Hooves win hands down in Man versus Horse race
Jun 13 2009 WalesOnline.
Hooves proved better than feet for completing today’s annual Man versus Horse Marathon on soggy ground.
More than 600 competitors raced across the 22-mile course in Llanwrtyd Wells, mid Wales, but it was one of the 49 horses that was first past the finishing line.
Duke’s Touch of Fun, ridden by Geoff Allen, from Budeleigh, Worcestershire, completed the marathon in two hours and nine minutes.
The fastest human competitor, who was eight minutes behind, was Mark Cox, a running club member from Salford.
Lindsay Ketteringham, chairman of Green Events which organises the endurance event, said: “It’s been a brilliant day, but the rain over the last couple of weeks meant the ground was soft underfoot and the horses were able to get quite a speed up. It was ideal going for the horses."