The depths of the bog snorkelling season

Sporting drama drew the crowds to mid Wales on the August Bank Holiday weekend. Although the 2012 Olympics produced some great achievements, there’s nothing to beat the The World Bog Snorkelling Championship.

Bog snorkelling through the mid Wales countryside
A contestant snorkels through the peat bog

Sporting drama drew the crowds to mid Wales during August Bank Holiday weekend. Although the London 2012 Olympic Games produced some great achievements, there’s nothing to beat the challenges of The World Bog Snorkelling Championship. Held on the last weekend in August each year in Llanwrtyd Wells in mid Wales, the championship sees contestants from around the world attempt the shortest time swimming through two 120-yard-long, water-filled, lengths of trench cut through a peat bog, wearing flippers and snorkel.

The World Bog Snorkelling Championshipwas first held in 1985 and Joanne Pitchforth of Heckmondwike is the current world record holder. Llanwrtyd Wells is home to a growing season of unusual events, there’s now the Bog Snorkelling Triathlon, mountain bike bog snorkelling, and the Real Ale Wobble, to name a few.

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