April 5, 2013 11.14 am This story is over 110 months old

Lincolnshire businesses go head to head in Brayford dragon boat races

Tough challenge: Local businesses will take part in a Lincoln dragon boat race on the Brayford to raise money for charity.

Lincoln will get to view a spectacular charity racing event in the city centre next month, featuring dragon boats.

Bishop Grosseteste University and Gable Events will hold a festival around Brayford Pool celebrating the ancient Chinese race, with teams of 11 to 15 racing against each other across a 200m course.

As well as the races, there will also be other family events, such as children’s activities, live music and a pampering tent.

Business across the county, such as Lincolnshire Co-op, have signed up to the event or registered interest in competing.

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

Crews are also invited to raise money for other local causes and initiatives too. The team which raises the most money for BG will receive a trophy and a meal.

Trophies will also be awarded to the top crew, the best placed mixed gender crew and the best dressed crew.

Paul Stephenson, Fundraising and Campaigns Manager for BGU, said: “It’s something that can engage our young student population, as well as having a wider appeal to businesses with its aspects of competition and team building.

“It’s fantastic that we can bring this all together to create an exciting charity event.”

There are two prices to enter a team: standard at £550, and gold and £1,000. Both include equipment and instruction, plus advertising incentives. For more information, visit the Bishop Grosseteste website.