When: 27th August 2017, from 10am
Where: Waen Rhydd bog, Llanwrtyd Wells, Powys, Wales
£: To enter costs £15 for seniors (aged 18+ years) and £12 for juniors (aged 14 to 17 years)
What is it?
The 32nd annual World Bog Snorkelling Championships will take place on Sunday 27th August in Llanwrtyd Wells.
Hundreds of participants from around the world are expected to attend the event, as well as plenty of spectators. The bog snorkellers must complete two lengths (120 yards) of the Waen Rhydd peat bog, wearing snorkels and flippers.
The current world champion is Daniel Norman, who achieved a time of 1.26 minutes at last year’s championships, and the current world record, which was set in 2014 by Kirsty Johnson from Lightwater in Surrey, stands at 1.22 minutes. The junior world champion in 2016 was Tom Murphy with a time of 1.41 minutes, and the ladies and international champion was Anna Lohman from Sweden, clocking up a time of 1.33 minutes.
Participants come from all over the world to take part, and last year the event saw competitors from Sweden, Ireland, Czech Republic, Australia and Germany. Every year there are plenty of challengers who turn up in fancy dress to take part, and there is usually a prize for the best entrant. Last year’s fancy dress winner took part dressed as a galleon.
The event takes place at Waen Rhydd peat bog, on the outskirts of Llanwrtyd Wells. The championship site is about one mile from town and will be signposted for those happy to walk. Alternatively, a shuttle bus will be running from the town square to the bog from about 9am.
As well as the bog snorkelling, there will be food and drink stalls, crafts, a bouncy castle, live music, and a real ale and cider bar.
More info: www.green-events.co.uk