Kilkenny native Brian Carroll has his wheels firmly in motion as he tackles a 1,378km cycle around the Irish coast followed by the Dublin City Marathon, in a quest to raise €10,000 for The Irish Hospice Foundation.
Brian set off from Dublin last Friday and is now midway through his mammoth Cycle2Run challenge, having taken in Waterford, Wicklow, Wexford, Cork, Tralee, Galway and Westport. The father of two from Crosspatrick is now making his way up North and will bring his ten day cycle to an end by the joining participants in the Dublin City Marathon on October 26th.
Since June the 35-year-old has clocked up over 4,000 miles on his bike and has run over 400 miles in preparation for his test of endurance. He has also raised over €7,000 for the Irish Hospice Foundation and is hoping to reach his target of €10,000 by the end of his challenge.
The Irish Hospice Foundation is a national charity dedicated to all matters relating to dying, death and bereavement in Ireland. The IHF receives no core funding from the state and therefore relies on the generosity of donations to fund many services, including:
- Funding four of the eight Children’s Outreach Nurses, which means very ill children can be cared for at home surrounded by the family
- Nurses for Night Care, which provides 1,800 hours of vital care and support annually to patients with life limiting illnesses other than cancer
- Training 3,000 people every year in providing bereavement support
- Improving the environment in hospitals in which people die through the Hospice Friendly Hospitals programme
The service manager with Sandvik Mining and Construction in Portlaoise is very into his fitness – however this is by far the biggest sporting challenge he has set for himself. Brian, a member of Moyne AC in Tipperary said, “I’ve always pushed myself to do the best I can and when I came up with the idea for this challenge I decided to do it for The Irish Hospice Foundation, a worthy charity that provides assistance, care and support to many people and families in Ireland.”
Brian departed from Dublin this morning (Friday, October 16th) and will make his way around the coast before finishing up at the RDS where he will be putting his fitness to the test one final time as he tackles the marathon after ten days of cycling.
CEO of the Irish Hospice Foundation, Sharon Foley, praised Brian for his drive and enthusiasm in embarking on such a tough personal challenge. “Brian has selflessly taken on this personal challenge to raise funds for us – giving up so much of his free time to train and to fundraise. It’s a major commitment to undertake and we are extremely grateful that Brian is doing this to support our work. We receive no core state funding and rely on donations like this to help us improve end of life care in Ireland. All our best wishes go to Brian as he embarks on this impressive challenge.”
To sponsor Brian go to http://www.mycharity.ie/event/cycle2runchallenge/