Last chance to enter a team into the Cambridge Dragon Boat Festival on Saturday 8 September


Monday 20 August 2018



It’s not long now until the River Cam in Fen Ditton is reverberating to the sound of beating drums and there’s still time to get a team together and enjoy a day of competitive fun alongside colleagues, family and friends in beautiful riverside surroundings.

Each year the Dragon Boat Festival welcomes a complete mix of new and returning teams from Cambridgeshire and surrounding areas and 34 teams are already set to do battle in the colourful 4-boat races. The 30’ ornately carved Chinese dragon boats, qualified helms and all racing equipment are provided by Festival organisers, Gable Events, and each crew is guaranteed a minimum of three races. No previous experience is needed to take part, just plenty of team spirit and enthusiasm.

So far Cambridge Commodities, MM UK & MM Flowers, Cantab, The A14 Integrated Delivery Team, RealVNC and Team Consulting have all signed up for the enhanced gold and silver entry packages and they will be joined by standard crews from Ashtons Legal, AstraZeneca (four crews), Biocair, Cambridge Commodities (second team), Cambridge University Hospitals (three crews), CMR Surgical (two crews), Cooke Curtis & Co, Cambridge University Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, Grant Instruments, Provisio, Rossdales, Sitec Infrastructure Services (two crews), Team Consulting (second team), Thorlabs, TWI (two crews), University Arms & Parker’s Tavern and Woodland Group (three crews) alongside the team from Festival charity, Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust (ACT).

The Festival promises a fantastic day for competitors and spectators alike with Chinese themed entertainment, children’s rides, inflatable activities and even a spectacular flypast from a Spitfire! Entrance to the event is free to spectators and parking is available at the nearby Fen Ditton Recreation Ground.

Last year’s Dragon Boat Festival raised a magnificent total of over £20,000 for Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust and Emily Willdigg, ACT’s Events Fundraiser is looking forward to building on this success: “We are delighted that businesses are getting teams together to support our much-loved hospitals. With the help of many generous supporters, we can provide funds so that our local hospitals can offer the very best care day after day, year after year.”

ACT is the only charity dedicated to making a difference for patients at Addenbrooke’s and the Rosie Hospitals. By taking part and raising money for ACT, the teams will be helping to raise much needed funds for cutting each technology, additional specialist services, vital research and extra comforts for patients that make all the difference over and above what would be possible through NHS funding alone.

Medals and trophies will be awarded to the top three crews, top mixed crew and the ‘best dressed’ crew and there’s a superb incentive to top the fundraising leader board as the crew raising the most money for Addenbrooke’s will receive a fabulous private group cookery evening event of sushi making at Cambridge Cookery, the award-winning cookery school and neighbourhood bistro and café.

For further information and to book your place on the start line this September please visit www.dragonboatfestivals.co.uk/cambridge or call Gable Events on 01780 470718.




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