Lincoln dragon boat race moves out of the city

— Update: July 3, 2013: The dragon boat race on July 27 in South Hykeham has been cancelled due to low entry numbers.

A Lincoln dragon boat race will no longer be held on May 18 on Brayford Pool due to health and safety reasons.

The Lincoln Dragon Boat Festival will instead take place at Activities Away in South Hykeham, off the A46.

It will no longer be held in May, instead being moved to July 27.

The event is a collaboration between Bishop Grosseteste University and Gable Events, and celebrates the ancient Chinese race. Teams of 11 to 15 race against each other across a 200m course.

Paul Stephenson, Fundraising and Campaigns Manager for BGU, commented: “It’s unfortunate that, because of healthy and safety issues, we had to find a new venue for the event.

“However we’re looking forward to launching our dragon boats in South Hykeham and we’re sure that the festival will be even bigger and better as a result of the change.”

The event will also host a barbecue, family entertainment and children’s activities, live music and a pamper tent.

Money raised will go to the Bishop Grosseteste’s Sowing Seeds Growing Minds Programme, which helps educate children in England and the developing world about healthy diets and nutrition.

The winning team will get a trophy, but there are also awards for the top crew, the best placed mixed gender crew and the best dressed crew.

To enter a team, contact Bishop Grosseteste University on 01522 583760, or visit the website.