Tonbridge’s Dragon Boat rivals ready to set river on fire

Pam Mills

FIERY determination meets the waters of the Medway for the sixth annual Tonbridge Dragon Boat Race on Sunday September 9.

The event, hosted by Tonbridge Town Team, is one of the highlights of the town’s calendar. It is held on the same weekend the Tonbridge Medieval Fair, which is staged on Castle Lawn.

This year 24 teams will compete from 10am. Each consists of 16 rowers, who can be replaced at any time, and a drummer to keep rhythm over the 200-metre course.

Entry costs £400 per team but the event is not-for-profit. Participants are free to raise money for their chosen charities or worthy causes.

Cllr Sarah Spence, the Race Director, said: “Dragon Boat Racing is one of the most exciting and inclusive water sports.

“It is said the Dragon Boat Festival originated in ancient southern central China some 2,500 years ago along the banks of Yangtze River, around the same era the Olympic Games began in Greece.”

“There are 24 teams including schools, charities, local businesses and associations in this year’s races, and there will be stalls along the River Walk. It should be a great day.”

There are still places available on some teams. You can show up on the day and be allocated a berth or find out on Twitter @tonbridgedragon and on Facebook @TonbridgeDragonBoatRace

PICTURE: PADDLE POWER: A total of 24 teams are taking part in the Dragonboat Races this year

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