It was that time again when Llanwrtyd Wells hosted one of the most quirky events anywhere on earth – the World Bog Snorkelling Championships.

Wales’ smallest town, Llanwrtyd Wells, has a reputation for putting on big events such as the weird and wonderful Bog Snorkelling Championships at Waen Rhydd peat.

125 people braved the bog waters and tackled the two lengths of the 180ft (55m) peat bog in fancy dress on Sunday.

Despite the heavy rain for most of the day, there were smiles all round at the World Bog Snorkelling Championships as a new bog snorkelling world record was set.


Neil Rutter, 34, from Swindon, broke the previous record, set in 2014, by only four seconds in a time of 1 minute and 18.82 seconds.

Other winners included Elinor MacCormac taking the top spot in the ladies’ category with a time of 1 minute and 48.46 seconds and Hattie Sibbick winning the over-50s category in a time of 2 minutes 01.19secs.

Hopefuls from around the world were keen to be competing.

The World Bog Snorkelling Championships had entries from as far as the USA, Canada, Australia, Korea, Iran, Ireland, Belgium, Italy and the Czech Republic.


The winner in the international category was Jean van de Putte from Belgium with a time of 1 minute and 38.75 seconds.

Green Events, the event organisers, is a charity which ploughs all the profits back into the community.