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Bog snorkelers get down and dirty for mucky world glory01:59

Bog snorkelers get down and dirty for mucky world glory

United Kingdom, Llanwrtyd Wells, Wales
August 26, 2018 at 16:21 GMT +00:00 · Published

The World Bog Snorkelling Championships got off to a wet and colourful start in the Welsh town of Llanwrtyd Wells on Sunday.

Every year scores of brave snorkelers, dressed in outrageous costumes, take the plunge attempting to swim 55m (180ft) along the stinky Waen Rhydd peat bog.

The event, part of the World Alternative Games events, is held below the Cambrian Mountains and attracts visitors from all over the world.

"It was an old traditional Welsh sport which was invented in 1986 in order to attract people to the town,” said Bob Greenough who is the administrative director of Green Events, an organization that hosts the championships.

"I think this is perfect weather for Bog Snorkelling today, couldn’t be better," said a contestant standing in pouring rain.

"I don’t know if its wetter out or it be wetter in," added a newbie contestant laughing.

Bog snorkelers get down and dirty for mucky world glory01:59
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The World Bog Snorkelling Championships got off to a wet and colourful start in the Welsh town of Llanwrtyd Wells on Sunday.

Every year scores of brave snorkelers, dressed in outrageous costumes, take the plunge attempting to swim 55m (180ft) along the stinky Waen Rhydd peat bog.

The event, part of the World Alternative Games events, is held below the Cambrian Mountains and attracts visitors from all over the world.

"It was an old traditional Welsh sport which was invented in 1986 in order to attract people to the town,” said Bob Greenough who is the administrative director of Green Events, an organization that hosts the championships.

"I think this is perfect weather for Bog Snorkelling today, couldn’t be better," said a contestant standing in pouring rain.

"I don’t know if its wetter out or it be wetter in," added a newbie contestant laughing.

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