Horse beats man yet again in 40th anniversary of Whole Earth Man V Horse

1500 runners and 60 riders battled it out to see who would triumph: man or horse

Mark Adams, riding Herbie, became the latest winner of the Whole Earth Man v Horse race, finishing the course in 2hrs 18 minutes and 51 seconds in the race’s 40th anniversary year.

The annual race, which took place in Llanwrtyd in Powys, Wales, saw 650 runners battle against a team of 60 horses and riders over 22 miles of stunning Welsh countryside. Participants competed against one another across rugged terrain, from climbing steep hills to wading through bogs, to complete one of the toughest endurance races in the world.

Avid runners from all over the world travelled to Wales to take on the wacky race challenge. The winner amongst the humans was British ultra runner Jack Wood at 2:23:39 – just five minutes behind the winning horse – followed by New Zealand marathoner Paul Martelletti and American endurance athlete Mike Wardian.

 We were delighted to sponsor Whole Earth Man v Horse again this year. Whole Earth has been involved with the race for six years now and to reward participants we handed out jars of Whole Earth at the finish line. Man v Horse is the perfect match for Whole Earth; it’s fun, natural and completely nutty. As a natural source of protein, Whole Earth nut butters are perfect at helping you to train for such a tough race like Man v Horse. Katrina Farmer, Senior Brand Manager at Whole Earth

Whole Earth Man V Horse was born from a bet in the back room of the Neaudd Arms in 1980 (the pub which 40 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. The UK’s most extreme off-road running event has taken place every June ever since and only twice has a human ever beaten a horse.

The quirky race has gained legendary status amongst endurance runners and tickets sell out in record time. The event will return on 13 June 2020.

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Back in 1967, brothers Craig and Greg Sams opened an organic, vegetarian, macrobiotic restaurant in London called Seed - a pioneering move when you consider that organic food was little-known back in the days of mini-skirts and Beatlemania. Luckily, Londoners couldn't get enough of this healthy, planet-friendly fare, so Whole Earth was created to bring top-notch organic food to the masses - including the UK's first organic corn flakes!


Today, Whole Earth makes an ever-growing array of delicious, nourishing, ethically produced goodies, using wholesome, natural ingredients - with no added nasties.


Whole Earth is owned by Wessanen UK, pioneers in natural and organic food. Whole Earth products are stocked in most major supermarkets including Asda, Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Morrisons and Waitrose as well as a number of health food retailers including Holland & Barrett.

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