Record-break­ing, drum-beat­ing dragon boat race

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Helping Others -

Hun­dreds of thrill seek­ers made a splash at the record break­ing KM Dragon Boat Race rais­ing £100,000 for char­ity.

The flag­ship event of the KM Char­ity Team at­tracted 60 teams, blow­ing last year’s fig­ure of 50 out of the wa­ter. Good causes set to ben­e­fit in­clude Age UK, Barnardo’s, St Ge­orge’s Hos­pi­tal Char­ity, Royal Mars­den, NSPCC, and More Than Words.

Teams used pad­dle power to com­plete the 200m course cheered on by friends, fam­i­lies and well wish­ers at Mote Park in Maid­stone.

Each boat housed 10 pad­dlers plus one crew mem­ber beat­ing a drum to set the pace. Teams took on three races each in the blaz­ing sun and the com­pe­ti­tion fi­nal saw the eight fastest dragon boats bat­tle for vic­tory.

It was run in part­ner­ship be­tween the KM Char­ity Team and Kent Re­liance for the third year run­ning with sup­port from Bar­clays and hosts Race the Dragon. Or­gan­iser Do­minic Comins of the KM Char­ity Team said: “We are thrilled with this year’s record num­ber of par­tic­i­pants and fan­tas­tic at­mos­phere.

“Crews gave it their all and the park was packed with visi­tors soak­ing up the spec­ta­cle and beau­ti­ful weather.”

For the full list of race times, visit km­char­i­ty­chal­lenge.co.uk.

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Above, the dragon boat team from Civil Rail So­lu­tion, top right, Bex Page, and More than Words, right

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