Northern Ireland Bog Snorkelling Championships
It’s coming soon, Northern Ireland’s Bog Snorkelling Championships are being held on International Bog Day, Sunday 25 July. The free to enter even sees competitors all over Ireland descending on Peatlands Park in Dungannon, for an all day down and dirty event. The closing date for entry is 30 June 2010.
Now in its sixth year, the Championship has gone from strength to strength, with a wide variety of competitors. It has received press coverage from around the globe, and is now well embedded as a very Northern Irish event.
Entrants are required to swim at least 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.
Entry forms are available (for free) at the visitor centre at Peatlands Park, or via the Northern Ireland Environment Agency website . You can also receive these by post by phone on 028 3885 1102.
There are a number of other happenings for all the family and for all ages, if the main event isn’t your thing including some of the following:
- face painting
- arts and crafts
- guided walks across the bog
- traditional turf cutting demonstrations
- peat-free gardening advice
- free train rides to and from the Bog Snorkelling site
The Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) are organising the event which will help raise awareness of the importance of our bogs, as well as being a great laugh for all the family.