Dragons get ready to roar!

Dragons get ready to roar at the Nottingham Riverside Festival Dragon Boat Challenge on Sunday 4th August

With just a month to go until the River Trent reverberates to the sound of beating drums and splashing paddles, there is still time to get your team together and join in the annual Nottingham Riverside Festival Dragon Boat Challenge. The warmer weather inevitably turns our thoughts to activities on water and what better way to keep cool than with a day of competitive fun racing a dragon boat alongside your colleagues and friends?

The Dragon Boat Challenge, which raises funds for Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People, is one of the highlights of the annual Riverside Festival and up to 40 teams will battle it out in spectacular races on Sunday 4th August cheered on by hundreds of spectators. Businesses and groups across the region are invited to test their mettle against the new and returning crews who have already booked their places on the start line, all whilst raising money for a brilliant cause.

Last year’s Dragon Boat Challenge was won by the team from DHL Nottingham with ‘The Interceptors’ crew representing Nottinghamshire Police taking the mixed prize and Blueprint Interiors crowned the charity champions.

To take part in the dragon boat racing and help raise money for Rainbows, no previous experience is required, just plenty of team spirit and enthusiasm! The dragon boats, qualified helms and all racing equipment are provided and each crew is guaranteed a minimum of three races over the 200m race course at Victoria Embankment. Teams and spectators also benefit from being part of one of the region’s largest family festivals with a bustling fair and vibrant mix of music, dance, crafts and food from around the world, staged by Nottingham City Council. Challenge media partners are Business Link East Midlands and Notts TV.

The Challenge last year raised over £10,000 for Rainbows which supports over 400 children and their families across the East Midlands.

Tom Stanyard, Corporate Partnership Fundraiser at Rainbows, said, “The Dragon Boat Challenge is an amazing event. With up to 40 companies competing for a number of prizes the day has a great atmosphere. More amazing than the event however is the generosity of the crews who take part. It is only through your support at events like this that we are able to help and care for those families who need it most.”

The top fundraisers for Rainbows will win the charity trophy plus a special prize of a premiere escape room experience at Escapologic.

For more information and an entry form please call Gable Events on 01780 470718 or visit www.dragonboatfestivals.co.uk/nottingham.

For information about the services of Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People call Tom Stanyard on 01509 283919 or visit www.rainbows.co.uk