Tuesday 10 December 2019

Bog snorkellers soak up the fun

Noel McAdam

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.

Irish Independent

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