Bog Weekender 2017 – can you beat the bog?

A man and a woman at the World Bogsnorkelling Championships

World Bogsnorkelling Championships, Llanwrtyd Wells, Mid Wales

The World Bog Snorkelling Championships is the crowning glory of a whole weekend of bog-related athletic endeavours that takes place in Llanwrtyd Wells over the August Bank Holiday Weekend. It’s all good clean fun (apart from the ‘clean’ part, which it most certainly isn’t).

A person bogsnorkelling in the water

World Bogsnorkelling Championships, Llanwrtyd Wells, Mid Wales 

If the World Bog Snorkelling Championship sounds like the kind of idea that was dreamt up in a pub, that’s because it was. Specifically, the Neuadd Arms in Llanwrtyd Wells, a small town in the Mid Wales uplands.

A world 'must-do'

A man on a bike attempting to bike through a bog

World Bogsnorkelling Championships, Llanwrtyd Wells, Mid Wales

Thirty years on, the Bog World Championships attracts competitors from all over the world, battling the bog to claim some of the most prestigious (in our view) titles in international sport. Lonely Planet named it one of the top 50 ‘must-do’ things from around world, so if you’re up for the challenge – or simply fancy drinking a local ale while watching other people get stinky - it’s taking place over the Bank Holiday weekend of August 26-27.

On Saturday there’s the challenging Bog Triathlon, and on Sunday it’s the turn of 150 elite Bog Snorkellers to slip into the 60-metre flooded trench in the Waen Rhydd Peat Bog. The current champion is Daniel Norman with a time of 1 min 26 sec, not quite fast enough to sieze the World Record from English swimmer Kirsty Johnson, who triumphed in 2014 in 1’22.6”.

Fancy dress, triathlons and extreme ironing 

A man jumping from a banking in to a bog

World Bogsnorkelling Championships, Llanwrtyd Wells, Mid Wales

If you prefer style over speed, you can enter the Fancy Dress Section, which has awards for the best costumes. In previous years a pantomime horse was arguably the most difficult to snorkel in, closely followed by a man with an ironing board (he was competing for another world event, ‘Extreme Ironing’).

While you’re on the bog, you could also try the World Bog Snorkelling Triathlons. The main event includes an eight-mile (13km) run followed by a 60m bog snorkel, finishing with a 12-mile (19km) mountain bike ride. You can enter as an individual or a relay team, and there’s also a shorter ‘Bite Size’ version for junior competitors or the less hardy types, and the Best Dressed Helmet award for dandies.

And if you like this kind of wilful oddness, the World Bog Series is one of a series of bizarre challenges run by Green Events.