Paddlers breathe fire into fundraising competition

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The sun shone for hundreds of fundraisers as they made a splash in the third annual Dragon Boat Races.

Wykeham Lakes hosted the popular event, which is organised by the Rotary Club of Scarborough Cavaliers, and saw more than 1,000 people soak up the sun on Sunday.

Dragon Boat races Wykeham Lakes.Cheering at the finish line..Picture Richard Ponter 132250g

Dragon Boat races Wykeham Lakes.Cheering at the finish line..Picture Richard Ponter 132250g

With money still coming in organisers are hoping to at least match the £4,000 raised last year - with the funds once again due to go to The Rainbow Centre.

Rotarian Peter Howgate said: “This year everyone enjoyed a really good event. The weather was fantastic and we had around a thousand people milling around.

“Once again we had great support from local businesses and organisations in sponsoring the event.

“We are supporting the Rainbow Centre again as we want to raise enough to buy them a new van.”

A total of 17 boats took part, with 18 paddlers in each battling for the Dragon Boat title.

Businesses and organisations sponsoring boats were Barons Health and Fitness, W Boyes & Co, Connexions Business Dining, Crown Spa Hotel Health Club, Eastern Paradise, Eze Fitness, Tom Fox & Fred Normandale, Inn Travel, Plaxtons, Rainbow Centre, Rotary Club of Scarborough, Scarborough Medical Group, Scarborough Rowing Club, Scarborough Talking News, UPM Raflatac, York Potash and Yorkshire Coast College.

After a day of competing the final race was won by Scarborough Rowing Club, with Eze Fitness coming second and Crown Spa Hotel Health Club taking third place.

As well as raising money for the Rainbow Centre individual teams were also fundraising for their own causes.

Other charities to benefit were Mencap, Scarborough Islamic Society, Richard Fox Memorial Fund, Scarborough Talking News, Scarborough Air Cadets, Ellie’s Fund and Saint Catherine’s Hospice.