Record-breaking, drum-beating dragon boat race
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.
Above, the dragon boat team from Civil Rail Solution, top right, Bex Page, and More than Words, right