Wednesday 17 September 2014

Race goes to plan for Barry Minnock


Published 29/08/2012 | 10:19

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Top 3 Warriors: Emmett Dunleavy, 2nd; Barry Minnock, 1st; and Ross Alexander, 3rd.

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.

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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.

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