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The Whole Earth Man vs Horse Marathon

10/06/2017 - 11/06/2016

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 9 years 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 at

The event is sponsored by Whole Earth Foods, and we would like to thank them for their continuing support, and commitment to ensuring that Man versus Horse carries on going from strength to strength.

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 £2000 in 2017. 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.

Man vs Horse is normally held on the 2nd Saturday in June. Entries for 2017 will open in January, further info will be available nearer the time.