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.

Llanwrtyd Wells bog snorkelling championships 2014 - crowd watches a competitor
Bog snorkelling championships were first held in Llanwrtyd Wells in 1985 in a bid to attract visitors to the smallest town in Wales
Llanwrtyd Wells bog snorkelling championships 2014 - competitors adjust their costumes
Competitors make last minute adjustments to their costumes
Llanwrtyd Wells bog snorkelling championships 2014 - Bogbusters
The 'Bogbusters' get set to take up the challenge
Llanwrtyd Wells bog snorkelling championships 2014 - Woman gets ready to take part
Preparing to take the plunge
Llanwrtyd Wells bog snorkelling championships 2014 - woman competing
Eyes on the prize
Llanwrtyd Wells bog snorkelling championships 2014 - Simon Reynolds
Simon Reynolds is happy to reach the finish
Llanwrtyd Wells bog snorkelling championships 2014 - Joanna Parker
Joanna Parker celebrates completing the course as Taff Man

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