The annual Man vs Horse marathon was run today in Llanwrtyd Wells, Powys and was won by a horse.
The event is organised by Green Events who are also famous for their Bog Snorkelling contests, it pits human runners against horses in a 22 mile race across country. The contest began, as so many do, following an argument in a pub over which was fastest over long distances, a man or a horse. The first ever Man vs Horse marathon was run in 1980, and unsurprisingly to most a horse won. The course was changed in 1982 to create a more level ground for the runners and the gap between equestrian and human runner has closed to a matter of seconds. In 2005, after 25 races a man eventually took the title after Huw Lobb ran the distance in 2 hours, 5 minutes and 19 seconds, two minutes clear of the fastest horse.
This year the two legged runners weren’t as successful, Sly Dai, ridden by Llinos Jones finished the race in two hours seven minutes – a full ten minutes in front of the fastest human competitor.
It was a very hot day and the organisers congratulated both humans and horses on their stamina in such heat.