Sunday 25th August 2019 sees the 34th World Bog Snorkelling Championships, held annually in Llanwrtyd Wells, in the United Kingdom an event that Lonely Planet described as one of the top 50 “must do” things from around the world in 2014. Hundreds of participants from around the world and plenty of spectators are expected once again.
The current World Champion is Neil Rutter who achieved a time of 1 minute 26.15 seconds in the 2017 championships, whilst the World Record was set in 2014 by 33 year old Kirsty Johnson from Lightwater in Surrey, with an amazing time of 1 minute 22.56 seconds. The Junior World Champion (14 – 17yrs) in 2017 is Max Dow in a time of 1 minute 58 seconds, and the Ladies Champion is Jess Fidler with a time of 1 minute 41.87 seconds. Topping the Over 50s category was Ian Maclachlan in a time of 1 minute 49 seconds and Linda Foster in the womens with a time of 1 minute 53 seconds.
In 2018 the bog snorkellers included participants from Germany, Sweden, Eire, Czech Republic, Australia, making this a truly international world championships.
Highlights from the World Bog Snorkelling Championships below:
The Bog Triathlon takes place on Saturday 24 August 2019, the day before the Bog Snorkelling Championships. It consists of an 8-mile run, followed by a 12-mile Mountain Bike ride, followed by a 60yd (one length) bog snorkel. There is also a ‘bite-size’ Triathlon for the less adventurous. This consists of a 3-mile run, followed by a 6-mile Mountain Bike ride, followed by a 60yd bog snorkel.
The event takes place at Waen Rhydd bog on the outskirts of the town, getting underway at 10am. The site is signposted from the town for those who don’t mind about a mile walk, and there is also a shuttle bus running from the town square to the bog and back, beginning as soon as we can manage after 9am. There are food and drink stalls, crafts, a bouncy castle, live music and a real ale and cider bar on the site, so it’s a great day out even if you don’t fancy taking the plunge.
Online entries close 7 days before the event, but don’t panic, it’s possible to turn up and enter on the day. For more information about the event and how to enter go to Green Events
Feature image: 30th World Bog Snorkelling Championships. Photo credit – abc
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