Killarney co-driver Paul Nagle could contest as many as nine international rallies, in eight different countries, in an 18-week period if the planned full-time resumption of motorsport gets the go ahead across the globe.
The Killarney man and his driver Craig Breen were always supposed to contest the European Rally Championship at the wheel of an MRF Tyres supported Hyundai i30 R5, but their season never got off the ground as Coronavirus restrictions shut the sport down across Europe.
Last week, the FIA, the sport’s world governing body, revealed a revised European Rally Championship calendar taking in seven rescheduled events from Latvia to the Canary Islands.
They will also defend their Ypres Rally, Belgium title and are in line to contest an Italian championship event in early August.
Like all events in the current climate, the programme depends on travel restrictions being fully lifted across Europe and other pandemic related regulations.
“We have a full schedule and all we can do now is prepare as if that is what is happening,” Nagle said. “But all this can change in a minute.”
Their first ERC outing is the Rally di Roma Capitale on the weekend of July 24-26. They plan to return to Italy for the following weekend’s Alba Rally, an Italian event that the Hyundai Motorsport team is contesting in force and will drive a factory-supported i30 R5 car in this rally.
Rally Latvia is set for August 14-16 and this is followed by the Czech Republic’s Barum Rally Zlin from August 28-30.
Originally scheduled for late March as the opening round of the 2020 ERC, the Azores Rally will now take place from September 17-18 as round four of the revised season.
Before Breen and Nagle tackle the fifth round, the Cyprus Rally on October 16-18, they will defend their (non-championship) Ypres Rally title in Belgium on the first weekend of October.
Rally Hungary, on November 7 and 8, will mark the penultimate round of the restructured championship which will conclude with May’s rescheduled Rally Islas Canarias on the last weekend in November.
Nagle and Breen’s current schedule does not include potential World Rally Championship outings. The FIA is due to release a revised calendar, today (Friday), and the Kerry/Waterford pairing are hopeful of further WRC outings once the schedule of events is confirmed.
Donaghy’s move to Roscommon “absolute rubbish”
By Sean Moriarty Kieran Donaghy has labelled news reports that he is to become the manager of the Roscommon football team as “absolute rubbish”. Several news outlets, including locally based […]
By Sean Moriarty
Kieran Donaghy has labelled news reports that he is to become the manager of the Roscommon football team as “absolute rubbish”.
Several news outlets, including locally based media, ran stories on Monday night saying the four-time All-Ireland was set to take over as the Roscommon boss.
Almost as quick as the news reports were published Donaghy took to Twitter to correct them.
“Absolute rubbish,” he tweeted.
“I did not speak to one single person associated with Roscommon GAA. What has happened to fact checking a story these days.”
Donaghy has been part of the Armagh county set-up for the last two seasons. He is also preparing for another season in the Irish Basketball Superleague with Tralee Warriors at the age of 39.
How to boost your immune system with nutrition
By Tara Tangney from Activate Fitness The immune system is precisely that — a system. To function well, it requires stability. While there is no magic bullet for increasing immunity, […]
By Tara Tangney from Activate Fitness
The immune system is precisely that — a system. To function well, it requires stability.
While there is no magic bullet for increasing immunity, there are ways to keep your immune system strong so that you are better prepared to fight off infections and heal quickly.
As long as your immune system is running smoothly, you don’t notice that it’s there, but if it stops working properly – because it’s weak or can’t fight particularly aggressive germs – you get ill.
Without an immune system, we would have no way to fight harmful things that enter our body from the outside or harmful changes that occur inside our body. Here are five ways to ensure you support a good immune system coming into the wintery months:
1. Eat More Vegetables
While all vegetables have health benefits, some pack a more powerful immune-boosting punch than others. Broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, brussels sprouts, kale, and other cruciferous vegetables are rich in fibre, phytochemicals, vitamins, and minerals. Vegetables such as sweet potatoes, carrots, spinach and tomatoes are rich in beta-carotene (vitamin A), which helps regulate the immune system and protect against infections.
2. Eat Balanced Meals
Include all macronutrients in your meals. Protein is particularly important for healing and recovery. Protein sources include leaner sources of meat, chicken, turkey, fish, eggs, milk, beans, soy, nuts and seeds. These foods are also good sources of zinc, a mineral that promotes healthy immune function and aids in wound healing. Healthy fats are also essential to support our immune health. Try to include a variety of monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats in your daily diet. These are found in avocados, fatty fish, olive oil, nuts, and seeds. These foods provide good fats but are also rich in phytonutrients and fat-soluble vitamins. For example, a small handful of nuts such as almonds is a great source of vitamin E. Wild-caught salmon is one of the only foods naturally rich in vitamin D. Fatty fish are also rich in essential fats called omega-3s, which are known for their multiple health benefits.
3. Regular Exercise
Exercise is one of the main aspects that support a healthy lifestyle. Regular exercise promotes cardiovascular health, lowers blood pressure, helps control body weight, and offers protection against a variety of diseases. And just like a healthy diet, exercise can contribute to a healthy immune system, improves blood circulation allowing immune system cells to move through the body more freely and do their job more effectively.
4. Good Quality Sleep
Getting enough sleep has many health benefits. The lack of sleep puts your body into ‘fight or flight’ mode, releasing adrenaline and increased stress hormones into the body. Research shows that in general, adults need at least seven hours of sleep for optimal health and well-being. As we sleep our immune system works to heal and repair the body. A few tips for getting a good night’s sleep include avoiding caffeine in the evenings, turning off your screens (TV, laptop, phones, etc.) well before bedtime and sleeping in a cool, dark room.
5. Manage Your Stress
You may not often think about how stress affects your ability to fight off infection, but your state of mind can have a significant impact on your health. When you are experiencing more stress, your immunity is compromised, which puts you at a higher risk of getting sick. Managing stress may help you fight germs and infections. Stress management techniques include breath work, meditation, yoga, moderate exercise, walking etc. Having a support system of close friends and family can also help us feel connected and stay strong throughout stressful times.
Although there is no magical potion for immunity, you can take these five steps to boost your immune system which is very important as we enter the colder and darker mornings of winter. Don’t underestimate your lifestyle’s impact on your ability to help keep your immune system strong. Good nutrition, quality sleep, and managing stress can all have a significant impact on your health. If you need help with your nutrition, send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be happy to help you!
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