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Green Events

Several of our outdoor pursuit events listed below started back in the 1980s when traders in the town realised that something had to be done to boost the town’s economy following the decline in popularity of Llanwrtyd Wells Pony Trekking Centre that had prospered since the 1950s.

A Tourist Association was formed to organise a series of new and original events, one year at a time, to attract tourists back to Llanwrtyd Wells.  The first was the Man versus Horse Race organised in 1980 to resolve an argument between the landlord of the Neuadd Arms and the local huntsman as to whether a man or a horse would be faster over a long distance race. There then followed a series of new organised throughout the 1980s. Many of these have become permanent fixtures in the Green Events’ year’s calendar, namely World Bog Snorkelling Championship, Real Ale Ramble, Lord Crawshaw Memorial Walk, Welsh International Four Days Walks, Drovers Walk, Mid-Wales Beer Festival and The Man versus Horse Marathon, Mountain Bike Chariot racing and Stone Skimming world championships. A new addition will be the long-distance ultra running race called The Devil's Staircase. Also, the World Alternative Games takes place in Llanwrtyd and features many wacky games such as wife carrying, bog snorkelling mountain biking and egg roulette.


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Photographs by Peter Barnett and Martin Pigott


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Man V Horse riders and horses at the start of the event in Llanwrtyd Wells.
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Man V Horse runners and rider in the Irfon forest.

World Bog Snorkelling

World Championship Bog Snorkelling competitor in fancy dress
World Championship Bog snorkelling competitor with blue balloons

Real Ale Wobble

Real Ale Wobble cycling event in Llanwrtyd Wells
Real Ale Wobble. Mountain biking in tye Cambrians

Walking in the Cambrians

Walkers on op of Sugar Loaf looking towards the Carmathen hills
Walkers in the Cambrian Mountains

World Alternative Games

World Alternative Games Mountain bike bog snorkelling at Llanwrtyd Wells
World Alternative Games Egg roulette game at Llanwrtyd Wells
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