It’s always crazy crazy times at Llanwrtyd Wells. The town never seems to sleep. If it’s not bog snorkelling then it’s running with Pints of beer or pulling chariots with bikes or some crazy scheme to make people come to the smallest town in Wales.
A few weeks ago it was the turn of the very crazy man versus horse race which involves two Legs v Four. Men ( and women ) pitching themselves against horses other over a marathon distance.
Now, I’ve blogged about this before a few times and I’m never gonna get bored of it. It’s such a great event, I look forward to photographing this every year, but sadly over the last couple of years I’ve not managed to make it for one reason or another. ( I’m pretty sure it clashed with Hay festival ) This year I was so pleased to get the call from the lovely people at Whole earth foods ( you know the people make that flipping awesome peanut butter you find in your local supermarket. ) to go and photograph the event on their behalf. Super Dooper.
I made sure I arrived super early as it was absolutely peeing it down with rain and I was pretty sure that we would get stuck in a field ( which we did – we had to get pushed out by lots of lovely people! ) and also because they were running a new course I’d have to do a quick recce to to familiarise myself with exactly what was going on and of course as this is a community organzised event to don a hi viz jacket. I love Hi viz as you will know if you follow my posts on Facebook
So as I mentioned it started off pretty wet and got wetter and wetter by the time the first runner had passed the finish line I was soaked through to my T-shirt. By the time all the horses are past I was pretty much soaked to my pants. Nice!
The first horse through was Rheidol Petra, ridden by Iola Evans, who finished in two hours and 30 minutes.
It was a bit of a shame that they’ve got rid of some of the watercourses that the horses and runners have to run through as they make for such great pictures. Take a look back at some of my previous blog posts and you’ll see exactly what I mean.
I’m looking forward to the next crazy instalment of the Llanwrtyd Wells madness already. Hopefully, fingers crossed I’ll get the opportunity to pop up to cover the bog snorkelling and this time I may carry out my promise to actually take part as well.