World Bog Snorkelling Championship

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Bog Snorkelling Championship, World

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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.
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The 34th annual World Bog Snorkelling Championship was held at Waen Rhydd bog on the outskirts of Llanwrtyd Wells.
Bob Greenough, known as Bob From The Bog, has worked for Green Events, the World Bog Snorkelling Championship organisers, since 2007.
On Sunday, Elinor, 29, from Heath, Cardiff, was crowned "Queen of the Bog" at the 2018 World Bog Snorkelling Championships.
Elinor MacCormac, from Heath, Cardiff, was crowned world champion at the Bog Snorkelling Championships held at Llanwrtyd Wells, right
BOG SNORKELLING Bog snorkelling involves a swimming race through a 55-metre peat bog.
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The spontaneous 32-day trip saw her sleep under the stars in the forest, swim where the Rivers Wye and Severn meet, and even stop off to take part in the World Bog Snorkelling championships with Jack.
But perhaps the most eccentric event is the World Bog Snorkelling Championship in Mid Wales.
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