Of Llanwrtyd Wells’ various quirky events, three stand out: in mid-June, the Man Versus Horse marathon, a punishing 22-mile endurance test between man and beast over various types of terrain; at the end of August, the world bog-snorkelling championships, in which competitors must complete two lengths of a water-filled trench cut through a peat bog; and in November, the Real Ale Wobble, an event for the somewhat less serious-minded cyclist, that involves two days of combined mountain biking and beer drinking.

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