NEWLY CROWNED Warriors Run champion Barry Minnock revealed that his race plan had worked as he had hoped following his victory at Strandhill on Saturday.
The Dubliner held off the challenge of defending champion and Sligo A.C. athlete Emmett Dunleavy to lead a record field home in a time of 55.39.
Minnock had finished runner-up two years ago and was delighted with his win.
Barry said: "It was really tough, really hot. I knew if I got to the top of the mountain within 20 metres of Emmett, I had a chance."
The Rathfarnham man overtook Dunleavy at Rathcarrick with about 3k to go. "Emmett was ahead at the top. He was a better climber, but I caught him on the way down and we ran together for a time," Barry added.
"He's a 5k, 3k runner, so I had a bit of confidence I would overtake him and so it proved," he said.
Minnock achieved the Olympic 'B' standard and ran 2.17 for a marathon in Germany recently and was among the pre-race favourites.
"I think Emmett just tired at the end. We were training for this over different distances. It was hot, but there was a breeze on the way back which was cooling. I'm very happy," he declared.