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Bog snorkelling 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.


History of Bog Snorkelling

The sport of bog snorkelling was started in 1976 near Llanwrtyd Wells, Wales, United Kingdom. It began as a result of an over the bar conversation in The Neuadd Arms between Gordon Green and a few regulars.

World Bog Snorkelling Championship

The World Bog Snorkelling Championship, first held in 1985, takes place annually every August Bank Holiday at the dense Waen Rhydd peat bog, near Llanwrtyd Wells in mid Wales. It now attracts more than 200 entrants each year and is currently sponsored by Rowntrees Randoms.[1] The 2007 and 2008 events were not sponsored; the previous sponsor was London-based IT consultancy company SPMK in 2006.[2] Joanne Pitchforth of Heckmondwike is the current world record holder with the time 1 minute 35.18 seconds, having shaved fractions of a second off the previous record set in 2003. Conor Murphy is the current men's champion, Laura Smith is the current women's champion, and Beccy Lord the current champion junior bog snorkeller. Interestingly, of the 9 competitors filling the medal positions in each of the 3 main categories, only two of them do not play Underwater Hockey.[citation needed]

Other bog snorkelling events take place, particularly in Wales, including the associated mountain bike bog snorkelling (where competitors must ride through the bog on specially prepared mountain bikes), and the Bog Snorkelling Triathlon.[3]

Proceeds from the championship go to a local charity each year. Charities 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.[4]




  • 2009 - World Champion: Conor Murphy : 1m42.30s
  • 2008 - World Champion: Conor Murphy : 1m38.09s
  • 2007 - World Champion: Rob Liscoe : 1m42s
  • 2006 - World Champion: Haydn Pitchforth : 1m41.42s
  • 2005 - World Champion: Iain Hawkes : 1m46.03s
  • 2004 - World Champion: Phillip John : 1m38s
  • 2003 - World Champion: Phillip John : 1m35.46s
  • 2002 - World Champion: Phillip John : 1m45s
  • 2001 - cancelled due to foot and mouth disease
  • 2000 - World Champion: John Cantillon : 1m39s
  • 1999 - World Champion: Peter Owen : 1m52s
  • 1998 - World Champion: Craig Napper : 1m53s
  • 1997 - World Champion: Peter Beaumont : 1m44s
  • 1996 - World Champion: Jonathan Maiden : 2m12s
  • 1995 - Cancelled due to drought
  • 1994 - Stephen Madelin


  • 2009 - Female World Champion: Laura Smith : 1m51.00s
  • 2008 - Female World Champion: Kirsty Brown : 1m53.12s
  • 2007 - Female World Champion: Joanne Pitchforth : 1m35.18s (current world record time)
  • 2006 - Female World Champion: Alexis Howe : 1m45s
  • 2005 - Female World Champion: Heidi French : 1m48.65s
  • 2004 - Female World Champion: Terry Avery


  • 2009 - Junior World Champion: Beccy Lord : 1m41.56s
  • 2008 - Junior World Champion: Laura Smith : 1m51.21s
  • 2007 - Junior World Champion: George Murphy : 1m35s
  • 2006 - Junior World Champion: William Schofield : 1m48s
  • 2005 -
  • 2004 - Junior World Champion: Gareth Madelin
  • 2003 - Junior World Champion: Gareth Madelin

Local Men's

  • 2004 - Local Champion: Nick Bridgeman

Local Women's

  • 2004 - Local Women's Champion: Becky Jones
A photo of the World Mountain Bike Bog Snorkelling Championship


  1. ^ "News From Rowntree's". September 4, 2009. 
  2. ^ "World Bog Snorkelling Championships 2006". Retrieved January 30, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Rowntrees Randoms World Bog Snorkelling Championship". Retrieved January 2010. 
  4. ^ "Llanwrtyd Wells Bog Snorkelling site". Archived from the original on 2007-12-14. 

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