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Whole Earth Man Versus Horse

Llanwrtyd Wells, GB

Jun 2017

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Why You'll love it

I’m Welsh so I love anything set in Wales; it’s a bit wacky, but it presents a real challenge of strength and endurance; and with two men having beaten the horse in the event’s history, it’s not such a crazy idea that it can’t be done.

Things you need to know

Multi terrain course over 24 miles. The event began in June 1980 following a chat over a pint (or three) in the back bar of the Neuadd Arms Hotel. The then Landlord, Gordon Green, overheard two men discussing the relative merits of men and horses running over mountainous terrain. The enterprising Gordon, never one to miss an opportunity to promote Llanwrtyd Wells and improve business at his hotel, decided to put it to the test. And so began Green Events and its first, longest standing and now internationally acclaimed event, Man v Horse.

You can enter as an individual, in a team of runners or as a horse and rider. The course was amended in 1982 to make the challenge more equally positioned between man and horse. 25 years later man finally beat a horse, with Huw Lobb winning by two minutes – it can be done!

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Written by: Jo McDiarmid

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