ONE of the world’s best distance runners will be taking part in the 40th Man v Horse marathon.

Michael Wardian, 45, from the USA, says that it’s a challenge that he’s “always wanted to do”.

“It’s a good challenge and I’m super excited about it. I’m in good fitness and it’s a chance to do it.”

Michael holds the world record for twice completing seven marathons on seven continents in seven days and the fastest completion of 10 marathons in 10 days.

He has also finished the Boston Marathon 18 times, and holds the fastest time running as Spider-Man and as Elvis in a marathon.

This Saturday, he wants to be the first American to win the 23-mile challenge that, as the name suggests, pits athletes against horses in Llanwrtyd Wells. Only two people have won the event - Huw Lobb in 2004 and Germany’s Florian Holzinger in 2007.

Doing so would make him the first American, or non-European, to win the race.

“The odds are definitely in the horse’s favour but it would be a big honour for me to win it,” he said.

“I’m here to try and win it. I’m hoping to run a good time.”

“I don’t know many Americans taking part. The race isn’t so much on the radar in the US but hopefully we can change that.”

Seven US nationals will be taking part in the quirky event along with more than 600 athletes from across Britain and the world.

Michael flew to the UK on Friday, May 31, and has been exploring iconic places such as Windsor Castle and Bath with his wife and family before travelling to Llanwrtyd Wells on Saturday. In the meantime he’s been based in Newquay in Cornwall preparing for the race and training along the coastal paths.

“They’re having a great time exploring the countryside. It’s cool that the town doubles in size when the event is on.

“It’s a super cool race to try and outrun a horse!”