Lord Mayors Championship

Lord Mayors Championship

The Lord Mayor of Bradford, Councillor Gerry Barker, has chosen Bradford Cinderella Club as his charity of the year 2023-24, provided treats to underprivileged children since its first event in Thackley Woods in 1890. Thank you for supporting your local charity.


Multi Charities Championship

Multi Charities

Dragon Boat Racing is seen today as the UK’s ultimate team sport, the festival is open to teams to enter from local companies, sports clubs & social clubs – The perfect way to fundraise and support either a festival partner charity of a charity of your team’s choice.

Where is the event?

Roberts Park
Higher Coach Rd
Shipley BD17 7LU

Event information

The day starts off at 8:30 with participant check in, after which the first teams will be called up for their safety briefing.  Each team is given a full safety briefing before their first race, which along with best paddle technique and how to stop the boat capsizing as well as what to do in the event of a capsize.  Race The Dragon wristbands will then be issued to every team member at the briefing, which then allows them access to the waterside of the event and the dragon boats.

A dragon boat team has a maximum 16 paddlers and a drummer per race. You may wish to have additional team members to rotate between races during the day.

Racing is over a course of 200 meters with the start just beyond the cricket pavilion and the finish in front on the crowds in Roberts Park.  Each team will have a minimum three timed races where their single fastest time only will count for Grand Final qualification.  What this means is, even if two of your races are both disasters, one great time is still all you need to be in with a good chance of going through to the Grand Final race.

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Are you ready to “Race The Dragon”?