World Bogsnorkelling Championships30/08/2015
Sunday 30th August 2015 sees the 30th World Bog Snorkelling Championships, held annually in Llanwrtyd Wells, 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 33 year old Kirsty Johnson from Lightwater in Surrey, in a time of 1 minute 22.56 seconds, which is a new World Record, beating the previous record time held by Dineka Maguire from Northern Ireland of 1 minute 23.13 seconds by just over half a second. The Junior World Champion and in overall second place is Emma Pitchforth in a time of 1 minute 26.81 seconds, whose parents are both former Bogsnorkelling winners. In fact her father, Haydyn, was the fastest male competitor and fifth overall with a time of 1 minute 33.15 seconds.
In 2014 the bog snorkellers included participants from France, Germany, Belgium, Portugal, Sweden, Eire, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, USA, Hong Kong and Mali, making this a truly international world championships.
As usual there were plenty of fancy dress entries, with the first prize for fancy dress going to Suzanne Saunders dressed as a ‘Nurse Shark’!
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, so don't leave it too late!!