High-speed Rotherham boat race was no drag on

The teams for the first race prepare to get started at Manvers Lake dragon boat race

The teams for the first race prepare to get started at Manvers Lake dragon boat race

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Oar-some fun was had as rowers went head to head in a fundraising race in South Yorkshire.

The calm waters of Manvers Lake in Rotherham looked more like the rough seas as 10 teams tackled an annual Dragon Boat Challenge.

Action from the Dragon Boat racing at Manvers Lake

Action from the Dragon Boat racing at Manvers Lake

Hundreds of spectators turned out to the event at Wath-Upon-Dearne, organised to raise money for Phase Worldwide.

The charity is based in Percy Street, Rotherham, and helps fund healthy living and education projects in some of the poorest villages in Nepal.

Local schools and businesses boarded the 30ft-long boats to battle it out in the heats and semi-final, before a grand final across the 200-metre course.

It looked set for a photo finish as St Bernard’s Catholic High and Clifton teams were neck and neck, but St Bernard’s were crowned the winners after beating their opponents by a dragon’s breath.

Sarah Galvin, Phase Worldwide event organiser, said: “It’s only the second time we have had the boat race and it was a brilliant day.

“The teams really got into it and the crowds were cheering them along at the side. It gets pretty competitive.”

Revellers made the most of the spring sunshine to enjoy the entertainment with stalls and rides on the lakeside.

The warm weather made a change from last year’s cold and windy conditions, which made for a turbulent boat ride for participants.

Sarah said: “It was great weather for it, there were no boats which capsized.”

Organisers are still counting up the total raised, but hope to smash the £2,000 fundraising target.

The cash will be used to fund the charity’s ongoing work helping families in rural Himalayan areas.