Man V Horse endurance event returns to Powys town

Thursday 9th June 2022 4:00 pm
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Man V Horse in 2018, which started outside the Neuadd Arms in Llanwrtyd Wells (. )

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Man V Horse, one of the world’s most legendary off-road races, is making its return this weekend after a two-year break.

The event returns to Llanwrtyd Wells this Saturday, June 11 and is once again sure to be an incredible sporting spectacle.

Running for over 40 years, the marathon event – sponsored for seven consecutive years by UK peanut butter brand, Whole Earth – is an epic 22.5-mile challenge which pits humans against horses across a multi-terrain course.

Man V Horse draws hundreds of runners and athletes annually to the mid Wales town, with a jackpot prize available for the person who beats the first horse and rider.

Bob Greenhalgh, race organiser, said: “This year we’re back with a bang after various lockdown restrictions - with tickets selling out! Man V Horse has gained legendary status amongst endurance runners and riders as the first, longest standing and now internationally acclaimed event of its kind.

“The last time a runner beat the first horse and rider in the race was in 2007, when Florien Holtinger crossed the line in two hours, 20 minutes, and 30 seconds. 15 years later, can a running competitor do it again in 2022? We have 1,200 participants ready to try.”

Previous years of Man V Horse have seen the likes of British ultramarathon runner Robbie Britton and endurance athlete Susie Chan leading Team Whole Earth as the event’s returning headline sponsor. For 2022, its stellar squad line-up includes Team GB Olympian and pentathlon silver medallist Heather Fell.

Nicola Turner, Brand Controller at Whole Earth, said: “We can’t wait to come together again for this year’s race, and we’re excited for all competitors to take on this completely nuts challenge. What better event for Whole Earth to be a part of - one that celebrates fun, embracing the outdoors and staying healthy?

“As passionate champions of biodiversity in nature, it’s fitting that the race take place in the beautiful Welsh countryside too.”

Whole Earth Drizzler, the first squeezy peanut butter to hit UK supermarkets, will be served up to race goers at the end of the course.

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