Sporting Event Of The Week (2)
September 4, 2016
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On August Bank Holiday Sunday the 31st World Bog Snorkelling Championship was held just outside the town of Llanwrtyd Wells in Mid Wales. Contestants who must wear flippers and a snorkel are invited to swim two lengths of the 55 metre trench that runs through the Waen Rhydd peat bog. The winner (natch) is the one who completes the course in the fastest time.
This year’s winner was Daniel Norman from Wolverhampton who completed the course in 1 minute 26 seconds whilst the women’s champ was Anna Lohman who finished third overall in a time of 1 minute 33 seconds. The world record is held by Kirsty Johnson, appropriately from Lightwater in Surrey who completed the course in 2014 in a time of 1 minute 22.56 seconds.
Like all good ideas bog snorkelling was dreamed up by Gordon Green and a few regulars of the Neuadd Arms over a pint in 1976 although the first world championship was not held until 1985. Strong stuff, that Welsh ale!