The Dragon Boat event held at Wicksteed Park on August 31 was a success thanks to all the hard working volunteers, contributors, sponsors and teams that took part.
Five local Rotary Clubs Clubs took part, namely Corby Phoenix, Kettering, Kettering Huxloe, Rushden and Rushden Chichele.
With some 75 Rotary volunteers, as well as the committee and 42 teams of 10 rowers it could have been a logistical nightmare, but under the guidance of the chairman, Alan Armson of Rushden Chichele, the whole event went very smoothly.
After the event Alan commented: “We were blessed with glorious weather.
“We are grateful for the support we receive from the sponsors, the competitors and the general public, who all make their own generous contributions.
“The event is more than the racing on the day, it is about raising much-needed funds for the charities we are all supporting.”
Rotary are hoping to exceed last year’s fantastic total of over £25,000 raised for the chosen charities, the main ones being the Cransley and Lakelands Hospices – although it will be some time before all the sponsorship funds are received.
The Dragon Boat Race is a wonderful advertisement for Rotary and the occasion was used to spread the Rotary word among the participants.
The event was won by the boat named Dig Deeper, which was sponsored by Hewlett & Sons of Northampton, with Kettering Venture Scouts in Gds & Co a close second, losing out by less than half of a second.