Not your bog-standard antics
A CHAMPION is still a champion -- even if they are covered in mud.
Yesterday, a new winner -- and world record holder -- was crowned when Peter Cunningham shaved six seconds off the previous record, in the annual bog snorkelling championships.
Peter (29), from Blackrock, Dublin, was one of 60 people taking part in the annual event just outside Castleblaney, Co Monaghan. The men's event was closely fought with the winning time of 1 min 24 secs by Mr Cunningham, which exceeded the world record of 1 min 30 secs.
A 20-year-old student, Fiona Murphy from Portadown, won the ladies' title, in 1 min 32 secs.
Both will now represent Ireland at the world championships in Wales later this year.
Two teenage contenders, who also chalked up records were Thomas Gorman (15), from Doohamlet, Co Monaghan; and Orla Maguire (14), of Keady Road, Castleblayney.
A three-man Dublin team of Peter Cunningham, Kevin Cooper, and Andy Nolan, won the relay event in a time of 4 mins 45 secs.
An organiser of the event, Declan Connolly, said yesterday: "Interest has grown so unbelievably in this quirky event since it was first launched in Ireland last year that it has now really become an important fixture on the Irish tourist calendar."