LONDON — Intrepid athletes strapped on their snorkels and slithered through slime at one of Britain’s most bizarre sporting events, the World Bog Snorkelling Championships, on Sunday.
The annual competition, held in the small Wales town of Llanwrtyd Wells, sees contestants compete to complete two sections of a 60-yard (55-metre) water-filled ditch cut through a peat bog. You can use flippers on your feet, but traditional swimming strokes are prohibited.
Some participants outfitted their snorkels, masks and fins with extravagant details – one wore a giant plastic toad on his head, another had a swim cap decorated with flowers. Spectators joined in the fun as two in pink cardboard boxes announced they were limited edition Bog Snorkel Barbie and Ken.
Competitors in the 35th annual competition hoped to beat the time of current world record holder Neil Rutter, who won in 1 minute and 18 seconds in 2018.