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Dragon Boat Race

Come and watch the racing this weekend at Roundhay Park! Book your boat for 2023 below.

Dragon Boat Race

Sunday 09 July 2023
Sunday 09 July 2023
9:00 am
Roundhay Park, Leeds

The Dragon Boat Race is a unique corporate or group team-building event and family fun day that helps to support hundreds of children and young people across the region.

Our 2022 event was kindly sponsored by Haribo.

How it works

The race takes place over one day and each team will take part in a minimum of three races before the fastest team goes through to the semi-final. The boat and life jackets are provided — all you need to do is recruit a team! Each boat needs between 8 to 10 paddlers and a drummer to keep the rhythm. However, you can also bring up to four reserves if you wish.

Who can enter

Anyone. Whether you are a group of friends, a sports club or entering through a company, this is guaranteed to be a great day out. All we ask is that you are over 16 (anyone under the age of 18 will need written permission from a parent/guardian) and that you are able to swim 50 metres.


As well as the main action taking place on the lake there will be refreshments and a range of activities available throughout the day for the whole family.

Please raise some sponsorship

In addition to the entry fee which secures your boat, we ask that each team collectively raises a minimum of £1,000 sponsorship — that’s just £100 per person. Your £1,000 could pay for seven days of counselling and emotional support given by a qualified counsellor for families at a time of heightened anxiety and worry.

What does the entry fee cover?

  • entry into a minimum of three races
  • complimentary team photo
  • Dragon boat provided
  • prizes
  • 1st, 2nd and 3rd place trophies and medals for winning participants
  • best dressed team — encourage your team to pick a theme and get dressed up!
  • best fundraising team — raise as much money as possible and win a prize

What else

For an additional £65 we can have a gazebo on site waiting for you on the day. There is limited availability for gazebos, so please ask to reserve these for the day when making your booking.

There will be food available from a catering van on site or feel free to bring your own!

We also have a fun fair for young children so bring your families for support.

Terms and conditions

Registration payments due within 14 days of invoice date. Please note that booking fees are non-refundable. By signing up to this event you are committing to raising a minimum of £1,000 in sponsorship per team.

When completing the booking form, please use your team captain details.

Contact us

If you have any question about our event, please email events@martinhouse.org.uk or call 01937 844 569.

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