Where: Lanwrtyd Wells, Pow, South Wales
What’s it about: Eccentric Welsh event competing to snorkel a 60 foot cold and murky mud bog in record time without using any traditional swimming strokes
Remember to bring: A wetsuit and bucket and cloth to wipe down afterwards
Snorkelling is usually associated with sunny climates, clear blue waters, and exotic fish.Wales may not have any of these but they are proud to offer the next best thing – muddy bogs! The British are known for being slightly eccentric and this is event exemplifies this reputation.
What is bog snorkelling?
The aim of the game is to complete two lengths of the 60-foot cold and murky bog in the shortest time possible. Competitors are kitted out in snorkels, masks and flippers (wetsuits are optional but advised!) and to add to the silliness, an additional rule is that they are not allowed to use any traditional swimming strokes, so thrashing, wiggling, and splashing are the only eligible ways to race to the finish.
Bog Snorkelling Festival
Every summer, Llanwrtyd Wells, the smallest town in Britain (population: 601), plays host to the annual World Bog Snorkelling Championships. The world record is 1 minute 35 seconds and if you think you can beat it then head down to South Wales on August Bank Holiday weekend (last Monday in August) and join the other 150 competitors vying for the title.
Once you have mastered the art of bog snorkelling, you can progress to the more advanced contest of mountain bike bog snorkelling. Contestants ride specially made bikes with lead and water inside the wheels. The bikes are ridden underwater along a six-foot trench cut into the peat bog. The world record stands at under a minute.
Or alternatively, if you are feeling particularly energetic, you can take part in an event which held its first World Championships in 2005 – the bog triathlon. Running, cycling, and snorkelling – all in one race and all in the bog. Llanwrtyd Wells is in South Wales, three-and-a-half hours by train from Cardiff.
Bog Snorkelling Festival
Entry details, photos, and previous winners.
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image: Competitor of the World Bog Snorkelling Championship at the dense Waen Rhydd peat bog, near Llanwrtyd Wells in mid Wales. Image by: Fotograferen.net, courtesy of Creative Commons licensing
By Emma Jones & Sophie Mitchell