Bradford Dragonboat Festival - Multi Charity Championship 2018
On Sunday 24th June, day three of the 2018 Bradford Dragon Boat Festival saw a further thirty nine teams take the Festival's overall team total to a record 101 teams. Whilst this event was also a charity fund raising event, unlike the Saturday event where all the funds raised went to the Lord Mayor's Charities, in the Sunday event each team was able to nominate and raise money for their own team charity.
The most supported charity was the Bradford Hospitals Charity, who had seven teams entering as their nominated charity. Just behind them with five teams each, were both Cancer Support Yorkshire and Leeds Cares, with a further four teams supporting MacMillian Cancer Support. Barnardos were supported by two more teams whilst Alzheimer's Society, Behind Closed Doors, Chernobyl Children's Lifeline, British Red Cross, Centre Point, Keighley and Airedale Cancer Support, Mesothelioma UK, Motor Neurone Disease Association, Northcliffe Environmental Enterprises Team, Relate Bradford, Save The Mothers Trust and The Oracle Cancer Trust were also supported.
As part of the festival, were honoured that the Great British Junior's teams (both boys and girls) came to be part of the event. Generously sponsored by two corporate organisation, the "Head,Shoulders … GB Rows" team (GB Boys) was sponsored by Mercedes-Benz of Bradford whilst the "Sneaky Dragons" (GB Girls) was sponsored by Race The Dragon Ltd.
In an even closer race involving the Idle Vikings verses Underground Not Overboard from Bradford Underground Ltd. in race 17, the officials had to consult the finish line camera before announcing a decision. After much deliberation, the officials agreed that neither team could be split and so that most rare event in dragon boat racing was declared, a dead heat!
The Grand Final was also a very close race between:
Lane 3: Socially Minded Mish Mash Splish Splash
Lane 2: Very Hi Strokes
Lane 1: Samurai Warriors
In 3rd placed winners were 'Very Hi Strokes' who managed 1.12.98.
In 2nd placed winners (and by just 7/100ths of a second) was 'Samurai Warriors' with 1.12.91.
But in 1st place and the first ever Corporate Dragon Boat Champions of Bradford:
The Multi Charity Teams of 2018