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Whole Earth Man V Horse race

Run 22.5mi
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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.

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2 Reviews
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Samantha K
"What a great race! Really tough but totally worth the pain to finish it! Lol..."


John T
"Another great Man v Horse. The route ended up being just over 22 miles this..."
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Raceday Logistics

Runners can register at Bromsgrove Hall on both Friday 07th June from 6.30pm to 9.30pm, and on Saturday morning from 8am until 10am. Registration for riders will be outside the Railway Station starting around 8am. The race starts at 11am for runners and 11.15am for horses outside the Neuadd Arms in the town square.

Each runner will be supplied with a number that contains his or her timing chip. This number MUST be displayed on the runner's front, un-mutilated and un-folded, for the entire duration of the race. Relay teams will have electronic wristbands.

The welfare of the horses is paramount. There will be three vet checks throughout the race to monitor heart-rate, lameness and general condition. Any horse showing signs of distress will be withdrawn from the race.

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Whole Earth Man V Horse race reviews (2)

4.7 out of 5 stars

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  • Did the 22 Miles in 2019

    Another great Man v Horse. The route ended up being just over 22 miles this year and very hilly and wet in places. Horses are not good at downhill, rocks or river crossing, so you can in fact beat a surprising number of them!
  • Did the 22 Miles in 2019

    What a great race! Really tough but totally worth the pain to finish it! Lol The scenery wasn’t stunning and the people lovely
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