Are you up to the challenge?
The Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) is looking for people with a sense of fun and adventure to take part in the Northern Ireland Bog Snorkelling Championships 2012.
The event, which is now in its eighth year and attracts competitors from all over Ireland, will be held in Peatlands Park on Sunday 29 July as part of International Bog Day.
Colin Gates, NIEA Assistant Warden said: “This energetic sport is very popular and literally gets people into the bog. Competitors have to swim up to two lengths of a 60 yard bog drain with the aid of a snorkel, mask and flippers and without using any conventional swimming strokes. Anyone over the age of 12 can have a go. It’s free to enter and swimming in fancy dress is optional but brilliant craic!
“However, there is a serious side as bogs are now some of the richest areas of natural vegetation remaining in Ireland. International Bog Day is a great way to highlight the plight of peat bogs – 96% of which have been destroyed since 1945, and what people can do to preserve them.”
The total course length for Men’s, Women’s and Relay heats is 120 yards. The Junior and Fun Run heats consist of just one length of the drain. There will be trophies for first, second and third in each race and everyone will receive a certificate with their times and positions. There will also be prizes for the fastest bog snorkeller, the best fancy dress and even the slowest snorkeller will win a trophy.
Entry packs are available from the Visitor’s Centre at Peatlands Park or by telephoning (028) 3885 1102. The closing date for entry is Friday 29 June.
For those who don’t fancy the idea of getting down and dirty in the bog there will be lots of fun activities happening during the event to keep the whole family entertained and train rides will be free on the day.
Find out more at www.discovernorthernireland.com/International-Bog-Day-and-NI-Bog-Snorkelling-Championships-Dungannon-P26087
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