The Martin House Dragon Boat Challenge held on the Waterloo Lake in Roundhay Park, Leeds was a spectacular success attracting 41 crews and well over 1000 spectators for a fantastic day’s racing.
The crews, representing businesses and organisations from across the Yorkshire region, battled it out all day in 3-boat races over a 200m race course at Roundhay Park. Eventual winners were; in first place Assembled Lloyds Avengers, second place Motley crew, third place Blackhouse.
Over £30,000 is expected to be raised from the event by the crews for Martin House. Winners of the Charity trophy for the crew collecting the most money were Team Tom, a Martin House bereaved family, the best dressed crew were the Unite Bus Workers dressed as monks and nuns.
Gemma Cross from Martin House said “The response to the Challenge was tremendous and we are extremely grateful for the money that has been raised. Every year, Martin House cares for and supports more than 450 local children with life-limiting illnesses, and their families, both during the life of the child and into bereavement. By taking part in our annual Dragon Boat race the crews are raising money and contributing to our funding.
It was great to see so many local people enjoying themselves down at Roundhay Park watching the racing and taking part in the activities. The enthusiasm shown by the crews was superb and we are already looking forward to next year. Many thanks to First who sponsored the event."