evergreen Healthfoods, 100% of the proceeds go directly to supporting Croí services. This includes supporting our virtual health and support programmes including Heartlink West, our free dedicated community helpline. The very people that Croí serves are also the most vulnerable to COVID-19 and they need our support more than ever before.

Our fundraising has been decimated during this crisis with the cancellation of many of our events. While we will all miss the magical atmosphere when we join together in Salthill, we will come together again and in the meantime we hope you will continue your support and take part in the 6th Annual Croí Night Run on October 9th!

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Thank you to our sponsor, Evergreen Healthfoods.

Thank you to our media partner,