4 legs good, again, as equine competitor wins Britain’s annual human vs horse raceBy AP
Saturday, June 12, 2010
Horse wins again in UK’s annual equine-human race
LONDON — Four legs have triumphed over two once again, with a horse galloping to victory in Britain’s annual Man vs. Horse race.
Forty-four horse-and-rider teams took on 253 runners and 115 relay teams in the 22-mile (35-km) race Saturday in and around the town of Llanwrtyd Wells, Wales.
The fastest horse, Sly Dai, finished in 2 hours, 7 minutes and 4 seconds. The fastest human, DHL truck driver Haggai Chetkwang, crossed the line in 2:17:27.
The race has been held since 1980, and individual human runners have won only twice, in 2004 and 2007.
Organizers say future races will cover 44 miles (70 kms), testing the theory that longer courses give humans a better chance because horses tire more quickly.