Roaring Success for Dragon Boat Race

16 May 2016
This weekend, Martin House Hospice Care for Children and Young People held its annual Dragon Boat Race in Roundhay Park, Leeds. The much-anticipated event saw over 400 rowers compete, with Restaurant Bar and Grill, Leeds, outracing the rest to claim the coveted winners’ trophy.

The Dragon Boat Race is now in its ninth year and since 2008 has raised over £345,000 for families across West, North and East Yorkshire. This Sunday, 42 crews representing groups and businesses from across the region competed against each other over a 200m racecourse on Waterloo Lake. As well as the action on the water, spectators of all ages enjoyed a range of family-friendly activities on the ground and cheered on the teams in the Tug of War competition.

Thanks to the committed fundraising efforts of all involved, as well as some fortunate weather that brought out the crowds on the day, Sunday’s event looks set to raise in excess of £30,000. This year’s best-dressed prize went to LS29’s team “Ark Full of Animals” whilst Napoleons Casino’s “Baywatch B Team” claimed the Tug of War top prize. Rowers from Bellway Homes’ “Row to Nowhere” were commended for the most money raised prior to the event.

Events Manager Caroline Hudson said: “We are amazed with the success of this year’s event and cannot express how grateful we are for the support of all the teams involved, as well as our wonderful sponsors First Bus and Unite the Union. The total sponsorship figure continues to rise, but the funds raised so far will go a huge way towards helping us to reach the hundreds of families who need us, enabling them to live life well and fully, whether they are supported at the hospice or in their own home.”

Those interested in booking for next year’s 10th Anniversary Dragon Boat Race can contact the events team on 01937 844569 or