Sporting Weekend to Keep Racing Spirit Alive in Doncaster

The Dragon Boat racing at Rother Valley in aid of Neurocare locally
The Dragon Boat racing at Rother Valley in aid of Neurocare locally

One week on from the Tour de France blasting through Yorkshire, sporting events in Doncaster are set to keep the racing spirit alive.

On Saturday 12th July, the Doncaster Tourism and St George’s Rotary Club Dragon Boat Challenge is taking place at Lakeside, with 36 teams and a wide range of activities set to make it the biggest Dragon Boat race the Borough has ever seen.

On Sunday, a free, guided Sky Ride is taking place in Doncaster to give local people another opportunity to catch the Yorkshire cycling bug; you can carry on the spirit of the Tour de France on this easygoing and scenic route.

The Dragon Boat Challenge, returning to Lakeside for its fifth consecutive year, sees 36 teams of 8 volunteer rowers from around the Borough facing off against each other in beautifully-decorated, 30-ft Chinese Dragon Boats, all vying to be named champion.

This year is the competition’s largest group of racers ever, with each participant raising money for the Eve Merton Dreams Trust (EMDT). 2013’s event helped to raise £11,000 for chosen charity Cardio Risk in the Young (CRY), and there are high hopes for an even greater total this year.

There is a wide range of activities and entertainment for the watching crowd to enjoy in addition to the exciting on-water action, such as a fun fair, charity stalls and a range of food and drink.

After millions crowded the streets of Yorkshire to watch elite cyclists in action, there is also the chance for the people of Doncaster to get on the saddle themselves with a free guided Sky Ride on Sunday.

The ride is part of a program of Sky Rides taking place in Doncaster throughout the summer, ranging in difficulty levels and course routes. This Sunday’s event, named ‘Where Dearne Meets Don’, is an easygoing ride set amongst stunning scenery on the banks of the River Don, and is suitable for riders of all abilities.

The ride, which is free to participate in, will embark from Denaby Ings Nature Reserve at 2:00pm, and takes in 4 miles riding against a gorgeous backdrop.

Cabinet member for Tourism, Councillor Bob Johnson, said: “It is excellent to see these sporting events taking place in one weekend, and is a great way for everyone who enjoyed the spirit of the Tour de France to see what else the area has to offer.

“People who loved watching the cycling have a perfect opportunity to give it a go themselves, while others can watch the great number of Dragon Boat rowers, myself included, battle it out on the water!”

For more information about the Dragon Boat Challenge, please contact Doncaster Tourism on 01302 736036 or email r.young@doncaster.gov.uk.