|First played||1976, Llanwrtyd Wells, Wales, United Kingdom|
|Mixed-sex||Yes, but in separate leagues|
|Venue||Water-filled trench cut through a peat bog|
Bog snorkelling is a sporting event where competitors aim to complete two consecutive lengths of a 60 yards (55 m) water-filled trench cut through a peat bog in the shortest time possible, wearing traditional snorkel, diving mask and flippers. They complete the course without swimming, relying on flipper power alone.
The current world record was set by Neil Rutter in 2018, with a time of 1 min 18.81 seconds. The women's world record stands at 1 minute 22.56 seconds by Kirsty Johnson in 2014. Both were set at the Waen Rhydd bog, Llanwrtyd Wells in Wales.
- A water-filled trench 60 yards (55 m) in length must be cut through a peat bog by the organisers.
- Competitors must wear snorkels, masks and flippers.
- A wetsuit is not compulsory, but is often worn.
- Bog snorkelling competitors must traverse two consecutive lengths totalling 120 yards (110 m) in the shortest time possible.
- The course must be completed without using conventional swimming strokes, relying on flipper power alone.
World Record history
|Time||Record holder||Location and date|
|1 min 44 sec||Peter Beaumont of Wales||Waen Rhydd bog, Llanwrtyd Wells, Powys, Wales in 1997.|
|1 min 39 sec||John Cantillon of Dublin||Llanwrtyd Wells 2000.|
|1 min 35.46 sec||Philip John||Llanwrtyd Wells 2003.|
|1 min 34 sec||Casey Squibb from Dorset, England||Alice's Loft & Cottages, Doohamlet, Castleblayney, Co.Monaghan in 2009.|
|1 min 28 sec||Connor Murphy from Portadown, Co. Armagh, Northern Ireland||Doohamlet, later the same day in 2009.|
|1 min 23.13 sec||Dineka Maguire from Northern Ireland||Llanwrtyd Wells 2013.|
|1 min 22.56 sec||Kirsty Johnson (Current women's world record)||Llanwrtyd Wells 24 August 2014.|
|1 min 19 sec||Paddy Lambe from Castleblayney, Co.Monaghan||Irish Bog Snorkelling Championship 2016|
(His sister Moira Lambe also won the ladies' event.)
|1 min 18.81 sec||' Neil Rutter (Current world record)||Llanwrtyd Wells 26 August 2018.|
World Bog Snorkelling Championship
The World Bog Snorkelling Championship, first held in 1985, takes place every August Bank Holiday in the dense Waen Rhydd peat bog, near Llanwrtyd Wells in mid Wales. Competitors travel from as far afield as Australia, Belgium, Canada, China, England, Finland, Germany, Ireland, New Zealand, Poland, Russia, South Africa, South Korea, Wales and the US.
Other bog snorkelling events take place, particularly in Wales, but also in Australia, Ireland, and Sweden. These include the Bog Snorkelling Triathlon, which consists of a 120 yards (110 metres) snorkel, a 19 miles (31 kilometres) bike ride and a 7+1⁄2 miles (12.1 km) run.
Proceeds from the World Championship go to a local charity each year. Past recipients 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.
|Year||Champion||Time (min + secs)|
|Men's world champions|
|2022||Neil Rutter||1 min 20.22 secs |
|2021||–||Cancelled due to COVID|
|2020||–||Cancelled due to COVID|
|2019||Neil Rutter||1 min 21.78 secs|
|2018||Neil Rutter||1 min 18.81 secs (WR)|
|2017||Neil Rutter||1 min 26.15 secs|
|2016||Daniel Norman||1 min 26.38 secs|
|2015||Haydn Pitchforth||1 min 26.00 secs|
|2014||Craig Pedley||1min 33.25 secs|
|2013||David Williams||1 min 32.68 secs|
|2012||Richard Addis||1 min 26 secs|
|2011||Andrew Holmes||1 min 29 secs (former course record) |
|2010||Dan Morgan||1 min 30.06 secs (former course record)|
|2009||Conor Murphy||1 min 42.30 secs|
|2008||Conor Murphy||1 min 38.09 secs|
|2007||Robert Liscoe||1 min 43 secs|
|2006||Haydn Pitchforth||1 min 41.42 secs|
|2005||Iain Hawkes||1 min 46.03 secs|
|2004||Phillip John||1 min 38 secs|
|2003||Phillip John||1 min 35.46 secs (FWR)|
|2002||Phillip John||1 min 45 secs |
|2001||–||Cancelled due to Foot and Mouth Disease|
|2000||John Cantillon||1 min 39 secs (FWR)|
|1999||Peter Owen||1 min 52 secs|
|1998||Craig Napper||1 min 53 secs|
|1997||Peter Beaumont||1 min 44 secs (FWR)|
|1996||Jonathan Maiden||2 min 12 secs|
|1995||–||Cancelled due to drought|
|Women's world champions|
|2022||Kezia Jukes||1 min 35.00 secs|
|2021||–||Cancelled due to COVID|
|2020||–||Cancelled due to COVID|
|2019||Betsy Creak||1 min 42.22 secs|
|2018||Elinor MacCormac||1 min 48.46 secs|
|2017||Jess Fidler||1 min 41.87 secs|
|2016||Anna Lohman (Swe)||1 min 33.10 secs|
|2015||Eva Jonasson (Swe)||1 min 31.03 secs|
|2014||Kirsty Johnson||1 min 22.56 secs (FWR)|
|2013||Dineka Maguire||1 min 23.13 secs (FWR)|
|2012||Dineka Maguire||1 min 26.97 secs (former women's and junior record)|
|2010||Dineka Maguire||1 min 31.90 secs|
|2009||Laura Smith||1 min 51.00 secs|
|2008||Kirsty Brown||1 min 53.12 secs|
|2007||Joanne Pitchforth||1 min 35.18 secs|
|2006||Alexis Howe||1 min 45 secs|
|2005||Heidi French||1 min 48.65 secs|
|2002||Gemma Davies||2 min 3 secs |
Bog snorkelling in popular culture
- 2019 - Royal Mail issue a collectable stamps edition of UK Weird and Wonderful Customs which includes Bog snorkelling at Llanwrtyd Wells, World Gurning Championship at Egremont, Up Helly Aa in Lerwick, Burning the Clocks in Brighton, 'Obby 'Oss festival in Padstow, Samhain Celtic festival (Halloween) at Derry, Horn Dance at Abbots Bromley and Cheese-Rolling at Cooper's Hill.
- ^ a b c d e f Galván, Javier A. (19 June 2014). They Do What? A Cultural Encyclopedia of Extraordinary and Exotic Customs from around the World: A Cultural Encyclopedia of Extraordinary and Exotic Customs from around the World. ABC-CLIO. p. 36. ISBN 978-1-61069-342-4.
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- ^ "Stamps: Cheese rolling, gurning and bog snorkelling on new UK stamps". BBC. 9 July 2019.