Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Fastest time to complete Women's World Bog Snorkelling: Dineka Maguire breaks Guinness world record (VIDEO)
Llanwrtyd Wells, UK -- The 28th World Bog Snorkelling Championships saw 130 competitors from across the globe, some in fancy dress, descend on Waen Rhydd Bog on the outskirts of Llanwrtyd Wells, Powys, mid Wales, for the August bank holiday ritual; winner Dineka Maguire, from Northern Ireland, beat the previous Guinness world record by just over a second when she swam two lengths of the 55-metre trench in one minute and 23.13 seconds, setting the new world record for the Fastest time to complete Women's World Bog Snorkelling,
according to the World Record Academy: www.worldrecordacademy.com/.
Photo: Co. Fermangh teen Dineka Maguire smashed the world bog snorkelling record.
The Guinness World Records' record for the fastest time to complete the World Bog Snorkelling Championship by a woman is 1 minute 31.90 seconds by Dineka Maguire (Ireland) at Llanwrtyd Wells, Wales on 29 August, 2010.
Guinness World Records also recognized the world record for the Most entrants at a World Bog Snorkelling Championships: 200 on 31 August 2009 at Waen Rhydd peat bog, Llanwrtyd Wells, Powys, Wales.
Bob Greenough, one of the competition's organisers, said: "Dineka has been competing for six years but this is her first year as a senior. I couldn't believe her time.
"We have the serious athletes, who want to prove to their friends they can do it, and people in fancy dress. Part of the fun is making a fool of yourself. One competitor was from Sweden and we had lots from Australia and New Zealand.
"Because the competitors can only use dog paddle, it's all about leg power."
Run by a team of volunteers, the annual competition is part of a roster of eccentric events held throughout the year at Llanwrtyd Wells, the UK's smallest town.
It also hosts the Man Versus Horse Marathon and a bog snorkelling triathlon, which includes a 12 kilometre run and a 30 kilometre bike ride, as well as two lengths of the infamous bog.
The same two trenches, home to fish and insects including the harmless but nasty sounding water scorpions, are used every year.
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