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Hundreds of competitors don fancy dress to take part in the World Bog Snorkelling Championship 

We’re no sticks in the mud! Hundreds of competitors don fancy dress and leap into a murky water-filled trench to take part in the World Bog Snorkelling Championship

  • The World Bog Snorkelling Championship was held Sunday on the outskirts of the UK’s smallest town, Llanwrtyd Wells, Wales
  • The highly competitive event sees hundreds of entrants wearing flippers and a snorkel completing two lengths in murky water 
  • It’s been described by Lonely Planet as one of the top 50 ‘must do’ events in the world 

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Hundreds of competitors in fancy dress jumped into a water-filled trench on Sunday as they took part in the World Bog Snorkelling Championship in Wales.

Entrants are required to swim two consecutive lengths of the murky water, wearing flippers and a snorkel. 

Many of them also donned bizarre costumes including a dinosaur, lobster and shark. 

The event took place at Waen Rhydd bog on the outskirts of the UK’s smallest town, Llanwrtyd Wells.

A competitor takes part in the World Bog Snorkelling Championships at Waen Rhydd peat bog in Llanwrtyd Wells, Wales on Sunday

Entrants are required to swim two consecutive lengths of the murky water, wearing flippers and a snorkel

Entrants are required to swim two consecutive lengths of the murky water, wearing flippers and a snorkel

Recognizable swimming strokes are not allowed. Competitors complete the two lengths relying only on the power they can generate using their flippers.

The competition is now in its 34th year.

It has been described by travel guide publisher Lonely Planet as one of the top 50 ‘must do’ events around the world. 

The competition was won by Secondary school art teacher Neil Rutter, of Swindon, Wilts, who retained his world title for a third year. 

The 34-year-old world record holder completed the course in one minute and 21 seconds, three seconds slower than last year’s effort. 

The competition was won by Secondary school art teacher Neil Rutter, of Swindon, Wilts, who retained his world title for a third year (not pictured)

The competition was won by Secondary school art teacher Neil Rutter, of Swindon, Wilts, who retained his world title for a third year (not pictured)

Many of them also donned bizarre costumes including a dinosaur, lobster and shark

Many of them also donned bizarre costumes including a dinosaur, lobster and shark

Recognizable swimming strokes are not allowed. Competitors complete the two lengths relying only on the power they can generate using their flippers

 Recognizable swimming strokes are not allowed. Competitors complete the two lengths relying only on the power they can generate using their flippers

The hot Bank Holiday weather saw temperatures reaching 23 degrees Celsius at the event

The hot Bank Holiday weather saw temperatures reaching 23 degrees Celsius at the event

The hot Bank Holiday weather saw temperatures reaching 23 degrees Celsius at the event.   

Bob Greenough, more commonly known as Bob From The Bog, has worked for Green Events, the World Bog Snorkelling Championship organizers, since 2007, he said anyone can get involved.

‘Bog snorkelling is utterly ridiculous and it’s for everyone, all ages, abilities, shapes and sizes,’ he said.

‘The championships attract serious athletes but also lots of people in fancy dress who are there to make fun of themselves,’ Greenough added. 

Hundreds gathered to compete and spectate at the annual event held in Wales

Hundreds gathered to compete and spectate at the annual event held in Wales

The odd sport has been described by travel guide publisher Lonely Planet as one of the top 50 'must do' events around the world

The odd sport has been described by travel guide publisher Lonely Planet as one of the top 50 ‘must do’ events around the world

 

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