The 33rd annual World Bog Snorkelling Championships are to be held on Sunday 26th August 2018 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 is Daniel Norman who achieved a time of 1 minute 26.38 seconds in the 2016 championships, whilst the World Record, which was set in 2014 by Kirsty Johnson from Lightwater in Surrey, still stands at an amazing time of 1 minute 22.56 seconds. The Junior World Champion in 2016 was Tom Murphy with a time of 1 minute 41.00 seconds, and the Ladies (and International) Champion was Anna Lohman from Sweden with a time of 1 minute 33.10 seconds.
In 2016 the bog snorkellers included participants from Sweden, Eire, Czech Republic, Australia and Germany, making this a truly international world championship. As usual there were plenty of fancy dress entries, with the first prize for fancy dress going to Daniel Lyness who was dressed as a galleon.
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).