Bog snorkelling

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Bog snorkelling
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Competitor of the World Bog Snorkelling Championship
First played 1976, Llanwrtyd Wells, Wales, United Kingdom
Characteristics
Team members Single competitors
Mixed gender Yes, but in separate leagues
Type Outdoor, aquatic
Equipment Snorkel and flippers
Venue Water filled trench cut through a peat bog

Bog snorkelling is a sporting event that consists of competitors completing two consecutive lengths of a water filled trench cut through a peat bog, in the shortest time possible. Competitors must wear snorkels and flippers, and complete the course without using conventional swimming strokes, relying on flipper power alone. Wet suits are not compulsory, but are usually worn.[citation needed]

The length of the trench is 60 yards (55 m) (traversed twice for a course of 120 yards (110 m)).[1]

The current world record holder, Dineka Maguire, set a time of 1 min 23.13 seconds, for a speed of 2.95 miles per hour.

History of bog snorkelling[edit]

The activity of bog snorkelling was started in 1976 near Llanwrtyd Wells, Wales, United Kingdom. It began as a result of an over-the-bar conversation in The Neuadd Arms between Gordon Green and a few regulars.[citation needed]

World Bog Snorkelling Championship[edit]

The World Bog Snorkelling Championship, first held in 1985, takes place annually every August Bank Holiday at the dense Waen Rhydd peat bog, near Llanwrtyd Wells in mid Wales. In 2013 Dineka Maguire broke the previous World Record set by Andrew Holmes. Dineka's time was 1:23.13 secs, also making her the Ladies Champion. The Mens Champion for 2013 was David Williams.

The event now attracts more than 200 entrants each year and in recent years has been sponsored by Fun Swim Shop.[citation needed] The 2007 and 2008 events were not sponsored; the previous sponsor was London-based IT consultancy company SPMK in 2006.[2] The 2012 event was sponsored by Paddy Power.

Other bog snorkelling events take place, particularly in Wales (but also in Australia, the island of Ireland and Sweden). Associated events include the associated mountain bike bog snorkelling (where competitors must ride through the bog on specially prepared mountain bikes), and the Bog Snorkelling Triathlon (120-yard (110-meter) swim, 19-mile (31-kilometer) bike, and a 7.5-mile (12.1-kilometer) run).[3][4]

Proceeds from the championship go to a local charity each year. Charities include the Cystic Fibrosis Trust (2005) and the Motor Neurone Association (2006). The 2006 charity was chosen in memory of the Green Events Treasurer, Ron Skilton, who died in December 2005.[5]

Results[edit]

Men

  • 2013 - World Champion : David Williams : 1 min 32.68 secs
  • 2012 - World Champion : Richard Addis : 1 min 26 secs
  • 2011 – World Champion : Andrew Holmes : 1 min 24 secs (New world record)[6]
  • 2010 – World Champion: Dan Morgan : 1 min 30.06 secs (New world record)[7]
  • 2009 – World Champion : Conor Murphy : 1 min 42.30 secs
  • 2008 – World Champion : Conor Murphy : 1 min 38.09 secs
  • 2007 – World Champion : Robert Liscoe : 1 min 43 secs
  • 2006 – World Champion : Haydn Pitchforth : 1 min 41.42 secs
  • 2005 – World Champion : Iain Hawkes : 1 min 46.03 secs
  • 2004 – World Champion : Phillip John : 1 min 38 secs
  • 2003 – World Champion : Phillip John : 1 min 35.46 secs
  • 2002 – World Champion : Phillip John : 1 min 45 secs
  • 2001 – cancelled due to foot and mouth disease
  • 2000 – World Champion : John Cantillon : 1 min 39 secs (New world record)[8]
  • 1999 – World Champion : Peter Owen : 1 min 52 secs
  • 1998 – World Champion : Craig Napper : 1 min 53 secs
  • 1997 – World Champion : Peter Beaumont : 1 min 44 secs
  • 1996 – World Champion : Jonathan Maiden : 2 min 12 secs
  • 1995 – Cancelled due to drought
  • 1994 – World Champion : Stephen Madelin

Women

  • 2013 - Female World Champion : Dineka Maguire 1 min 23.13 secs (new World Record and current record for both sexes)
  • 2012 – Female World Champion : Dineka Maguire 1 min 26.97 secs (world record)
  • 2011 – Female World Champion : Dineka Maguire
  • 2010 – Female World Champion : Dineka Maguire : 1 min 31.90 secs
  • 2009 – Female World Champion : Laura Smith : 1 min 51.00 secs
  • 2008 – Female World Champion : Kirsty Brown : 1 min 53.12 secs
  • 2007 – Female World Champion : Joanne Pitchforth : 1 min 35.18 secs
  • 2006 – Female World Champion : Alexis Howe : 1 min 45 secs
  • 2005 – Female World Champion : Heidi French : 1 min 48.65secs
  • 2004 – Female World Champion : Terry Avery
  • 2000 – Female World Champion : Joanne Wallace

Junior

  • 2013 - Junior World Champion : Jack Everist
  • 2012 – Junior World Champion : Dineka Maguire 1 min 26.97 secs (world record)
  • 2011 – Junior World Champion : Dineka Maguire
  • 2010 – Junior World Champion : John Lydeard
  • 2009 – Junior World Champion : Beccy Lord 1 min 41.56 secs
  • 2008 – Junior World Champion : Laura Smith 1 min 51.21 secs
  • 2007 – Junior World Champion : George Murphy 1 min 35 secs
  • 2006 – Junior World Champion : William Schofield 1 min 48 secs
  • 2005 – Junior World Champion :
  • 2004 – Junior World Champion : Gareth Madelin
  • 2003 – Junior World Champion : Gareth Madelin
  • 1999 – Junior World Champion : Joanne Wallace 1 min 53 secs
  • 1997 – Junior World Champion : Al Hudson
  • 1996 - Junior World Champion :

Local Men's

  • 2010 – Local Champion : Tony Bain
  • 2004 – Local Champion : Nick Bridgeman

Local Women's

  • 2010 – Local Women's Champion : Kelly Fuller
  • 2004 – Local Women's Champion : Becky Jones
A photo of the World Mountain Bike Bog Snorkelling Championship

References[edit]

  1. ^ Irish Bog Snorkelling (2009). World Record Smashed Twice!! 1st ever Irish Bog Snorkelling Championships a Huge Success. Irish Bog Snorkelling. Retrieved on 2012-07-29 from http://www.irishbogsnorkelling.com/index-09.htm.
  2. ^ "World Bog Snorkelling Championships 2006". Retrieved 2010-01-30. 
  3. ^ "World Bog Snorkelling Championship". Retrieved January 2010. 
  4. ^ "Teenager in bog snorkelling record". Belfasttelegraph. 25 August 2013. Retrieved 4 June 2014. 
  5. ^ "Llanwrtyd Wells Bog Snorkelling site". Archived from the original on 14 December 2007. 
  6. ^ "Andrew Holmes sets new world bog snorkelling record". BBC News. 28 August 2011. Retrieved 28 August 2011. 
  7. ^ "Llanwrtyd Wells bog snorkel has new world record time". BBC News. 29 August 2010. 
  8. ^ "Bog snorkellers set new world record". BBC News. 28 August 2000. 

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