Returning for its 40th year, the Man v Horse challenge is an annual race that takes place in the Welsh countryside in the United Kingdom. The race consists of competitors running against riders on horseback across 22.5 miles. Competitors encounter a multi-terrain course consisting of boggy marshes, rivers, mud, hills and more. A jackpot is also available for the runner who beats the first horse and rider. Starting at 500 pounds, the jackpot increases by 500 pounds each year until its won and currently stands at 3000 pounds for 2019.
“Back for our 40th year where humans challenge 50+ horses over 22 miles of Welsh countryside”
The event originated in 1980 after overhearing a chat about the relative merits of men and horses running over mountainous terrain. The founder and landlord of the Neuadd Arms Hotel Gordon Green took the opportunity to promote the town of Llanwrtyd Wells by putting the idea to the test. Gordon Green is no longer involved with the event having retired a few years ago. But nonetheless will always be recognised as the originator. The event is the first and longest standing internationally acclaimed event run by Green Events.
Man v Horse takes place in the Welsh countryside in Llanwrtyd Wells.
Located in the Welsh countryside, the town of Llanwrtyd Wells is best reached by car. The nearest airport is Cardiff Airport, located just under two hours south of the town. Car rental services are readily available throughout the airport and visitors can take the M4 North towards Llanwrtyd.
Public transport is also available throughout the town but is limited. Visitors can travel via regional train to Llanwrtyd Station. There is a Monday to Saturday Bus service which goes to Builth Wells and Llandrindod but runs few services.
Green Events offers camping at the nearby Plas y Cadno campgrounds in Llanwrtyd Wells. It is recommended to book camping in advance to ensure availability. Visitors can bring their own tent and camping supplies, or register a camper van or caravan.
The town of Llanwrtyd Wells also offers a number of local hotels, including the origin of the event, the Neuadd Arms Hotel. Other nearby hotels include Llanwrtyd Hall and Lasswade Country House Hotel.
Airbnb’s are also available nearby, offering an affordable alternative and authentic local experience. You can explore all the nearby accommodation offers on the map below.
The small town of Llanwrtyd Wells offers a limited number of attractions. The Llanwrtyd & District Heritage and Arts Centre is a popular museum and attraction located within the town. Visitors travelling to Llanwrtyd Wells often pass through the nearby cities of Cardiff and Swansea. Here, you can find a range of museums such as the National Waterfront Museum and the Swansea Museum. You can also find a number of historical attractions such as the ruins of the 13th-century Swansea Castle and the 11th-century Oystermouth Castle.
Later in the summer Llanwrtyd Wells is home to the Rude Health World Bog Snorkelling Championships one of the most unique competitions in the world.
The next Man v Horse challenge will take place on June 8, 2019.
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