The Man versus Horse Marathon in Wales

June 3, 2013 in Amazing, Europe and Middle East

The Man versus Horse Marathon is an annual race where runners compete against riders on horseback.

Back in 1980 when local landlord Gordon Green overheard a discussion between two men in his pub, the idea of the race was formed. One of the men suggested, that over a significant distance across country, man was equal to any horse. Gordon Green decided to test the challenge with a race in full public view.

Man versus horse race in Wales

The distance of the race is 22 miles (about 35 km) in a terrain more rough than that of a traditional marathon. It would take 25 years until the race was finally won by a man on foot. In the 25th race in 2004, Huw Lobb won the race in 2 hours, 5 minutes and 19 seconds, winning a prize of USD 31,000. The size of the prize fund had grown each year by £1,000 until that year were a man would finally beat the horses. In the 2004 the race had 500 runners and 40 horses competing, the highest number ever.

To help the runners beat the horses, the horses are delayed for 15 minutes. The race attracts 50 horses every year, claiming to be “the world largest horse race”. (Via: Photo: Jothelabrarian.)