Hundreds of competitors and thousands of spectators have made the annual Nene Valley dragon boat race a roaring success.
The event, held for the second year at Wicksteed Park in Kettering, is organised by five rotary clubs in the area – two from Kettering, two from Rushden and one from Corby.
Nearly 40 teams and around 450 competitors took part in this year’s contest.
GDES – Glendon District Explorer Scouts – won this year’s event. The team of scout leaders also picked up the title in 2011, and this year pipped Apartments4You to the line, crossing in a time of 67.43 seconds.
“We don’t practise, we don’t train, we just turn up every year,” said team manager Mark Langley. “Everyone’s had a great day.”
Organiser Alan Armson, from the Rushden Chichele rotary club, added: “The weather has been brilliant, everyone has thoroughly enjoyed it, and we are looking forward to making quite a bit of money for the charities we are supporting.”
Dragon boat racing is an ancient Chinese tradition, with teams including rowers and a drummer.
Money raised from the event is split between Corby’s Lakelands Hospice, Cransley Hospice in Kettering and other charities supported by the rotary clubs.