Bog snorkellers soak up the fun
Published 28/07/2014 | 02:30
AS if the weather wasn't bad enough, around 30 hardy souls yesterday flung themselves into a bog.
Peatlands Park, near Coalisland, Co Tyrone, staged the 10th Irish Bog Snorkelling Championships.
Competitors, some in fancy dress, have to swim up to two lengths of a 55m bog drain with the aid – as the title suggests – of a snorkel.
"The atmosphere was fantastic. It was just mental," said organiser Colin Gates.
"And the showers had no effect whatsoever on the competitors – they were already as soaked as could be."
Mr Gates, assistant warden at Peatlands, said the event, on International Bog Day, encourages preservation of the natural resource.