Thursday, March 31, 2016

Wales: Liz and Martin Yelling help to launch 2016 Whole Earth Man v Horse - Full Article

by Athletics Weekly
March 30, 2016

Who will win – man or horse? Liz and Martin Yelling look ahead to this year’s Whole Earth Man v Horse challenge

Man v Horse is an event that has legendary status among endurance runners. As the name suggests, the annual race pits humans against horses, with runners and riders racing over approximately 22 miles of the challenging terrain of Powys, mid-Wales.

Now in its 37th year, the event has an amazing heritage. The original idea was conceived in a pub in Wales when a pub landlord overheard two men discussing that a man was equal to any horse over a great distance. Two years later the first Man v Horse race took place, though it was 25 years before man finally beat a horse to the finish line.

Huw Lobb was the first man to beat the horses with a time of 2:05:19 in 2004 – the same year that AW‘s editor Jason Henderson also took on the challenge. The feat has only been achieved once since then by Florian Holzinger with a time of 2:20:30 in 2007...

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