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 charities biggest fundraising events and it caters for all ages and abilities – everyone from competitive runners to family walkers and beginner joggers. So why not 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!
A Croí spokeswoman said: “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.