A Dash To The Bog
This summer was packed to the rafters with exciting sporting events: the Ashes, the World Athletics Championships, and of course Wimbledon to name just three. To the list ought to be added the annual World Bog Snorkelling Championships which this year was celebrating its 30th anniversary. Competitors from all over the world descended on Powys, Wales, to battle it out for the world title. Watched by hundreds of spectators each entrant donned snorkel and fancy dress to complete two lengths of a 60 yard trench that had been dug through a peat bog known as Waen Rhydd. The title simply goes to whoever completes the course the fastest without using conventional swimming strokes. This year’s winner was Briton Haydn Pitchforth who took around 25 seconds to navigate the course, just two seconds or so shy of last year’s world record of 23.56 seconds. It would seem a good time was had by all but the editor presumes the queue for the showers would have been rather long.