Man v Horse - Powered by Whole Earth Peanut Butter13/06/2015 - 14/06/2014
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 7 years since.
2014 saw the introduction of electronic timing, with each competitor wearing a tag which automatically recorded their times. This improved on the timeliness and accuracy of the results published.
Last year also saw a revision of the prize monies, with the re-introduction of the escalating jackpot for a runner who beats the first horse and rider. This started at £500 and increases by £500 per year until it is won, so in 2015 it stands at £1000. The previous jackpot received by Huw Lobb in 2004 had reached £25,000! This means however that 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.