Hooper's World Bogsnorkelling Championships24/08/2014
Sunday 24th August 2014 sees the 29th World Bog Snorkelling Championships, held annually in Llanwrtyd Wells, and this year once again it is part of the World Alternative Games. We would like to welcome on board Hooper's as main sponsors of this year's event, and look forward to working with them to promote what Lonely Planet have described as one of the top 50 "must do" things from around the world in 2014. You can find them at hoopersbrew.com and on Facebook and Twitter. Hundreds of participants from around the world and plenty of spectators are expected once again.
The current World Champion is 18 year old Dineka Maguire from Northern Ireland in a time of 1 minute 23.13 seconds, which is a new World Record beating the previous record time held by Andrew Holmes of 1 minute 24.22 seconds by over a second. The Junior World Champion is 14 year old Jack Everist in a time of 2 minutes 20.38 seconds, and the fastest male competitor and second overall was David Williams in a time of 1 minute 32.68 seconds, just one tenth of a second faster than the third placed competitor Bjorn Fjellstrom from Sweden.
In 2013 the bog snorkellers included participants from France, Germany, Australia, New Zealand, USA, Canada, Eire 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 2 girls dressed as the 'Happy Flappers', complete with feather boas.
The event takes place at Waen Rhydd bog on the outskirts of the town, getting underway at around 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 between 9 and 10 am. There are food and drink stalls, crafts, a bouncy castle, live music and a 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!!