Roaring success

Dragon boat racing action on the lake at Lakeside, Doncaster.
Dragon boat racing action on the lake at Lakeside, Doncaster.

A CLOSE run final and a sinking boat made for an eventful afternoon at Doncaster Lakeside as dragonboat racing returned.

Hundreds of residents took to the water as 20 teams went head to head in a series of heats leading up to a final in the charity competition which raised cash for the British Heart Foundation.

The winners were One Call insurance’s team, ahead of second-placed Danum Round Table and third-placed GV Hale solicitors

A spokesman for the event said: “Twenty teams took part, and we hope to increase on the £9,000 that was raised at last year’s event for the Rotary Club of St George’s chosen Charity and good causes which this year is The British Heart Foundation.”

Apart from the Dragon Boat Racing, the day included traditional Chinese Lion Dance performances, fun fair 20 craft and food stalls.

The event was attended by more than 3,500 spectators and competitors.

Ged Hale, who was captain of the GV Hale team, said he was pleased to see his team finish in the same position as last year.

He said: “We took three days to put the team together this year, compared to two hours lasts year, and I think we had a stronger team. But I think the other teams were stronger too, although it was probably slower because of headwinds.

“In the end there were only two metres between the three boats in the final.

“The biggest drama of the day was probably when one of the boats sank. They got wet, but they all got out safely.

“There seemed to be more people there this year so I think it will have raised more money.”

This year’s event was the second time the dragonboat racing had been run on the lake.