Divers plumb the depths as they do battle in the world bog-snorkelling championships 

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Mid-Wales was swamped contiguous arsenic divers from each implicit the globe descended connected a peat bog successful the portion to instrumentality portion successful the renowned bog-snorkelling satellite championships.

The 34th yearly Rude Health World Bogsnorkelling Championships took spot successful Llanwrtyd Wells connected Sunday 28 August, with a bog snorkelling triathlon besides taking spot connected Saturday.

Organisers person boasted that competitors successful the 2 races are warring for 'one of the astir prestigious (in our view) titles successful planetary sport'. 

Prizes are awarded for the fastest divers to implicit the 60-metre trench course, but besides for best-dressed, arsenic divers don fancy formal portion undertaking the utmost sport. 

The 34th yearly Rude Health World Bogsnorkelling Championships took spot successful Llanwrtyd Wells connected Sunday 28 August, with a bog snorkelling triathlon besides taking spot connected Saturday

Safety first: Mark Williams prepares to instrumentality portion successful the Rude Health World Bog Snorkelling Championships

Taking the plunge: Diver Mark Williams enters the murky bog successful Wales during the championships connected Sunday

I'm going in: Mark Williams, dressed successful a Baywatch-inspired costume, took the plunge connected Sunday

Visit Wales tells those aspiring to go bog divers: 'If you similar benignant implicit speed, you tin participate the Fancy Dress Section, which has awards for the champion costumes.

'In erstwhile years a pantomime equine was arguably the astir hard to snorkel in, intimately followed by a antheral with an ironing committee who was simultaneously competing successful the different quirky planetary athletics of different ‘Extreme Ironing’.' 

Divers' costumes look to go much flamboyant each year.

Competitors and partners Shawn Palmer and Louise Wild buss aft they some competed successful the Rude Health World Bog Snorkelling Championships

The Ladies Champion was Betsy Creak with a clip of 1 infinitesimal 42.22 seconds and the Overseas Champion was Ian Maclachlan from South Africa with a clip of 1 infinitesimal 38.75 seconds

The victor of today's contention was World Record holder Neil Rutter, who achieved a clip of 1 infinitesimal 18.82 seconds successful the 2018 championships 

Swamp shark: This twelvemonth brave divers flaunted shark, lifeguard and Santa Claus get-ups arsenic they took the plunge

This twelvemonth brave divers flaunted shark, lifeguard and Santa Claus get-ups arsenic they took the plunge.

Andrew Tarver from Canada, who was successful Wales connected his honeymoon, celebrated by taking portion successful the contention dressed arsenic a bride.

The victor of today's contention was World Record holder Neil Rutter, who achieved a clip of 1 infinitesimal 18.82 seconds successful the 2018 championships.

Mr Rutter mounted a palmy defence of his rubric but failed to interruption his ain grounds with a time.

Around 150 positive divers instrumentality portion successful the lawsuit each year. The wacky lawsuit was archetypal conceived of successful a section pub, the Neuadd Arms successful Llanwrtyd Wells

He broke the erstwhile World Record of 1 infinitesimal 22.56 seconds, acceptable successful 2014 by Kirsty Johnson from Surrey successful 2018, achieving different speedy clip this twelvemonth of 1 infinitesimal 21.78 seconds. 

The Ladies Champion was Betsy Creak with a clip of 1 infinitesimal 42.22 seconds.

There was besides an Overseas Champion title, claimed by Ian Maclachlan from South Africa with a clip of 1 infinitesimal 38.75 seconds. 

Around 150 positive divers instrumentality portion successful the lawsuit each year.

Andrew Tarver from Canada, who was successful Wales connected his honeymoon, celebrated by taking portion successful the contention dressed arsenic a bride

In 2019 bog snorkellers successful the planetary lawsuit hailed from Australia, Belgium, Denmark, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, South Africa, Sweden and USA.

In the aforesaid year, Lonely Planet described it arsenic 1 of the world's apical 50 'must-do' experiences.

The contention takes spot astatine the Waen Rhydd bog, astir a mile retired of the municipality of Llanwrtyd Wells, getting underway astatine astir 10am.

At 1 with nature: A rival dons a pinkish floral get-up and sash supporting the Lupus UK foundation during the event

Llanwrtyd Wells claims to beryllium Britain's smallest town.

The wacky lawsuit was archetypal conceived of successful a section pub, the Neuadd Arms successful Llanwrtyd Wells.

Visit Wales says determination is plentifulness of hospitality for spectators astatine the yearly event.

The World Bog Series is conscionable 1 of a big of bizarre sporting events organised by the Green Events institution

A rival plunges into the muddy depths at the Waen Rhydd bog, astir a mile retired of the municipality of Llanwrtyd Wells

'For spectators, determination are plentifulness of nutrient stalls, a bouncy castle, unrecorded euphony and plentifulness of existent ale and cider (as you'd expect from an lawsuit birthed successful the section pub).' 

The World Bog Series is conscionable 1 of a big of bizarre sporting events organised by Green Events institution astir the Llanwrtyd Wells country each year.

 Their inaugural event, the satellite celebrated Man versus Horse race, began successful 1980.

Sian Andrews with a beaming grin arsenic she takes portion successful the Rude Health World Bogsnorkelling Championships

A rival has assistance with her snorkel earlier taking portion successful the Rude Health World Bog Snorkelling Championships

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