Mid Wales

Bog snorkellers take up challenge in Llanwrtyd Wells

The Powys town of Llanwrtyd Wells hosted its annual bog snorkelling championships over the August Bank Holiday weekend.

The event attracted more than 150 competitors from as far afield as France, Germany, the USA, Canada, Hong Kong, Australia and New Zealand.

Last year the creator of bog snorkelling and wife-carrying events was given an outstanding achievement award for putting mid Wales on the tourism map.

Gordon Green, from Llanwrtyd Wells, Powys, launched the events after the decline of pony-trekking in the area in the 1970s, hosting other events like last year's World Alternative Games.

Image caption Bog snorkelling championships were first held in Llanwrtyd Wells in 1985 in a bid to attract visitors to the smallest town in Wales
Image caption Competitors make last minute adjustments to their costumes
Image caption The 'Bogbusters' get set to take up the challenge
Image caption Preparing to take the plunge
Image caption Eyes on the prize
Image caption Simon Reynolds is happy to reach the finish
Image caption Joanna Parker celebrates completing the course as Taff Man

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