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21 June, 2004

It's finally happened

I've been waiting for this for years, and when it finally happened, I didn't even notice for a further week.

The 25th annual Man versus Horse race was held in Llanwrtyd Wells, Powys (also home of the World Bog Snorkelling Championships) on 12 June, and for the first time, a human won.

Huw Lobb completed the 22-mile course (over farm tracks, footpaths, open moorland and tarmac) in a time of 2:05:19 hours, winning 25,000, as the 1979 prize of 1,000 offered for the winning (human) runner increased by 1,000 each year it went unclaimed.
The fastest horse achieved a time of 2:07:36 hours.

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