Race Date: Saturday 10th June 2017
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.
The course was changed in 1982 to provide a more even match between the man and the horse, resulting year on year in very close finishes – sometimes with the horse winning by only a few seconds. It took 25 years before a runner finally beat all the horses – in 2004 Huw Lobb won in 2hrs and 5mins, beating the fastest horse by 2 minutes. His feat was repeated 3 years later by Florien Holtinger, but the horse has remained unbeaten since.
2014 saw the introduction of electronic timing, with each competitor wearing a tag which automatically recorded their times. This has improved on the timeliness and accuracy of the results published, which can be found on the Results Base website.
This year hundreds of people gathered in a Powys town to cheer on competitors in a 24-mile race that saw 650 runners pitted against 60 horses and riders.
Horse Rheidol Petra, ridden by Iola Evans, won the Llanwrtyd Wells event on Saturday in two hours and 30 minutes.
The first runner, Owen Beilby, finished the course 20 minutes later.
2017 saw the horse beat our 2 competitors but well done to Steve and Trev for having a bash at it. Might be tempted to have a look at this myself next year.
Full Results: https://www.resultsbase.net/event/4000/results?page=8
Photo coutesy of Equine Pix