Umm, no

Jamie Baulch, the Olympic silver medal-winning relay sprinter, is to race against a horse for charity.

The man v horse event over 100 metres, which takes place on June 30 at Kempton Park racecourse, Surrey, is believed to be the first of its kind.

Bookmakers have made the horse, which will be ridden by the jockey Fergus Sweeney, the favourite.

Experts expect the horse to complete the course in less than 12 seconds.

Rolling around at the back of my mind is the idea that this was in fact something quite common (or at least, done more than once) back a century or so ago.

There\’s the man v horse cross country thing of course, and Chad Johnson did a version of this 3 or 4 years ago as well.

So it\’s not in fact new nor the first.

From memory who wins is really determined by how long the race is. 200, 300 metres it will definitely be the horse, as top speed is much higher. At 30 metres or so it will definitely be the man, as human acceleration is much higher. Assuming a standing start for both of course.

From a very imperfect memory (and Google ain\’t much help on this) the break point comes somewhere around the 100 yards to 100 metres point.

A fun and interesting thing, but not the first of its kind.

Update: Ah, Google comes up with something. Jesse Owens did this as a party trick after the Berlin Olympics. Owens would win….he said that no man would beat a horse over 100 yeards unless the starter got very close to the horse, the pistol making the horse rear giving the runner a head start.

So this defnitely isn\’t new.

4 thoughts on “Umm, no”

  1. I think there’s another break point in the 20+ mile area.

    Humans can run exceptionally long distances for their size/body weight. Ultra-marathons of 30 or 60 miles are standard distances for this type of race.

    The horse will take the lead as you say and gallop off into the distance but will have to stop long before the human does and so will be overtaken.

  2. Humans can run exceptionally long distances for their size/body weight.

    I think more than any other species. I believe early hunters used to walk/run their prey to death, provided they could track it properly they would eventually hound it to exhaustion. There are few animals which can cover 26 miles in marathon times.

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