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Man Vs. Horse

  • Posted by mark
  • 12 June 2009


If  you're at a loose end tomorrow why not have a go at this?

Man Vs. Horse

Man has always pitted his wits and body against his fellow men, the animal kingdom and the natural world to demonstrate superior athleticism and mental strength. This is never more apparent than during Llanwrytd Wells' annual Man versus Horse Marathon.

Inspired by a conversation in his local pub, in 1980 Gordon Green, the landlord of the Neuadd Arms, overheard the claims of one of his patrons who professed that over a significant distance across country, man was the equal of any horse. Deciding this was a matter for a public challenge, the Man versus Horse Marathon was born.

The race has been run every year since, changing and attaining new levels of entry and challenges each time. It took 25 years before a man finally beat a horse, when Huw Lobb won in two hours and five minutes, finishing two minutes before the fastest horse.

The race itself is run over 22 miles of mixed and very hilly terrain, including farm tracks, foot and bridle paths, forestry roads and open moorland. The event attracted 414 entrants in 2008: 299 runners, 74 relay teams and 42 horses. Dukes Touch of Fun ridden by Geoffrey Allen won to claim the £1000 prize.

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