Photo Slideshow: Dragon Boat races

The efforts of more than 300 dragon boat racers look set to generate £10,000 for charitable causes.

The races, organised by the Rotary Club of Scarborough Cavaliers, took place on Wykeham Lakes and competitors have already pledged a total in excess of £3,500.

The Ellie's Fund team in action.

The Ellie's Fund team in action.

Peter Howgate, one of the event’s organisers, said: “A great day was had by everyone, the weather was fantastic and this was certainly the best-attended series of races in the four years we’ve been going. I think that around 1,300 spectators took in the action.

“Donations can be made until the end of June so it will be a while before we know the grand total, but I would like to encourage anyone who has not already donated to do so in the next few weeeks.”

Nineteen teams, comprising more than 300 paddlers, each took part in a series of heats over a 250-metre course, with the fastest four boats being entered into a grand final.

Scarborough Rowing Club Team 2, Choices Health Club, Baron’s Health and Fitness and Trans Tools – the Ellie’s Fund team – were the four crews who faced off in the final, with Scarborough Rowing Club triumphing in a time of 56 minutes 24 seconds.

Foxy Ladies were awarded the prize for being best dressed and most entertaining.

St. Catherine’s Hospice, Scarborough Mencap, the Richard Fox Memorial Fund, Scarborough Talking News, Safe and Sound Homes, the Rainbow Centre, Ellie’s Fund and Yorkshire Air Ambulance will all receive a share of the cash raised through the event.

To make a donation, email peter@peterhowgate.com or visit www.virginmoneygiving.com and seach for Scarborough dragon boat races.