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GIDDY UP AND DON’T REIN IN YOUR PACE


While many people might take part in marathons and run against the clock, you don’t often see them competing against an animal with four legs for the winning position. The Man vs Horse Marathon, held in June, is


a 22-mile race that starts in the town square of Llanwrtyd Wells and that takes in some of the fi nest scenery in mid-Wales. It began in 1980 as an event to attract tourists. Today, hundreds of runners and horse riders from across the world tackle the hilly course which covers varied terrain – from farm tracks and footpaths to forestry roads and open moorland – with a total ascent of 3,000ft. Individuals, or teams of three, can take on


the horses for a fee of around £22 or £60 respectively. It took 25 years before a man fi nally beat a horse; Huw Lobb won in two hours, fi ve minutes, beating the fastest horse by two minutes. Details: www.green-events.co.uk


MENTAL EXERCISES CAN BURN CALORIES TOO


Health clubs that want to boost their members’ workout results, without requiring too much extra physical effort, might think about incorporating crossword puzzles or sudoku into routines. An hour of mental exercises,


such as puzzles and quizzes, can burn up to 90 calories according to researchers. That’s more calories than a chocolate chip cookie or a custard cream biscuit. The researchers say that neurons


in the brain use around 75 per cent of sugar glucose (available calories) from the blood to relay messages to the body via neurotransmitters.


meeting manners in decline


The next time you gather for a formal meeting with your work colleagues, you might want to be more mindful of politeness; a survey on behalf of Future Inns has found that British manners are fast disappearing in business meetings. According to the survey fi ndings,


41 per cent of British businesspeople think it’s reasonable to answer phone calls or respond to email during meetings, while 50 per cent won’t think


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anything of leaving the room to take a call. Ironically, 70 per cent of those questioned said they thought it was rude when others did this. People were also asked about meeting


mishaps. Some of the most common included falling asleep – 28 per cent – while others included calling clients wrong names or forgetting their name altogether, and arriving at meetings on the wrong day or in the wrong venue.


DRAGONS’ DEN DOG TREADMILL SUCCESS


Fit Fur Life, a treadmill for dogs, was one of the wackier inventions presented on BBC TV’s Dragons’ Den in 2007. While the machine didn’t impress most


Dragons – and would probably be frowned upon by fi tness professionals as a lazy way to walk your dog – James Caan saw something in it and invested £100,000 for a 50 per cent stake in the company. Since then, drawings of the concept have been


brought to life by a fi tness company and Fit Fur Life turnover has nearly tripled in two years. Models have been sold to the MOD for


training military dogs and are to be sold in Harrods’ new pet department. There are four sizes to suit all breeds and the machines are noiseless so the dogs aren’t scared by them.


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