OneLife Suffolk take to the water at the East Anglian Dragon Boat Festival

OneLife Suffolk take to the water at the East Anglian Dragon Boat Festival in Lowestoft on Saturday 31st August!

With just six weeks to go until Oulton Broad in Lowestoft reverberates to the sound of beating drums and splashing paddles, there is still time to get your team together and join in the annual East Anglian Dragon Boat Festival.

More than 20 teams are expected to battle it out in the spectacular races on Saturday 31st August and OneLife Suffolk are amongst the businesses and groups from across the region who have already booked their place on the start line.

The team at OneLife are committed to improving local people’s health and wellbeing and are looking forward to the positive health benefits their participation will bring. Adult Weight Management Practitioner, Ann Cottingham has been the driving force behind their entry and the event is a walk in the park for Ann these days after successfully losing 4 stone 7lbs. Ann tells us, “After have my two children, I went up to a size 20/22 then decided to make a change, so I began calorie counting and increasing activity. Since losing weight, I have done a skydive, completed the Yorkshire three peaks, walked a marathon and I am now working towards a four-day trek through Italy and the national three peaks. My confidence has grown so much and now I work with OneLife Suffolk to help others to be the best person they can be, improve their self-confidence and achieve their goals. I am so passionate about what I do, we only get one life, and we have to make the most of it!” As well as participating in the races, the NHS Health Check team from OneLife Suffolk will be offering free screenings throughout the day designed to help prevent heart attacks and strokes.











The dragon boat race is open to people of all shapes, sizes and levels of fitness and no previous experience is needed to take part, just plenty of team spirit and enthusiasm. The 30’ dragon boats, qualified helms and all racing equipment are provided by race organisers, Gable Events and each crew is guaranteed a minimum of three races.

Many of the teams will be raising money for their favourite charity and a whole host of good causes are set to benefit. The Festival, sponsored by Warner Leisure Hotels and supported by Lowestoft Journal, promises a fantastic day for competitors and spectators alike with children’s rides and plenty of food and drink for all the family on the bankside. Entry is free to spectators and there is ample ‘pay and display’ parking available in Nicholas Everitt Park.

For further information and an entry form, visit  or call Festival organisers Gable Events on 01780 470 718.

To find out more about the services of OneLife Suffolk visit and call 01473 718193 to book your NHS Health check appointment.