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Whole Earth Man v Horse

Whole Earth Man v Horse

Image Credit: Jason Randall
Whole Earth Man v Horse

Sporting Event, Sat 13 Jun 2020, 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 was chatting to local huntsmen debating whether a horse or a man would be quicker over a long distance. 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 2 hours 5 minutes 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 £3000 for 2019. The first jackpot received by Huw Lobb in 2004 had reached £25,000!

Start times - Runners: 11:00 am, Horses: 11:15 am (approx.)
Start location - The Square, Llanwrtyd Wells. Finish location - Maes y Gwaelod, Llanwrtyd Wells.

Children welcomeDogs accepted

Event details

Dates Times
Sat 13 Jun 2020
Start times - Runners: 11:00 am, Horses: 11:15 am (approx.)


Free entry

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



Location and nearby places


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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 station


  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Dogs acceptedDogs accepted
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