Bog snorkelling

Bog Snorkelling Championships World Record is a sporting event that consists of competitors completing two consecutive lengths of a 60-yard (55 m) 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.

163 competitors from around the world - many in fancy dress, as is encouraged by the competitions organisers - took part in the event, completing two lengths of a trench in the murky Waen Rhydd Bog near Llanwrtyd Wells, mid Wales.

Crowds of spectators watched as Dan Morgan, from Brecon, destroyed the previous record time by almost eight seconds, completing the 110 metre course in 1 minute 30.66 seconds.

Organisers had anticipated fast times as the trenches had recently been cleaned.

Llanwrtyd Wells, the UK's smallest town, is noted for its unusual sporting events, also hosting the Man Versus Horse Marathon and a bog snorkelling triathlon, which includes a seven and a half mile run and a 19-mile bike ride, as well as two lengths of the infamous bog.

Organiser John Crompton said: 'It was a good turnout. Everyone had a good time. The weather was pretty miserable to start with. It was wet and rainy and the rain was coming down horizontally. By the end of the day it brightened up.'

Asked to explain the event's increasing popularity, Crompton said: 'The potential of being a world champion at something, I suppose. There's not many things you can be world champion at without any preparation, you can just jump in and swim.'

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