Teams race to sign up!

Teams race to sign up for the Nottingham Riverside Festival Dragon Boat Challenge!

Companies, clubs and organisations from across the region are getting their teams together and signing up to take part in the eagerly anticipated Nottingham Riverside Festival Dragon Boat Challenge which celebrates its 11th anniversary this year. The Dragon Boat Challenge takes place on the River Trent at the Victoria Embankment on Sunday 4th August in aid of Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People and is one of the key attractions of the Riverside Festival.

One of the early entrants are event first-timers, NAPIT from Mansfield in Nottinghamshire, who offer membership services to the building trade. The company has chosen to enter both a Gold and Silver team to involve as many NAPIT members as possible and maximise the funds raised for Rainbows.

Crew manager Helen Willings explains how they hope to benefit from their participation; “The NAPIT teams will be made up of colleagues from a range of departments led by the Group’s Chief Executive, Mike Andrews. Team members include our resident action man, Gareth Davies, who competes in triathlons and long distance swims and avid fundraiser Linda Elliott who has already sailed three times down the River Adur in a bathtub to raise money for charity! We aim to take away fun and happy memories of employees working together and with those who come along to watch and support with their families. We hope the challenge brings colleagues together and gets them connected with staff from departments they might not usually work with to create new friendships.”

Other early entrants include Gold crew, Abel Alarm Company, silver crew DeltaNet International and standard crews, Hallmark Consumer Services and Midland Quarry Products. 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. 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.

All the crews are encouraged to raise sponsorship for the Challenge’s official charity, Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People, and help make a difference to over 400 children and their families that the charity supports across the East Midlands.
Tom Stanyard, Corporate Partnership Fundraiser at Rainbows, said, “The Dragon Boat Challenge is an amazing event. With up to 50 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

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