Horse beats man again in annual British race

  • Sat Jun 12th, 2010 10:12pm
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Associated Press

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 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, testing the theory that longer courses give humans a better chance because horses tire more quickly.