Businesses get their game faces on for return of Lincoln Dragon Boat Race

Lincolnshire businesses are set to compete against each other in this year’s Dragon Boat Race on the Brayford in Lincoln.

After the success of last year’s event, Ringrose Law and Lincoln BIG have brought the charity boat race back for another year. It will see 16 local teams compete on Saturday, July 22.

Over £3,000 was raised between the eight teams that took part last year and organisers are hoping to raise double the amount of money this year for local charities LIVES, Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance and St Barnabas Hospice.

Last year’s Dragon Boast race raised over £3,000 Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Each of the 16 teams, consisting of ten rowers and one drummer, will take part in three 200m races during the afternoon before the four fastest teams qualify for the semi-finals and then the final later that day.

Duncan & Toplis, Lincoln BIG and Visit Lincoln are just a selection of local businesses who have entered the event.

Alex Bennett, organiser of the Dragon Boat Race, told The Lincolnite: “It’s going to be a great team bonding day and get lots of people involved on the Brayford, but the ultimate aim is to raise as much money for charity.

Organiser Alex Bennett is looking forward to the event.

“The idea was a suggestion from Ringrose Law that they wanted to do something a bit different. There are lots of bike rides that go on in the city and running events but we wanted to bring something to the Brayford.”

Earlier in the week the Environmental Agency were filmed clearing algae and weeds from the river, however Alex has said that there will be no concerns on the day of the boat race.

“We have been working really closely with the team on the Brayford and we have been given the all clear that the water is in really good condition so there will be no problems at all for the event.”

Gable Events will be providing all of the equipment for the boat race and organisers have encouraged for teams to wear suitable fancy dress.