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Bog snorkelling creator dives in

Bog snorkelling
Bog snorkelling competitors try to swim two gruelling lengths of the 60-yard bog trench at Llanwrtyd Wells, Powys.

The man who devised the World Bog Snorkelling Championship has braved the event himself for the first time.

More than 150 hardy sportsmen and women braved the wind, rain and mud to take part in what has become a bank holiday ritual in Llanwrtyd Wells, Powys.

Now after more than two decades of the muddy challenge, its creator Gordon Green, 74, has taken part.

He wore flippers and a mask - but no wetsuit - to do two lengths of the 60 yard bog trench in about five minutes.

"You have to swim but actually that takes the form of a doggy paddle in a snorkel, mask and flippers," said his wife, Diana Green, 66.

"Some people also wear a wetsuit but Gordon was more macho and decided against that. He did it in about five minutes."

He tried to get me to take part as well but there is no way I would do it myself
Diana Green, Gordon Green's wife

She added: "He tried to get me to take part as well but there is no way I would do it myself. I'm emphatic about that.

"I enjoy my swimming, but in nice warm, clean water."

She said the turn-out this year looked to be on course to top all previous years, adding: "It does tend to attract more people every year. But it is already looking like it will be a very successful event this year."

Mr Green devised the bog snorkelling event to put the small mid Wales town on the tourist map.

Since it started people have travelled from all over the UK to swim the gruelling two lengths in the bog pit.

At least 150 bog snorkelers registered before the event began this year.

Hundreds of spectators also braved the teeming rain to shout on the competitors as they took part in the eccentric bank holiday sport.

Competitors pay £15 to take part in a variety of categories which range from men and women to juniors and fancy dress.

Organiser Green Events Ltd donates all funds raised to charity.

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