World Bog Snorkelling Championship

Bog Snorkelling Championship, World

Last Monday in August
Peat bogs are areas of wetlands that are plentiful around the United Kingdom, so in the 1980s folks in the small town of Llanwrtyd Wells, Wales, decided to make annual, if wacky, use of one. They clear a 60-yard path through the black, smelly waters of the Waen Rhydd peat bog outside town. Competitors must traverse the trench twice using any but standard swim strokes. Snorkels and flippers are required wear. A newer event takes place in the same bog in July—the World Mountain Bike Bog Snorkelling Championship; participants in this race can skip the flippers, but still must wear snorkels, as they try to cycle two lengths in the fastest time.
CONTACTS:
Tourist Information Centre
Ty Barcud
Llanwrtyd Wells, Wales LD5 4RB United Kingdom
44-15-9161-0828; fax: 44-15-9161-0666
www.llanwrtyd.com
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The 30th annual world bog snorkelling championship held in Powys yesterday saw around 100 people from across the globe take part in the event at the Waen Rhydd bog on the outskirts of Llanwrtyd Wells.
World Bog Snorkelling Championship Britain's smallest town, between the Cambrian Mountains and the Brecon Beacons in Mid Wales, plays host to this quirky race in which hardy competitors attempt two lengths of a water-filled peat bog trench (swimwear code of snorkel and flippers must be adhered to) for the title of Bog Snorkelling Champion.
ALMOST drowning in a sea of mud may sound like most people's idea of hell, but the world bog snorkelling championship attracts visitors from across the globe.
For Britain at its most eccentric, head to Llanwrtyd Wells on August 26 for the World Bog Snorkelling Championship where competitors try to swim two lengths of a 60-yard water-filled trench cut through a peat bog (www.
The 2007 world champion was Joanne Pitchforth, from Heckmondwike, who was unable to hold on to her world title this year and was beaten by Laura at the World Bog Snorkelling Championship 2009 at Llanwrtyd Wells, Wales at the weekend.
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Llanwrtyd Wells World Bog Snorkelling Championship Britain's smallest town, between the Cambrian Mountains and the Brecon Beacons in Mid Wales, plays host to this quirky race in which hardy competitors attempt two lengths of a water-filled peat bog trench (swimwear code of snorkel and flippers must be adhered to) for the title of Bog Snorkelling Champion.
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Competitors make their way through the murky water during the annual World Bog Snorkelling Championship

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