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Fitness Journey Kilcock have this week partnered up with Sanity System to become Ireland’s first gym to install the medical grade sanitisation system using ozone technology.
This technology is used by organisations like the HSE, National Ambulance Service, An Garda, Hospitals, Nursing Homes, the Aviva Stadium etc and is the only system in the world with preliminary scientific evidence to prove that this system kills Covid19.
Owner of Fitness Journey Kyle Delavari is proud of the latest and most important addition to his state of the art gym as we found out when we caught up last night; “Our clients’ health, safety and well being underpins what we are all about here at Fitness Journey. We have invested in this to ensure that our facilities and equipment are sanitised everyday to protect those who use them. We hope this will offer extra peace of mind to our clients and staff”
Conn McDunphy has been crowned the ‘Elite Men’s National TT Champion’ in Co. Limerick this morning.
The Kilcock cyclist claimed the title from Nicolas Roche, who won silver, and Lindsay Watson, who was back in third.
McDunphy, who has been based in France this year with CC Nogent Oise, recorded a time of 26:29 on the 22.4km course at Knockaderry in the Newcastle West Wheelers promotion.
That was just two seconds faster than Roche (Team Sunweb), with Watson (Powerhouse Sport) in 3rd some 22 seconds off McDunphy’s winning time
Elite Men’s Time Trial National Championships 🥇 Conn McDunphy 26.29 🥈 Nicholas Roche 26.31 🥉 Lindsay Watson 26.51
McDunphy could scarcely believe he had done it as he reacted to his victory on his twitter page. “National Champ! Not sure whether to believe it or not. This is for everyone who has helped me till now. WOW”
Kildare Jockey Robbie Downey enjoyed a double at Ayr Racecourse yesterday as he partnered ‘Contact’ and ‘Baryshnikov’ to victory for trainer David Barron at the Scottish track.
Downey got the first of his double home in front after timing his run to perfection to get favourite ‘Contact’ up to pip ‘Headingley’ by a head in ‘The Gribbens Taxis Median Auction Maiden Stakes’.
The Kilcock native settled the 2 year old early in the race, making headway to chase the leaders from the two furlong marker, keeping on well inside the final furlong, before pipping ‘Headingley’ and Jason Hart on the line to take the win by a head, with ‘Berry Edge’ back in third.
Two hours later, Downey and Barron were back in the winners enclosure with the ‘Baryshnikov’. Downey had the 4-year-old was towards the rear early on but like when onboard ‘Contact’, he slowly made headway, though on this occasion the pair got to the front to lead narrowly at the 1f pole and despite edging left on the run in, they kept on to win by 3/4 of a length.
It was the second time in the space of three weeks that Downey had got ‘Baryshnikov’ home in front, after their victory at Chester on September 11th.
Honours: A Minor B and U/21 A Shield in 2011. Be nice to add an Intermediate Championship to this one.
Someone who has had an influence on your career: I would have to say my brothers Mark and Darren. I grew up watching them play Senior football for Kilcock.
Three words to describe yourself as a player: Hard working, passionate and dedicated.
Favourite Sportsperson: Roy Keane because his passion and desire to win were unrivalled and he took no prisoners.
Best player played with: Dara McVeety from Cavan. He has the whole package.
Toughest opponent: Anton O’Sullivan of Offaly destroyed me. One day in a school’s match!
Favourite club player: Eamon Fitzpatrick has been playing with Kilcock as long as I can remember and he seems to be getting better every year.
Favourite Inter County player: Mattie Donnelly of Tyrone. He’s an extremely intelligent and athletic player, who can fill several positions on the field.
Player you would love to have at your club: Lee Keegan from Mayo. So I could relax and sit on the bench!!
Most memorable sporting moment: Winning a Minor B with Kilcock about ten years ago.
Favourite Gaa ground played in: Canton, Boston.
Best advice someone has given you: My father told me when I was younger to start throwing my weight around on the field a bit more. I think it’s worked fairly ok for me.
Young player in your club we should look out for: Shane Farrell. He’s an amazing young talent, who can kick off both feet and doesn’t seem to have many weak points to be honest.
Most skilful player on your team: Shane O’Rourke. I’ve seen him do some crazy things with a football.
What does it mean to Captain your side in Saturday’s County Final? To be chosen out of this squad of players as Captain is very flattering considering some of the unbelievable players and leaders we have. I just try to do my best to justify the decision every time I train and play.