We wanted to say a massive congratulations to Wales who beat Fiji this weekend in the Autumn Internationals. We’re looking forward the New Zealand game next weekend. Whilst we were watching the race we got to talking about all of the amazing sporting events that take place in Wales. Here’s a list of a few of our favourites, some of which you can take part in and some which you might be best to leave it to the pros:
The Man Vs Horse Marathon, Llanwrtyd Wells
The Man vs Horse marathon sounds like a made up event, but trust us, it’s real. In fact, the Man Vs Horse event, which is held annually in Llanwrtyd Wells has been up and running (no pun intended) since 1980.
Image courtesy of Green Events: http://www.green-events.co.uk/events.html?id=54
Although fun, the race is definitely more favoured for its equine competitors. Throughout the events long history the race has only been won twice by humans, the first of which was Huw Lobb in 2004 with an impressive time of two horse, five minutes. Well done, Huw!
When he won, Huw took home a cash prize of £25,000. Fancy winning that sum of money? To follow Huw’s footsteps, you can enter here. If you’re not up to taking on the slightly longer than usual marathon distance (the course is currently 26.3 miles long) you can enter as a three-person relay team instead.
The Sandy Bay Swim, South Wales, Porthcawl
Whilst most of us are opening presentsand maybe toasting the day with a glass of Bucks Fizz and orange juice, there are a thousand hardy folk in South Wales who are plunging into the icy December sea waters.
The event organiser of the Sandy Bay Swim, Ian Stroud, said of the event that, “The swim is a truly family event with many different generations of the same family taking to the sea and many in fancy dress.”
If you don’t feel brave enough to go swimming this Christmas, you could always join the 2,000 spectators instead, who help fundraise for great causes every year. Plus, there will be carol singing too!
If you can’t make it into Porthcawl, don’t worry. There are festive swims in Llandudno, Tenby and Conwy too.
Conwy Ascent Canoe Race/Tour, Conwy
The Conwy Ascent Canoe Race/Tour has got to be one of the most scenic sporting events in Wales. Those taking part in either the race or the tour event can either kayak or canoe up the Afon Conwy for 15km. The event participants will not only see Conwy Valley during the race, but also Snowdonia National Park.
2016 IAAF World Half Marathon Championships
The 2016 IAAF World Half Marathon Championships is one for your 2016 diaries. The prestigious event is going to be held in Cardiff for 2016, which means you’ll be able to see some of the world’s best athletes perform. Nigel Roberts, the chairman of Run 4 Wales, who is organising the event has said of the upcoming event that: “The challenge we now face is to use the 2014 and 2015 events to prepare the ground for the World Championships, when the streets of the Welsh capital will be pounded by some of the greatest athletes in the world.
“Wouldn’t it be great to see Britain’s own Mo Farrah possibly become the first British athlete to win the title as a stepping stone to another Olympic gold in Rio de Janeiro later in 2016. This is great news for our event, but also a ringing endorsement for Cardiff as a city that can stage the most spectacular international sporting events.
“There will be a major economic impact for the city from the race and both Cardiff and Wales will be broadcast around the world.”
Rugby World Cup, Cardiff
Well, we couldn’t miss the Rugby World Cup off of our list, could we? In 2015 Cardiff will host two quarter-finals at The Millennium Stadium. If you’re hoping to get your hands on some tickets you’ll have to be quick. The remaining tickets go on sale at 12:00 GMT on Friday the 28th November. Here is the official ticket site.
If you don’t manage to get hold of a pair, we’re sure watching one of the games within Cardiff will still be an electrifying experience and well worth the trip.