World Bog Snorkelling Championship, Wales
August 29 - August 30
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 2019 winner was Neil Rutter, although his winning time of 1 minute 21.78 seconds was outside his own world record bog snorkelling time of 1 minute 18.82 seconds set the previous year.
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.
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.
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.
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 2020 World Bog Snorkelling Championship?
The Bog Triathlon and Mini Triathlon will be on Saturday 29 August 2020, while the Bog Snorkelling World Championship itself is on Sunday 30 August.
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.
For more information on the World Championship
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All photos by Peter Barnett.
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