In August 2015 the world’s finest athletes gathered in one place to push their bodies to the limits. No, we’re not talking about the Beijing World Championships, we’re talking about the 30th annual World Bog Snorkelling Championships.
That’s right. Last weekend around 150 competitors from across the globe assembled at Waen Rhydd peat bog, near Llanwrtyd Wells in Wales, to swim two lengths of the treacherous 55-metre water-filled trench.
While the organisers are strict in enforcing the rule that participants can only use doggy paddle (front crawl and breaststroke are banned), the dress code is more relaxed. This year’s outfits ranged from sensible wetsuits to an Elvis Presley costume.
The world record is held by Kirsty Johnson, who paddled an impressive one minute 22.56 seconds in 2014. This year’s champ, Haydn Pitchforth, missed out on the record by a mere four seconds (but he still won, so he shouldn't get too bogged down).