Weird and wacky

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Those look­ing for strange out­door ac­tiv­i­ties have op­tions like bog snorkelling, wine marathons and mud fes­ti­vals.

Bog snorkelling

This sport in­volves don­ning a snorkelling mask and swim­ming through thick, brown, peat-filled bogs pow­ered solely by flip­pers.

The World Bog Snorkelling Cham­pi­onships take place ev­ery Au­gust in Wales. Other bog snorkelling events take place in Aus­tralia, Eng­land, Ire­land and Swe­den. Also, true diehards can try a bog snorkelling triathlon, which also in­volves run­ning and moun­tain bik­ing! watch?v=JLB01Q75eIA


Horse surf­ing

Sure, kitesurf­ing is all the rage, but what about horse surf­ing? In­vented in 2005 by Bri­tish trick rid­ers, the sport in­volves trav­el­ling across waves at speeds of up to 55km an hour – while be­ing at­tached to a gal­lop­ing horse!

the sport has been adopted around the globe but re­ported hotspots in­clude parts of France and Aus­tralia. watch?v=W2Jm4uZTdbs

Where to try:

Watch: Moun­tain bike char­iot rac­ing

Char­i­ots are built us­ing tra­di­tional Ro­man mild steel and vul­can­ised rub­ber and de­signed to be pulled by two moun­tain bikes along­side each other. Team rac­ers com­pete in the moun­tain bike char­iot “world cham­pi­onships” in the hilly Welsh town of Llan­wr­tyd Wells.

The win­ning team will have to demon­strate ex­cep­tional skill and courage, and will need to co­or­di­nate and co­op­er­ate fully as a sin­gle unit to over­come all chal­lengers. The event is open to teams of three peo­ple (2 rid­ers + 1 char­i­o­teer) over the age of 16 years.


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Muddy mad­ness

If you fancy traips­ing and trip­ping through, or wal­low­ing in and wrig­gling about lots of mud, then the Bo­ryeong mud fes­ti­val at the Daecheon swim­ming beach in Bo­ryeong, 150km south-west of Seoul, may be the place for you. The an­nual fes­ti­val ac­tu­ally aims to en­cour­age the use of mud for cos­metic skin­care and to pro­mote tourism in the re­gion.

Wine-fu­elled marathon run­ning

At the Marathon du Me­doc in Pauil­lac, France, run­ners race through nearly 60 vine­yards in the Me­doc re­gion all while drink­ing wine along the way at 21 sta­tions.

rather than raisins and bananas, you’ll find oys­ters and ice cream, which prob­a­bly won’t do much for your fin­ish­ing time but a good time is likely guar­an­teed.

Also on the menu:



Man ver­sus horse marathon

This epic race also held in Llay­wrtd Wells in­volves pit­ting man against horse in a 35km (22 mile) course. Rac­ing over farm tracks and hilly­foot paths, horses usu­ally win, with the ex­cep­tion of two men in the race’s more than 25-year his­tory. — AFP


“Wel­come vol­un­teers! you are sav­ing one the Earth,” re­minded who was in charge “You can en­joy snorkelling

but you have to a duty ros­ter. Af­ter can re­lax,” ex­plained re­search of­fi­cer.

Vol­un­teers are re­quired cook­ing, house­keep­ing

There were eight our first job was to rice, bis­cuits, canned and a parang to the Cha­gar Hu­tang, we the wa­ter and carry shore.

“Can I carry the I asked sheep­ishly to carry my huge ruck­sack,

bog or ditch snorkelling is a weird sport where com­peti­tors in the West Mid­lands of eng­land snorkel through dirty, smelly muddy wa­ter in a trench cut through a peat bog.

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