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PICTURES: Sailability Dragon Boat Race 2014

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: July 09, 2014

  • Irina Chilie, aged 10, from 89th Sea Scouts in Stoke-On-Trent.

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There was a mass of colour at a lake in the Staffordshire Moorlands when a large scale fund-raising event took place.

This year's Rudyard Sailability Dragon Boat Race took place on Saturday, July 5, at its regular venue of Rudyard Lake, near Leek.

A total of 11 teams took to the water to battle it for either the Cup or Plate awards.

This year's event, which was sponsored by Cottage Delight, of Leekbrook, also included a barbecue, cakes, café, tombola, face-painting, and much more.

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Secretary of Rudyard Sailability, Jackie Griffiths, said: "It was a glorious day with the sun shining, and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves.

"The atmosphere was terrific with the fancy dress outstanding and team spirits high, but all done in the spirit of good sportsmanship."

All proceeds from the Annual Dragon Boat Race go to running costs of Rudyard Sailability.

Jackie said: "It takes an enormous amount of preparation, commitment and teamwork to pull off a safe, successful and enjoyable event, and none of it would have been possible without everyone's support. The amount of work carried out before and after the race is awesome and the list of jobs and donations on the day is endless. I would like to say a heart-felt thanks to everyone who supported the event.

"The Dragon Boat Race is the main fund-raiser for Rudyard Sailability, and one of our most gruelling and highly-charged events, so we would like to thank everyone involved for making it such a great day."

The winning teams this year were: Cup winners - Dreadnowt, which was made up of current and former staff of The Co-operative; and Plate winners - Cottage Jammies from Cottage Delight.

The winning team of the fancy-dress competition was Renegrade Renderers from Pointon, while the Champion Fund-raiser Award went to Yvonne Beardmore, who is a frequent winner of the title.

Money raised on the day is still being collected in but it is expected to raise thousands of pounds.

To find out more about the charity, which provides sailing opportunities for people living with disability, go online to www.rudyardsailability.org.uk.

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