Annual Doncaster charity boat race goes swimmingly

Dragon Boat Racing in the rain at Lakeside Doncaster
Dragon Boat Racing in the rain at Lakeside Doncaster
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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 34 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 Racing in the rain at Lakeside Doncaster

Dragon Boat Racing in the rain at Lakeside Doncaster

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.

Organiser John Day, of the Rotary Club of Doncaster St George’s said this year’s event had been the most popular ever.

“Everyone had a really good time,” said Mr Day, of Scawthorpe.

The 62-year-old added: “We had 34 teams competing and it went realy well.

Dragon Boat Racing in the rain at Lakeside Doncaster

Dragon Boat Racing in the rain at Lakeside Doncaster

“We were a bit worried that the weather would put people off, but by the afternoon the sun had come back out and people were enjoying ice creams and everything else on offer.

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.

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 seventh time this year, has raised thousands to support the work of charities across the borough.

Dragon Boat Racing in the rain at Lakeside Doncaster

Dragon Boat Racing in the rain at Lakeside Doncaster