MUD, madness and mayhem created marvellous memories for Mountrath teenagers, as the much-anticipated annual Bogathon got underway.
The transition year (TY) group at Mountrath Community School set off with a mixture of excitement and trepidation, as Bogathon Challenge day finally dawned on the last day of September.
The fun-filled bog experience involves team work and many unforgettable moments of laughter and daunting challenges, hosted by the Lisduff Adventure farm in Errill, Co Laois.
The tough course extends up to seven kilometres over a variety of landscapes, including some of Ireland’s most rugged countryside and barren bog land.
TY coordinator and teacher Mary Gannon points out that the course is designed to challenge people in every way, testing physical fitness, mental fortitude, stamina and strength of character.
According to the school, the students had a fantastic time as they waded through dense mud with a sense of abandon and elation.
Student Charlie Donnery said: “You have to just do it, to truly tackle the challenge, to succeed. It’s well worth a go!”
Classmate Lauren Lahart said it was the most enjoyable school activity day, with everyone looking out for each other to get through the course.
The challenge is one of a series of activities organised by Mountrath CS, aimed at helping students to work together as a team and to get to know one another outside the classroom.