EVENTS IN LLANWRTYD WELLS
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.
For more information go to www-green-events.co.uk
Photographs by Peter Barnett and Martin Pigott
MAN v HORSE