Man v Horse - who won the 650th annual race?

Winner, Iola Evans and her horse Rheidol Petra

Winner, Iola Evans and her horse Rheidol Petra

Iola Evans and her horse Rheidol Petra this weekend became the 38th winner of the Whole Earth Man v Horse race in Llanwrtyd in Wales, finishing the course in two hours and 30 minutes.

The annual race saw 650 runners pitted against a team of 60 horses and riders over 21 miles of stunning Welsh countryside (albeit a little rainy). Participants battled against one another in rugged terrain, from climbing steep hills to wading through bogs, to complete one of the toughest endurance races in the UK.

Iola and Petra came third in last year’s race and spent the year training to be crowned winners of the infamous challenge.

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Owen Beilby from Yorkshire was crowned the first solo runner to cross the finish line, completing the course in just two hours and 50 minutes.

The idea for Whole Earth Man V Horse was born from a bet in the back room of the Neaudd Arms in 1980 (the pub which 37 years on is still the starting point for the race) in which two locals argued over whether man could ever beat a horse in a long-distance race. Fast forward 24 years and finally man, Huw Lobb to be exact, emerged victorious in 2004, a feat only ever repeated once more by Florian Holzlinger in 2007. Tickets to take part in the race are a hot topic and sold out within hours earlier this year.

“We are delighted to see a horse and rider win this year’s Whole Earth Man v Horse race," sais Katrina Farmer, Senior Brand Manager at Whole Earth. "It is a wonderful event and we’re on hand each year to fuel participants and make sure they keep their energy levels up throughout. The new Whole Earth Power Balls are perfect for keeping you going when taking part in endurance exercise like this race.”
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