image for Sporting Event item typeMan v Horse Marathon at Llanwrtyd Wells

Man v Horse Marathon

Man v Horse Marathon

Sporting Event, Sat 10 - Sun 11 Jun 2017, free entry


The Man v Horse Marathon began in June 1980 following a chat over a pint (or three) in the back bar of 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, The Man versus Horse Marathon.

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 man finally beat a horse, 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 for the 8 years since.

The escalating jackpot for a runner who beats the first horse and rider, which started at £500 and increases by £500 per year until it is won, stands at £1500 in 2016. The previous jackpot received by Huw Lobb in 2004 had reached £25,000! There is no longer the 1,000 Guineas prize money for the fastest competitor, but there will be a great trophy for the first competitor home.

Children welcomeDogs accepted

Event details

Dates Times
Sat 10 - Sun 11 Jun 2017


Free entry

Event Prices - Individual Runner: £30.00; Relay Team (3 runners): £75.00; Horse & Rider: £40.00

PLEASE NOTE: RIDER PLACES ARE NOW FULL - You can still enter as a rider but will be placed on the Reserve list to be notified if a place becomes available.



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Map reference: SN 878467  Lat: 52.10730 Long: -3.63870

Llanwrtyd Wells is located on the main A483 road between Builth Wells and Llandovery. There is on-street parking available in the town.

The train station is approximately a 10 minute walk from the town along a paved walkway.

Parking: free

Accessible by Public Transport: 1 mile from Llanwrtyd Wells station


  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Dogs acceptedDogs accepted
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