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Since 1985, the World Bogsnorkelling Championships are held on the last weekend on August in Llanwrtyd Wells in Wales. If you want to take part and have a chance to be crowned World Champion, this years event is on Sunday 26th August, or simply turn up and watch!
This epic race consists of two consecutive 55m lengths,in a freezing water filled trench. Simple enough one might say, but to make it more challenging, all the competitors must wear a snorkel (evidently in the name) and a pair of flippers. To those who then say "Pfft anybody could do that", you must only use unconventional swimming methods, so essentially flipper power alone. (ie your swimming technique must be appalling).
Perhaps bog snorkelling isn't your thing, and fair enough it's not for everyone, then why not try Mountain Bike bog snorkelling? Essentially the same thing but utilising a specially designed bike for the same purpose. A much more difficult event to complete, considering the nigh impossible task of cycling through 110m of 4ft deep boggy and muddy water. The greatest thing about these events is that all proceeds (Event entry of £15) and donations go to different charities every year.
The current world record is at 1 minute 24.22 seconds (for snorkelling) so why not go down to the local bog and start practising? You never know, it could become an olympic sport one day.
Photo Thanks Green-Events.co.uk