Doncaster Dragon Boat fun goes swimmingly for good cause

Dragon boat race at Doncaster Lakeside
Dragon boat race at Doncaster Lakeside
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Hundreds of daring rowers had an oar-some time as they took part in Doncaster’s annual Dragon Boat Challenge.

A total of 30 teams competed in the event at Doncaster Lakeside on Saturday, racing across the 200m course on the water in 30-feet-long Chinese Dragon Boats.

Dragon boat race at Doncaster Lakeside

Dragon boat race at Doncaster Lakeside

Up to 10 people were involved in paddling each of the boats, with a drummer at the front beating time and a helm at the tail steering a straight course.

Among the teams taking part were l sanitary company Wirquin, from Warmsworth.

Rebecca Leam, one of the team members, said the firm’s team raised more than £1,500 between them for the good cause by taking part.

She said it had been a great event to take part in and had been enjoyed by all the team.

Dragon boat race at Doncaster Lakeside

Dragon boat race at Doncaster Lakeside

She said: “It went really well and was an absolutely brilliant event.

“There was really good weather and lots of children as well as adults there to enjoy it.

“It was a fantastic day and good to see so many Doncaster businesses there. It was a good team-building opportunity for us as well and it was really well-organised.”

Almost every team who splashed down in the water managed to make it smoothly to the end of the race, although organisers said two boats did capsize close to the finish line.

Dragon boat race at Doncaster Lakeside

Dragon boat race at Doncaster Lakeside

They were all cheered on by hundreds of spectators, who were also able to enjoy fun fair rides, as well as craft and charity stalls specially set up for the day.

The annual event, taking place for the sixth time this year, has raised thousands to support the work of the chosen charity for 2015, Aurora Wellbeing Centres.

The charity provides morale-boosting treatments to people dealing with cancer to help raise their confidence and self-esteem and create a general sense of wellbeing.

Dragon boat race at Doncaster Lakeside

Dragon boat race at Doncaster Lakeside

Dragon boat race at Doncaster Lakeside

Dragon boat race at Doncaster Lakeside

Dragon boat race at Doncaster Lakeside

Dragon boat race at Doncaster Lakeside