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World Bog Snorkelling Championship, Wales

26 August 2023 - 27 August 2023

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The World Bog Snorkelling Championship is part of a two-day World Bog Series taking place over the August Bank Holiday weekend in Llanwrtyd Wells, Wales.

The World Bog Snorkelling Championship attracts around 150 competitors. The world world record bog snorkelling champion is Neil Rutter with a time of 1 minute 18.82 set in 2018.

Truly an international event, entrants have travelled from Australia, Germany, France, USA, Italy, South Africa, Poland, Spain and Japan to this small bog in Wales.

Previous celebrity bog snorkelers have included sportsmen Ewan Thomas, Gareth Thomas and Donovan Bailey, as well as comedians Paddy McGuiness and Griff Rhys-Jones.

A popular category is the Fancy Dress, where awards are handed out for the best costumes. People have come dressed as a pantomime horse and with an ironing board, but not together.

The Bog
The bog trench

What is Bog Snorkelling?

Competitors wearing snorkels and flippers complete two lengths of a 55-metre-long water-drenched trench cut through a peat bog in the shortest time possible, without swimming.

World Bog Snorkelling Triathlon?

Alternatively, you could try the bog triathlon – an eight-mile run, followed by a 12-mile mountain bike ride rounded off with a 55-metre bog snorkel. Entrants can compete either as an individual or a relay team of three, each doing their own specialist discipline. There is a ‘bite-size’ Triathlon for the less crazy.

Other Events

Or there is belly flopping, wife carrying, husband dragging, mountain bike bog cycling, and ditch racing to try, as the event coincides with the World Alternative Games.

Those not wishing to get involved can enjoy the live music, food stalls and local craft stalls, as well as a bouncy castle for the real kids. Grown up varieties can enjoy a pint of Boggled brewed in the Heart of Wales.

Trinidad Carnival
Husband Dragging
Where is the World Bog Snorkelling Championship Held?

The championship is held in the Waen Rhydd peat bog, which is just outside Llanwrtyd Wells in the county of Powys, Wales.

When is the 2023 World Bog Snorkelling Championship?

The Bog Triathlon will be on 26 August 2023, while the Bog Snorkelling World Championship itself is on Sunday 27 August.

Bog Triathalon
Bog Triathlon

Alternatively your could always try the Cooper’s Hill Cheese Rolling race?

Other Bog Snorkelling Competitions

There are other similar boggy competitions in Australia, Sweden, Ireland and elsewhere in Wales, but there’s only one world championship.

The World Bog Series was created by Green Events Ltd whose designated charity is Cystic Fibrosis.

For more information on the World Championship

Visit the Facebook Page, or click here

All photos by Peter Barnett.


26 August 2023
27 August 2023


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Mark Bibby Jackson

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Before setting up Travel Begins at 40, Mark was the publisher of AsiaLIFE Cambodia and a freelance travel writer. When he is not packing and unpacking his travelling bag, Mark writes novels, including To Cook A Spider and Peppered Justice. He loves walking, eating, tasting beer, isolation and arthouse movies, as well as talking to strangers on planes, buses and trains whenever possible. Most at home when not at home.

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