Oar-some time at Doncaster’s annual dragon boat race event

Doncaster Lakeside Dragon Boat Challenge 2014. Team EMDR Doosssshhhhh
Doncaster Lakeside Dragon Boat Challenge 2014. Team EMDR Doosssshhhhh
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The beat of drums echoed across Lakeside in Doncaster to mark the start of the fifth annual Dragon Boat challenge event.

There was plenty of fun in the sun as the Doncaster Tourism and St George’s Rotary Club event proved to be bigger and better than ever.

Doncaster Lakeside Dragon Boat Challenge 2014. Team Keepmoat.

Doncaster Lakeside Dragon Boat Challenge 2014. Team Keepmoat.

Some 36 teams of eight volunteer rowers from around the borough faced off against each other 30-feet Chinese Dragon Boats.

This year saw the competition’s largest group of racers, with each participant raising money for the Eve Merton Dreams Trust.

Martin Lawrence, trust co-founder, said: “We are honoured to be a part of Doncaster’s Dragon Boat challenge.

“We are a Doncaster charity set up to help Doncaster people and this event gives everyone the chance to have a great day while raising some vital funds for our town’s serious and terminally ill Cancer patients.”

Doncaster Lakeside Dragon Boat Challenge 2014. Team from BT.

Doncaster Lakeside Dragon Boat Challenge 2014. Team from BT.

Solicitors, accountants and insurance brokers were among those picking up their oars in teams of ten to row 200 metres across the lake in three heats.

Last year’s event helped to raise £11,000 for chosen charity Cardio Risk in the Young – and there are high hopes for an even greater total this year, with funds still coming in.

For the thousands of spectators that turned out there was a range of land-based activities and entertainment to enjoy, in addition to watching the on-water action, including funfair rides, charity stalls and a range of food and drink.

Coun Bob Johnson, Doncaster Council cabinet member for tourism, said: “The dragon boat challenge is always a fantastic event, and we were proud to be holding it for a fifth consecutive year.

“The scale of this year’s event emphasizes how much the people of Doncaster have enjoyed the Dragon Boat race before.

“It was a thoroughly enjoyable day for everyone involved and will hopefully raise a lot of money for charity.”

The money will go towards EMDT and other Rotary charities and worthy causes.

n For more details about the trust, visit Eve’s Trust