Dragon Boat Race is a splashing success

24 May 2017
An Olympic gold medallist launched rowers into action at Martin House Hospice Care for Children and Young People’s annual Dragon Boat Race.

Paul Bennett, Rio 2016 Men’s Eight champion, was on hand to start the race at Roundhay Park on Sunday, and also joined some of the teams on the water during the heats.

The event, now in its tenth year, saw 32 teams battle it out to be named champion in a day of races on Waterloo Lake.

The Nauti Buoys team from ICC Northern UK Ltd took the hotly-contested title, while Napoleon’s Casino’s Superheroes team won the tug ‘o war competition which also took place on the day.

Linley and Simpson’s Pharoah-wers won the best dressed prize, and Bellway Homes was named charity winners, after raising over £11,000 in the last three years.

Events manager Caroline Hudson said: “The teams have been brilliant, we’ve had some fantastic costumes and everyone has had a great day.

“We’d like to thank Paul Bennett for coming along and spending the day with us, and also helping out some of the teams.”

The race, which has so far raised more than £35,000, was sponsored by the Leeds Bus Workers Branch of Unite the Union, while Napoleon’s Casino sponsored the tug ‘o war.

Caroline added: “It will cost more than £6 million this year to ensure all the families in our region who need support are able to access our services at the hospice, in hospital and in their own homes.

“We couldn’t provide this without the help of our sponsors and supporters who work so hard to raise money for us and take part in events like the Dragon Boat Race.”