The 34th annual World Bog Snorkelling Championships are to be held on Sunday 25th August 2019 in Llanwrtyd Wells - an event that Lonely Planet described as one of the top 50 "must do" things from around the world. Hundreds of participants from around the world, and plenty of spectators, are expected once again.
The current World Champion and World Record holder is Neil Rutter who achieved a time of 1 minute 18.82 seconds in the 2018 championships, breaking the previous World Record of 1 minute 22.56 seconds set in 2014 by Kirsty Johnson from Lightwater in Surrey. The Ladies Champion in 2018 was Elinor MacCormac with a time of 1 minute 48.46 seconds and the Overseas Champion was Jean van de Putte from Belgium with a time of 1 minute 38.75 seconds.
In 2018 the bog snorkellers included participants from Australia, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Eire, Italy, Iran, Korea and USA, making this a truly international world championship.
The event takes place at Waen Rhydd bog on the outskirts of the town, getting underway at about 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 throughout the day, 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!
Entry fees are £15 for seniors (aged over 18) and £12 for juniors (aged 14 to 17).