Sunday, June 13, 2004

History Made as Man Beats Horse

BBC - A man has won the annual Man versus Horse race for the first time in its 25-year history. Crowds of spectators at Llanwrtyd Wells in mid Wales saw Huw Lobb pick up the £25,000 prize - until Saturday, one of the biggest unclaimed prizes in British athletics. He completed the 22-mile course in two hours, five minutes, and 19 seconds. Bookies William Hill had to pay out on scores of bets struck at odds of 16/1.

This year's contest had a record 500 runners and more than 40 horses and riders competing for the winning title. The event in the tiny Welsh town attracts competitors from throughout the UK and Europe. The first horse home was Kay Bee Jay, ridden by Zoe White, in a time of two hours, seven minutes, and 36 seconds. The race is run over 22 miles and takes competitors through some of the most picturesque scenery in Wales via farm tracks, footpaths, open moorland and tarmac.

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