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World Bog Snorkelling Championships

25th August 2024

Could you be the fastest bog snorkeller over 120 yards?

Wearing facemark, snorkel tube and flippers you are only permitted to use doggy paddle with your arms below the water.

Fancy having a go at becoming a World Champion?

Read on...

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The event takes place at Waen Rydd 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 free shuttlebus 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, 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. There is a small charge for parking on at the bog site.

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Online entries close 7 days before the event, though you can enter on the day.

The 37th 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 27th August 2023 in Llanwrtyd Wells. More than 150 participants from around the world took part on a mild dry late summer's day.

The World Champion and World Record holder, Neil Rutter, obliterated his former record of 1 minute 18.82 seconds in the 2018 championships by nearly 6.5 seconds! Before Neil the previous World Record was Kirsty Johnson from Lightwater in Surrey, with a time of 1 minute 22.56 seconds set in 2014.


The Ladies Champion of 2023 was Camilla Davies, with a time of 1 minute 36.78 seconds and the Overseas Champion was Maria Gotesson from Sweden with a time of 1 minute 38.90 seconds.

In 2023 the bog snorkellers included participants from Sweden, Serbia, Eire, Denmark, Belgium, the Netherlands, Australia, Norway, South Africa, Germany, Italy, and USA, making this a truly international world championships.




 

You don't have to chase the world record to have fun, fancy dress is an important element as well.

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2023 World Champion

NEIL RUTTER 1 MIN 12.34 SECS

Current World Record Holder (2023)

NEIL RUTTER 1 MIN 12.34 SECS

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"It is, as it's intended, a completely mad,daft environment. It's not meant for anyone like me to be taking it seriously. And the fact that I do it makes me the idiot in the situation," Neil Rutter after his 2023 win

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