Rude Health World Bog Snorkelling Championship
Sunday August 28th, 2022

2019 World Champion Neil Rutter 1 min 21.78 secs
Current World Record Holder (2018) Neil Rutter 1 min 18.82 secs

Snorkeller in pink hat
The 34th annual World Bog Snorkelling Championships - an event that Lonely Planet described as one of the top 50 "must do" things from around the world - were held on Sunday 25th August 2019 in Llanwrtyd Wells. Over 160 participants from around the world took part on a blisteringly hot day.
The current World Champion and World Record holder 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, mounted a successful defence of his title but failed to break his own record with a time of 1 minute 21.78 seconds. The Ladies Champion was Betsy Creak with a time of 1 minute 42.22 seconds and the Overseas Champion was Ian Maclachlan from South Africa with a time of 1 minute 38.75 seconds.
Snorkeller with
In 2019 the bog snorkellers included participants from Australia, Belgium, Denmark, Eire, Italy, the Netherlands, South Africa, Sweden 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, though you can enter on the day!
Entry fees are £15 for seniors (aged over 16) and £12 for juniors (aged 14 to 15).