Teams challenged to sign up for boat races

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Next month teams from across the region will be competing in the ninth annual Martin House Dragon Boat Race, raising funds for children’s hospice care.

And teams are being invited to sign up for the event, supported by First Bus and Unite the Union, which will see crews race 30-foot Chinese boats over a 200m course on Waterloo Lake at Roundhay Park in Leeds.

No previous rowing experience is required and both teams and spectators alike are guaranteed a fantastic day out, whether or not they take home a winning trophy.

Now in its ninth year, the Dragon Boat Race has raised over £200,000 for Martin House, which supports life-limited children and young people across North, East and West Yorkshire.

Last year’s event saw 30 teams take part from businesses and organisations from across the region including event sponsors First and Unite the Union, Leeds Audi, and the Martin House Care Team.

Events Manager Caroline Hudson has led on the event since its inception in 2008 and is looking forward to another action-packed event.

“The Dragon Boat Race has become a firm favourite with many of our supporting companies, who return year on year to take part. The day offers a great teambuilding opportunity and there are plenty of activities for spectators so we encourage all crews to bring family and friends along for the action.

“The sponsorship of both First Bus and Unite the Union helps us to maximise the funds raised from the event and we are truly grateful for their continued support.

“Both are entering teams this year and are sure to give it their all when the oars hit the water this May. We wish them the best of luck as they compete for the winner’s trophy.”

“This year, we are asking each Dragon Boat team member to raise a minimum of £100 and we’ll be offering full support to help them reach their fundraising goal. Every penny really does count if we’re to raise the £15,000 a day we need to provide our services to families across the region. We can’t wait to see you there.”

Entry is £350 per team and secures a dragon boat, lifejackets, and a minimum of three races. www.martinhouse.org.uk or phone 01937 844569.